2012 Emmys: Winners, analysis, and reaction

The Emmys are here! Rather than just giving you a generic winners’ list that you could be seeing on just about any other site, though, we feel that you deserve a little better for TV’s biggest night. With that in mind, we are going to take you inside the awards a little bit with a deeper look at why some of these people won, and whether or not the voters ended up getting it right.

With that being said, let’s dive in to the people who ended up claiming victory at the Emmys this year. Be sure to keep checking back, as this list will be updated throughout the night.

Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy – Eric Stonestreet, “Modern Family.” It was the first award of the night, and it was a surprise. While we anticipated someone from the ABC sitcom (of course) winning this award, the assumption was that Ed O’Neill would finally get his due after so many years of either close calls or no calls at all. Stonestreet is a fine choice, but he may not have been the best choice. Our personal pick was Bill Hader, who has been the MVP of “Saturday Night Live” for the past several years.

Writing in a Comedy Series – Louis C.K., “Louie” (“Pregnant”). It nice to see Louis C.K. finally get a little bit of love after being shunned so many times on this show over the years, it’s hard to be upset about this award. Was there a part of us that wanted to see “Community” win is only nomination? Sure, but at least this was a new winner.

Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy – Julie Bowen, “Modern Family.” Now, we return to the Emmys refusing to change things up for the acting awards. Even though Julie is a deserving winner, we were hoping to see Mayim Bialik pull this off thanks to her delightfully off-the-wall take on Amy Farrah Fowler on “The Big Bang Theory.”

Directing in a Comedy Series – Steve Levitan,, “Modern Family” (“Baby on Board”). We are already sick of hearing the “Modern Family” music, but like with the writing award, it is hard to argue with this. Levitan is a veteran director, and his skills really should be recognized.

Best Actor in a Comedy Series – Jon Cryer, “Two and a Half Men.” Wait … did this really just happen? Did Jon Cryer just win over Alec Baldwin, Louis C.K., Larry David, Jim Parsons, and Don Cheadle? We actually ranked all of these people higher than Jon, mostly because “Two and a Half Men” had a pretty dreadful ninth season. We love Jon, but this award does not make any season outside of the fact that they may have felt sorry for him after the Charlie Sheen debacle.

Best Actress in a Comedy Series – Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep.” Did Julia and Amy Poehler really accidentally get their speeches mixed up? If it was planned, it was funny; if no, it was sad since Amy was our pick to win and she had to walk on stage without getting a trophy. (Okay, it was planned based on the end of the speech.) This was still a pretty deserving win, though, and we can’t complain.

Reality Competition Program – “The Amazing Race.” At this point, nobody really even claps for “The Amazing Race” anymore. We actually don’t think the voters really even watch the shows anymore.

Reality Host – Tom Bergeron, “Dancing with the Stars.” The best decision that the show made thus far in the evening was to finally give the best host on TV his due. Tom is consistently stellar, funny, and he totally makes the show. We couldn’t have thought of a better winner here.

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series – Aaron Paul, “Breaking Bad.” The theme of the Emmys this year seems to be really simple: in with the news, but let’s give the award to the familiar! To be fair, Aaron is fantastic and we love his red carpet fashion; with that being said, we really felt that this was Giancarlo Esposito’s only year to win.

Writing in a Drama Series – Howard Gordon, Alex Gansa, and Gideon Raff, “Homeland.” This is a deserving win, but we also feel that this could be a tone-setter for the night. Is “Homeland” going to be the show that takes the grand prize? The one thing we will say is that people judge this show too much based on momentum, and the votes are cast weeks before the winner is announced.

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series – Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey.” Maggie was not present to accept the award, but she was the right choice. The Dorager Coutness is the arm-shot of energy that really carries this show from start to finish.

Directing in a Drama Series – “Boardwalk Empire.” The real surprise in the world of drama thus far, mostly because we weren’t quite sure that this show was going to win anything at all.

Best Actor in a Drama Series – Damian Lewis, “Homeland.” We literally already had Bryan Cranston’s name written down here, mostly because we weren’t quite sure that Walter White would ever lose. We really don’t actually like this win that much, either, mostly because this was really Claire Danes’ show more so than him.

Best Actress in a Drama Series – Claire Danes, “Homeland.” Based on the show’s voting thus far, we almost expected the voters to award Kathy Bates so that they could point and laugh at the critics some more. However, that wasn’t the case. We all knew that Danes would win this show, and “Homeland” is obviously the Emmy darling of the year.

Writing for a Variety Special – Louis C.K., “Louis C.K. Live at the Beacon Theater.” Louis C.K. may be the most awkward man to ever accept an award … but he deserved it.

Directing in a Variety Special – Glenn Weiss, the 2012 Tony Awards. The best part of this entire ordeal was seeing Louis C.K. be mocked throughout by presenter Ricky Gervais.

Variety Special – “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” Dear Emmy, we know that Jon Stewart makes a great show. But can’t you vote for someone else just to prove that other shows exist?

Supporting Actress in a Miniseries – Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story.” We could have seen this one coming a mile away, but it was still very well-deserved.

Supporting Actor in a Miniseries – Tom Berener, “Hatfields & McCoys.” We really just loved this speech, where he mentioned pretty much every person in the TV movie.

Writing in a Miniseries – Danny Strong, “Game Change.” We’ll be honest when we say that this is the category where we know the least, but we still know that “Game Change” is the right choice.

Best Actress in a Miniseries – Julianne Moore, “Game Change.” This was a pretty competitive category, but we are happy to see Julianne win here, even over the likes of Nicole Kidman and Connie Britton.

Directing in a Miniseries – Jay Roach, “Game Change.” You really just have to look above here.

Best Actor in a Miniseries – Kevin Costner, “Hatfields & McCoys.” We are really thrilled for Kevin here. This miniseries marked a comeback of sorts for him, and it was the icing on the cake.

Outstanding Miniseries or TV Movie – “Game Change.” Well, so much for Ryan Murphy and FX trying to get “American Horror Story” more trophies. Jessica Lange was the sole winner here, and HBO and History dominated these categories.

Outstanding Drama Series – “Homeland.” Wow. The streak of “Mad Men” is over, and it does not get the record-setting fifth trophy. Instead, the honor goes a freshman series on Showtime that clearly got plenty of love this year. It is a great show, and you have to give some credit to Showtime for having their first Emmy winner for an overall series ever.

Overall, this was a pretty interesting night for the Emmys. There were good winners (“Homeland”), bad winners (Jon Cryer, “The Amazing Race”), and some things that just frustrate us (“Modern Family” and Jon Stewart dominating their categories). Jimmy Kimmel was also a little disappointing as host, especially when it felt like he phoned the last half of the show in.

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