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70th (2018) Primetime Emmy Awards

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    The awards will be presented at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles on September 17, 2017 and air at 8e/5p on NBC.

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    This year's nominations:
    OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
    • "The Americans" (FX Networks • Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions)
    • "The Crown" (Netflix • Left Bank Pictures in association with Sony Pictures Television)
    • "Game Of Thrones" (HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Bighead, Littlehead; 360 Television/Startling Television)
    • "The Handmaid's Tale" (Hulu • MGM, Hulu, The Littlefield Company, White Oak Pictures, Daniel Wilson Productions)
    • "Stranger Things" (Netflix • A Netflix Original Production)
    • "This Is Us" (NBC • 20th Century Fox Television)
    • "Westworld" (HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Kilter Films, Bad Robot , Warner Bros. Television)
    OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
    • Matthew Rhys as Philip Jennings
      ("The Americans" • FX Networks • Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions)
    • Jason Bateman as Marty Byrde
      ("Ozark" • Netflix • Media Rights Capital)

    • Sterling K. Brown as Randall Pearson
      ("This Is Us" • NBC • 20th Century Fox Television)
    • Milo Ventimiglia as Jack Pearson
      ("This Is Us" • NBC • 20th Century Fox Television)
    • Ed Harris as The Man in Black
      ("Westworld" • HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Kilter Films, Bad Robot, Warner Bros. Television)
    • Jeffrey Wright as Bernard
      ("Westworld" • HBO • HBO Ent ert ainment in associat ion wit h Kilt er Films, Bad Robot , Warner Bros. Television)
    OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
    • Keri Russell as Elizabeth Jennings
      ("The Americans" • FX Networks • Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions)
    • Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II
      ("The Crown" • Netflix • Left Bank Pictures in association with Sony Pictures Television)
    • Elisabeth Moss as Offred/June Osborne
      ("The Handmaid's Tale" • Hulu • MGM, Hulu, The Littlefield Company, White Oak Pictures, Daniel Wilson Productions)
    • Sandra Oh as Eve Polastri
      ("Killing Eve" • BBC America • Sid Gentle Films Ltd.)
    • Tatiana Maslany as Sarah Manning, Helena, Alison Hendrix, Cosima Niehaus, Rachel Duncan, Krystal Goderitch, Elizabeth (Bet h) Childs, Jennifer Fitzsimmons, Katja Obinger, Tony Sawicki, Veera Suominen (M.K.), Camilla Torres and Unnamed Clone
      ("Orphan Black" • BBC America • Temple Street in association with BBC America and Bell Media’s SPACE)
    • Evan Rachel Wood as Dolores
      ("Westworld" • HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Kilter Films, Bad Robot, Warner Bros. Television)
    OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
    • Matt Smith as Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
      ("The Crown" • Netflix • Left Bank Pictures in association with Sony Pictures Television)
    • Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister
      ("Game Of Thrones" • HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Bighead, Littlehead; 360 Television/Startling Television)
    • Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister
      ("Game Of Thrones" • HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Bighead, Littlehead; 360 Television/Startling Television)
    • Joseph Fiennes as Commander Waterford
      ("The Handmaid's Tale" • Hulu • MGM, Hulu, The Littlefield Company, White Oak Pictures, Daniel Wilson Productions)
    • Mandy Patinkin as Saul Berenson
      ("Homeland" • Showtime • Fox 21 Television Studios, Teakwood Lane Productions, Cherry Pie Productions, Keshet)
    • David Harbour as Jim Hopper
      ("Stranger Things" • Netflix • A Netflix Original Production)
    OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
    • Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret
      ("The Crown" • Netflix • Left Bank Pictures in association with Sony Pictures Television)
    • Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister
      ("Game Of Thrones" • HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Bighead, Littlehead; 360 Television/Startling Television)
    • Alexis Bledel as Ofglen
      ("The Handmaid's Tale" • Hulu • MGM, Hulu, The Littlefield Company, White Oak Pictures, Daniel Wilson Productions)
    • Ann Dowd as Aunt Lydia
      ("The Handmaid's Tale" • Hulu • MGM, Hulu, The Littlefield Company, White Oak Pictures, Daniel Wilson Productions)
