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New Data Suggests That the Emmys Actually Don’t Matter At All

Jim Parsons accepts his trophy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards
A familiar—if unwelcome—sight for Emmys viewers. Michael Tran—FilmMagic

Just ask Jon Hamm. Or Amy Poehler. Or anyone from The Wire

On Monday night’s Emmy Awards, The Big Bang Theory‘s Jim Parsons won his fourth Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. Seeing as Parsons wins that award pretty much always (four times in the last five years, interrupted only by Jim Cryer’s nod for Two and a Half Men in 2012), this wasn’t much of a surprise. What may shock you, however, is that if Parsons wins again next year, he’ll have more Best Actor Emmy awards than anyone else in the history of television. More than Breaking Bad‘s Bryan Cranston, more than Frasier‘s Kelsey Grammar — even more than The Sopranos‘ James Gandolfini.

The Big Bang Theory is a wildly popular show (just ask your mom/uncle/grandparents for their thoughts), with nearly 20 million viewers tuning in every week. Parsons and co-stars Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting and Johnny Galecki were just given approximately $1 million per episode for its upcoming eighth season. But in terms of critical acclaim, the CBS comedy sits comfortably at the bottom of the barrel. So when Parsons won his fourth Emmy, people were understandably confused, and more than a little upset. Many of those people felt similarly when Modern Family — a show whose best days may be three or four years behind it — won awards for Outstanding Comedy Series (its fifth), Outstanding Supporting Actor (Ty Burrell’s second) and Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series (Gail Mancuso’s second).

Knowing this, it’s little surprise that a recent study by USC professor Jeetendr Sehdev found that over 82% of Americans believe that the Emmys are less significant than the Oscars, 73% say they’re not “overly excited” by the award show and fewer than one in 10 are more inclined to watch a series because it has won an Emmy. Those are some pretty stunning numbers (maybe not as much so as the Parsons figure above, but still surprising).

For a show like Breaking Bad, which cleaned up at Monday night’s ceremony, entirely disregarding a show’s Emmy success might be a mistake, but the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is far better known for its misses than its hits. People should feel free to watch whatever they choose, but the fact that Modern Family is completely bulletproof at the Emmys doesn’t mean viewers should choose it over Veep — and Parsons’ reign doesn’t make Theory any more worthy of its lofty Nielsen ranking.

Though the Academy has been criticized for its comedy choices in recent years, it’s had its fair share of drama-related foibles as well. The Wire was never nominated for Best Drama. Neither was Deadwood. Jon Hamm has never won a Best Actor award for playing one of the most iconic television characters of the 21st century — or any other — on Mad Men.

Point being, it can be difficult to get people to care about your awards when they don’t consistently award true excellence. This isn’t to say that the Oscars are flawless either — or that poor selections are the Emmys’ only problem (last night’s show featured way too many awards and didn’t bring quite enough funny to sustain a three-hour ceremony), but it’s as good a place as any to start.

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Is It Really a ‘Wonderful Time’ to Be a Woman on TV?

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Actress Julianna Margulies accepts the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series award for 'The Good Wife' on stage during the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Nokia Theater on August 25, 2014. Mark Davis/NBC—NBC via Getty Images

Julianna Margulies' Emmys acceptance speech reminds us that women still have a long way to go on TV

When The Good Wife star Julianna Margulies received an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama last night, she gushed, “What a wonderful time for women on television!” Yes and no, Julianna. Yes and no.

On the one hand, the competition in Margulies’ category was fierce — and it didn’t even include the many talented ladies on Orange Is the New Black. And yet, a number of incidents during the rest of the awards show indicate that the TV industry — though it may be kinder to women than the film industry — still has a long way to go.

There were two moments in particular that made me squirm during the broadcast: the first was when Modern Family’s Sofia Vergara was literally placed on a pedestal to distract from the obligatory boring speech by the chairman of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Critics rightly reacted with outrage. To quote my colleague Sarah Begley: “Maybe it benefits women like Vergara to play along with jokes like this, but there’s no excuse for the Academy to engage in such a blatantly sexist trope. It does a disservice to Vergara’s skills as an actress and comedian to pretend — even in a self-conscious way — like she’s just a body. Sure, it was self-aware – but a self-aware wink doesn’t work like a get-out-of-jail-free card.”

