Just because they walked away with a statue doesn't make someone a winner, nor does their lack of award make them a loser. I'm talking about who (and what) won and lost the night overall. Let's take a closer look at the best and worst moments of the 2010 Emmys.
Best: The totally epic Glee-style intro. Jimmy Fallon, Tina Fey, the kids from Glee, and others managed to satirize Glee while still maintaining the show's joyous spirit. Also, the Kate Gosselin moment was glorious.
Worst: Some of the overly-scripted presenter banter.
Particularly difficult to watch were Lauren Graham and Matthew Perry (yiiiiiikes) and the stars of True Blood (Anna Paquin's incessant nervous giggling).
Best: Jimmy Fallon as host. His introductions and banter with Neil Patrick Harris and Tom Selleck were brilliant, and his musical introductions and tribute to the shows we lost this year were fun.
Worst: The Modern Family sketch.
What was that anyway? It deserved a polite chuckle because we love Modern Family so much but it was a low point in the evening.
Best: Betty White.
2010 is the year of Betty White and to prove it, she was all over the Emmys. She is this season's "it" girl.
Worst: Surprise wins for Top Chef and Conan O'Brien gets snubbed. I guess Top Chef should enjoy their success while it lasts because Top Chef DC is a real stinker; also I was disappointed to see The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien lose to The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, whose acceptance speech wasn't exactly gracious. Speaking of which . . .
Worst: Awkward acceptance speeches.
The Daily Show
writers slipped up a bit when they basically said "we keep winning . . . but we work really hard so I'm not sorry about it." It didn't exactly follow suit with the "I'm surprised! Everyone else is so wonderful" style of most of the acceptance speeches. And then there was Kyra Sedgwick's speech, which consisted mostly of "ahhh this is so low. This is really low! AH THIS IS REALLY LOW!" Then the Mad Men writers were ushered offstage mid-sentence, so I was happy to see them allowed to continue after winning Best Drama Series.
Best: The Reality Series montage. I particularly enjoyed the moments highlighting Jake and Vienna's rise and demise as a couple.
Worst: Jewel's "In Memoriam" song.
It wasn't very good and it distracted me from giving my full attention and grief to the loss of two of my favorite television ladies, Rue McClanahan and Dixie Carter.
Best: Ricky Gervais.
He was refreshing, funny, irreverent, and offered everyone (including Matthew Perry--awkward) beer.
Worst: The pacing. Was it just me or did the show really slow down with the Movie/Miniseries category? Even Temple Grandin was getting tired of standing up.
Best: Oprah, The Last Season commercials. Don't even pretend like you didn't tear up as though you'd seen every episode.
Worst: Promos for The Event. Just because they tell us we're all talking about "The Event" doesn't mean we're actually curious about it.
Overall, the big winners of the night were Temple Grandin, Jimmy Fallon, Ricky Gervais, Oprah, and Bucky Gunt (for obvious reasons). Modern Family did well, and Mad Men did so well that it made me re-consider my decision to give up on the show after three episodes. I was surprised that Dexter didn't walk away with more, and disappointed that apparently the only miniseries in existence over the last year was The Pacific. Other shut-outs (or near shut-outs) include Lost, 30 Rock, and Glee.
What were your favorite and least favorite moments?
(images courtesy of NBC)