    • Yvonne Strahovski as Serena Joy
      ("The Handmaid's Tale" • Hulu • MGM, Hulu, The Littlefield Company, White Oak Pictures, Daniel Wilson Productions)
    • Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven
      ("Stranger Things" • Netflix • A Netflix Original Production)
    • Thandie Newton as Maeve
      ("Westworld" • HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Kilter Films, Bad Robot, Warner Bros. Television)
    OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES
    • "Atlanta" (FX Networks • FX Productions)
    • "Barry" (HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Alec Berg and Hanarply)
    • "black-ish" (ABC • ABC Studios)
    • "Curb Your Enthusiasm" (HBO • HBO Entertainment)
    • "GLOW" (Netflix • Glitter Pictures, LLC)
    • "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" (Prime Video • Amazon Studios)
    • "Silicon Valley" (HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Judgemental Films, Alec Berg, 3 Arts Entertainment)
    • "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" (Netflix • Universal Television, Little Stranger, Inc., 3 Arts Entertainment, Bevel Gears)
    OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
    • Donald Glover as Earnest Marks
      ("Atlanta" • FX Networks • FX Productions)
    • Bill Hader as Barry
      ("Barry" • HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Alec Berg and Hanarply)
    • Anthony Anderson as Andre Johnson
      ("black-ish" • ABC • ABC Studios)
    • Larry David as Himself
      ("Curb Your Enthusiasm" • HBO • HBO Entertainment)
    • Ted Danson as Michael
      ("The Good Place" • NBC • Universal Television, Fremulon, 3 Arts Entertainment)
    • William H. Macy as Frank Gallagher
      ("Shameless" • Showtime • John Wells Productions, Bonanza Productions, Inc., Warner Bros. Television)
    OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
    • Pamela Adlon as Sam Fox
      ("Better Things" • FX Networks • FX Productions)
    • Tracee Ellis Ross as Rainbow Johnson
      ("black-ish" • ABC • ABC Studios)
    • Lily Tomlin as Frankie Bergstein
      ("Grace And Frankie" • Netflix • Skydance Productions)
    • Issa Rae as Issa Dee
      ("Insecure" • HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Issa Rae Productions, A Penny For Your Thoughts Entertainment , 3 Arts Entertainment)
    • Rachel Brosnahan as Miriam 'Midge' Maisel
      ("The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" • Prime Video • Amazon Studios)
    • Allison Janney as Bonnie Plunkett
      ("Mom" • CBS • Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television)
    OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
    • Brian Tyree Henry as Alfred 'Paper Boi' Miles
      ("Atlanta" • FX Networks • FX Productions)
    • Henry Winkler as Gene Cousineau
      ("Barry" • HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Alec Berg and Hanarply)
    • Louie Anderson as Christine Baskets
      ("Baskets" • FX Networks • FX Productions)
    • Tony Shalhoub as Abe Weissman
      ("The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" • Prime Video • Amazon Studios)
    • Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump
      ("Saturday Night Live" • NBC • SNL Studios in association with Universal Television and Broadway Video)
    • Kenan Thompson as Various Characters
      ("Saturday Night Live" • NBC • SNL Studios in association with Universal Television and Broadway Video)
    • Tituss Burgess as Titus Andromedon
      ("Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" • Netflix • Universal Television, Little Stranger, Inc., 3 Arts Entertainment , Bevel Gears)
    OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
    • Zazie Beetz as Van
      ("Atlanta" • FX Networks • FX Productions)
    • Betty Gilpin as Debbie Eagan
      ("GLOW" • Netflix • Glitter Pictures, LLC)
    • Alex Borstein as Susie
      ("The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" • Prime Video • Amazon Studios)
    • Laurie Metcalf as Jackie Harris
      ("Roseanne" • ABC • Carsey-Werner Television)
    • Aidy Bryant as Various Characters
      ("Saturday Night Live" • NBC • SNL Studios in association with Universal Television and Broadway Video)
    • Leslie Jones as Various Characters
      ("Saturday Night Live" • NBC • SNL Studios in association with Universal Television and Broadway Video)
    • Kate McKinnon as Various Characters
      ("Saturday Night Live" • NBC • SNL Studios in association with Universal Television and Broadway Video)
    • Megan Mullally as Karen Walker
      ("Will & Grace" • NBC • Universal Television)
    OUTSTANDING TELEVISION MOVIE