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Sofia Vergara, left, and Television Academy CEO Bruce Rosenblum speak on stage at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Los Angeles. Vince Bucci—Invision/AP

And then there was Stephen Colbert’s acceptance speech. When he thanked his writers (who won last week for Writing in a Variety Series), he said, “I’m so proud of those guys — and one woman.” When the audience began to laugh, he shrugged and said, “Sorry for that, for some reason.” I want to give Colbert the benefit of the doubt: the network the Colbert Report is on, Comedy Central, has actually been working hard to promote funny women on its network as of late, including Amy Schumer and the ladies of Broad City. (Even Drunk History has been highlighting some little-known kick-ass women.) But his nonchalant joke does touch on the sad fact that the gender gap persists in the television industry: the Writers Guild of America published a report in June that showed women made up just 27% of all TV writers in 2012 and were paid 92 for every dollar earned by male writers.

And it’s not just writing where women are underrepresented: only 26% of the Emmy nominees this year were female. The problem was most acute among the prestige dramas, where the shows actually expected to have a chance at taking home the big prize this year — Breaking Bad and True Detective — didn’t have any women competing in the lead actress category. NPR writer Linda Holmes perhaps said it most succinctly when she tweeted last night:

The drama roles women are nominated for usually involve them being someone’s wife (Robin Wright in House of Cards, Julianna Margulies in The Good Wife, and Michelle Dockery in Downton Abbey) or mistress (Lizzy Caplan in Masters of Sex, Claire Danes in Homeland, Kerry Washington in Scandal). It may be a little unfair to boil down many of these empowered characters — lawyers, scientists and CIA operatives — to these categorizations: The Good Wife’s title is meant ironically after all. But “wife” or “girlfriend” continues to be an essential descriptor for these characters in a way that isn’t true of their male counterparts. As I wrote last year, all of TV’s strongest female characters seem to share one infuriating flaw: they excel at their jobs until they make some terrible decision because of a man. Their main struggle isn’t with duty or morality, as with the nuanced characters that earned Best Actor nominations: it’s about overcoming their hormones to make the right decision.

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Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus, winner of the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Award for Veep (Episode: “Crate”), poses in the press room during the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on August 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Jason Merritt—Getty Images

It’s not all doom and gloom for women. In comedy, women like Veep’s Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Orange Is the New Black’s Taylor Schilling and even Lena Dunham (no matter what you think of Girls) are getting to play more interesting, complicated roles than were available for women just a few years ago. Those three shows don’t feel the need to shine the spotlight on the male characters, when it’s clear that the women are the true stars.

And older women are getting their moment on television, proving that turning 40 in Hollywood is no longer a death sentence. Actresses over 40 dominated the nominations, and that same age bracket won in all the major categories. (Julianna Margulies, Anna Gunn, Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Allison Janney took home the women’s acting awards).

Things are even looking up behind the camera. Last night, Moira Walley-Beckett won an Emmy for her Breaking Bad episode “Ozymandias,” which was arguably the best, most haunting hour of television in the last year. Walley-Beckett became the first solo woman to win the award in the Drama category since 1994 — all other women who have won since then co-wrote episodes with men. As I wrote earlier, the woman’s touch was just what the testosterone-fueled show needed to add a bit of heart at the end of the season: it raised the emotional stakes when Walter kidnapped his daughter from his wife, Skyler. Even as shows about anti-hero men like Breaking Bad, Mad Men and Dexter come to a close, a new crop of similar shows seem to be emerging: The Knick, Ray Donovan and House of Cards, to name a few. If we have to live in a world where almost all of the prestige dramas are about “Difficult Men,” shows where women usually play second fiddle, then let it be a world where a woman has an Emmy on her shelf for penning the best episode in that genre.

So yes, Julianna, there’s a lot to celebrate. But TV still has a long way to go: let’s not confuse “good” with “wonderful.”

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Vince Gilligan Thought True Detective Would Win the Emmy for Best Drama

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LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 25: Show Creator Vince Gilligan, winner of the Outstanding Drama Series Award for Breaking Bad poses in the press room during the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on August 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Jason Merritt—Getty Images

Breaking Bad also won the first solo Drama writing award for a woman in 20 years

Even the mastermind behind Breaking Bad didn’t foresee an Emmys sweep for the show’s final season. “I didn’t think we would win — I thought it would be True Detective,” Vince Gilligan said at the AMC party in Los Angeles, Calif. after the show picked up five Emmys, including best Drama for the second year in a row. “I felt like there was an awful lot of groundswell for True Detective, which was an excellent show and a worthy show, and I thought, ‘We’ve been off the air now for a year and a half.'”

