Awards shows make me laugh. The Sept. 18 presentation of the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards was amazing.
Emmy Awards are given to TV actors, actresses, the cast and crew of a TV programs each year. There are awards in different categories including Best Drama Series, Best Actor or Actress for a Comedy Series, or Directing for a Comedy Series. Here are some reasons I enjoyed the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards.
The jokes were hilarious. I have never seen so many actors and actresses insulted because of stupid things they said or did. For example, Michael Che and Colin Jost made fun of Rosanne Barr whose TV show was cancelled due to a racist remark she made on Twitter.
According to ABC News, Jost said, “Rosanne was canceled by herself but picked up by white nationalists.” Che added, “Congrats to Laurie Metcalf. Do you know how great of an actress you have to be to get nominated for ‘Rosanne’ now?”
Is it funny? Yes. Can it be offensive? Yes. Some jokes may or may not be offensive, but I really think they were going way too far on that one. It had me busting out laughing and screaming “Hallelujah!” Not only were they were making fun of her, they were also making fun of other actors and actresses who were nominated for their awards that night. You know someone is a true comedian if they can improvise. The jokes were scripted so, technically, the writer is the true comedian.
Another reason I enjoyed the show was the presentations by singers and comedians. My favorite soul singer is John Legend. He will always be my favorite singer because his music is pure art. What really makes him a legend (pun intended), is that he’s the first African-American performer to win an Emmy Award, Grammy Award, Oscar Award and a Tony Award.
There is a difference between a comedy actor and comedian. Comedy actors are hilarious when it comes to a funny script or monologue that is usually written by someone else. Comedians, however, are funniest when they can write their own skits or are able to improvise.
Katt Williams won an Emmy Award for Best Comedy Guest Appearance for the comedy TV show “Atlanta.” Williams was in an episode in which he tried to use his pet crocodile to attack two policemen. The plan did not go well. “Atlanta” had the most nominations going into the Emmy Awards.
In the drama category, Claire Foy, won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in “The Crown” (2016). Foy portrayed the younger version of Queen Elizabeth II. I enjoyed the first and second seasons of “The Crown.” “Game of Thrones” won the Emmy for Best Drama Series. It’s been around since 2011 and is still in the game.
Race is an important issue this country, but not in the Emmy Awards. The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards nominated people of all different races and people of many different cultures walked away with the 11.5” silver trophy.
Sandra Oh was the first actress of Asian heritage to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy. It was good to see “Crazy Rich Asians” (2018) and “Black Panther” (2018) were able to assemble all ethnic casts. It took 22 years to see a black superhero movie or an all Asian-cast movie.
Hollywood is changing, but Caucasians still won the majority of the Emmy Awards. Michael Che and Colin Jost mentioned that early in the awards ceremony, but not to worry. Kenan Thompson, Kate McKinnon, Sterling K. Brown, Kristin Bell, Titus Burgess, Ru Paul, Andy Samberg joined John Legend in putting the issue to the song, “We Solved It.”
The song reflected my feelings about being a student at Richland. I am grateful to have friends and the opportunity to associate with students, professors and advisors from all different backgrounds, races and skin colors.