Showtime's Homeland becomes Cinderella story of Emmy awards; see my snark here
Who knew the Cinderella story of the Emmy awards would center on a drama about a U.S. Marine turned into a double agent by terrorists in the Middle East?
But Showtime’s Homeland managed to run the table at Sunday’s Emmy awards in its first eligible year, winning the first best drama series award in the premium cable channel’s history and keeping rival show Mad Men from a historic fifth honor in the category.
(In fact, Mad Men set a record for Emmy losses, failing to notch a single win in 17 nominations. Is there any series which fell out of love with the academy so quickly?)
Besides the best drama win, Homeland also took home trophies for best writing, best actress (Claire Danes as a bipolar CIA agent) and best actor in a drama, London-born Damian Lewis, who plays the marine double agent.
“I’m one of those pesky Brits,” cracked Lewis, noting Emmy host Jimmy Kimmel had already cracked wise about how many British actors were up for awards. “I don’t believe in judging art. But I showed up just in case.”
Kimmel needn’t have worried. Homeland’s success kept the British actors of Downton Abbey from nailing many awards, limiting the tally to Maggie Smith’s win as best supporting actress in a drama (the Dame Smith didn’t even show for her award.
But even as the Emmy academy was honoring new names in its drama categories, it returned to the tried and true in comedy, handing ABC’s Modern Family its third consecutive award as best comedy series, while stars Eric Stonestreet and Julie Bowen got their second consecutive awards as best supporting actor and actress in comedy.
“My job really amounts to me falling down while wearing lipstick and nipple covers,” cracked Bowen during her acceptance speech; Stonestreet, who isn’t gay but plays a gay man on the show, thanked his fans for” the pictures of the hairy chests you’re sending me.”
Here's some more high and low points for me:
-- Comedy wunderkind Louis C.K. got just the right amount of dap -- two awards, both for writing in comedy and variety -- so that he would be honored for his fine work but wouldn't feel overexposed. These days, it seems he most fears getting too big too fast.
-- Cool as Aaron Paul is on Breaking Bad, it was a little bit heartbreaking to see him win another best supporting actor Emmy when two great performers, Paul's former co-star Giancarlo Esposito and Mad Men co-star Jared Pryce, got snubbed.
-- Close as any people of color seemed to get to the big awards this year was Claire Danes shouting "holla" at Homeland co-star Mandy Patinkin from the stage. Much as the Emmy academy loves Modern Family, it has been odd to see them pass up Sofia Vergara, the show's clear breakout star, to give Bowen a statue. Twice.
-- Even Daily Show host Jon Stewart couldn't believe the show has won as best variety series ever year since 2003, dropping an f-bomb in a joke about how aliens from the future will marvel at how predictable the awards are.
-- As a pal on Twitter noted, yellow seems to be the color of victory Sunday, with Bowen, Danes and Game Change star Julianne Moore all decked out in the color.
-- I could decide if Kimmel's bits were inspired or just plain weird -- from a naked Lena Dunham punching him in the open of the show to a fake In Memoriam for himself with music by Josh Groban. Twitter couldn't decide, either -- with half of the folks I'm following taking either side.
See more snark below from my Storify collection of live tweets: