The 2016 Emmy Awards: Just your average night
Depending on who you ask, this year’s Emmy Awards were a lot like the US presidential election. The best candidates didn’t make it to the nomination, so we were left choosing the lesser evil. Most of the shows that were nominated didn’t exactly have a broad, solid fanbase, or even a television channel, since they were streaming only.
Nevertheless, we have your winners and all the buzz and highlights you need to know about the 2016 Emmy Awards.
“Game of Thrones” once again edged out its competition in the Outstanding Drama Series category, beating the potential next year favorite, “Mr. Robot.”
Somehow, “Veep” keeps winning Outstanding Comedy Series. It’s an average comedy, but we suspect ‘pay-to-play’ has something to do with the consistent wins. Only kidding. It is surprising that shows as funny as “Black-ish” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” were beat out by this. However, “The Goldbergs” should have been nominated.
Outstanding Limited Series went to “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. It wasn’t the most groundbreaking show on television, but it was hard to look away once you started watching.
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series went to Rami Malek from “Mr. Robot.” This was the one choice of the night to which there was no question. Malek is superb in the series.
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series went to Tatiana Mislany from “Orphan Black.” From what I’ve read from others in-the-know, it was between her and Keri Russell from “The Americans.”
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series went to Jeffrey Tambor for “Transparent.” Tambor is great, but Transparent is in the incorrect category. The winner for comedy should have been Anthony Anderson for “Black-ish.” Will Forte being nominated for “The Last Man on Earth” was an overreach on the part of The Academy. There were much more deserving nominees, in my opinion.
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series went to Julia Louis-Dreyfus from “Veep.” I’m not downplaying her genius, nor her brilliance, but the dominance of HBO is nonsense and Veep is not even close to the best comedy on television. Of those nominated, Ellie Kemper was deserving.
“The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” took home Outstanding Lead Actor and Lead Actress in a Limited Series (Courtney B. Vance, Sarah Paulson). These were good choices, particularly Paulson, who made America feel sympathy for someone they disliked, as a result of her portrayal of Marcia Clark (who happened to be her date for the night.)
Outstanding Reality-Competition Program went to “The Voice” and Variety Talk Series went to “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” beating out “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” and “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” Noticeably absent from nomination were “The Daily Show” and “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.”
Outstanding Television Movie was a no-brainer. “Sherlock: The Abominable Bride” won, pleasing viewers of the series, while “Key & Peele” won Outstanding Variety Sketch Series, finishing off a great year for the comic pair.
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series went to Ben Mendelsohn of “Bloodline,” as he beat out the heavily favored “Game of Thrones” duo of Kit Harrington and Peter Dinklage.
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series went to “Downtown Abbey’s” Maggie Smith, who Kimmel refused to award, since she didn’t show up. It was kind of an uncomfortable joke.
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series went to Louie Anderson from “Baskets.” Haven’t seen it? You’re not missing much. Anderson’s good, but Tituss Burgess was exceptional this season on “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.”
In what was the strangest win of the night, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series went to Kate McKinnon of “Saturday Night Live.” The entire category was way off. If SNL is considered a Variety Sketch Series, then how did this crossover even take place? Not to mention, SNL hasn’t been even slightly funny in a few years. Why are they pushing this outdated sketch program and its players on us?
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie went to Sterling K. Brown for “The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.” I’m not sure how he beat out John Travolta in what was an epic performance.
Outstanding Actress in a Limited Series or Movie went to Regina King for “American Crime,” completing the strange shutout of “American Horror Story: Hotel.” Kathy Bates and Sarah Paulson were both nominated for the series.
Outstanding Writing for Drama – “Battle of the Bastards” (David Benioff and D.B. Weiss)
Outstanding Writing for Comedy – “Master of None” (Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang)
Outstanding Writing for Limited Series/Movie – “The People v O.J. Simpson: ACS” (D.V. DeVincentis)
Outstanding Writing for Variety Special – “Patton Oswalt: Talking for Clapping”
Outstanding Directing for Drama Series – “Game of Thrones” (Miguel Sapochnik)
Outstanding Directing for Comedy Series – “Transparent” (Jill Solloway)
Outstanding Directing for Limited Series/Movie – “The Night Manager” (Susanne Bier)
Outstanding Directing for Variety Special – “Grease: Live” (Thomas Kail and Alex Rudzinski)
Jimmy Kimmel did an ‘ok’ job hosting. He wasted a lot of time on goofy jokes that weren’t all that funny, but for the most part, he kept things moving along. The political jokes are getting tired, by this point. We already know none of these people are voting for Donald Trump. There were also an overabundance of O.J. Simpson jokes and a very poorly placed joke about the memorandum video.
Overall, the Emmy Awards get a grade of “C.” It could certainly improve, but compared to some recent award shows, it was at least watchable.