How the Emmys Did Not Win


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The Emmys are hosted annually to honor the best U.S. prime time television programs.

Elisabeth Seage, Staff writer

While many of Hollywood’s famous walked out of the Emmys last Sunday with wins, the night overall could definitely not be categorized as one. If there’s anything that you need to take away from that night, it’s that no one will ever be truly satisfied.

The night started, of course, with an influx of photos of Hollywood’s socialites from the red–I mean… purple carpet? From Zendaya stunting on all of us with a beautiful green gown to Kendall Jenner’s flowery prom dress with rubber, the night started on a captivating note. Twitter was popping off. Everyone was on edge for an exciting night, until the night actually began.

One thing that separated this year’s Emmys from years past was the lack of a host. Instead, the duty of hosting was handed off constantly throughout the night. Let’s just say that didn’t go too well.

Instead of making it seem more “exciting” and “innovating,” all it really did was make it unorganized and boring. Since there was not a single host to tie the night together, everything seemed too spread out and the different skits done by the faux-hosts fell through with the audience. From Homer Simpson opening the show, to a really creepy bit with Ben Stiller and a lot of wax figures, the performances really didn’t deliver like in years before.

Despite the chaos, there were many great moments from the night. Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s “Fleabag” won for Best Comedy Series, and she also won Best Actress in a Comedy Series, beating out the presumed winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus. The king himself Billy Porter won Best Actor in a Drama for “Pose” and delivered an excellent speech on the power of love.

Probably one of the best things to come out of the Emmys was how diverse the awards were. A common critique of the Emmys is that usually the same shows win. This year, the wins were more spread out. There was definitely some favoritism shown to the most popular, but no single show really swept all of the awards. Probably the best example of this is the ever-popular show Game of Thrones (GOT), which competed in the award show for the last time (RIP).

GOT was nominated for 32 awards that night but only walked away with three, including Best Supporting Actor for Peter Dinklage and the Best Drama Series award. Fans were left in shock. I mean, GOT has won over 200 awards from the past seasons, so to walk out with just three was a low blow to some. But after a lackluster season, some argued that three was almost too much, which begs the question: do awards really matter?

In my opinion, no. Sure, a show can win big at the Emmys and get everything, but does that actually make it good? Let’s remind ourselves that only a select few actually pick out these awards, so the wins don’t accurately represent the opinions of the viewers. Award shows like the Emmys really focus on what’s popular and what will get people to watch. Did GOT deserve to win the coveted Best Drama award, or is it just popular?

The Emmys came and went. With the prevalence of streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon churning out new series practically every week and with TV culture growing, you would think the Emmys would be a big deal. Honestly, the Emmys are kind of just there. This year really epitomized this, with a central theme that was overall uninteresting. While all the awards were extremely deserving, the night overall was sluggish and lackluster, with nothing seemingly meshing together.