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  • Trent
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    I feel this is appropriate to discuss.

    Do you have any favorite or least favorite ceremonines? Your reasons could include: liking the winners, liking the host, liking the writing/material, liking the people nominated, etc.

    Mine:

    Favorite:
    2006 – Conan was a fantastic host, his opening was hilarious, Greg Garcia’s acceptance speech was hilarious, it all made up for the terrible nominees and disappointing winners.

    2009 – With the exception of Jon Cryer winning, it was an all-around fantastic ceremony.

    2010 – Fallon was the best host in a long time, the amount of first time winners (albeit predictable) and nominees was refreshing, best Emmy opening number, ever.

    Least Favorite
    2007 – Ryan Seacrest was terrible, the circular arena seating was stupid, 90% of the winners didn’t deserve it, stupid musical performances and unnecessary censorship throughout.

    2008 – Jimmy Kimmel was funnier presenting the award for Best Reality Host than the nominees for the award, who were hosting the show, were combined throughout the night. Josh Groban singing the medley of theme songs nauseated me. Lots of predictable winners as well.

    2011 – Jane Lynch delivered as the host and Amy Poehler made the presentation of her category hilarious, but the rest of the night was static and dull. The poor attempt made to make the show more accessible to the younger people (i.e. band playing Radio Hot 100 songs instead of theme songs) simply failed, and the presenters weren’t given any good material to work with (where were Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart?!?!). At least nobody was played off.

    What are your favs? 

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    montana82
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    Favorites

    1. 2004- Not only did we have pretty much perfect winners (besides Janney and she made up for that with the uber awkward Mariska pull onto stage moment) but production values were Oscar level.  They had a great orchestra that year.

    2. 2009 and 2010- NPH and Jimmy Fallon had  Billy Crystal like openings that were great and brought energy to the show to start, winners were mostly great, liked the set as well, also liked how the awards were handed out based on grouped genres.

    3. 2002 and 2006- Conan was a great host IMO

    4. 2001- ceremony after 9/11, Ellen was great, Streisand closed the show, liked the smaller more intimiate auditorium.

    Least-

    1. 2008- The night TV surrendered outright to reality television with disasterous results.  Those 5 hosts totally sucked the energy out of the room and at homes watching across America.

    2. 2011- good winners but bad host and horrible produced.  Why the heck couldn’t they play the themes to Friday Night Lights, Justifed, The Good Wife, Game of Thrones and Modern Family when their actors win?  They walked to the stage to like DJ techno music.  Why?  Just 3rd rate all the way.

    3. 2007- The circular stage was ridiculous.  Seacrest annoying.  The winners embarassing.

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    Trent
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    How could I forget 2004?? Brilliant winners, brilliant ceremony and you were right, brilliant orchestra.

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    blueprint
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    I always liked the circular stage. what’s your problem with it? A basic front stage is so boring. Having the stage in the middle makes it more of an event rather than just some show.

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    2009 – With the exception of Jon Cryer winning, it was an all-around fantastic ceremony.

     

    I attended this show (the only ceremony I have attended) so it is obviously my favorite.  As for Cryer, the win was stupid, but his speech was pretty terrific.

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    Trent
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    Couldn’t agree more – ridiculous win, fantastic speech.

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    Laactingnyc
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    The circular stage ticked me off too. It just looks stupid……….. If the oscars had a circular stage that would be the end…..

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    Trent
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    In the round was a ridiculous attempt at changing up the ceremony. As James Spader and Elaine Stritch correctly, as hilariously, pointed out, it was a big inconvenience to the presenters and winners. It was also probably a pain to be the director for.

    The good thing about the 2007 show was the orchestra.

    I also enjoyed the 2001 show quite a bit. 

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    blueprint
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    What exactly was so fantastic about Cryer’s speech? Did I miss something? “Awards not being shallow anymore for him now”, has been done multiple times before I assume. And then he was just praising Sheen’s work on Men. I wonder if he regrets putting that in his speech now

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    ashmores
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    I always liked the circular stage. what’s your problem with it? A basic front stage is so boring. Having the stage in the middle makes it more of an event rather than just some show.

    Because, like everyone else said, it was awkward. Personally, I don’t like looking at people behind the presenters and winners fumbling with their faces and trying to look pretty for three hours!  I’m sure a lot of them hated it to.  Also, when (for example) Terry O’quinn wins, he proceedes to fumble looking behind him and it just was so weird to watch.

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    Trent
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    If another award show did that circular thing, it would be destroyed. But not E-M-M-Y, the award show everybody expects to fail.

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    FAVORITE: 1987
    LEAST FAVORITE: Too many too name

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    I decided to go over the
    Emmys since 2000 to see which I like best to worst. I give one point for each
    major win I cheered for, minus one for each major win I booed.

    2004 16 (I love Angels in
    America, Frasier, Sex and the City. Worst Win: None; only year where I’m fine
    with everything.)

    2009 5 (MM+30R. Worst:
    Timberlake.)

    2008 5 (MM+30R. Worst: Piven.)

    2000 5 (West Wing + Will
    & Grace. Worst: Heaton.)

    2010 4 (MM+NPH. Worst:
    Parsons)

    2001 2 (Sex+Sopranos.
    Worst: Roberts)

    2007 1 (30R+Spader. Worst:
    Heigl)

    2002 0 (Friends+Bernie Mac
    Pilot. Worst: Romano)

    2003 0 (West
    Wing+Applegate. Worst: Garrett)

    2006 0 (Hooper+Hargitay.
    Worst: Danner)

    2005 0 (Spader+Arquette.
    Worst: Raymond #2)

    2011 -1 (MM+Winslet.
    Worst: McCarthy.)

    2012 -6 (Moore…only year
    where I like one win. Worst: Damian Lewis)

    Hey, Raymond hits my worst
    list 5x, with each of the cast members. With 2 other CBS comedy wins + 2 CBS
    cable sister net drama wins. I suspect this year will fit that pattern. I haven’t seen enough of the 90s winners to rank them, but enough that I know every year of the 90s had more winners that I like than 2012.

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    nahborghi
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    #235898

    I wish there was some place to watch old ceremonies. I was only able to watch from 2006 on. But the 2004 seems like one of the best, the comedy finale video they did was really touching, with so many great shows ending that year.

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    montana82
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    There was a youtube user that had EVERY Emmy ceremony uploaded from 1978-1996 but his account got deleted when he started uploading Oscar ceremonies.

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