Breaking Bad raked in three out of the four top acting Emmys for Drama: another Lead Actor win for Bryan Cranston, a Supporting Actress win for Anna Gunn, and a Supporting Actor win for Aaron Paul.

Paul was just as surprised at the honors awarded to a show that’s no longer on the air. “I wanted Breaking Bad to sweep the way it did, but did I expect it?” he told TIME. “No.”

Writer Moira Walley-Beckett also picked up a Best Writing Emmy, which makes her the first solo woman to win the award in the Drama category since 1994 — the other female writers since then all co-wrote with men.

Gilligan said he hadn’t known that Walley-Beckett was the first woman to win for Drama writing on her own since Ann Biderman won for NYPD Blue in 1994. “That’s a sad statement, really — that [it’s] been 20 years,” he said. “That’s a sobering bit of history, but I’m sure glad Moira was the one who broke the streak. She wrote one of the best episodes we’ve ever had of Breaking Bad, and I’m so glad she won for it.”

Walley-Beckett’s win may be part of what Julianna Margulies called a “wonderful year for women in television” in her acceptance speech for Best Lead Actress in a Drama. Anna Gunn agrees. “I think there’s a plethora of really strong roles for women on television now,” she said. “It feels like a renaissance. It does make me feel like there were the days where there were female-driven shows like I Love Lucy and the Mary Tyler Moore show, and now we’re back in a place where female-driven dramas and comedies are making a real comeback.”

Besides, she added, “Sometimes the juiciest, most complex roles are actually in television.”

Meanwhile, a table full of Mad Men cast members sat in a corner, smoking like it was 1968.

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Breaking Bad Ends Its Emmy Run on a High Note

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Vince Gilligan, center, and the cast and producers of “Breaking Bad” accept the award for outstanding drama series at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Los Angeles. Vince Bucci—Invision/AP

The AMC show was the big winner of the 2014 awards

Seth Meyers joked in his opening monologue that the 2014 Emmys marked the year cable television really felt the heat from Netflix, but it was still AMC’s Breaking Bad that was the night’s big winner — both in terms of major awards and in terms of the show’s most viral moments.

The hit series, which concluded its fifth and final season last fall, took home most of the night’s most important trophies on the drama side, including Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Lead Actor (Bryan Cranston), Outstanding Supporting Actress (Anna Gunn), Outstanding Supporting Actor (Aaron Paul) and Outstanding Writing. Though Modern Family continued its winning streak with yet another Outstanding Comedy Series award (and has more wins overall), the ABC sitcom didn’t quite dominate its categories the way Breaking Bad did in the drama department: Bad wrapped up its run with 16 wins and 58 total nominations.

But numbers aside, Breaking Bad still provided plenty of the show’s most memorable moments. The most GIF-worthy of all was Cranston’s lip-lock with Veep‘s Julia Louis-Dreyfus, whose two-part set-up was funnier than most, if not all of Seth Meyers’ jokes. The speeches, if far less outrageous, stood out as well: Anna Gunn’s admiration for her co-stars, Aaron Paul’s Jesse Pinkman-like reaction to winning and Cranston’s inspirational pep talk (“Take a chance, take a risk, find that passion”) reminded Breaking Bad die-hards that the cast probably had just as difficult a time saying goodbye to the show as fans did.

It may have been a show about murderous meth dealers — and many would argue True Detective‘s Matthew McConaughey deserved Cranston’s trophy more — but it’s not a stretch to say Breaking Bad helped give the 2014 Emmys a real heart.

You almost don’t feel bad that Jon Hamm still doesn’t have an Emmy.

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Emmys 2014: The Winners, The Losers and Everything in Between

Give it up for TV, everyone!

As you may have noticed, the 2014 Emmys were held on a Monday night in August. While the show’s host, Seth Meyers, expects you to believe that this means the Emmys are on the brink of cancellation (after all, how can they be expected to compete with Bachelor in Paradise?), the truth is that NBC knows we’ll watch any awards show at any time, because awards show are The Best (even when they’re on at the same time as Bachelor in Paradise). As Meyers pointed out in his opening monologue, television is “the booty-call friend of entertainment” — and we’re all willing to take the call.

Here’s what happened during the 2014 Emmys:

Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy: While Amy Poehler tried to convince viewers that she was handing out the award for “Best Onscreen Orgasm in a Civil War Re-enactment,” in fact, she was simply handing yet another trophy to Ty Burrell for his work on Modern Family. Then he delivered a speech so unfunny that Poehler almost took it back and gave it to herself.

