Emmys 2024: A Night of Dominance and Notable Moments
1. Three Big Shows Reign Supreme
The 75th Emmy Awards showcased the domination of three big shows: Succession in the drama category, The Bear in comedy, and Beef in the limited series category. All three series took home the top prizes, as well as directing, writing, and multiple acting awards. While some anticipated a strong showing from Ted Lasso or The Last Of Us, the favorites reigned supreme.
2. Notable Wins and Disappointments
While many expected Jennifer Coolidge’s win for The White Lotus, it dealt a blow to fans of Better Call Saul. Rhea Seehorn’s absence from the winners’ circle disappointed those who hoped for recognition of her outstanding performance. Additionally, Better Call Saul, a critically acclaimed show often hailed as better than its predecessor Breaking Bad, walked away empty-handed despite 53 nominations.
3. A Mother’s Interruption
In an attempt to curb lengthy acceptance speeches, this year’s Emmys decided to have host Anthony Anderson’s mother intervene by speaking up from the audience. However, the moment it happened to Jennifer Coolidge, the awkwardness was palpable. Fortunately, the producers quickly abandoned the idea, realizing it wasn’t landing as intended.
4. Recognition of Black Excellence
Unlike previous awards shows that often fall short of rewarding the work of Black actors, the 75th Emmys took a different approach. Three of the first four women to win were Black: Ayo Edebiri, Quinta Brunson, and Niecy Nash-Betts. The ceremony also paid tribute to beloved icons like Arsenio Hall and Marla Gibbs, as well as influential shows such as Good Times and Martin. Anthony Anderson aptly described it as “like MLK Day and Juneteenth rolled into one.”
5. Beyond the Major Categories
While major categories receive most of the attention, there were notable moments throughout the evening. One such moment was Elton John achieving an impressive milestone with a win for his special Elton John Live: Farewell from Dodger Stadium. With this victory, Elton John joined the elite group of EGOT winners.
6. A Nostalgic Salute
The 75th Emmys embraced nostalgia by celebrating television’s rich history. Highlights included glimpses of old sets, reunions between beloved actors like Rob Reiner and Sally Struthers, and a skit featuring Anthony Anderson and Dylan McDermott from American Horror Story. While some moments felt forced, overall, the tribute to television received a solid B-plus.
Read More of this Story at www.npr.org – 2024-01-16 06:00:00
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