Monday, September 21, 2009

2009 Emmy Round-Up: Not As Gag-Inducing As It Could Have Been!

Posted By on Mon, Sep 21, 2009 at 1:23 PM

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Some stray thoughts from last night's 61st annual Emmy Awards: • I was ever so giddy to learn one of last night's Emmy winners was from Paris, Tennessee. Cherry Jones won for her role as President Allison Taylor on 24. (A lady president? What is this, Liberia?) I have never seen 24, although I know my mom likes it. But I love it whenever a non-embarrassing non-musician is outed as a Tennessean. Those folks are the white stags of pop culture! • This year's ceremony wasn't nearly as full of egregious injustice as it could have been, especially with perennial nominee William Shatner up in the mix. I knew Bryan Cranston was a shoo-in for Best Actor in a Drama because he was the only not-sexy nominee, and I'm always pleased to see my not-so-secret crush Michael Emerson give America the creeps. But Jon Cryer? Suck it. • Television has reaffirmed its place as the only source of decent work for actresses over 30. Former movie sex symbol Glenn Close won an award last night, as did frightfully orange Toni Collette and permanent bitchface Jessica Lange. • Seth "Family Guy" MacFarlane was allowed to show up for some reason. Oh yeah--he was nominated. For those keeping track at home, the Emmy score remains: MacFarlane, 1; the entire five-season run of The Wire, 0. A list of winners: Outstanding Drama Series Mad Men (AMC) Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Glenn Glose as Patty Hewes in Damages (FX) Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad (AMC) Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Cherry Jones, 24 (Fox) Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Michael Emerson, Lost (Fox) Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series Kater Gordon and Matthew Weiner, "Meditations in an Emergency," Mad Men (AMC) Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series Rod Holcomb, "And in the End," ER (NBC) Outstanding Comedy Series 30 Rock (NBC) Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Toni Collette as Tara Gregson in United States of Tara (Showtime) Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock (NBC) Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Kristin Chenoweth as Olive Snook in Pushing Daisies (ABC) Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Jon Cryer as Alan Harper in Two And A Half Men (CBS) Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series Matt Hubbard, "Reunion," 30 Rock (NBC) Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series Jeffery Blitz, "Stress Relief," The Office (NBC) Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central) Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Series The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central) Outstanding Directing for Variety, Music or Comedy Series Bruce Gowers, American Idol (Fox) Outstanding Miniseries Little Dorrit (PBS) Outstanding Made for TV Movie Grey Gardens (HBO) Oustanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie Jessica Lange, Grey Gardens (HBO) Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries of Movie Brendan Gleeson, Into the Storm (HBO) Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries of Movie Shohreh Aghdashloo as Sajida in House of Saddam (HBO) Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries of Movie Ken Howard as Phelan Beale in Grey Gardens (HBO) Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special Andrew Davies, Little Dorrit (PBS) Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special Dearbhla Walsh, Little Dorrit (PBS) Outstanding Reality-Competition Program The Amazing Race (CBS) Outstanding Host For A Reality or a Reality-Competition Program Jeff Probst, Survivor (CBS) [EW]

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