    • Fahrenheit 451 (HBO • HBO Films in association with Brace Cove, Noruz Films, Outlier Society Productions)
    • Flint (Lifetime • Sony Pictures Television)
    • Paterno (HBO • HBO Films in association with Sony Pictures Television, Levinson/Fontana and Edward R. Pressman/RP Media Company Productions)
    • The Tale (HBO • HBO Films in association with Gamechanger Films, A Luminous Mind, Untitled Entertainment , Blackbird, One Two Films(
    • "USS Callister" ("Black Mirror") (Netflix • House of Tomorrow)
    OUTSTANDING LIMITED SERIES
    • "The Alienist" (TNT • A Paramount Television and Turner's Studio T co-production)
    • "The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story" (FX Networks • Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions)
    • "Genius: Picasso" (National Geographic • Imagine Television and Fox 21 Television Studios)
    • "Godless" (Netflix • A Netflix Original Production)
    • "Patrick Melrose" (Showtime • Sky, West Fourt h Films/A Two Cities Television)
    OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
    • Darren Criss as Andrew Cunanan
      ("The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story" • FX Networks • Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions)
    • Antonio Banderas as Pablo Picasso
      ("Genius: Picasso" • National Geographic • Imagine Television and Fox 21 Television Studios)
    • John Legend as Jesus Christ
      (Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert • NBC • Universal Television, The Really Useful Group, Marc Platt Productions, Zadan/Meron Productions)
    • Jeff Daniels as John O'Neill
      ("The Looming Tower" • Hulu • Legendary Television, Hulu, South Slope Pictures, Jigsaw Productions, Wolf Moon Pictures)
    • Benedict Cumberbatch as Patrick Melrose
      ("Patrick Melrose" • Showtime • Sky, West Fourth Films/A Two Cities Television)
    • Jesse Plemons as Robert Daly
      ("USS Callister" ["Black Mirror"] • Netflix • House of Tomorrow)
    OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
    • Sarah Paulson as Ally Mayfair-Richards
      ("American Horror Story: Cult" • FX Networks • Twentieth Century Fox Television)
    • Michelle Dockery as Alice Fletcher
      ("Godless" • Netflix • A Netflix Original Production)
    • Edie Falco as Leslie Abramson
      ("Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders" • NBC • Universal Television and Wolf Films)
    • Regina King as Latrice Butler
      ("Seven Seconds" • Netflix • Fox 21 Television Studios)
    • Jessica Biel as Cora Tannetti
      ("The Sinner" • USA • Universal Cable Productions)
    • Laura Dern as Jennifer
      (The Tale • HBO • HBO Films in association with Gamechanger Films, A Luminous Mind, Untitled Entertainment, Blackbird, One Two Films)
    OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
    • Ricky Martin as Antonio D'Amico
      ("The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story" • FX Networks • Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions)
    • Edgar Ramírez as Gianni Versace
      ("The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story" • FX Networks • Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions)
    • Finn Wittrock as Jeffrey Trail
      ("The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story" • FX Networks • Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions)
    • Jeff Daniels as Frank Griffin
      ("Godless" • Netflix • A Netflix Original Production)
    • Brandon Victor Dixon as Judas
      (Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert • NBC • Universal Television, The Really Useful Group, Marc Platt Productions, Zadan/Meron Productions)
    • Michael Stuhlbarg as Richard Clarke
      ("The Looming Tower" • Hulu • Legendary Television, Hulu, South Slope Pictures, Jigsaw Productions, Wolf Moon Pictures)
    OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS
    • Adina Porter as Beverly Hope
      ("American Horror Story: Cult" • FX Networks • Twentieth Century Fox Television)
    • Penélope Cruz as Donatella Versace
      ("The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story" • FX Networks • Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions)
    • Judith Light as Marilyn Miglin
      ("The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story" • FX Networks • Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions)
    • Letitia Wright as Nish
      ("Black Museum" ["Black Mirror"] • Netflix • House of Tomorrow)
    • Merritt Wever as Mary Agnes
      ("Godless" • Netflix • A Netflix Original Production)
    • Sara Bareilles as Mary Magdalene
      (Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert • NBC • Universal Television, The Really Useful Group, Marc Platt Productions, Zadan/Meron Productions)

