Emmy Awards 2011 Recap: Winners, Losers, and Snoozers (VIDEO)

Modern Family wins a bunch of Emmys, and the Lonely Island puts on a good show. Other than that...



The Emmys were a snooze.

Did any of you watch the Emmy Awards last night? If you did, I’m sorry. We all wasted three hours of our lives (although kudos to the ceremonies for ending on time). Basically, Modern Family won everything and Jon Stewart picked up the rest. Boring!

Unfortunately, the Hudson Valley isn’t well-represented among the talent in Modern Family. Our ranks were pretty much overshadowed by the sprawling, six-headed Hydra that is the cast of that show. If you’re looking for your neighbors’ names among the Emmy winners, you’re going to be sorely disappointed.

The best I can do is say that, while our local talent wasn’t recognized, our local area was.

For starters, Mad Men brought home the statue for Outstanding Drama Series. (You know, the award where Modern Family is ineligible.) It didn’t win any acting or writing awards, but still walked away with the big prize of the night. And since the Drapers live in Westchester — at least some of them do — we’ll take it.

Mildred Pierce doesn’t take place in our area (it’s set in Hollywood), nor did it win the big movie or miniseries award — that went to Downton Abbey. It nabbed just two acting awards for Kate Winslet and Guy Pearce. But the movie was shot in Peekskill, so we can take that one, too. (Sadly, local illustrator Sharon Watts was not recognized for her performance as an extra. We still love you, Sharon!)

Overall, a disappointing turnout from an unexciting awards show. The only really entertaining bit was the bawdy musical medley by the Lonely Island guys, aka Saturday Night Live’s Andy Samberg, Jorma Jaccone, and Akiva Schaffer. Watch it below:

Hopefully, with the new TV season starting up, next year’s Emmys will be a closer horse race to make it a little exciting. What new shows are you going to watch?

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Marisa LaScala

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Associate Editor Marisa LaScala joined Westchester magazine in 2003, and ever since she's blown every paycheck at the Greenburgh Multiplex. She also staunchly defends Richard Kelly, doesn't mind spoiling the endings of trashy movies you're curious about but don't want to pay to see, wishes the Hold Steady would come back and rock out Westchester, misses Arrested Development more than anyone can imagine, and still watches cartoons and Saturday Night Live. You can find more of her cultural criticism at www.popmatters.com, where she is a staff writer.

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