Monday, September 19, 2011

Best of the Emmys

Posted By on Mon, Sep 19, 2011 at 4:58 PM

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Last night brought us the 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, and host Jane Lynch of Glee was a hit — one of the best women hosts we've seen in a while (when was the last time a woman hosted?), adding her signature wit, charm and sass. The show itself offered a few surprises along with the usual snafus, glitches awkward stumbles and "What the hell are they wearing?" moments. People were well-behaved for the most part. Even Charlie Sheen was polite, wishing new Two and a Half Men star Ashton Kutcher well as his replacement.

Maybe we have Best of the Bay on the brain, but it just seemed fitting to share some best of's from last night, and some lists from other online sources.

Best opening number jokes: Christina Hendrix's Joan from '60s-era Mad Men voices concern that men will hate women having sex with other women in the future upon hearing Jane Lynch's prediction of 21st century homosexuality. In the tune about the wonders of TV, Lynch riffed on her own show's teens who look 24 and American Idol's proof that Americans actually vote.

Best surprise: Melissa McCarthy's win for Best Actress in a Comedy for Mike and Molly. (Though it was disappointing not to see Amy Poehler win. She was my pick.)

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Best Incredible Edible Dress: Julianna Margulies' gown looked like a sequined egg holder.

Best couple: Presenters Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel, and, yes, Fallon's late night talk show should have beat the Daily Show with Jon Stewart this year. Fallon's has gotten better and Daily Show has not only won ad nauseam but has been pretty much on idle the past few years. Stewart's camera mugs and asides take longer than his interviews. Fallon's show, meanwhile, pulls off gags that seem completely ridiculous and wind up being hilarious — such as Perm Week.

Best Best Actors who weren't nominated Nick Offerman of Parks and Recreation and Andrew Lincoln of Walking Dead.

Best heck yeah: Best supporting actor Ty Burrell, who plays Phil Dunphy in Modern Family. His was the best acceptance speech too.

Best political concept reduced to literal minutia: Jane Lynch's gay agenda, a to-do list.

Best pageantry: The actresses nominated for best comedy lead — Tina Fey, Edie Falco, Amy Poehler, Melissa McCarthy, Laura Linney and Martha Plimpton rallied to the stage like beauty pageant contestants and cheered on McCarthy as she was crowned with a tiara and presented with a bouquet of red roses.

Best Office joke: In a spoof of The Office, new Dunder-Mifflin employee Tracy Jordan (Tracy Morgan) complains about the elevators — "Stay put, tiny rooms!"

Best WTF was that: Michael Bolton performing as a pirate with the Lonely Island crew. The whole thing was awesomely incomprehensible.

Best caught-on-camera reaction Nancy Carell's (formerly Nancy Walls of Daily Show and SNL) gave us the quintessential WTF look after hubby Steve lost his last chance at the Best Actor in a Comedy statue.

Here are some online sources for entertaining Emmy highlights:

E! Entertainment network gives us Best & Worst of the 2011 Emmys: Jane Lynch's Gay (and Hilarious!) Agenda.

Hot Topics gives talks about the frustrating Carell snub: Emmys love ‘Modern Family,’ snub Steve Carell and Jon Hamm

The good, the bad and the ugly gowns: AOL 2011's Emmys Best and Worst Dressed

A fun top 5: Social Hollywood's Top 5 Emmy Moments

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