    Complete List of Nominees for Lower Profile Categories:
     
  2. Josh Steinberg

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    I was disappointed but ultimately not surprised to see Twin Peaks locked out of major categories, including Kyle MacLachlan's incredible performance. It's the greatest work of art ever to be created and aired on mainstream television, and it's a shame that the Emmy voters were unable to see that.

    I also don't see how it makes any sense to have a show like Stranger Things, which had only about eight episodes, competing against a show like This Is Us which had about twenty. Everything about those productions, from the method of production to how they're distributed, is so completely different, that to me it makes no sense to have them competing against each other.
     
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    Hey, it was only a major work by a renowned director that will be viewed for decades to come, why recognize that?
     
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    Yeah, no love for Twin Peaks on that list. I'm still processing.

    For limited series I watched The Alienist, but it just wasn't that good and not nearly as great as The Terror. I see Benedict Cumberbatch for Patrick Melrose, which I think is a grand slam for limited series actor, and I'm happy to see some Black Mirror in there (Jesse Plemons for Callister).

    Too much love for Westworld. Just because it's in HBO's sweet spot. I'd replace every Westworld nod for best drama, actors, supporting actors, directing, etc. with ones from Twin Peaks.
     
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    At least Twin Peaks was nominated for basically every technical award (production design, editing, sound editing, makeup, writing, hair, cinematography) as well as directing. "Got a Light" is a cinematic marvel.

    Here's the full list, including technical awards.
     
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    They saw the trees, but not the forest.

    :D
     
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    I've pretty much lost interest in the Emmys. I don't subscribe to all the streaming servies or premium cable channels, so I'm not really familiar with most of the nominees any more.

    I'm also not sure why they still call these the "Prime Time" Emmys, since quite a number of these shows are not programmed for "prime time" and the streaming shows are not programmed to any timeslot at all.

    I'm a little surprised the broadcast networks even bother to participate and play along any more.
     
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    I'm thrilled about:
    • Tatiana Maslany getting a Lead Actress nomination for the final season of "Orphan Black". The show just missed the eligibility window for last year's Emmys, so it's been a really long time since it aired. I thought the television academy might have forgotten about her.
    • "Game Of Thrones", "Stranger Things" and "This Is Us" nominated for Drama Series. I would rank all three among the best drama programs of a very competitive year.
    • Jason Bateman's Lead Actor nomination for "Ozark". An extraordinary performance on a underrated show (that he's heavily involved behind the scenes on as well).
    • Sandra Oh getting a Lead Actress nomination for the first season of "Killing Eve". That was one of my surprise favorites this year. BBC America having two nominations in that category is an impressive accomplishment. And Sandra Oh is the first Asian Lead Actress nominee ever.
    • The Supporting Actress nomination for Millie Bobby Brown. An already astonishing performance that only deepened as Eleven became less sheltered. I'm pretty psyched about David Harbour's nomination too. Their father-daughter scenes together were terrific.
    • All the love for "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel", which was a great binge watch. Though I still contend that it's a drama series with stand-up comedy, not a comedy series.
    • Ted Danson's Supporting Actor Comedy nomination for playing Michael on "The Good Place". A career-best performance from an actor who's had an extraordinary career.
    • Adina Porter's Supporting Actress Limited Series nomination. I haven't seen "Cult", but I love her on "The 100".
    • "Modern Family" no longer soaking up undeserved nominations.
    I'm pissed about:
    • Speaking of, the lack of love for "The 100". It's not the kind of programming the Emmys like to reward, but it's one of the best shows on television, and last season was a stellar season.
    • The lack of major category love for the "Twin Peaks" revival (see below).
    • No Comedy Series nomination for "The Good Place", the most extraordinary comedy of the last decade or more.
    • Kristen Bell getting snubbed for "The Good Place".
    • The lack of love for "Outlander", which had probably its best season yet.
    • J.K. Simmons getting snubbed for "Counterpoint". That show is designed as an actor's showcase, and Simmons really makes the most of it.
    • Jodie Comer being snubbed for "Killing Eve". The most captivating and fun to watch psychopath since Anthony Hopkins in Silence of the Lambs.
    • Mandy Moore getting snubbed for "This Is Us". I know her acting is polarizing, but I think she's great -- and, in the post-Superbowl episode where Jack died, I thought she was phenomenal.
    Yes, very disappointing -- especially considering how overrepresented Ryan Murphy's anthology shows were in the limited series categories. The Twin Peaks revival should have been a lock for Outstanding Limited Series and Kyle MacLachlan should have been a lock for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie.

