August 29, 2016 at 9:41 am #1201915041
With the Emmys coming up, I’m very interested in hearing your opinions on this subject.
Every year, there always seems to be at least one surprise among the winners. So what was the biggest surprise you’ve ever encountered at the Emmys?
Mine would have to be how The Normal Heart underperformed at the ceremony two years ago.August 29, 2016 at 10:00 am #1201915046
Sarah Paulson for AHS: Asylum losing to Ellen Burstyn for Political Animals.
Lena Headey losing last year and Peter Dinklage winning last year.
Claire Danes not winning for “The Star” is atrocious.August 29, 2016 at 10:54 am #1201915083
Lorraine Bracco losing for “Employee of the Month” was truly, unimpeachably stunning. That was an upset of Lauren Bacall-calbur proportions, as David Chase clearly wrote the episode for the exclusive purpose of getting Bracco an Emmy and it won Writing on top of that.
OSCAR FLASHBACK: Best Original Song (2000) – Attack of the Swan!August 29, 2016 at 12:35 pm #1201915150
Toni Collette beating Tina Fey in 2009.
Steve Carell losing for his final season on The Office to Jim Parsons for The Big Bang Theory in 2011 was mind-boggling.
Merritt Wever winning over Julie Bowen, Sofia Vergara, Mayim Bialik, etc. in 2013 came out of nowhere.
Kyle Chandler winning over Jon Hamm in 2011 (Tom O’Neil calls Hamm’s loss here the most unforgivable Emmy loss ever).
Jeff Daniels winning for The Newsroom in 2013.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus beating Amy Poehler four years in a row. I get how beloved she is on Veep, but come on people, Amy Poehler deserved to win at least one Emmy for Parks & Recreation. Someone please explain why Julia had to win four times in a row.August 29, 2016 at 1:05 pm #1201915180
I’m thinking back to the 90s for some of mine. I think Picket Fences’ 2nd season winning drama series of the much hyped first season of NYPD Blue was big. Christopher Reeve losing directing of movie/mini to Andrey Konchalovskiy for The Odyssey was surely huge. Law & Order’s win for the 1996-97 season on its 6th nomination in that category is another one that comes to mind. Finally, Holland Taylor defeating Nancy Marchand for a role many thought was a guest performance (but she appeared in too many episodes). How much was The Practice’s defeat of season 1 of The Sopranos a shock?August 29, 2016 at 8:15 pm #1201915263
Patricia Arquette (Medium) beating Glenn Close (The Shield)….it made me start watching The Medium though….and she was great in it. Just didn’t know it when she won!August 29, 2016 at 10:27 pm #1201915295
Drama directing was reliable:
2008: House season 4 over Mad Men pilot
2009: ER finale over Mad Men
2010: Dexter season 4 over Lost finale
2012: Boardwalk Empire season 2 over everything else
Some of these were inspired, which made the sting extra when the conventional choice won over something more deserving in other years.September 21, 2016 at 5:28 am #1201925810
The biggest surprises of this year’s Emmys to me were…
Tatiana Maslany winning Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Kate McKinnon winning Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Ben Mendelsohn winning Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
The Night Manager winning Outstanding Directing of a Miniseries/MovieSeptember 21, 2016 at 6:16 am #1201925816
My biggest surprises were Peter Scolari, Louie Anderson, Kate McKinnon, Master Of None for Comedy Writing, Inside Amy Schumer for Variety Series Directing, Patton Oswalt for Variety Special Writing, The Night Manager for Limited Series Directing, Ben Mendelsohn, Maggie Smith, and Tatiana Maslany.September 21, 2016 at 1:18 pm #1201925976
Sherlock winning TV Movie was jaw dropping
Give Paul Thomas Anderson an Oscar.September 21, 2016 at 8:01 pm #1201926054
Once again, Ben f**king Mendelsohn?! You know what, I actually agree with Amanda that he had a good tape. But you know what else? Jon voight had a way better tape with “The Kalamazoo.” Mendelsohn needed to show far more range to be called a believable winner. Kit Harington may not be the best actor on the planet, but to me, he was better in “Battle of the Bastards” than Ben Mendelsohn was the entirety of Season 2.
Regina King was pretty surprising too, though less so considering the Emmys love repeat winners and she could have been getting de facto recognition for her work in The Leftovers as well. You know, like how Alicia Vikander won the Oscar not only for The Danish Girl, but as a de facto Award for her work in Ex Machina as well! 😉
I had Sherlock in 2nd, I should have taken my mom’s advice on that one and moved it to 1st… I just couldn’t buy the popular ballot would allow a winner that had been snubbed in Writing AND Directing. Jay Roach got in, so I kept All The Way in 1st. At least I correctly predicted Courtney B. Vance would beat Bryan Cranston.September 21, 2016 at 8:04 pm #1201926055
Also, Fargo losing Writing, for Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman, AND Allison Tolman losing to Sherlock: His Last Vow will annoy me forever! I LOVE Sherlock, but that 3rd season was mediocre in my opinion. I’ve heard great things about Kathy Bates in Coven, but I didn’t see that season so I can’t say.