Girls vs. The New Girl: Allison Williams, who Meyers was contractually obligated to mention will play Peter Pan in NBC’s new musical, was forced to present with Zooey Deschanel in some sort of Girls death match. It was Louis C.K., though, who collected his sixth prize for Best Writing for a Comedy Series.

Biggest Show Stealer: Jimmy Kimmel took his two minutes on stage to show Meyers how hosting is done, calling out Matthew McConaughey for rudely winning all the awards (“Should we just give you the BET Award for Best Male Hip Hop Artist too?”) and generally cracking the audience up with solid charisma.

Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy: As expected, Allison Janney took the prize for Mom. She hit the stage wrapped in head-to-toe velvet, in what one can only assume was a stylish tribute to George Costanza.

Best Directing in a Comedy Series: Even with Louis C.K. and Jodie Foster in the running, Modern Family’s Gail Mancuso won. She made the most of her moment on stage, making determined eye contact with McConaughey in the least creepy way possible before getting rightly played off the stage while talking about her parents’ 66th wedding anniversary.

Billy Eichner for 2015 Emmys Host: Meyers teamed up with Billy on the Street star Billy Eichner to run around the streets of New York and yell at people. In the five-minute break from boredom, they took up a collection for the cast of Big Bang Theory, talked about The Mindy Project’s and Tatiana Maslany’s snubs, and tried to get people on the streets of New York to name one Emmy nominee.

Best Male Lead in a Comedy Series: The delightful pairing of Bryan Cranston and Julia Louis-Dreyfus presented the Best Actor in a Comedy prize and because life (and awards shows) has no meaning, Jim Parsons beat out Louis C.K. and William H. Macy for the honor. Parsons is good, but he’s not that good. No one is. He handled the win in the classiest way possible, because even he seemed shocked that he won. Again.

Best Female Lead in a Comedy Series: Louis-Dreyfus took the crown again, because if she was good enough to win it twice, why not a third time too? As Selina Meyer knows, it’s hard to beat an incumbent.

Best Moment of Television History: During their presentation, they had a running gag that Louis-Dreyfus couldn’t remember that Cranston was a guest star on Seinfeld and that the two even made out on camera. On her way to the stage to collect her prize, Cranston rushed the stage and swept her into a deep kiss, until she finally remembered. Presumably it will win the prize for Best Miniseries at next year’s Emmys.

Best Reality Series: It’s unclear why networks insist on submitting shows to this category since The Amazing Race has won every single year since the category was created. Maybe next year for Dancing With the Stars — if, you know, The Amazing Race gets canceled.

Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Miniseries or Movie: Steven Moffat won for Sherlock, not only because he is a talented writer, but because a) he is British and everyone loves a British accent and b) his show stars Benedict Cumberbatch and no one stops Benedict Cumberbatch from winning everything (including the entire Internet).

Best Actress in a Miniseries: With bona fide movie star Julia Roberts competing in the field, it was a welcome surprise that Kathy Bates won for her work on American Horror Story: Coven.

Biggest Sign That You’re Not Watching the VMAs: The bladder-leakage ads that air during the broadcast.

Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries: Scott Bakula Quantum Leap-ed into the Emmys telecast to give the award to Martin Freeman for Sherlock, because it was the only way that Bakula could correct the error of the past after Freeman didn’t win an Oscar for Love Actually.

Best Director Dramatic Miniseries: They’re just making up the categories at this point, but still, everyone was thrilled that Fargo won something, even it was a category that typically only industry professionals care about.

Lead Actor in a Miniseries: Poehler and Meyers worked through some material before introducing “the two actors not rumored to be starring in the second season of True DetectiveWoody Harrelson and McConaughey, who showed up on stage wearing nearly matching outfits, making a few cracks about plagiarism and citing their inside jokes. They were on hand to deliver the prize for lead actor in a miniseries, which went to Cumberbatch for his Ice Bucket Challenge (O.K., fine, Sherlock). But since the world would probably implode if McConaughey and Cumberbatch were on stage at the same time, Cumberbatch wisely stayed home. For the good of the universe. He’s like that.

Best Fixers: Liev Schreiber and Kerry Washington presented together, giving hope to the possibility of a Scandal/Ray Donovan crossover, which, of course, would be amazing.

Best Lead Actress in a Miniseries: Jessica Lange won for her role in American Horror Story: Coven, because she is wildly talented, already has a few Emmys and might actually be a witch. That is enough for the voters this go-around.