    This doesn't really bother me, but I have a similar pet peeve: SNL players sucking up so many Comedy Series acting nominations. There should be separate acting categories for variety series like SNL and Portlandia.

    I got about two-thirds of the way through, and I don't know that I'll ever make it through to the end. The production design and photography are sumptuous, but the writing and acting (even from performers who are normally very good) leave a lot to be desired. It's even more frustrating that "Twin Peaks" got shut out of Outstanding Limited Series when something as subpar as "The Alienist" did make the cut.

    I wouldn't go that far, but I do think the show's a bit overrepresented in the nominations. But it's prestige programming that looks and feels like prestige programming. "Twin Peaks", aside from competing in a different category, was something weirder and more difficult to pin down.

    I was very gratified to see all of the technical love for "Part 8" -- particularly the Sound Design and Sound Mixing nominations. "Twin Peaks" had the most extraordinary sound of any television program I've ever experienced.

    Interesting too that Frost and Lynch (for writing) and Lynch (for directing) were nominated for the entirety of the revival, not just a specific episode.
     
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    Happy to see Sarah Paulson and Adina Porter get nods for American Horror Story: Cult. Not a great season but they were both fantastic, particularly Paulson.
     
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    Apart from some of the streaming shows, very few of the shows I normally watch are represented in these nominations, so, like others, I've basically lost interest in the Emmys.
     
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    I'm glad to see The Americans (and Rhys & Russell) get some acknowledgement in their last year. Atlanta was masterful and weird. Barry was excellent. I'm a massive fan of Larry David and Curb Your Enthusiasm so it's cool to see them nominated after being gone for so long. The Assassination Of Gianni Versace had a very impressive and scary performance from Darren Criss. And it's great to see Tatiana Maslany get noticed again too.
     
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    Sorry, while I may enjoy their work, I have no interest in seeing these self-indulgent award shows and hearing anything these people have to say.
     
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    Oddly enough, it looks like Best Supporting Comedy Actor is the category stuffed full of great performances, with one glaring exception. But I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if Baldwin nabs the award ahead of all that assembled talent to give the ceremony a buzzline. Maybe Louie's momentum from last year will carry him through. But really, I'd be happy for any of the other 6 outside Baldwin. They each were, in their way, a big part of why I turned on the TV at any particular moment last year.
     
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    I don’t awards shows, but I happened to read a Vulture article on this year’s Emmy, which piqued my interest.
    http://www.vulture.com/2018/07/emmy-nominations-2018-an-analysis.html
    I see your Twin Peaks, and raise you Bojack Horseman. Bojack isn’t just one of the best animated shows I’ve watched in years, but one of the best shows of any genre I’ve enjoyed the past six years. It’s brilliant and daring. And as much as I enjoy Bob’s Burgers, there’s no comparison. Which is why I quoted that closing paragraph from Vulture: the Emmy’s obviously need to recognize more and greater variety to represent the best of “TV”.

