by Shelbie Condie
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Yes, it’s finally that time of year again: when attire is blatantly worshipped, when acceptance speeches are cut short by the melodious orchestra, but mostly, when artists are so. so. so. grateful for the novelist list of people that got them to where they are now.
The 67th Emmy Awards took place September 20 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, with first-time host Andy Samberg. Andy Samberg is mainly known for his success of Digital Shorts on Saturday Night Live, being a cast member from the years 2005-2012 (snl.wikia.com). He currently works on the FOX sitcom, Brooklyn 99, which premieres its new season on Sunday, September 27th.
The show opened up with a clever digital short about the ridiculous amount of TV shows, which featured cameos of that night’s star-studded lineup. There was yet another digital short halfway through the program that paid homage to Mad Men, one of the many shows completing its run. As far as his monologue, Andy Samberg seemed nervous but recouped with witty jokes, and loosened up after the third commercial break. His personable charm, cheesy humor, tacky tuxedos, and childish laughter aided in his survival of the night.
Some special highlights included the montage tribute to shows in their last season which included Parks and Recreation, Glee, andBoardwalk Empire, the tear-jerker of ‘In Memoriam’ clip, and Viola Davis’ acceptance speech referring to the evolvement of opportunity for colored women. On a lighter note, Jimmy Kimmel ate a results card, Ricky Gervais deceived the internet and pretended to win an Emmy, and Lorne Michaels received a “World’s Best Boss” mug for the 40 seasons of Saturday Night Live.
The overall theme of The 67th Emmy Awards was the dynamic duo of diversity and books. This year had the most diverse group of nominees in Emmy history. And it was somewhat ironic how Andy Samberg made a gimmick of the quote ‘Suck it Books’, yet novels dominated; the top victors were Olive Kitteridge and Game of Thrones, shows based off of books. The additional contenders were Veep and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. History was also made when the award for Supporting Actress in a Drama was received by Uzo Aduba for Orange is the New Black, making a record for winning both a Drama and Comedy Emmy for the same role. Also, Alison Janney tied for the record of most Emmy wins, gaining her 7th career one, for Mom as best Supporting Actress in a Comedy.
The one word I would use to best describe this year’s award show is: awkward. The stakes were high, and it appeared as if people didn’t want to abandon their competitive streak. Acceptance winners fumbled with their crumpled lists, gags fell flat, and the crowd was clearly rigid. There were, however, a few standing ovation moments that livened the show. One was when Jon Hamm was awarded for his long-awaited win for Mad Men as Lead Actor in a Drama. Another took place when a surprise guest closed the show: Tracy Morgan appeared and gave the last award of the night, receiving praise for his miraculous recovery from his traumatic car wreck. “Last year, Jimmy Kimmel stood on this stage and said, ‘We’ll see you back here next year, Tracy’. . .I’m here,”
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