Hacks stole some comedy thunder.
Ted Lasso dominating the comedy classes was a given (much less predictably, on condition that it had by no means gained earlier than, The Crown did the identical to drama) however boy was it nice to see HBO Max’s pleasant new half-hour dramedy, simply among the finest exhibits of the 12 months, sneak in and muscle away three awards. The headline, after all, was triple OG Jean Good rightfully getting an ovation because the titanic however tortured comedienne who drives the sequence. However it was simply as vindicating seeing creators Lucia Aniello, Paul Downs and Jen Statsky choose up the writing award and even moreso seeing Aniello win for guiding, a class that would positively honor girls extra typically.
LVP (Least Invaluable Individual): The Wrap-Up Man
The wrap-up music cues have been particularly brutal this time, and whoever was in command of it took his job fairly critically, infringing on some actual legends and/or momentous speeches all for the sake of broadcast brevity. He had the temerity to chop off 80s icon Debbie Allen. He additionally began to chop off Jean Good, whose win the whole room had rightfully simply erupted for, after she started her acceptance speech by dedicating her late husband. If time is that essential, how about chopping a few of these dumb sketches, guys? Talking of…
Scott Frank, learn the room
In true entitled white man trend, The Queen’s Gambit creator Scott Frank wouldn’t be cowed by the wrap-it-up cue as he accepted the award for Excellent Directing for a Restricted Collection. “Significantly, cease the music” Frank barked when the orchestra began up, with the entire grouchy sass of a Finest Purchase buyer demanding to talk to “the supervisor.” He then proceeded to drone on for an eternity (three minutes) with a speech that, very similar to Queen’s Gambit, actually didn’t have to be that lengthy.
Michaela Coel didn’t stroll away completely empty-handed
I Could Destroy You deserved a lot extra—the HBO sequence was up for each main Restricted Collection award however misplaced most of them to The Queen’s Gambit— however not less than Michaela Coel gained for Excellent Writing. The second created a kind of candy situations each awards broadcast wants, the place a nominee is deserving, but additionally the underdog, and thus genuinely shocked to get the win. (Coel’s seatmate Cynthia Erivo seemingly needed to hype Coel as much as stand up on the stage.) And in stark distinction to Scott, Coel delivered a touching and poignant speech in beneath a minute.
The Assist Sketch
One of many highlights of the evening concerned individuals who…didn’t win any awards. Spearheaded by Dr. Phil, the Emmys Assist Group sketch was an actual winner. Scott Bakula, Cedric the Entertainer, Keri Russell and others spent a rap session discussing the lows of being nominated however by no means profitable. It was refreshing, and hilarious, to see an awards present take this angle. You at all times see the winners, radiant, glowing as they settle for their awards. What in regards to the individuals who aren’t so fortunate?
Conan the Disruptor
Conan intentionally trolling Frank Scherma, CEO and Chairman of the Tv Academy, by giving him an particularly raucous reception as he took the stage, was a quick however noteworthy shot of pleasure throughout a speech that’s normally among the many most boring. Inviting the man who wrote the Monorail episode of The Simpsons to your stay present is at all times a dangerous wager, and Conan proved he is nonetheless his common manic self despite the fact that he isn’t on late-night anymore. He saluted the man, for crying out loud. (And later joined Stephen Colbert’s group onstage as they accepted their win, for no cause apart from to do it.)