Emmys 2012: Chris Beachum’s good, bad & ugly

The 2012 Emmy Awards ceremony had a good flow but the audience seemed pretty dead for the most part. Most presenters (exceptions listed below) were flat and pretty bored with their assignments. 

THE GOOD
Damian Lewis (“Homeland“) winning as Best Drama Actor. I predicted him because he easily had the best episode IMO. His co-star Claire Danes did as well. And my favorite new show of the year in a big surprise win as Best Drama Series.

Wins by Eric Stonestreet and Julie Bowen (“Modern Family”) and Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep“) —  all were in my predictions based on the best episode submissions.

Victories by movie acting champs Julianne MooreJessica LangeTom Berenger — all very well deserved.

Louis C.K. winning twice out of seven nominations (a good result for a great year on TV).

The opening video backstage with Jimmy Kimmel, the actress nominees, Ellen DeGeneres and, especially, the reality hosts who got the emcee job over Kimmel in 2008.

The incredibly well-produced “In Memoriam” segment and the tribute to Andy Griffith by Ron Howard.

The “Breaking Bad” takeoff off “The Andy Griffith Show.”

The “Modern Family” pre-taped comedy segment.

The montages setting up each section of the show were exceptional.

The Josh Groban musical memoriam to the “beautiful” Kimmel.

The photographers on stage were a nice touch.

Great presenters: Melissa McCarthy, Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey/Jon Hamm, Aziz Ansari, and Ricky Gervais.

THE BAD
The Kimmel monologue was quite boring because he appeared to be so nervous.

“Modern Family” winning for Best Comedy Directing (although Steven Levitan gave a funny speech).

Maggie Smith choosing not to show up yet again and prevailing over equally deserving (if not more so) ladies.

The Amazing Race” winning as Best Reality-Competition Series for the ninth time in 10 years.

THE UGLY
Come on! 10 years in a row for “Daily Show with Jon Stewart“? For a weak episode choice again? (Stewart was funny on stage, though).

Mad Men” didn’t win a single Emmy Award this year (and is now 0-25 on acting categories over its first five years).

Louis C.K. (he didn’t try) presenting with Amy Poehler (she gave it her best).

Jon Cryer (“Two and a Half Men“) as Best Comedy Actor!!

The Tracy Morgan prank.

OTHER EMMY NEWS:

Homeland,’ ‘Modern Family,’ ‘Game Change’ big winners at Emmys

Emmys 2012: Complete List of Winners

The Good, Bad & Ugly: Rob Licuria and Daniel Montgomery on the Emmy Awards

Mad Men’ sets record for most Emmy losses in one season

Jimmy Kimmel presides over a solid but unspectacular 2012 Emmy telecast

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