9.19.2011

Emmy Awards 2011: A Modern Family Sweep

Jane Lynch said it best after a commercial break in which Modern Family had already started their 4/4 sweep (it ended up being a 5/5), the Emmys were more like the Modern Family Awards. This also brings up a point… are the Emmy writers writing on the go, with the help of Twitter, perhaps? I say that because I saw that joke on Twitter before Jane said it.

That being said, I though Jane was a phenomenal host. Agree or disagree?

Best Moments
1. Comedy Lead Actresses Pageant
This will go down as one of the Best Moments in Awards Show history. That skit was just priceless. At first, I thought Amy Poehler was a freaking genius (which she is) for walking up there to fake-accept the award. I almost died when Melissa McCarthy followed.

It received a well-deserved standing ovation from the audience. Then… bam!... Surprise! Melissa McCarthy? OK, whatever. Not even she saw that coming.

We all realized the mock pageant was all carefully planned beforehand, when the winner received not only the Emmy statue, but flowers and crown Miss Angola-style. HILARIOUS.


2. The Opening
Jane's words: “I’m going to sing it… in song,” to which Mr. President of Television replied, “They hardly let you sing on Glee!”

It’s too long for me to explain. Just relive it.

Watch out for this key moments: Jane with the Mad Men Cast, Randy Jackson cameo (pitchy dawg!), Jane slamming Dancing with the Stars and, yes, Jane can sing!


3. The Lonely Island (plus a bunch of other people) Performance
It took the help of the hilarious SNL kids to make Michael Bolton relevant again, because Dancing with the Stars did exactly the opposite.

God Bless Michael Bolton's heart for not taking himself seriously, and how about freaky William H. Macy?

For a few extra laughs, focus on the male dancers in water print Spandex onesies doing water-like movements.

With a medley of their hits, this was one of the best moments of the night. Watch:


4. The Speeches:
No wonder Modern Family is so funny! One of the show’s main writers, Steven Levitan, had some of the most memorable lines of the night in his 2 speeches. The first one featured this very laugh-inducing moment

Focus on the wife stealing the show! Hahaha!


Worst Moments
1. Something called “The Emmytones”
Apparently, someone in the creative team of this awards show is not so creative. Really, a chorus?

How did funny man Joel McHale agree to that? This was pathetic and we had to put up with them for the whole show.

Watch it here, or not (it’s painful).

2. Charlie Sheen Presenting his Former Category
Who came up with this? Chuck Lorre? That was sad. I’m not a Charlie Sheen fan by any means, but it was about time this recovering addict had a bit of a comeback. This wasn’t it.

He bumped the mic out of nervousness and his voice seemed to break. The unemployed winner is still not winning.

This video is not even worth watching. It's depressing. I shouldn't watch his Roast, I might cry.

3. Everything in between…
the comedy awards and that last Modern Family award was very sleep-inducing. I can just remember when that sweet old lady stumbled going up the stairs.

4. Il Divo?
Then, there was the In Memoriam and the performance of Hallelujah by guys that could be Il Divo or not.

Apparently, everyone in America thinks that any male foursome is Il Divo (they are actually something called The Canadian Tenors).

I have to say I like the rendition of the very over-played song. Some people thought it was a disrespect that one of them kept their hat on during the tribute to the deceased stars.
Me? I'm just happy Uncle Frank was in there.

A Quote To Remember…

Jane Lynch delivered some gems. Steve Levitan followed her in the race. Here are some of the best:

1. Best One-Liner:
"I can barely balance!" –Paula Abdul (after Jane Lynch said she could barely balance her checkbook)

2. The other Steve Levitan speech:
"And I thought to myself, 'Well, they are right; we are showing the world that there is absolutely nothing wrong with a loving, committed relationship between an old man and a hot young woman."--speaking about how a gay couple had thanked him for making the world more tolerant.

3. From another Modern Family Speech:
“And if he were here tonight, I think he would say, “But why the makeup?” –Ty Burrell speaking about his late father

4. The Best One. Period.:
“A lot of people are very curious why I’m a lesbian…. Ladies and gentleman, the cast of Entourage!” -Jane Lynch

All in all: A night full of surprises in the winners department... a comedienne beating both Tina Fey and Amy Poehler? Kate Winslet is almost an EGOT (an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony Award winner), she just needs the Tony. Writers still think the Sofia Vergara accent jokes are funny (and everyone else does to, including me!). And Glee might never win more Emmys.

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