Muni Reviews: The 63rd Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards 2011

So this year Jane Lynch was hosting, her most notable role in recent years has been starting as the cheerleading coach on Glee. The opening monologue was very good and as usual had great cameos of stars from hit shows over the past year, it was very well worked and nicely put together.

This year the Emmy’s also had the Emmytones a group of 6 harmony barber shop quartet like singers compromising of Kate Flannery (The Office), Taraji P. Henson (Boston Legal), Zachary Levi (Chuck), Joel McHale (Community), Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother) and Wilmer Valderrama (That 70s Show).  There singing was very good but I’ll be honest the show could have done without it.

Right onto the awards, firstly I just want to point out I’m NOT going to go through each individual awards, I honestly don’t have the time and plus I got a feeling you’d give up reading after the first two, so instead I’ll go by the groups.

The comedy awards

Modern Family took home most of the awards best supporting actor and actress, as well as best writing and directing for comedy series. The lead actor and actress went to Jim parson (The Big Bang Theory) and Melissa McCarthy (Mike and Molly).  At this point I’d just like to point out that when the nominees were being announced all the women in the women category went up one by one, it was quite possibly the most funniest moment in the night, definitely put a smile on my face and was a joy to watch, that alone got a standing ovation from the entire audience which tells you how amazing it was to watch, worth catching it on youtube. Finally just on this part I’d like to say that Steve Carell was also nominated for lead actor but did not win, I’d like to say that I was slightly upset he rally did deserve to win and it’s a shame that he was not recognized in any capacity.

The Drama awards

The drama awards didn’t really have much drama; there was the shock but deserved win for Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights), as well as that the show also won the award for best writing in its category. In the lead actor category, the lead actress award going to Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife).  The directing award went to Martin Scorsese for Boardwalk Empire. Mad Men as usual in a forth year in a row won the best drama award. There were awards for Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) and Margo Martindale (Justified) for the supporting actor and actress awards respectively.

The best of British was on show too, with Kate Winslet winning the lead actress award in a miniseries or movie, for her role in Mildred Pierce.  Her acceptance speech however was a bit too over the top. She milked it a lot and was at times cringing to watch.  There was also a bag of awards for Downton Abbey winning best directing and writing as well as best miniseries.

Finally there was a cameo award hosting for Ricky Gervais, which was very well put together and got a warm reception of laughs. Also a quick note when Steve Levitan was accepting the award for best writing in a comedy series, as he was telling the story of how his children caught him and his wife in the act of love making, the camera was on his wife and she gave “the look” which got a huge laugh and made me laugh too, another bit worth seeing if you can.

A good year for HBO, NBC and ABC, all getting a handful of awards to share between them.

I’d say that this years awards were a success and it had a good sense of humor throughout the show. Some outstanding moments, and as usual, some cringy moments too. It’s a great way to kick of the New Year for TV shows returning back to our TVs.

Look out for Muni’s Top 5 US shows to look forward to, which I’ll be posting at the end of this week.



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