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September 23, 2020

A year ago, my journal entry was titled "Blogging the Emmys."  Ned served me dinner in my recliner while I sat with pad of paper and pen and took notes on the Emmy award show.  I didn't do that this year.

I am an award show junkie.  I love most award shows.  I saw my first Oscar show probably the first year that it was televised and I was hooked.  Such a fan of celebrities, it was such fun to watch them in the audience and on stage accepting awards.  I remember when a streaker ran across the stage when David Niven was announcing an award.  I remember all of Cher's crazy outfits.  I remember when Marlon Brando refused to accept his oscar for The Godfather and Native American Sacheen Littlefeather attended the ceremony in Brando’s place, stating that the actor “very regretfully” could not accept the award, as he was protesting Hollywood’s portrayal of Native Americans in film.

As the years have passed and we see fewer and fewer movies, the Oscars have less and less importance for me.  In the beginning it was that I had not seen any of the movies nominated, and now not only do I not see the movies, but I don't recognize any of the stars.  I still watch for the "pagentry" of it all, but it's not the big deal that it used to be.

The Emmys, though, are my big award show.  I watch so much TV that it's more fun for me than the Oscars.  Lately, however, TV is changing so much that it's difficult.  The two big drama shows that won most of the awards this year were Watchmen and Succession, both of which are HBO shows.  I don't know why we can't get HBO on our DISH, but apparent not only can we not get HBO, but we also can't get the free Peacock network.  It's slightly frustrating, but there is so much now that I want to watch that it's probably good that I can't get those shows.  But if you look at what is happening now, you have to buy a lot to see everything.  You can subscribe to Disney, but unless you buy Disney Plus, you can't see the "good stuff."

How do you do a big show like the Emmys during a pandemic?  Jimmy Kimmel was the host and gave his opening monologoue with a full audience, only later we learned that the theater was actually empty and they were showing audience from previous years.  Clever.

All of the nominees for awards were at home connected by Zoom.

I really liked this because there was no orchestra to play them off if they went too long in their thank yous and you got a feeling of how they really were.  You also got glimpses of their homes.  Uzo Aduba, who won for Mrs. America was so thrilled she kept calling for her mother, who was in another room and ultimately just got up to go and tell her mother she'd won. Very sweet.

The first category was comedy and I was pleased when Catherine O'Hara won for Schitt's Creek.  Then Eugene Levy won for Schitt's Creek.  Then Dan Levy won for Schitt's Creek.  (Eugene and Dan made history as the first father-son to win in the same year).

Ultimately Schitt's Creek  took every comedy award, including costumes.  The last time something like that happened it was for Game of Thrones, which I never saw, so this was great for me.

But after that nominees were mostly for shows I haven't seen and it wasn't as interesting, except for the mini Friends reunion.

All things considered, I loved the show and liked the Zoom awards as much, or maybe even better, than the usual award show.  I'm sad that there were so many shows that sounded so good that I know I won't be able to see because we don't get the networks they are on, but I definitely have enough to watch already.



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