Last night was the 2010 Prime Time Emmy Awards, and fortunately it wasn’t its usual predictable self. For an awards show known more for its predictability than anything else (remember when “The West Wing” ruled?) this year was different. The ABC comedy “Modern Family” won three awards, including Best Comedy Series; comedy front-runner “Glee” also won three. The hit AMC drama “Mad Men” won its third Best Drama series title in a row. The acting category wins were inspired; giving Jim Parsons of “The Big Bang Theory” his first win over favorite Alec Baldwin of “30 Rock;” the supporting acting categories all went to first-time winners.
I am a big fan of awards shows, monitoring everything from Oscar buzz to Grammy nominations to still wondering why “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” never got any major awards. Frankly, I prefer the Golden Globes to the Emmys, because not only are the Golden Globes usually much more fun, but their awards picks are more varied and inspired as well.
Whenever I watch the Emmys, I am always disappointed by how predictable they are, often giving up on it before the show is over. This year, however, the Emmys were to me more about the surprise winners than anything else. For someone from “The Big Bang Theory” to win an Emmy at all is unheard of. I was surprised to see “Modern Family” win where “Glee” didn’t being that “Glee” was the front-runner to win and has received more attention and ratings. And how about all those newbie acting winners, anyway? Apart from Bryan Cranston, every other acting award went to someone new.
Perhaps the most obvious wins of the night went to the awards that were given out at the Creative Arts Emmys the week before; Betty White and Neal Patrick Harris won Emmys for the guest-starring roles on “Saturday Night Live” and “Glee,” respectively. The awards for acting in a miniseries and Best Variety shows all went to the usual suspects, “The Daily Show” winning its eight consecutive Emmy for Variety, Music or Comedy Series. How about George Clooney winning the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award? For the Oscar-winning film actor, Clooney managed to feel right at home, getting cozy with the cast of “Modern Family” in a taped comedic segment. His appearance was another example of an inspired night; perhaps the ratings down slide in recent years called for significant changes, and these were just what the show needed. If they keep this up next year, I might change my mind about the Emmys.
Diego Vasquez, “Finally, some unexpected Emmy Winners”, Media Life Magazine