Emmy Awards 2011: The Liveblog

by Ethan Alter September 19, 2011
Emmy Awards 2011

10:20 - "I would ban this song from television," sayeth my wife as "Hallelujah" is sung again on television. Agreed. Lovely tune, but boy has it been overplayed.

10:22 - Not a big fan of live performances during the "In Memoriam" reel in general. Just show the clips with the orchestra playing - more respectful and less awkward.

10:23 - Aww, Andy Whitfield. R.I.P., Spartacus.

10:24 - Okay, now they're just shouting this song. Somewhere, both Leonard Cohen and Jeff Buckley are cringing. (Though not together, obviously.)

10:30 - Anna Torv is forced to thank/apologize on behalf of the Canadian Tenors for that botched performance of "Hallelujah." It's that kind of night.

10:31 - And Mildred Pearce finally gets its first award for Guy Pearce as Best Actor. Hope he doesn't have to get a tattoo of the statue just so he doesn't forget he won.

10:35 - Yeah, no surprise there. As with Scorsese, you don't nominate an Oscar winner like Kate Winslet for a Best Actress Emmy and then send her home empty handed.

10:35 - "I didn't think we'd win anything!" We weren't sure either there for awhile, Kate.

10:36 - Glad to see Todd Haynes getting recognized by his cast, if not Emmy voters. Terrific director - Netflix Safe, I'm Not There and Far From Heaven for proof. And Mildred Pierce whenever that's finally on DVD.

10:43 - If you want to catch up on tonight's winners as the awards approach their end, you can cross reference here.

10:44 - Downton Abbey wins the category's big award, Best Miniseries or Movie. Like we said, bring on Season 2 already.

10:46 - Phew, all is right in the world. Mad Men wins Best Drama. Would have just been weird to see it go home completely empty-handed, no matter how cool a surprise FNL or Game of Thrones win would've been.

10:47 - "I didn't think this was going to happen," says Matt Weiner. Considering the way the night has gone, this is the first year he probably actually means that.

10:49 - Okay, odds on Modern Family losing the night's last award? At the beginning of the night I would have said about as likely as Kyle Chandler winning Best Actor in a Drama but look how that turned out...

10:52 - Even the Emmys are so bored by Gwyneth Paltrow, they can't even be bothered to put her patter up on the Teleprompter.

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