Saturday, August 26, 2006

Emmyone Else Gonna Watch?

I'm a sucker for award shows. I think most people that work in entertainment have practiced "the speech" in front of a mirror at least once. For me, this is a morning ritual. This is also probably part of the reason why I'm single. Nothing sexier than turning over the morning after a two-minute night of sex/crying to see my lanky ass thanking my imaginary wife, my agents and God at 7 am.

But seriously, I am looking forward to this Sunday's show. Conan's never let me down, and I'm sure he'll be a great host. By the way, check out his interview on Charlie Rose.

Went to two pre-Emmy thingies, which were pretty cool, mostly because of the two sweetest words in all the world: "open bar". On Wednesday, my friend and I went to the Hollywood Reporter's cocktail party at the Avalon Hotel. Saw Roger Cross (Curtis Manning of 24) and Jon Voight, had to hold myself back from running up and commending him for his performance in Anaconda.

On Thursday, some friends and I went to a panel discussion hosted by Dennis Miller, with the following Emmy nominees: Doug Elllin (Entourage), Carlton Cuse (Lost), Damen Lindelof (Lost), Ian Maxtone-Graham (Simpsons), Krista Vernoff (Grey's Anatomy), and Cliff Schoenberg (Penn & Teller). I felt bad for the Penn & Teller guy because he was a bit more nervous and awkward than the rest, so Dennis seemed to ask him only every tenth question. Anyways, I always walk away from these panel events with some sort of inspiration, so it was good for the soul, as was the dessert reception and again, open bar. Also ran into two fellow bloggers, Sarah of "Procrastinatey" and Kira of "Fresh Hell". Disarmed by the lack of anonymity of real life interaction, we quickly said goodbye.

Hopefully, some day, the Emmy week will end with my writing partner and I actually making a speech at the real thing. In the meantime, I'm more than content with a Sunday night dinner with friends, an Emmy ballot printout, and another chance to rehearse in front of the mirror.

p.s. here are my full predictions.. not necessarily who I think SHOULD win, but who I think WILL win:

*EDIT:: per kavina's comment, i decided to add a little asterisk to the right of the nominees who i think SHOULD win. let me know what you think! interaction peoples!

**EDIT:: my post emmy-thoughts: they sucked. 24? Tony Shalhoub?? Barry Manilow??? good lord. 11/27... pretty rough. my favorite moment was when colbert and stewart presented, "i lost to barry manilow??"

COMEDY SERIES
Arrested Development*
Curb Your Enthusiasm
--> The Office
Scrubs
Two And A Half Men

LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Kevin James, The King Of Queens
Tony Shalhoub, Monk
--> Steve Carell, The Office*
Charlie Sheen, Two and a Half Men

LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Lisa Kudrow, The Comeback
--> Jane Kaczmarek, Malcolm In the Middle
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, The New Adventures of Old Christine*
Stockard Channing, Out of Practice
Debra Messing, Will & Grace

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Will Arnett, Arrested Development
--> Jeremy Piven, Entourage*
Bryan Cranston, Malcolm in the Middle
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men
Sean Hayes, Will & Grace

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Cheryl Hines, Curb Your Enthusiasm*
Alfre Woodard, Desperate Housewives
--> Jaime Pressly, My Name is Earl
Elizabeth Perkins, Weeds
Megan Mullally, Will & Grace

DRAMA SERIES
--> Grey’s Anatomy*
House
The Sopranos
24
The West Wing

LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Christopher Meloni, Law & Order: SVU
--> Denis Leary, Rescue Me*
Peter Krause, Six Feet Under
Kiefer Sutherland, 24
Martin Sheen, The West Wing

LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer
Geena Davis, Commander In Chief
Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU
Frances Conroy, Six Feet Under*
--> Allison Janney, The West Wing

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA
William Shatner, Boston Legal
Oliver Platt, Huff
Michael Imperioli, The Sopranos*
Gregory Itzin, 24
--> Alan Alda, The West Wing

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
--> Candice Bergen, Boston Legal
Sandra Oh, Grey’s Anatomy
Chandra Wilson, Grey’s Anatomy*
Blythe Danner, Huff
Jean Smart, 24

DIRECTING FOR A COMEDY
--> The Comeback, "Valerie Does Another Classic Leno" - Michael Patrick King
Curb Your Enthusiasm, "The Christ Nail" - Robert B. Weide
Entourage, "Oh, Mandy" - Dan Attias
Entourage, "Sundance Kids" - Julian Farino*
My Name Is Earl, "Pilot" - Marc Buckland
Weeds, "Good S*** Lollipop" - Craig Zisk

