Let's skip the small talk and get straight to it. The fashion is the least of our worries, so we can skip that too (if you really want to know who was best dressed and worst dressed, you can tune in to a crappy episode of Fashion Police tonight or use this thing called Google).
1) Holy Hotness Batman!
It was approximately 106 degrees on the red carpet - apparently a nightmare as it was the main focus of almost every red carpet interview. "Boy it's hot", "I'm sweating, how about you?", "My hair is soaked", and many other similar things were conversation starters. I have to give credit where it's due and say that despite the hot temps, Ryan Seacrest remained professional and acted like a complete gentleman - as per usual - helping the female stars make their way up and down the E! press platform. Also, Nick Jonas' ex-girlfriend (I'm sure she goes by another important title), Olivia Culpo, nearly fainted on the red carpet because it was so flipping hot. She claims to be fine after a little rest and exposure to AC.
2) Diversity, Breaking Records, & Standing Out
Okay, this is going to be a loooooong one. First things first, diversity and record-breaking - it made my heart happy to see how much change has taken place at the Emmys over the years. Viola Davis and Taraji P. Henson were the first two African-American women to be nominated in the same category (Best Actress, Drama Series), in the same year. Viola Davis ended up taking home the hardware, becoming the first black woman to win Best Actress in a Drama Series and her acceptance speech did not disappoint. She said, "The only thing that separates women of colour from anyone else is opportunity." Yessss Viola! She went on to talk about what it was like in the past for women of colour in the industry (lack of roles, opportunity to win such awards), and how different it is now. Her acceptance speech was then followed by a standing ovation.
Sticking with diversity, a HUGE winner was the Transparent cast and crew. The groundbreaking show won a bunch of awards and used their time at the mic to call for change and respect in the transgender community. When Jeffrey Tambor accepted his award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series he thanked the transgender community for their patience, bravery, and sharing their stories. This made me really want to binge-watch Transparent. I think this is just the beginning of the show's ever so bright future.
Now you may be wondering why he's sporting that green ribbon. It's not because he's awesome (which he is). In fact, Jeffrey wasn't the only celeb sporting the green ribbon at the Emmys. Plenty of stars were donning it to support Obama's plan to take on climate change.
Continuing with the theme of standing out, Amy Poehler brought the funny when her pretty chill mug graced our screens while they were announcing the nominees for Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (she should have won, but like every year JLD won). When the camera pointed at her, Amy was dressed in a hoodie, rocking shades, and chomping on a piece of gum. I bet all of the other stars were immediately filled with envy (I know I was!
3) Happy Goodbyes (Is That Even A Thing?)
Some tears were shed as we parted with some of our favourite shows such as The Newsroom, Mad Men, Boardwalk Empire, Sons of Anarchy, The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, and many more. Luckily, Mad Men and The Daily Show With Jon Stewart got to walk away with tons of pride and a few special trophies (hooray). Jon Hamm finally won Best Actor in a Drama Series, while The Daily Show With Jon Stewart won Best Variety Talk Series and a couple of other awards.
1) Andy Samberg Did Not Impress
Sadly, we have to do this. Every award show has its good side, and its bad side. Andy Samberg, The Lonely Island's lead singer and former Saturday Night Live cast member, seemed to have forgotten that he wasn't hosting an episode of SNL. The sketches were way too cheesy for my liking, and probably wouldn't have even made the cut on SNL. I often found myself begging the show to move forward (as if the Emmy gods could hear me) every time there was a torturous break in between awards. But, I will say that I enjoyed Andy's opening monologue... At least the second half of it (gotta give the guy a break, probably wouldn't do too good of a job hosting the Emmys myself). He made sure to take some shots at Donald Trump, Bill Cosby, and Kim Davis/Paula Deen, currently the most hated people in America and who knows where else. (Ignore the opening sketch - it's brutal.)
2) Spoiler Alert (Or Not)
Sure, it was the thought that counted when the Emmys decided to honour all of our beloved series that came to an end this year - BUT, it was so not cool to air all of the ending scenes of the finales without warning! Like, seriously? I don't want to piss off anyone (you're probably already pissed if you watched the Emmys/still mourning the loss of your fav shows), so I will not add any media aids to enhance this point. Instead, I will proceed to end this never-ending award show recap.
I'd like to end this post the same way the Emmys ended their broadcast. The one and only Tracy Morgan returned to the stage for the first time in over a year since he was a victim in a car accident that left him in critical condition and got a standing ovation before he could speak. He said, "I'm here. Standing on my own two feet." I too gave him a standing ovation in my living room. This won't be the last time you see him on your TV. You can catch him hosting SNL on October 17th.
What did you think of the Emmys? Comment below or tweet me @MissSaverinaS!
PS - Full list of winners here. Big winners (some mentioned above, some not) were Game of Thrones, Veep, Transparent, The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, and Olive Kitteridge (definitely need to witness the supposed amazingness for myself later today).