Emmy Recap: “Modern Family’s” Reign is the Real New Normal

Jimmy Kimmel

The Emmys in five words: Modern Family. Homeland. Game Change. 

But how do we feel about that? Speaking for myself, I’ll quote winner Claire Danes‘s shout-out to her costar Mandy Patinkin: “Holla!”

This year’s Emmys — hosted by the palatable and deadpan Jimmy Kimmel — was a success, a pleasant affair with dashes of gay goodness thrown in like garlic salt. I giggled right at the start, when nominated actresses Zooey Deschanel, Christina Hendricks, Mindy Kaling, Connie Britton, and a door-busting Kathy Bates comforted host Jimmy Kimmel in the ladies’ room and assured him that his bizarre Botox injections weren’t hideous. To be fair, I mostly laughed at the actresses, who showed distinct camaraderie, and not the sexist plastic surgery humor, but the bit’s quickness set a pace for the evening that never felt like drudgery. For an award show, that’s kind of extraordinary.

Eric Stonestreet with fellow Modern Family cast member Aubrey Anderson-Emmons

Eric Stonestreet picked up his second trophy for his reliable work as Cam on Modern Family (or as I suggest we call it: The Old New Normal), and he showered his nominated costar Jesse Tyler Ferguson with genuine praise and props. Then backstage, Stonestreet burst into tears when answering questions about his affection for Ferguson. Awww. I wonder if Modern Family will spin off a Cam/Mitch series in, like, 2016. You’d believe it, right? I’d also be fine with a Claire Dunphy vehicle, especially since gay icon nominee Julie Bowen picked up her second Emmy last night too. She dished a few one-liners at the podium, and my verdict remains the same: Julie Bowen is smart, cool, and no-nonsense funny. Love her and her capacity to say “nipple covers” no less than three times. She’s also got that harsh Jane Fonda stare, and I’m hoping she’ll star in the inevitable China Syndrome remake when the time comes.

In the dubiousness department, I wasn’t crazy about Jon Cryer‘s lead comic actor win for Two and a Half Men or Amy Poehler‘s loss for Parks and Recreation (even if I recognize the fabulousness of Veep winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus), but those were minor setbacks. I rebounded with Homeland‘s big gets for Best Drama Series, Lead Actress (Danes), and Lead Actor (Damian Lewis, my dad’s fave since Band of Brothers and the under-mourned NBC series Life), as well as Julianne Moore‘s predictable victory for Game Change. “Sarah Palin gave me a thumbs down!” she announced at the mic. As long as Julianne Moore remains Oscar-less, I say she’s owed infinite amounts of podium time. Let’s arrange hundreds of podiums around her estate so she can speechify whenever the moment calls for it.

Practically everyone connected to HBO’s Game Change wins an Emmy

Nutty trivia bit: AMC’s only award of the night went to Breaking Bad‘s Aaron Paul for supporting actor in a drama series. No love for Mad Men this year, even though Jon Hamm looked hotter than ever and January Jones looked… more thawed than usual. Thankfully, Paul seized his big moment and kissed his costar Giancarlo Esposito after his name was called. It was cute, especially since I was indeed yelling, “KISS! KISS!” right before his lips made contact. Maggie Smith, the absentee winner for Downton Abbey, would surely scowl at me.

Aaron Paul reacts to winning an Emmy


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