If you were watching TV last night, you caught quite a show as MVP hopeful Christian Yelich hit for his second cycle in a single season and the Brewers won, 8-0, over the Cincinnati Reds. Oh, that's right; there was an awards show, too ... on a Monday? I'm confused, too.
The Emmys honored the greatest and not-that-latest Monday night, with "Game of Thrones" earning Best Dramatic Series and Amazon's "The Marvelous Miss Maisel" scoring the title of Best Comedic Series. But who were the real winners and losers of the ceremony? Here's what we saw:
Winner: Milwaukee connections
Even if you weren't watching the smackdown over at Miller Park (woo Brewers!), Milwaukee had a winning night. Brew City native Rachel Brosnahan won her first Emmy for Best Leading Actress in a Comedy Series for Amazon's "The Marvelous Miss Maisel" – plus won over the crowd with one of the few political references of the night, reminding viewers to register and vote – while honorary Milwaukeean Henry Winkler finally got the double thumbs from the Emmys, winning his first Emmy after all these years for his turn as a hitman's acting coach in HBO's black comedy "Barry." Better late than never – which wasn't the case for his kids, who got sent to bed early since his win came quickly in the night.
In the end, they should consider themselves lucky; it was a LONG night.
Loser: The Oscars plan to cut technical awards
While the Oscars short-lived "Best Popular Movie" award proposal a few months back deservedly earned most of the internet's ridicule (RIP Oscar campaign for "The Meg"), there was another change to Hollywood's most glamorous show that deserved mockery: the plan to hand out some of the smaller technical awards off-screen during commercial breaks. Listen, we all agree that the show is too long, but diminishing behind-the-scenes workers is not the way to cut it down. It's insulting – especially when there's needless musical numbers, forced comedy bits and a dozen montages dedicated to "the importance of the movies" that could get shorn first instead of trimming awards. You know, THE REASON FOR THE SHOW.
In case the Oscars needed evidence of why cutting smaller awards would be dumb, cue Glenn Weiss – one of those unflashy, behind-the-scenes names who the Academy Awards would certainly choose to edit out but instead stole the show with the evening's ultimate moment of viral joy, using his acceptance speech to proposal to his girlfriend in the crowd.
Ironically enough, he won for Best Directing of a Variety Special for directing ... the Oscars.
Winner: "The Marvelous Miss Maisel"
Amy Sherman-Palladino and her fabulous hats finally have their first Emmy. And a second Emmy. And a whole stack of Emmys to go with those first two. The Amazon comedy scored seven awards throughout the night, including Best Writing and Directing for the former "Gilmore Girls" creator and the big award for Best Comedy Series. Only "Barry" managed to dig into its comedy category dominance, winning for Best Actor (Bill Hader) and Best Supporting Actor (Winkler).
Now the only question: When does the damn show return for season two? Answer: We don't know yet, but apparently at some point this year. Feels like something you'd want to have confirmed during a night of free publicity and attention!
Donald Glover's undefinable FX show has become a monster hit and a critic's favorite – but that didn't translate into Emmy wins Monday night, as the dramedy scored just two wins: Guest Actor for Katt Williams and Cinematography, nothing in any of the major categories. Maybe the show's idiosyncratic half drama/half comedy tone threw voters off (though "Barry," another comedy that dives into the deep, dark, dramatic end of the genre, scored big wins). Maybe voters are just too enamored with the streaming services. Or maybe we've got ourselves another #OscarsSoWhite situation. (For a night that began with a song congratulating itself on solving diversity – a joke, but still – the winners were mostly white.) No matter the case, for fans, "Robbin' Season" found itself on the unfortunate end of some awards thievery.
Winner: "Game of Thrones"
Huh. "Game of Thrones" certainly wins the award for TV's biggest show – in terms of scale and price tag. But best? This season? The one where Dany managed to fly from Dragonstone to beyond The Wall before some ice froze in the middle of endless winter? The one where the White Walkers forgot that projectile weapons existed? Huh indeed.
Loser: Your dreams after seeing this ...
Wait, Teddy Perkins is in attendance at the Emmys so 'Atlanta' wins the whole ceremony pic.twitter.com/pRV3Rj7xpF — Cameron Williams (@MrCamW) September 18, 2018
Because your night wasn't long enough already, now you're not going to sleep after the ceremony.
