2021 Emmys -- Scaled Down

The Emmys Awards are on. There is something very different about this year's production. It is so scaled down, and many of the nominees are celebrating and appearing from London.

I'm watching on my desktop and there seems to be a time delay of a few seconds during which you get to see the exact moment the nominee hears their name and their entire expression changes. I like that.

The London room seems like an intimate bar, with just a handful or two of tables. It's a more intimate setting than even the Golden Globes.

So far, the awards are going to a handful of shows like The Crown, Ted Lasso, The Handsmaid's Tale, Pose, Ted Lasso to name a few.[More...]

Mare of Eastown is in a different category, "limited series". The show has had two winners for supporting actors. I thought the series was great, but I would have given the supporting actress award to Jean Smart as Mare's mother or Angourie Rice who played Mare's daughter Siobhan Sheehan. I think John Douglas Thompson as the police chief was more authentic that the "aw, schucks" detective played by Evan Peters. I'm surprised he won.

Jean Smart won best actress in a pilot show.

Most emotional moment: Debbie Allen accepting her well-deserved award from the "Academy" for her lifetime of achievements.

Best director in limite series went to Queens Gambit instead of Hamilton or Mare of Eastown.

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    It seems like Queen's Gambit was like 10 years ago (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by ruffian on Mon Sep 20, 2021 at 06:11:00 PM EST
    It won Golden Globes last year. I guess it must have been released just before the start of this year's Emmy window.  I could not wrap my head around it even being up against Mare or the other shows that were actually in the 2021 calendar year.

    Disappointed (none / 0) (#1)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Sep 20, 2021 at 07:22:54 AM EST
    but not surprised WandaVision was snubbed.  I was surprised it was nominated.  23 times.

    I didn't watch it but was expecting it (none / 0) (#4)
    by ruffian on Mon Sep 20, 2021 at 06:07:50 PM EST
    to win something based on what I heard about it.

    I was disappointed that Lovecraft Country didn't win anything. I thought at least Michael K Williiams and Jussie Smollett would be serious contenders.

    I thought the awards show itself was a mess. The staging just looked amateur. The London people were smart to stay home.  But I guess there is not a TV or movies awards show I won't watch.


    I think you would like it (none / 0) (#6)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Sep 20, 2021 at 06:47:20 PM EST
    It's about the medium as much as anything.  And the history of sitcoms.

    I thought the show felt (none / 0) (#9)
    by Militarytracy on Tue Sep 21, 2021 at 06:10:30 AM EST
    Strange, but everything feels strange at the moment.

    I'm pretty sure (5.00 / 1) (#10)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Sep 21, 2021 at 08:26:26 AM EST
    it's supposed to feel that way.  It is strange.  And not always in a "good" way.  Hard to pigeon hole or even describe.

    I love that it hooks a lot of people at the beginning looking like a wacky sit com parody and becomes something quite different.


    Fiasco (none / 0) (#2)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Sep 20, 2021 at 05:49:13 PM EST
    started last night on EPIX

    I just watched the first episode.  I was not bored.

    NYTimes review

    One of the anecdotes studded like candied fruit throughout "Fiasco," a six-episode documentary about the Iran-contra affair, involves the C.I.A.'s prepping of Ronald Reagan for his first summit with Mikhail Gorbachev in 1985. Knowing that reading was not Reagan's preferred method of absorbing information, the agency prepared, to his delight, a film biography of the Soviet leader with whom he was about to negotiate the fate of the world.

    Four decades later, we're all Ronald Reagan, getting our knowledge through screens and speakers. You could criticize "Fiasco" as lightweight for its reliance on personalities, piquant details and staged visual motifs (like a reconstruction of Oliver North's office that frequently serves as a silent, eerie mood setter). It makes more sense, though, to praise it for the trouble it takes to make meaningful history digestible and entertaining, and to appreciate both the scrupulousness and the artfulness that it brings to bear.

    It really is about how we got where we are.

    I wasn't sure if it was a documentary or a drama (none / 0) (#3)
    by ruffian on Mon Sep 20, 2021 at 06:03:25 PM EST
    I'll watch a good doc, thanks!

    I really did follow it closely in real time - I remember listening to the hearings on my headset at work. Will be interesting to see how they put it together.

    Also Lawrence Walsh's book Firewall was a good recounting of the ins and outs of his investigation.


    It begins (none / 0) (#7)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Sep 20, 2021 at 06:48:54 PM EST
    talking about how we, the CIA, caused a revolution in Iran with a disinformation campaign.

    Sounds very good (none / 0) (#8)
    by Militarytracy on Tue Sep 21, 2021 at 05:56:50 AM EST
    I watched the first episode early this (none / 0) (#11)
    by ruffian on Tue Sep 21, 2021 at 05:27:32 PM EST
    morning when I couldn't get back to sleep. I was hoping it would put me back to sleep, but it did not. Very well done with footage and just enough narration.

    The first was free but I think I have to subscribe to Epix to get the rest? Or is it done in weekly installments and the next is not out yet?


    I have EPIX (none / 0) (#12)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Sep 21, 2021 at 05:37:45 PM EST
    and only 1 is available now.  

    On a different subject, I'm watching For All Mankind on Apple+.

    It's really well done.  One of the most interesting parts is how they use existing historical figures and have them saying things they never said.  I guess it's a kind of deep fake.  The alternate history is great.  John Lennon lives, John Paul dies and Roman Polanski is caught fleeing to Canada.  Among other things.  Like president Teddy Kennedy.


    EPIX (none / 0) (#13)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Sep 21, 2021 at 05:38:46 PM EST
    Is worth it IMO.  Chapelwaite is excellent.