Emmy 2017: Wrapped up in surprises

Emmy, the Oscar for television wrapped up with a night of surprises. 69th annual Emmy Awards witnessed setting up of new records and surpassing the old ones on Sunday, September 17. This time in Emmys, not only the old favorites made it to the stage but also the well-deserved newcomers glittered.

Stephen Colbert hosted the show the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles and it was aired live on CBS. His musical monologue, “Everything’s Better on TV” included many shows.

The night became a starry affair for Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale as it won awards for Outstanding Drama Series, actors Elisabeth Moss and Ann Dowd taking home awards for acting and also in the drama category, writing and direction awards. Hulu’s major win for streaming service gives a tough competition to Netflix and Amazon. Another big winner of the Emmy’s included HBO’s Big Little Lies and Saturday Night Live. After 22 years, Reed Morano became the first woman to win for directing a drama series. Donald Glover, became the black man to win for both directing and acting in Atlanta and Lena Waithe became the first black woman to make a win for writing. Glover said: “I want to thank Trump for making black people No. 1 on the most oppressed list. He’s the reason I’m up here.” After Archie Panjabi’s win in 2010 for The Good Wife, Aziz Ansari became the second Indian origin winner of an Emmy. He won for Outstanding Writing for Netflix’s Master of None.

The all-time favorite Veep again won for Comedy Series and the character of Selina Meyer played by Louis-Dreyfus wins the sixth time for her role and makes history in Emmys.

Politics makes a quick appearance at the Emmy awards as Sean Spicer, Former White House press secretary made a surprise visit. Also, Saturday Night Live’s Kate McKinnon thanked Hillary Clinton as she won supporting actress award. Host Stephen Colbert took a jab at Donald Trump presidency and his tweets of not getting an Emmy as Celebrity Apprentice.

This year, Emmy was a big win for the women. The three major awards went to women-oriented shows- The Handmaid’s Tale about future sterilization of fertile women living in a dystopian future. Veep which is a funny take on women in politics took comedy award and best-limited series went to Big Little Lies which looks at domestic violence and women actress.

As per nominations in different categories, HBO led the race with 46 nominations followed by Netflix and FX being nominated for 27 each. Following them were NBC with 17 and ABC with 11 nominations. The award scoreboard is different. HBO took back 29 Emmy statues leading the scoreboard for the 17th year. Netflix got up to 20, NBC won 15, and Hulu had 10.

This time Emmy wasn’t a usual one. It was funny, dramatic, had smiles and tears, all that television requires.

Sources: LA Times, Hindustan Times

Game of Thrones shines at the Emmy

Second year in a row, the Game of Thrones sensation took over the Emmy. The fantasy thriller made history by beating Frasier, the show that won most Emmy awards for a scripted TV series. It now holds the record for the highest number of Emmy Awards won by any fictional series.The series took home 12 Emmy in total this year, nine awards in the technical category and three others including best direction, best writing and best dramatic series. The 68th edition of the Emmy, often referred to as television’s equivalent of the Oscars, took place in downtown Los Angeles early this week.

 

Not only does the show now have a total of 38 Emmy including that of 2015 Emmy, the show beat newcomers like Mr. Robot and The Americans. In the best writing category, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss took home the award for the episode, ‘Battle of the Bastards.’ The award for the best direction in a drama series was bagged by  Miguel Sapochnik for the episode, ‘The door.’ The other awards that the show won included, the award for production design for a narrative contemporary or fantasy program, casting for a drama series, costumes for a period/fantasy series, makeup for single-camera series, sound mixing for a comedy or drama series, prosthetic makeup for a series, the award for special visual effects, single-camera picture editing for a drama series and stunt coordination for a drama series.

 

In addition to the list of winning categories, the show got nominations in numerous other categories, most importantly the categories for best supporting actor and actress in a drama series. In the supporting actor category, Peter Dinklage and Kit Harington were both nominated but lost to Ben Mendelsohn, of the show Bloodline. In supporting actress category, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke and Maisie Williams were nominated but lost to Maggie Smith of Downton Abbey. The show was nominated to other categories such as guest actor in drama series, cinematography for a single-camera series, hairstyling for a single-camera series, interactive program and sound editing for a series.