I flipped back and forth between the E! Red Carpet Special and the ABC red carpet. Say what you will about Ryan Seacrest, but his red carpet interviews for E! are far superior to any of ABC’s commentators. Ryan actually takes the time to research who he’s talking to and is great at making them feel comfortable. Meanwhile on ABC Lara Spencer is going on about how she’s “wearing the same color as Jon Hamm’s girlfriend.” Jon Hamm’s girlfriend happens to be a successful actress with a name (Jennifer Westfeldt).
It’s pretty clear that ABC is really pushing Modern Family during this broadcast. They’re especially fixated on talking about Sofia Vergara as much as possible. I enjoy Modern Family, but I’m not convinced is as good as the Emmys make it out to be.
Here are some red carpet fashion notes…
- Zooey Deschanel’s (New Girl) gray-blue princess gown is perfect for her. I love the sweetheart neckline and the lace skirt, which looks kind of distressed, but in a cool way.
- Heidi Klum (Project Runway) looks lovely in seafoam green, although the super high slits on both legs are a bit much.
- Lena Dunham and Zosia Mamet from Girls both appear to have gotten dressed in the dark. Dunham’s dress looks like something I had when I was 8; Mamet’s is color blocking gone terribly wrong.
- Padma Lakshmi (Top Chef) is wearing a fairly standard gown, but the orange color is great on her.
- Ginnifer Goodwin (Once Upon A Time) appears to be wearing some gaudy nude and orange drapery.
- Leslie Mann (This Is 40) is wearing an interesting gown with a doiley-esque top and orange skirt. It doesn’t seem like it should work, but I actually kind of like it.
- Poor Mayim Bialik (Big Bang Theory) injured her arm and is trying to hide her brace. I don’t love her dress – it just seems too matronly both in color and cut.
- Jena Malone (The Hunger Games) is wearing an interesting maroon gown that looks kind of like woven fringe. At first I thought it was awful, but the more I look at it the more it grows on me. It’s different without being ridiculous.
- Sofia Vergara (Modern Family) looks like a Vegas showgirl in her overly-sequined turquoise gown with cutouts and ample cleavage.
- Julie Bowen (Modern Family) is surprisingly pretty in neon lime. You wouldn’t think construction vest lime would work on the red carpet, but she pulls it off nicely.
- Take two of my least favorite red carpet trends (cutouts and belts) and put them together in the worst possible way…you’ll get Edie Falco’s (Nurse Jackie) dress.
- Sarah Hyland (Modern Family) usually looks great on the red carpet – she manages to be young and trendy, but still classy. Tonight she looks great in cream – although the sheer fabric might have worked better with more boob coverage underneath.
- Yikes – Julianne Moore (Game Change) is an example of construction vest neon lime gone terribly wrong.
- Nice to see Tina Fey (30 Rock) in purple!
- Emily Vancamp (Revenge) is wearing a dress that looks suspiciously like a Halloween spiderweb decoration. The weird thing is, I don’t hate it.
On To The Show!
Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project) is adorable and Connie Britton (Nashville, American Horror Story) glows in the opening skit, featuring several prominent TV actresses helping “punch the botox” out of Jimmy Kimmel before the show.
Comedy Series Awards
They’re starting with comedy. I watch way more comedy on TV than drama, so I’m excited to get started. First award – Best Supporting Actor. Nominees include basically the entire cast of Modern Family and Max Greenfield from New Girl. Max Greenfield is actually pretty awesome on New Girl, but since this is ABC I fully expect a Modern Family win. Sure enough – Eric Stonestreet gets the Emmy. I can go either way on this. At least his speech is cute enough and brief enough.
Best writing goes to Louis C.K. for Louie. Lots of good nominees in this category.
Color me impressed that Julie Bowen (Modern Family) wins Best Supporting Actress over Sofia Vergara. But you know who really deserved it? Mayim Bialik, who is so hilarious on Big Bang Theory there is absolutely no reason she shouldn’t have run away with this one.
Best Director is another Modern Family win for Steve Levitan. With nominees like Jim Parsons (Big Bang Theory), Louis C.K. (Louie) and Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm), how is it that Jon Cryer wins for Two and a Half Men? I don’t get it. But I’m grateful he keeps his speech short and sweet!
Best Actress should absolutely definitely go to Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation) in my not totally unbiased opinion. Instead, Julia Louis-Dreyfuss wins for Veep (and maybe a little bit for sentimental value). Very cute moment when Julia pretends to accidentally read off Amy Poehler’s acceptance speech.
Reality Series Awards
Best Reality Competition Show goes to The Amazing Race, as always.
Best Reality Show Host goes to Tom Bergeronfor Dancing With The Stars. I don’t watch DWTS, but there’s something about Tom Bergeron that always cracks me up. He’s super cheesy, but he knows it and he doesn’t seem to care.
