Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Spellbinders who also sponsored the #EmmySmack Twitter party I tweeted for last night. Though they compensated me and sent me one of the fancy bracelets that were party of the Emmy swag bags (see below), all of the opinions in this post are my own.
The 65th Emmys showed a lot of creativity last night with a few big production changes that have never been seen before. Some things worked and some things didn’t. Here are my takes on the hits and miscues of the 65th Annual Primetime Emmys.
What the 65th Emmys Did Right:
1) Neil. Patrick. Harris.
2) Announcing the winner in the Choreography category live instead of at a dinner for the “less important” awards.
3) Having a dance number choreographed by the nominated choreographers, representing all of the top nominated dramas.
4) Featuring all the former hosts, including Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler in a hilarious sketch.
5) Debuting a new song by Sir Elton John. That could have gone terribly wrong but the Rocket Man himself was sure to knock it out of this world, and he did. What a legend!
Where the 65th Emmys Went Wrong:
1) Instead of having just one “In Memoriam” montage, like every other award show, they decided to highlight a few important TV figures who died in 2013, in 3-4 minute segments, spread out throughout the night, like perfectly timed pee breaks, IN addition to a complete In Memoriam at the end. Since I live for the sappy histrionics of those things, I sat riveted to every tribute, but by the time the actual In Memoriam montage played, I was OVER seeing dead people. Plus it gave the entire show a heavy-hearted tone. The tributes given by Jane Lynch for Cory Monteith, Michael J Fox for Gary David Goldberg, Rob Reiner for Jean Stapleton, and especially the one by Edie Falco for James Gandolfini, were all moving and well-spoken, but by the end of the show, it just got to be too much. I think they are better off with one 5 minute In Memoriam.
2) Having Shemar Moore as the “Social Media Host” of the night was a bit of a tease. On one hand, he provided nice eye candy, but on the other, his delivery and interaction with the guests was as awkward as Bruno Mars’ lyrics to Gorilla.
3) Not providing Visine backstage to the presenters who looked they had either been crying or toking up (Zooey Deschanel and Robin Williams, I’m talking to you).
Here are some of the Best/Most Moments from last night’s telecast.
Sofia Vergara – Good lord, that woman is quite a specimen. Her hair, dress, and cleavage stole the best look award for me last night.
Most in Need of a New Stylist:
January Jones—The doily look just didn’t work for me.
Runners Up: Heidi Klum for that bizarre thing-a-ma-jig around her neck and Anna Faris for her bangs.
Best Acceptance Speech:
Julia Louis-Dreyfuss when she accepted her win for Best Actress in a Comedy for VEEP, with the help of her on-screen aide, fellow Emmy-winner Tony Hale. Be-rilliant! If you’re not watching Veep, you’re missing some major funny in your life.
Most in Need of a New Speech Writer:
Merrit Weaver who won Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role in Nurse Jackie. Though many appreciated her brevity, particularly the stage manager who was trying to keep the show on time, I was not a fan. Her 10 word speech went something like this: “Thank you so very much. Um, I gotta go, bye.” My boy NeilPatrick loved it, as did many bloggers around the Interwebs, however I want a little more from my speeches.
Stephen Colbert: “I wanna thank my wife, Evvie, for being so cruel and sexy.”
Will Ferrell and his posse of kids, wearing Tevas. I just look at that man and laugh.
All in all, it was an awesome night! Plus, I got to tweet with my online friends while being sponsored by Spellbinders, a family-owned and run craft business, who were part of the Emmy Swag this year. As a perk for partnering with Spellbinders, I was gifted the same bracelet that all the Emmy nominees received, which might prove to be a bit awkward, you know, when Sofia Vergara and I are hanging out and both show up with the same bracelet, but that’s a chance I’m willing to take.
Thanks to the lovely ladies of MomSmack who hosted the #EmmySmack Twitter Party. Another fun night! Can’t wait for the next awards show!
Emmy photos via Emmys.com