    More graciously, I don’t envy voters choosing between Kerri Russel and Tatiana Maslany. Both were brilliant, but in completely different genres, shows, and especially characters.
     
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    The show starts tonight at 8/7c.
     
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    Happy so far about Darren Criss, Bill Hader, Henry Winkler, Rachel Brosnahan, Alex Borstein, Matthew Rhys.
     
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    I'm not watching but I'm happy about Darren Criss. I've been a fan for a long time and went to his concert in June.
     
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    Good show. Lorne Michaels produced, and the man knows how to deliver a live, tight show. I enjoyed all the comedy bits (not sure about the Maya Rudolph Fred Armistead bit, though) and the choices for presenters (Kenaan Thompson for Best Drama, though?) Laughed several times. I was entertained throughout. And the sucker ended on a dime.
     
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    The biggest frustration for me was David Lynch not only losing, but losing to Ryan Murphy. One showed us what's possible with television, the other (despite making some shows I've enjoyed over the years) is one of the guiding lights of television that is flashy but ultimately pretty empty.

    The next biggest frustration for me was Ted Danson losing for Lead Actor in Comedy. There's an argument to be made that he should have competed in the Supporting category, but I still think he gave the best performance in comedy I've seen in a long, long time. My issue with Hader winning is my issue with Jeffrey Tambor winning all of those years for "Transparent": They're dramatic performances.

    I was also bummed that Tatiana Maslany lost to Claire Foy. They say playing a real person is hard, but I've got to believe playing several distinct people (including times when they're impersonating each other) is harder still. The final season of "Orphan Black" wasn't the strongest, but Maslany never brought less than her A game. And the finale, with Sarah having to adjust to "peace time", was among the best acting she's done yet. If Maslany had to lose, I would have given it to Evan Rachel Wood next, who had to navigate many different iterations and facets of Dolores and rose to the challenge beautifully.

    Still insane to me that Kyle MacLachlan didn't even get nominated for "Twin Peaks". Best male performance of the year for me. Likewise, still insane to me that the thoroughly mediocre "The Alienist" got a limited series nod while the extraordinary "Twin Peaks" revival did not.

    I wanted Millie Bobby Brown to win Supporting Actress Drama, but if she had to lose to someone I was glad it was Thandie Newton. Even when the second season felt stuck in the mud, Maeve was never less than captivating.

    I did like Henry Winkler winning, even though I haven't seen "Barry" (and was rooting for Tony Shalhoub), because I thought he was robbed never winning for the Fonz.

    Loved Amy Sherman-Palladino's back to back wins for writing and directing. She got robbed for "Gilmore Girls" all of those years, but she also genuinely deserved it for "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel".

    And Brosnahan deserved it. She was extraordinary as Midge, meeting all of the requirements for a comedic performance but then bringing so much more to the table. Happy about Alex Borstein, too.

    Much like my 98-year-old grandmother, Betty White has reached the point where she cannot walk unassisted any more. And much like my 98-year-old grandmother, she's very good at adopting strategies to prevent you from noticing. The little podium they had set up at walker height was perfect. And that moment early on, where I'm not sure if she out of breath from the walk on stage or struggling to summon her assigned lines, passed by quickly as the Betty White we all know and love came to the fore again with humor both cutting and self-deprecating. She is a national treasure.

    "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" was up against some really stellar competition, but I still think it deserved to win. That first season was about perfect.

    I think I'd rather that "Stranger Things" or "This Is Us" had won Drama Series, but I can certainly understand why "Game of Thrones" won: the biggest, best, most technically challenging production has ever seen, one that it may never see again, delivered the series's most "TV" season yet.
     
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    Loved Mrs. Maisel, so good to see it win, but most thrilled was the fact it ended only 2 minutes 'over'. I loved the award nominees being read in advance as they walked out with the presenters just reading the winner. I think that sped things up a good bit and made for fewer dumb mistakes in pronunciations.
     
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