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Emmy Winners

Congratulations to all the winners of this year's Emmy Awards. And especially to my friends at HBO, which once again led all other networks in number of nominations and number of victories.

It was a great show this year, I thought. Yes, even without GAME OF THRONES. Stephen Colbert made a terrific host. I especially enjoyed his opening number.

A strong lineup of nominees this year gave us some great winners... though, as always, that also means some equally deserving finalists wound up as losers. WESTWORLD especially was robbed, as was STRANGER THINGS. But it IS an honor just to be nominated, and the time will come for both of those shows, as it finally did for GAME OF THRONES. The big winners this year were Hulu's HANDMAID'S TALE (adapted from the novel by Margaret Atwood) and HBO's BIG LITTLE LIES (adapted from the novel by Liane Moriarity). ((Notice the common denominator there? BOOKS! Do a faithful adapatation of a great book, and you can't go wrong)). I was also pleased to see BLACK MIRROR get some love, especially for its brilliant "San Junipero" episode.

GAME OF THRONES, of course, was not eligible this year, having shifted from April to August. Which meant that, for the first time in seven years, I was not actually at the awards in LA. Instead Parris and I watched from home. It felt kind of strange not to be there, truth be told. Not bad, just strange. It was actually sort of relaxing. The Emmy weekend can be very exciting, but it is also exhausting, even the parties... the heat, the crowds, the noise. The red carpet seems to get longer (and hotter) every year. Maybe that's an ordeal that should be left for the younger and more photogenic members of our television community.

Will I be back next year, or the year after, or the year after that? Time will tell. Emmy is a fickle goddess who bestows her kisses where she will. But either way, I'm good.

((Comments on the Emmys welcome. Off topic comments will be deleted)).


Sep. 20th, 2017 09:52 pm (UTC)
I was very disappointed Charles Dance never received an Emmy for playing Tywin. The last time I read the books from start to finish was between Season 2 and 3. During the scene in which Tyrion asks Tywin to recognize him as heir to Casterly Rock and receives nothing but caustic abuse in return, I found I couldn't read Tywin's dialogue without hearing Charles Dance in my head. And, of course, when that speech was actually filmed, he handled it masterfully.

Charles Dance simply is Tywin to me, now, in a way that isn't necessarily the case for many of the other actors/actresses and the characters they portray.
Shane King
Sep. 21st, 2017 07:56 pm (UTC)
I'm with you guys all the way. I still think Jack Gleeson deserved an Emmy. He did a phenomenal job. He really transformed himself for that role. I saw his speech at the Oxford Union and couldn't believe this was the same guy.


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