by TRN Staff Writers
The 68th Annual Emmy Awards delivered a pretty fast paced night that lagged little compared to other award shows (we’re looking at you Oscar), but still blew past some moments we wished had slowed down just a bit so we could enjoy it longer (Courtney B. Vance’s winning speech) or take a minute to let it sink in ( Beyonce’s lost?).
Host Jimmy Kimmel brought a few bright spots (PB&J sandwiches made by his mom for the audience delivered by the kids from “Stranger Things”) and a few bombs (the Bill Cosby jokes…just no Jimmy, no.)
The Emmys boasted of its diversity by its selection of presenters, actors and shows nominated which included Asian-Americans, African-Americans, American-Egyptians, Latinos and transgender Americans. Maybe all that diversity is what caused the Emmy’s to tweet Cuba Gooding Jr. while we were looking at a picture of Terrence Howard…major oops.
Top winners of the night included “Key & Peele” for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series and Regina King landed the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for her role in “American Crime”. The In Memoriam tribute to all the stars lost this year was powerful and skillfully presented with a live rendition of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah. Singers Natalie Cole and Prince were included in the memoriam tribute, but not Vanity-Denise Matthews.
Host Kimmel joked about unless your show or movie had dragons or a White Bronco, you could just go home…and there was a lot of truth in that joke. The big winners of the night were HBO (“Game of Thrones”, “Veep” and “Last Week Tonight”) and just about every actor in “The People v. O.J. Simpson:American Crime Story”. You can see a complete of all the night winners’ here, but for a quick recap here’s TRN’s Top 5 Memorable Moments from Emmys 2016.
#1 Standing Ovation for Sterling K. Brown The actor beat out a couple of his fellow “The People v. O.J Simpson” cast members including John Travolta to take home the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie. Brown’s intense performance as District Attorney Christopher Darden laid down the law in the limited series which drew huge ratings. Brown’s sometimes witty, but always endearing speech was perhaps the best of the night. Here’s a small clip:
Brown ended with thanks “for giving a brother a chance” and a baller shout out to his wife Michelle Bathe saying “I got the hottest chick in the game rockin’ my chain.”
#2 Courtney B. Vance Knows Who Rocks His Chain Dang, he beat out Idris Elba and Cuba Gooding Jr to get here, but he deserved it. Vance’s first Emmy nomination brought his first win. Sterling K. Brown started something with his hip hop lyrical shout out that his fellow cast member couldn’t resist when thanking his wife Angela Bassett.
#3 Beyonce Lost to Who? When it comes to awards–music, video, movies–there’s one phrase people are not accustomed to hearing, “And the winner is…NOT BEYONCE.” That’s pretty much what it must have sounded like when the winner was declared in the Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special category. And even more shocking than Beyonce losing, she lost to “Grease:Live”! Bey’s “Lemonade” was one of 6 nominees in that category. The loss was a tough pill to swallow, but Bey’s fans washed it down with a tall glass of lemonade and some Twitter rant.
When you lose to Grease Live pic.twitter.com/sc8bzPBD2M
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) September 19, 2016
#4 Emmy Red Carpet Slay When it comes to the Red Carpet, celebs like Viola Davis, Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross know how to do it. “Scandal” star Kerry Washington may not have taken home any awards but she definitely should get the award for looking so glam while that many months pregnant. Here are just a few of the looks for the night that left a lasting impression.
#5 Leslie Jones Gets the Last Laugh After a harrowing ordeal all summer that included bullying racists rants against her on Twitter and having hackers post naked pictures of her on her website, Jones showed you can’t keep a good sister down because she will get up and clown your hacking a$$ on national TV. Jones made the usual accounting segment less boring by telling the guys who protect the secrets of the award ceremony, “You all are over here using your skills to protect best voiceover in a French sitcom. Meanwhile, I’m butt naked on CNN. I just wanted to feel beautiful, y’all. Can a sister feel beautiful?”