Winner: Betty White
Betty White is a champion. She's 96 years old and has spent the last decade living happier, sharper and smarter than most people a third her age. Last night's honorary Emmy speech showed a few signs of maybe the years finally taking their toll (her early joke about Lorne Michaels got lost into rambles), but – again – she's 96 years old. She's older than the two Emmy hosts COMBINED – and yet still brighter, more charismatic and funnier than the both of them too.
Loser: Michael Che and Colin Jost
Hosting an awards show is always a thankless task, but it's even more thankless if you don't bother to wake up in time for the ceremony like the two "Weekend Update" anchors did Monday night. Che seemed thoroughly uninterested by everything going on, apparently the only person who saw James Franco's dazed job at the Oscars a decade ago and felt inspired, while Jost's smug, stiff, whiter than the cue cards he probably wishes he had routine played almost as poorly in the room as their monologue's soft jabs at the industry's shortcomings and long-overdue housecleaning. In general, both played on screen, and in the media windup to the show, like they were better than the Emmys – ironic since they both made the evening far worse.
Winner: Pretty much everyone else that took the stage
The only good thing about Che and Jost bombing was that everyone else presenting seemed hilarious and delightful in comparison. Kate McKinnon and Kenan Thompson? Great! Hannah Gadsby? More please! The guy who proposed to his girlfriend mid-show? Sure, sign them up! Teddy Perkins? Well, there's never been an awards show hosted by existential dread yet! Fred Armisen and Maya Rudolph's bad Emmy experts? Ehhhh, OK, maybe not everyone. But in general, Michael Che and Colin Jost: truly the bilge water tide that raises all boats.
Loser: Network television
Obviously the ultimate loser of these TV awards shows, as its been for the past half-decade, is network television – which, despite Lorne Michaels' acceptance speech proclamation that they're still alive and kicking, showed little pulse Monday night and spent most of the night getting kicked around by the streaming services.
Amazon won Best Comedy Series with "Miss Maisel," which scored the second most awards on the night – just behind "Game of Thrones." And while Netflix is still behind Hulu and Amazon when it comes to taking the night's biggest awards, it tied HBO for the most wins Monday night with 23. As for HBO, this was already the first time it wasn't tops for nominations, beaten out by Netflix, and while it won its usual TV movie awards and "Game of Thrones" trophies – plus some surprises for "Barry" – its overall win total was down. So in case it wasn't obvious already, streaming is officially king.
Winner: Alex Borstein
One of the few true delights of awards shows is seeing typically unheralded character actors get their moment to be stars. At the Emmys, that moment belonged to Alex Borstein – most famous for her off-screen work providing the voice of Lois Griffin on "Family Guy," but finally heralded for her bright on-screen supporting work thanks to "Miss Maisel." And she did not miss her moment Monday night.
Alex Borstein's walk to the stage is already iconic https://t.co/Lk4YZETrXY #Emmys pic.twitter.com/XqUznw77zU — Entertainment Weekly (@EW) September 18, 2018
Here's to more people taking advantage of the aisle walk in future awards shows – and here's to more Borstein, too.
All awards shows are exercises in uselessness, but the Emmys felt particularly pointless Monday night. Half the shows that came away as winners felt like they were from years ago – and that's because many were. "Miss Maisel" premiered last November, while "Game of Thrones," the winner of the night's ultimate award, the one we were building toward for 17 hours, hasn't had a new episode in LITERALLY a year, showing its season finale in August of 2017. It's hard to care about an awards show when the new winners feel like old news. At least when the Grammys hand out awards to albums and records from two years ago, it's the Grammys so nobody cares about the trophies.
Plus: It was on a Monday night. Nobody wants to watch an awards show on a Monday.
As much as it is a gigantic cliché to say that one has always had a passion for film, Matt Mueller has always had a passion for film. Whether it was bringing in the latest movie reviews for his first grade show-and-tell or writing film reviews for the St. Norbert College Times as a high school student, Matt is way too obsessed with movies for his own good.
When he's not writing about the latest blockbuster or talking much too glowingly about "Piranha 3D," Matt can probably be found watching literally any sport (minus cricket) or working at - get this - a local movie theater. Or watching a movie. Yeah, he's probably watching a movie.