Emmys 2011, or, “Can we talk about these fashion choices?”

I feel like Amy Poehler probably would have taken home the Miss Congeniality award.

Let’s talk about last night’s Emmys. It was the first time in a few years that I’ve been able to sit and watch the whole thing, but that’s mostly because this year I was at home in Toronto doing my laundry. Gotta do something between switching out the loads and folding. To start, I really liked Jane Lynch’s opening, but not as much as I adored last year’s Bruce Springsteen tribute with Jimmy Fallon. (Everything about that opening was right and nothing was wrong. Tina Fey and Jon Hamm! Glee! The Boss!) It felt like one of the “Magic of TV” type commercials for televisions, but I’m sure that was intentional. Still entertaining, especially the Mad Men bit.

A few other observations:

  • Oh, my little Chris Colfer. He was spectacular this season. Did the voters not watch the “Furt” episode? That one was an emotional roller coaster, and I was constantly going from happy tears all through Carole and Burt’s wedding, to anger, sadness, and everywhere in between.
  • How about Modern Family completely cleaning up last night? Go Julie Bowen! I loved her on Boston Legal, and she seems hilarious on this show, too. All these wins for Modern Family, and the video my sister showed me, have sort of solidified it for me that I need to be watching this show.
  • I literally lol’d when Amy Poehler jumped out of her seat to take the stage when they came to the Best Actress in a Comedy Series category. Although I haven’t seen Mike & Molly, Melissa McCarthy’s role in Bridesmaids was hi-lar-ious, and I’m sure that helped her a bit. Maybe I’ll start trying to catch that one, too.
  • Poehler’s dress was quite bold, and pretty different for her, and I loved it. Tina Fey and Martha Plimpton (I had to Google her to know why she was up there… never heard of her…) looked great, but I think Edie Falco took the best dressed on that stage. Laura Linney… can we talk about how unflattering that dress was? She’s so pretty, and that dress didn’t do her justice. Neither did Melissa McCarthy’s. There is no reason why full-figured dames can’t look fabulous. Keep that eggplant color, but get a better stylist, honey. You’re an Emmy winner now.
  • I think in 5-8 years, Gwenyth Paltrow is going to look back on the dress she wore last night and look at it the same way Beyonce probably looks at the Destiny’s Child-era matchy-matchy look she and the other girls had to wear. That midriff thing dated the whole look.
Comedy is really my forte, so I didn’t pay as much attention to the other categories as I did to this one. I know Joni would be much better suited to give us a run down on the Mini-Series/Movie category. I’m not sure I want to try to watch Boardwalk Empire, and I wondered whether Martin Scorsese’s win for Best Director was justified, but since I haven’t seen any of the nominees, I can’t have a real opinion on it. Also, Maggie Smith, our fellow Dame, is unstoppable. Since its been quite some time since I caught any broadcast of any award show, I found this year’s Emmy offering fairly entertaining, although at times, schmaltzy. But that’s show business, I guess.