Showtime’s Homeland ended Mad Men winning streak this year as the terrorist thriller snapped up Outstanding Drama Series from Jon Hamm’s reach during last night’s Emmys. In total, Homeland received four Emmys before the night ended.
The show won Writing for a Drama Series, Damian Lewis was awarded the Lead Actor in a Drama Series while co-star, and Flare cover girl, Claire Danes picked up Lead Actress in a Drama Series.
Dane even managed to throw in some jokes during her acceptance speech, showing everyone that she isn’t as serious as her character, Carrie Mathison. The pregnant actress gave a shout-out to co-star Mandy Patinkin with a “holla!” and referred to husband Hugh Dancy as her “baby daddy.”
Modern Family continued their winning streak as the comedy won home four awards last night. Adding to the Emmys they won last year are: Supporting Actor and Actress in a Comedy Series (Eric Stonestreet and Julie Bowen), Directing in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Comedy Series.
While the awards were all well deserved, the quick succession they were announced gave the show an air of predictability. At least there were gratifying, weird and slightly disappointing moments to keep watching audience slightly interested.
Jon Hamm failing to win his fifth nomination for his portrayal of Don Draper on Mad Men should be categorized as a disappointing moment while Aaron Paul’s shocked and heartfelt acceptance speech was a gratifying one (or maybe I just like watching Paul’s facial expressions. Just look at the pictures of him at the Burberry S/S 2013 show to understand why).
Host Jimmy Kimmel provided the weird during the Emmy presentation even prompted a Twitter frenzy after he asked comedian Tracy Morgan to lie on stage for a while. Morgan was later carried off stage, making it appear like he passed out to those who tuned after seeing tweets of the staged “incident.” Kimmel even got Josh Groban to sing One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful” during Kimmel’s in memoriam montage to himself.
The cold open also provided another weird, but gratifying moment. Some of TV’s most talented women surrounded Kimmel as they consoled him on his botched botoxed face in a bathroom stall before the show. Kimmel’s face was punched back into normalcy with help from the likes of Christina Hendricks, Zooey Deschanel, Kathy Bates and a naked and cake-eating Lena Dunham.
Too bad Dunham’s punch wasn’t real; it would’ve been gratifying considering Girls failed to win any of the four categories it was nominated for.