Drama Series Awards
The montage for Drama series is using the score from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. I love this song! (Final Battle at the Gallows, in case you’re interested.) I wonder if Kevin Costner (Hatfields & McCoys) is bopping along in the audience. I saw him on the red carpet so here’s hoping! I watch approximately none of the shows nominated in the drama category, so I apologize in advance if my commentary is lacking for these awards. I’m just along for the ride!
Claire Danes (Homeland) is presenting Best Supporting Actor. She also appears to be wearing construction vest neon lime and pulling it off. Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) wins the Emmy.
Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere (Nashville) are presenting Writing in a Drama series. They are both so sparkly and adorable! The writers for Homeland win the Emmy.
Best Supporting Actress goes to Maggie Smith For Downton Abbey.
Drama Directing goes to Tim Van Patten for Boardwalk Empire.
Josh Groban is singing a past tense version of One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful” for a fake In Memoriam segment on Jimmy Kimmel. I’m not sure whether the proper response is laughter or eye rolling.
Best Lead Actor goes to Damian Lewis for Homeland.
Tina Fey and Jon Hamm present Lead Actress. Tina Fey’s “forgot my glasses” schtick is nothing new, but I loved when she said “a shoebrush lady of manure.” The Emmy goes to Claire Danes for Homeland. I guess this show is popular? Dane comments on how quickly the show’s writers were cut off during their acceptance speech. I don’t blame her. I know why they do it, but it seems so unfair how quickly writers get cut off while actors get to go on and on forever in their speeches. Is Claire Danes pregnant? Either her dress makes her look a little pregnant or it does a really good job of hiding an actual pregnancy. (After a quick Google search I can confirm that she is indeed pregnant!)
Variety Show Awards
Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special goes to Louis C.K. Interesting (but not unpleasant) that we’ve already seen him win twice tonight. Who would have thought – Louis C.K., Emmy darling? Aziz Ansari (Parks and Recreation) and Jane Levy (Suburgatory) present. Levy looks rather cute in a simple belted blue dress with cap sleeves that compliments her auburn hair nicely.
Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special goes to Glen Weiss for the Tony Awards. He’s in the process of directing the Emmys, so he gets to give his acceptance speech from an A/V booth. I kind of feel like you have that job you should get to wear sweatpants, but apparently you have to get dolled up even if you’re secluded in a dark closet for the entirety of the broadcast.
Outstanding Variety/Comedy Program goes to The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, as expected. His fellow nominees drag him to the ground as he tries to go up to the stage to accept his award. Ricky Gervais presented the last couple awards. I know a lot of people are tired of him or never liked him in the first place, but I have a soft spot for him. He is, after all, responsible for two versions of The Office, Extras and An Idiot Abroad.
Miniseries / TV Movie Awards
Supporting Actress goes to Jessica Lange for American Horror Story, as it should. I love that she’s not afraid to wear a sleeveless dress. So many older actresses seem to think they need to cover their arms all the time, but I figure if you can get away with going sleeveless, why not?
Tom Berenger (Hatfields & McCoys) wins Supporting Actor.
Lucy Liu and Kiefer Sutherland present Best Writing. Lucy Liu appears to be wearing a suit of armor. Danny Strong wins for Game Change. Oh man! Danny Strong is totally Doyle from Gilmore Girls! I feel like I’m watching Doyle accept an Emmy, which makes this so much better.
Lead Actress goes to Julianne Moore for Game Change. I was rooting for Connie Britton, but at least this gives me a chance to make sure my TV is properly calibrated to display chartreuse in all its hideous glory. And I’ll admit it looks like Moore pulled off a convincing Sarah Palin based on the clips I’ve seen of the movie.
Jay Roach (Game Change) wins the Emmy for Outstanding Directing. Lead Actor goes to Kevin Costner for Hatfields & McCoys. Unfortunately no Robin Hood songs get played. Kevin Costner is a likable guy. And, as an Iowan, I’m kind of obligated to like him for making “Is this heaven? No, it’s Iowa.” a thing. (But really, I’m fairly sure Iowa is nothing like heaven.)
Best Series Awards
The winner for Outstanding Miniseries/TV Movie is Game Change. Normally I would be indifferent about this, but apparently Tom Hanks produced it so he does the acceptance speech. Who doesn’t enjoy a little Tom Hanks?
Outstanding Drama Series goes to Homeland. Which at this point I am not surprised by at all. I would be incredibly surprised if Modern Family doesn’t win Outstanding Comedy Series, although I think Parks and Recreation (which isn’t even nominated) deserves it the most.
As predicted, Modern Family wins. Sadly, it is now 9:57pm central time and well past my bedtime. Thanks for taking the time to read through my random Emmy thoughts and updates!
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