Worst: The opener
“SNL” stars Colin Jost and Michael Che had been flat, flat, flat of their opening monologue, eliciting few laughs from the viewers. Significantly painful had been Che’s remarks about “The Handmaid’s Story” as “‘Roots’ with bonnets” and “‘Roots’ for white girls.” The opening musical quantity on TV’s range craze was additionally poorly deliberate and executed. And guess what? Kristen Bell can’t sing. Stick with “The Good Place.”
Best: Henry Winkler’s win
Winkler is one of these guys you by no means hear a foul phrase about, and his standing ovation when he took Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Sequence — for “Barry” on HBO— well-deserved. His joke (or was it?) about having written his speech “43 years in the past” was charming. Even his competitor, earlier winner Tony Shalboub, nominated for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” was smiling with a bit smirk. He received a Tony in April. He’ll recover from it.
Worst: “Historical past of Emmys” skit
Lorne Michaels’ dedication to get anyone who’s ever been on “SNL” into the Emmys reached a useless finish with this peculiarly flat skit from Maya Rudolph and Fred Armisen, who has by no means been humorous.
Best: Michael Che’s “Reparations Emmys” skit
Decrying the quantity of Emmys which were given over and over once more to white performers, together with Bryan Cranston (who confirmed up for an eavesdropping cameo), Che gave “stolen” statuettes to some of the brighter lights of the African-American group, together with Marla Gibbs of “The Jeffersons,” Jaleel “Urkel” White and Jimmie Walker of “Good Instances.”
Worst: Issa Rae checking her cellphone throughout the standing ovation for Betty White
A transparent lack of respect from somebody whose present has been on HBO for a mere three seasons.
Best: Regina King’s win
The actress had had a very good film profession in movies resembling “Ray” and “Jerry Maguire” however didn’t hit her stride till she moved over to TV. King beforehand received two consecutive Emmys for her work on ABC’s “American Crime.” This 12 months, she took dwelling the “Lead Actress in a Restricted Sequence” trophy for her function as the grieving mom of a boy murdered by a white cop. Although the Netflix collection was not renewed, the uncooked honesty of her efficiency was not forgotten by voters.
Best: That shock marriage proposal
Whereas accepting his award for guiding the Oscars, Glenn Weiss additionally proposed to his girlfriend sitting in the viewers — giving her the ring his dad had additionally given his mom, who died two weeks earlier than the ceremony. It was the uncommon spontaneous second throughout a principally predictable evening, and it confirmed on the shocked faces of the new fiancée and the complete viewers.