So the 73rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were last night, making it the second straight week there was an award show going head-to-head with Sunday Night Football. I know there's not exactly a ton of crossover between the audiences, but Lamar and Mahomes are way more exciting than anything that could've possibly happened there.
When I was younger, and I'm talking like an adolescent boy, not like any moment before right now younger, I loved award shows. I remember watching Madonna kiss Britney Spears (and Christina, but everybody seems to forget about her) at the 2003 VMAs with my mom and sister. However, as you get older and learn all the politics and shady history behind them (Hattie McDaniel having to sit at a segregated table when she won an Oscar, Jethro Tull beating Metallica for Best Metal Performance, It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia never being nominated for fucking anything, etc.) you start to care less.
That, of course, is when you don't have a dog in the fight. It's easy to shit on the Emmys when they're passing them out to Big Bang Theory like Halloween candy, but when it's a show that you genuinely love for not only its humor but heart and message, you can't help but be happy for those actors who make you feel like friends.
I figured I'd at least get in front of my hypocrisy, I don't really give a shit about award shows, but at the same time, I'm pleased to see a show I love actually get the recognition it deserves. I'm sure people who haven't seen it yet are a little annoyed with all the internet fellatio Ted Lasso has received, but it deserves every last slurp like it's your first anniversary. It's one of the best shows I've ever seen (and if you have a problem with the second season, you have rocks in your head). It's actual appointment TV, even though it's technically streaming. I watch every episode as soon as it debuts at midnight. For its critically acclaimed first season, Ted Lasso won 7 Emmys.
I feel stupid for getting confused about something as simple to understand as total nominations, but I've seen all these ads and articles saying how Ted Lasso had 20 nominations.
Then when I go to wiki to check out all the winners, I see this shit.
Apparently, it has something to do with major vs. technical awards, but just a weird place to me to split hairs. Anyways, let's get into the meat and potatoes of the winners.
Of Ted Lasso's 13 "major" nominations, four were Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. Three of the Diamond Dogs, Brandon Hunt (Coach Beard), Nick Mohammed (Nate Shelly), and Jeremy Swift (Leslie Higgins; my 2nd favorite character after Roy), came up short to the very real, very hairy Brett Goldstein (Roy Kent).
To paraphrase Chris Farley of the Chris Farley Show, that speech was AWESOME.
The breathtakingly gorgeous Hannah Waddington (Rebecca Welton) won Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series over Juno Temple (Kelly Jones).
And MY BOY since Middle School, Jason Sudeikis, won Best Actor for his role of Ted Lasso. My only complaint is that it's technically for the Pilot; it should be for episode 5, but whatever, that doesn't matter. What does, is Jason picking up the hardware after what had to be a challenging year for him personally (obviously, it was a tough year for everybody...except billionaires). I'm so happy for him. This dude went from eating at Taco Town to winning Emmys.
I mean, yes, obviously, Jason rocked the hell out of that suit, but I still miss the mustache.
And of course, as the Apple tweet said, Ted Lasso took home the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series to cap off the first of many Emmy-filled nights for the cast and crew.
Other than Coach Beard dressing like Tom Petty in the "Don't Come Around Here No More" video, the highlight of the night that I missed IRT watching SNF was the entire cast and crew doing the Roy Kent chant. "He's here; he's there; he's every-fucking-where, Roy Kent, Roy Keeent!"
I cannot recommend Ted Lasso enough. It alone is worth the $5 a month for AppleTV+, although the 1971 in music docuseries is incredible. I like Morning Show too, but I haven't seen it since it first came out. A rewatch might be in store before S2.
I enjoy Coach Beard's role, I liked the weirdness of last week, and I get that his whole bit is being the strong and silent type (s/o Gary Cooper), but he is as much an actor as the soccer balls were. He's an actor in the same way that Tracy Morgan is an actor. He's funny but is essentially always playing himself. IMO, his nomination is a result of the saturation of Ted Lasso.