The full list of winners – including unpopcult favourites Jon Stewart and the Daily Show, Jeremy Davies and Martha Plimpton – is here, there’s plenty of commentary on the results including here and here, and everyone’s checking out the frocks here, there and everywhere. This post is really more about ME.
Here’s the thing. Mad Men setting a new record for shut-outs by not winning any of the 17 (!) Emmys it was nominated for is a shock, and a shame, but it doesn’t bother me all that much, in and of itself. Don’t get me wrong; I think Mad Men deserved some recognition for acting or writing or its gorgeous styling, but season 5 was very uneven and the focus on Megan rendered it far less interesting and profound than previous years. I can see why the Emmy voters looked elsewhere when handing out the plaudits.
Also, I know how much of a following it has, but I’ve never seen more than a few minutes of Breaking Bad – which didn’t appeal to me – so I’m not troubled by it not winning Best Drama or Bryan Cranston losing his Lead Actor crown, excellent though I have no doubt he is – after all, he has won it three times already (unlike perennial runner-up Jon Hamm).
And, while I’d have preferred Christine Baranski to win Supporting Actress in a Drama because the woman is amazing in The Good Wife and I love love love Diane, I know that tv awards people love love love nothing more than a grand old Dame with a posh English accent, so Maggie Smith winning Downton Abbey’s only major award I can understand if not jump for joy about.
All of that, then: not awesome, but ok. Not ok? Homeland.
I really, really did not like Homeland. But that’s irrelevant, obviously: there are plenty of things I don’t like which I can see great merit in nonetheless. Like Breaking Bad. Or vegetables. More to the point, then, I can’t see what’s supposed to be so brilliant about Homeland that it beat out everything else. Exciting, yes, entertaining, fine, but brilliant? Over-cooked, over-rated, over-pleased with itself thriller fare of the type which has been done better before and will probably be done better later – is this really the best drama of the past year? REALLY?!?!
What am I missing?
Whatever it is, the Emmy voters lapped it up, giving the show this year’s Outstanding Drama Series award, Claire Danes Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama and – the big upset of the night – Damian Lewis Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.
Regardless of how I might feel about the show, then, a lot of people do think it’s fantastic. Fair enough. My not understanding why may well be entirely down to me, rather than any flaws in the programme itself. No problem. I still really, really do not like Homeland. So I’m just going to deal with it by re-imagining last night completely. Emmys 2012: The Do-Over. Justified and The Good Wife were nominated. The Good Wife or Game of Thrones won. Julianna Margulies took home the Lead Actress prize for the second year in a row. Timothy Olyphant was not only nominated but won Lead Actor and that was great, because – in my head – Mad Men will return to form next season and Jon Hamm will finally get his Outstanding Actor statuette in 2013, and everything will turn out just fine. As for what really happened last night? La la la la la….. not listening…..
*PS – If you want to investigate for yourself what all the fuss is about, More 4 is re-running season 1 of Homeland every night (including weekends) from tomorrow (Tuesday) night at 11.05pm, pending season 2 starting in October.