As has become the norm with watching awards shows now, the memes were to be expected.
Of Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, making an oh-so-dapper pair when not detectives dealing with existential crises, pasted alongside the Roxbury Brothers in their maroon and blue blazers. Of Gwen Stefani fluffing up The Colbert Report as The Colbort Report. Of Sofia Vergara spinning around on a pedestal like a doll on show while the TV Academy President spoke. (Heaven knows why she was up there like that in the first place?)
But a lot of the winners were to be expected too. For much of the show, it felt like the theme could have been DJ Khaled’s No New Friends with previous years’ winners scooping many of the categories. Breaking Bad, bowing out after 5 seasons, took top prizes for its leading cast members and writer, and drama series overall. Modern Family, much as many wanted Orange is the New Black to shake things up, kept its grip on Outstanding Comedy Series, for a fifth year in a row, with Ty Burrell claiming Supporting Actor too. And Julianna Margulies and Julia Louis-Dreyfuss are familiar faces and repeat winners. Not to knock anyone of the deserving winners but for a time when television has changed so much, it seems like the Emmys are still stuck a little behind.
What wasn’t expected was how truly touching the In Memoriam segment, during which Billy Crystal paid tribute to his friend and fellow actor Robin Williams, was. It was just as it needed to be – poignant, with a pause, as if to let the loss go one last time.
On a less sad note, “Weird” Al Yankovic popping up to do a medley dedicated to the shows nominated for drama and comedy series was perhaps, also, one thing I didn’t expect to see during the ceremony.
The winners, then:
* Supporting Actor, Comedy Series: Ty Burrell, Modern Family
* Writing, Comedy Series: Louis C.K., Louie
* Supporting Actress, Comedy Series: Allison Janney, Mom
* Directing, Comedy Series: Gail Mancuso, Modern Family
* Actor, Comedy Series: Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
* Actress, Comedy Series: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
* Reality-Competition Program: The Amazing Race
* Writing, Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special: Stephen Moffat, Sherlock: His Last Vow
* Supporting Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Coven
* Supporting Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Martin Freeman, Sherlock: His Last Vow
* Directing, Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special: Adam Bernstein, Fargo
* Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: His Last Vow
* Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven
* Miniseries: Fargo
* Movie: The Normal Heart
* Writing, Variety Special: Sarah Silverman, Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles
* Directing, Variety Special: Glenn Weiss, 67th Annual Tony Awards
* Variety Series: The Colbert Report
* Supporting Actor, Drama Series: Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
* Directing, Drama Series: Cary Joji Fukunaga, True Detective
* Supporting Actress, Drama Series: Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
* Writing, Drama Series: Moira Walley-Beckett, Breaking Bad
* Actress, Drama Series: Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
* Actor, Drama Series: Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
* Comedy Series: Modern Family
* Drama Series: Breaking Bad
[Pic: The Television Academy]