DIRECTING FOR A DRAMA
Big Love, "Pilot" - Rodrigo Garcia
Lost, "Live Together, Die Alone" - Jack Bender
--> Six Feet Under, "Everyone’s Waiting" - Alan Ball*
The Sopranos, "Members Only" - Tim Van Patten
The Sopranos, "Join The Club " - David Nutter
24, "7:00 AM - 8:00 AM" - Jon Cassar
The West Wing, "Election Day" - Mimi Leder

DIRECTING FOR A VARIETY, MUSIC OR COMEDY PROGRAM
--> 78th Annual Academy Awards - Louis J. Horvitz
American Idol, "Finale" - Bruce Gowers
The Colbert Report, "Episode #110" - Jim Hoskinson*
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, "Episode #10140" - Chuck O’Neil
Saturday Night Live, "Host: Steve Martin" - Beth McCarthy Miller

DIRECTING FOR A MINISERIES, MOVIE OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL
Bleak House (Masterpiece Theatre), "Episode 1" - Justin Chadwick
--> Elizabeth I - Tom Hooper
Flight 93 - Peter Markle
The Girl In The Café - David Yates*
High School Musical - Kenny Ortega
Mrs. Harris - Phyllis Nagy

LEAD ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Charles Dance, Bleak House
Donald Sutherland, Human Trafficking
--> Ben Kingsley, Mrs. Harris*
Jon Voight, Pope John Paul II
Andre Braugher, Thief

LEAD ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Kathy Bates, Ambulance Girl
Gillian Anderson, Bleak House*
--> Helen Mirren, Elizabeth I
Judy Davis, A Little Thing Called Murder
Annette Bening, Mrs. Harris

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Denis Lawson, Bleak House*
Hugh Dancy, Elizabeth I
--> Jeremy Irons, Elizabeth I
Robert Carlyle, Human Trafficking
Clifton Collins, Jr., Thief

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE
--> Kelly Macdonald, The Girl In The Café*
Shirley Jones, Hidden Places
Ellen Burstyn, Mrs. Harris
Cloris Leachman, Mrs. Harris
Alfre Woodard, The Water is Wide

INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE IN VARIETY OR MUSIC PROGRAM
Barry Manilow, Barry Manilow: Music And Passion
--> Stephen Colbert, The Colbert Report*
Craig Ferguson, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson
David Letterman, Late Night with David Letterman
Hugh Jackman, The 59th Annual Tony Awards (2005)

MINISERIES
--> Bleak House (Masterpiece Theatre)
Elizabeth I
Into The West
Sleeper Cell*

MADE FOR TELEVISION MOVIE
--> Flight 93
The Flight That Fought Back
The Girl In The Café*
Mrs. Harris
Yesterday

VARIETY, MUSIC OR COMEDY SERIES
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
Late Night With Conan O’Brien*
--> Late Show With David Letterman
Real Time With Bill Maher

REALITY-COMPETITION PROGRAM
--> The Amazing Race
American Idol
Dancing With The Stars*
Project Runway
Survivor

WRITING FOR A COMEDY
--> Arrested Development, "Development Arrested" - Mitchell Hurwitz & Co.*
Entourage, "Exodus" - Doug Ellin
Extras, "Kate Winslet" - Ricky Gervais
My Name Is Earl, "Pilot" - Greg Garcia
The Office, "Christmas Party" - Michael Schur

WRITING FOR A DRAMA
--> Grey’s Anatomy, "It’s the End Of The World, As We Know It (Part 1 & 2)" - Shonda Rhimes
Grey’s Anatomy, "Into You Like A Train" - Krista Vernoff*
Lost, "The 23rd Psalm" - Carlton Cuse & Damon Lindelof
Six Feet Under, "Everyone’s Waiting" - Alan Ball
The Sopranos, "Members Only" - Terence Winter

WRITING FOR A VARIETY, MUSIC OR COMEDY PROGRAM
The Colbert Report
--> The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
Late Night With Conan O’Brien*
Late Show With David Letterman
Real Time With Bill Maher

WRITING FOR A MINISERIES, MOVIE OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL
Bleak House (Masterpiece Theatre)
Elizabeth I
Flight 93
--> The Girl In The Café*
Mrs. Harris

17 Comments:

Blogger kavina said...

telling us who you think SHOULD win would be a lot more entertaining for the likes of me.
but then again, i'm being selfish as always and i doubt that you would fulfill the entertainment needs of little 'ol me rather than your usual huge mob of dedicated fans.
mmm, sucks for me.
haha..
will read you anyway,

kavina x

12:49 PM  
Blogger Captain Oats said...

hey kavina, thanks for the comment! and i aim to please =) my thoughts on who SHOULD win are up!

