The Awesome and Not-So-Awesome Emmy Awards

Another year, another Emmys and another night of Kat going to sleep late cursing that someone from a show she loves “got robbed.” This year was extra special because my cable box broke at the last minute and I got to scramble around the Internet looking for a legit livestream! Yay.

After the awful events at Ferguson last week, I was looking forward to an entertaining, happy night, seeing my favorite TV People getting some awards. Seth Meyers did an OK job as host, but really, Billy Eichner stole the show during their segment together (Yes, Tatiana Maslany was snubbed!) I miss Tina and Amy.

As for the rest of the night, lets take a look at the awesome and not-so-awesome moments:

Awesome: Louis C.K thanks Sarah Baker in his winning speech!

Yay! Louis C.K. takes home an Emmy for “So Did the Fat Lady” and thanked the amazing Sarah Baker for delivering one of the most talked about monologues this TV season.

Not-So-Awesome: Modern Family

No. More. Modern Family. Winning. Everything. Just stop. Why do this every year? The show isn’t even as funny anymore. Better than Louie? No. Better than OITNB? Hell to the motherfucking no! What are these people thinking? Ugh.

Awesome: Bryan Cranston and Julia Louis-Dreyfus Kissing


Winning for Lead Actress in a Comedy Series sure paid off! Even though the seed of the kiss was planted in our minds while the two presented and mentioned that Bryan Cranston had been on Seinfeld as a dentist who had kissed Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ character Elaine, I must admit: That looked juicy!

Not-So-Awesome: No Awards for OITNB

How is this possible? This season was awesome! At least Uzo Aduba, who turned in a very moving performance as Crazy Eyes Suzanne this season, won a guest-actress award at the Creative Arts Emmys.

Awesome: Weird Al’s Theme Songs

Scandal’s Olivia Pope’s lip-quivering jokes, handing George R. R. Martin (who is such a huggable looking old man) a typewriter, interpretative dance to the theme of Homeland … Dude. Weird Al Yankovic is a national treasure.

Not-So-Awesome: Sofia Vergara on a Literal Pedestal

Ugh. Really? Hey, this part of the show is boring so let’s put Sofia Vergara on a pedestal and ogle her body while some dude reads boring stuff. But it’s funny because it’s Hollywood, and women get objectified but we’re acknowledging it so this is tongue in cheek so it’s OK, right? “Ironic” misogyny that was not ironic at all? Whatever.

Awesome: Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey


I love these two together SO. MUCH. Woody’s playful jealousy of the McConnaissance was great; McConaughey riffed, “You should have gratitude for what you have and not envy what I do.” Woody answered, “I’m grateful you had all the plagiarized lines.” They need a reality show named True Friendship. Yes, I’m aware of how cheesy that was. No shame!

Not-So-Awesome: True Detective Was Completely Miscategorized and Was Robbed

This is one of those things I’ve been ranting about for months. True Detective should have been in the Best Mini-Series category and should have (I think would have) knocked it out of the park. But by placing it on the Best Drama Series with Breaking Bad during Breaking Bad’s final season, it was doomed to lose. It was so fucking unfair, man. So unfair.

Awesome: Jessica Lange

Jessica Lange won for Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie for American Horror Story: Coven but all that kept going through my head was: My God, does that woman ever not look amazing?

Not-So-Awesome: Aaron Paul Wins Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Look, I love Breaking Bad. I love Aaron Paul. I love Aaron Paul IN Breaking Bad. But, I’m sorry, Peter Dinklage is a VASTLY superior actor. There. I said it.


Kathy Bates was amazing as the horrible monster-racist you loved to hate, Madame Delphine LaLaurie in AHS: Coven. She got the very well-deserved Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie. So, I’ll say it again: KATHY BATES!!

Not-So-Awesome: Boring Speeches

Sigh. I don’t know how we can remedy this. All winning speeches always sound fake. Well, except for Louis C.K.’s “Thank you, that’s very nice. I appreciate that,” which sounded very sincere.

Awesome (in a Really Sad Way): Billy Crystal’s Speech About Robin Williams

“Robin Williams, what a concept.”

All in all, this year sucked a little more than last year which was only better than the year before because of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s overall chemistry, presence and comedic timing. So, lesson for the Emmy Producers: bring them back next year!

What did you think about this year’s Emmys? What were your favorite/least favorite moments?

Did you also think True Detective was robbed? (Of course you did).

Sound off in the comments!

Kat Pao
Kat Pao lives in South Florida with her Curmudgeon Love, Mark, their punk rock toddler, Francesca, their saintly dog, Bruce Campbell and their fatass dick of a cat, Bela Lugosi. She loves being a Pop Culture/TV Analyst and loves that writing about TV gives her yet another excuse to watch more of it. Did she mention she loves TV?