It seems fitting that the Emmys, an awards ceremony dedicated to honoring the best moments and performances in television over the past year, had so many of its own great moments and performances last night. While I’d personally argue that Amy Poehler (please, oh please, let her get her due for Parks and Recreation next year) leading her fellow Best Actress in a Comedy nominees to the stage when their names were called for the category was the funniest and most memorable moment of the evening, there were plenty others that made the evening shine.
Why they didn’t use The Office skit as the opener was truly baffling, considering that sketch was far and away the funniest scripted moment of the night, thanks to some killer cameos by Ashton Kutcher and Aaron Paul. (In bizarro Office world, Creed would so associate with Breaking Bad‘s Jesse.) There was also some great one-liners, an epic musical number by The Lonely Island, and Jon Hamm’s general handsomeness. But, there may have been no moment more sweet unexpected than Kyle Chandler winning Best Actor in a Drama Series for Friday Night Lights. Sure, it would have been wonderful if Connie Britton had won, too, but there was something so immensely satisfying about watching Chandler snag a long-overdue Emmy. Heck, Coach even made a speech in which he rattled off names sound inspiring. That’s the power of Kyle Chandler, people.
Of course for every wonderful, funny, unpredictable moment, there were some clunkers, too. In fact, the whole show looked like it could have been doomed because of that uneven, confusing (all the TV shows live in a house together?) opening number. Host Jane Lynch really tried to give it her best (after all, they never really let her sing on Glee), but the moment fell flat. Then again, nothing fell flatter than the bizarre, awkward Emmytones bit. It takes a lot to make Joel McHale, Zachary Levi, and Cobie Smulders (Robin Sparkles, you deserved better) seem unfunny, but this pulled it off, three excruciating times. But, no frustrating moments (that’ll do, Modern Family) or utterly baffling head-scratchers (that’s all you’ve got to say for yourself, Charlie Sheen?) could even come close for me than that injustice of Steve Carell losing the Emmy for Best Actor in a Comedy Series to Jim Parsons. Not only did Parsons win last year for his work (no matter how undeniably good it may be) on The Big Bang Theory, but this was Carell’s final chance to win an Emmy for his role as the boss we all grew to really love, Michael Scott. I’m pretty sure my reaction, just like so many of yours, sounded like this when Parsons’ name was called.
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