7:29 PM  
Anonymous kiran said...

love the conan interview, he always makes me happy. thank you!

8:35 PM  
Anonymous kiran said...

also, you and kavina: get a room already!

8:36 PM  
Anonymous mallomar said...

Im also a big awards show dork. Looking forward to Conan hosting. And of course being a girl... pretty dresses :)

10:34 AM  
Blogger Captain Oats said...

hey kiran, we got a room.. care to join?

hi mallomar, i enjoyed the pretty dresses as well. as jerry seinfeld once said at an award show, "there's a lot of cleavage in this room."

12:24 AM  
Anonymous kiran said...

haha...i love the turn this thread has taken: predictions and propositions!
i thought the new selection process was supposed to make it the 'edgier emmys'? barry manilow's presence set the whole enterprise back 20 yrs.

9:08 AM  
Anonymous Mary said...

I know!! The Emmys totally blew this year!! Conan O'Brien's spoof of "The Music Man" wasn't even funny enough to save the Emmys from themselves. Let's see how predictable we can get by giving awards AGAIN to Megan Mullaly, Candice Bergen, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Yawn. And Barry? Seriously? It's the hair, man.

Anyway, hope everything else is going well. Thanks for the amusement, as usual, Captain Oats! I've been catching up on my Grey's reruns. I can't wait until the 21st...

~Mary

9:41 AM  
Blogger sam said...

Seriously, Stephen Colbert is my hero. He was robbed last night. I honestly like The Colbert Report better than The Daily Show and I'll stand by that. The fact that an actress from Law and Order can win for BEST acting job?? Come on! The best acting on TV is on Law and Order? I think not. I realize their ratings are through the roof, but not because of outstanding writing or acting, let's get real. How could no one from Grey's Anatomy win anything? Everything about that show is perfectly done. Wah!

11:08 AM  
Anonymous meg (aka mallomar) said...

Colbert was robbed! But hey at least The Office won! I agree though Sam, not a single award for Greys, one of the best written shows on TV with a great cast etc.. thats just not right.

5:13 PM  
Anonymous PATRICK WALSH said...

I watched the Emmys with Son - er- "Captain Oats," and I can tell you a few things:

1) He arrived at my apartment in a strapless lavender evening gown.

In fairness, he looked radiant.

2) He insisted that we refer to him as "Lady Emmy."

3) He sobbed uncontrollably throughout the montage of dead people. At the end he jumped to his feet and applauded, yelling "IN DEATH YOU HAVE TAUGHT ME HOW TO LIVE!" It was pretty embarrassing.

For MY Emmy recap, please check out www.patrickwalsh.blog-city.com.

6:01 PM  
Blogger Captain Oats said...

hey mary, totally agree with you. very boring emmys. but did candice bergen win? didn't ms. blythe danner win for best supporting?

hi sam and meg, yes colbert and greys were robbed. but hopefully next year... its funny because i think every other person that won seemed to have genuine shock, and almost shame, for having beat out their much more deserving competition.. kept hearing the phrase "this is a mistake" throughout the night's speeches..

and patrick, you forgot to mention the hooker heels you wore all night..

and have you guys heard all the fuss about
a) the opening plane sequence: http://www.deadlinehollywooddaily.com/emmy-what-was-nbcconan-thinking/
*god, people get upset way too easily these days.. its an unfortunate coincidence, but have a sense of humor is what i think
and
b) the wardrobe malfunction: http://www.tvgasm.com/archives/awards_shows/002692.php
*that is quite embarrassing, but she played it off well

7:25 PM  
Anonymous kiran said...

lavender is *the* color this year. brava, captain oats!

10:07 AM  
Anonymous meg said...

I agree with kiran- lavender was totally hot this year. :)

But anyway, the only funny part was the intro segment (which has totally gotten the smack down because of the real life plane crash as capt. oats has mentioned) and even thats only because it included 2 of my favorite shows (Lost and The Office) and had Jorge Garcia (Hurley on lost) saying that he wasn't invited this year (another example of truly quality TV getting the cold shoulder from this year's Emmys)

Oh and a somewhat unrelated thought/question- 2 1/2 Men is the top rated sitcom?? Seriously?? I have never met anyone who watches that show.

8:20 PM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

SL please update your blog. How am I supposed to keep myself amused during my contracts class? I need your brilliant insights

11:54 AM  
Blogger kavina said...

haha, thanks very much! your asterixes have fulfilled my life :)
xx

2:17 AM  
Blogger kavina said...

p.s. Grey's Anatomy??? SOOOO robbed. you're right. emmy's sucked.

xx

2:20 AM  

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