Sad Fact: Throughout the show, as Meyers keeps inviting his talented and funny friends on stage with him (Poehler! Samberg! Hardwick! Key and Peele!), it becomes increasingly clear that all his friends are better than him at hosting the show.

Best Musical Interlude: Since every Emmys telecast needs a musical moment and Meyers doesn’t typically sing, they wisely conscripted “Weird Al” Yankovic to spice up some television theme songs. Highlights include pointing out that Jon Hamm is still Jon Hamm regardless of an Emmy win, that President Grant on Scandal was in Ghost, “Inigo Montoya grew a beard” for Homeland, and, of course, that the unspoken theme for Game of Thrones is “We need more scripts! Write them faster!”

Best Crossover: Andy Samberg dressed as Joffrey Baratheon to crash Lena Headey’s introduction for best miniseries, demanding to know why she didn’t love him as much as she loved Uncle Jamie.

Best Miniseries: Fargo deserved the win, but here’s the weird thing: Fargo is a miniseries with 10 episodes, while True Detective is a drama with eight episodes. In short: none of it makes a lick of sense and Sarah Silverman is doing it right.

Best Intro: “The only person from ER to ever amount to anything — Julianna Margulies!” Second best intro: “Let’s all do our best Ricky Gervais impression by giving a big round of applause to Ricky Gervais!”

Best Movie: Ryan Murphy’s The Normal Heart took the prize, which is actually a surprise, because it looked like Sherlock was going to sweep despite the fact that it was the worst installment of an otherwise stellar series and the small fact that it’s not a movie.

Best Pre-Gaming: Silverman won Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special for We Are Miracles and delivered an impressive, seemingly off-the-cuff speech ending with this gem: “We are all molecules hurtling through space.” When you remember that she showed up on the red carpet with liquid THC, it all makes more sense.

Through the Looking Glass: When the man who directed the Tony Awards show wins an Emmy while directing the Emmys, it’s way too meta.

Best Mashup Opportunity: Gwen Stefani misspoke when she announced the award for Best Variety Series, calling The Colbert Report the Colbort Report. Someone should mash up Colbort and Surbort and make the Stephen-Beyoncé love child of our dreams.

Best Crashing: When Stefani miffed it, Jimmy Fallon took the opportunity to grab the Emmy and the mic before Stephen Colbert could take his rightful place. Colbert expertly trolled him, though, letting him be his mouthpiece and almost getting him to say bulls—t live.

Best Supporting Actor: Aaron Paul got the award, and it’s hard to argue that he doesn’t deserve it, but Peter Dinklage, Josh Charles, Mandy Patinkin and Jon Voight all did incredible work, and if life were fair, the statuette would move from home to home like the Stanley Cup.

Most Sexist Moment: The president of the television industry (or something) had Sofia Vergara step up on a spinning pedestal so we could all objectify her. Don’t worry — there’s a GIF so you can objectify her at home.

In Memoriam: The annual sad parade was a brutal reminder of all the talent we lost this year including Paul Walker and Maya Angelou, who probably never expected to be in a sentence together, along with Casey Kasem, Meshach Taylor, the Professor from Gilligan’s Island, Uncle Phil from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Ann B. Davis, Eli Wallach, Shirley Temple, and so many more. It’s unclear whether Vergara had to spin the entire time.

Saddest Tribute: Robin Williams was given his own in-memoriam moment with Billy Crystal coming out to memorialize his friend, whom he called “the brightest star in the comedy galaxy.” It was moving, heartfelt and longer than 23 seconds.

Outstanding Multi-Hyphenate: Director-Writer-Cinematographer Cary Joji Fukunaga took the best-director prize for his work on True Detective. Fun facts: his first job in Hollywood was working as a PA on the video for Destiny’s Child’s “Survivor,” he was also a pro snowboarder and, in fact, he is not Riff Raff.

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama: As expected, Anna Gunn won for Breaking Bad. Guess everyone doesn’t hate Skyler White after all.

Best Product Placement: After an ad for new show State of Affairs, the show’s star Katherine Heigl appeared on stage to announce Best Supporting Actor and Actress in a Drama. Prizes were given offstage, but Janney won for Masters of Sex and Joe Morton for Scandal.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama: Margulies won for her excellent work on The Good Wife and went on stage to point out that it is a wonderful time for women on television (Vergara notwithstanding).

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama: Cranston completed the Breaking Bad sweep of the Emmys. He graciously got on stage and admitted that even he considered voting for McConaughey.

Least Surprising Awards: Modern Family won for Best Comedy and Breaking Bad won for Best Drama. At this point it seems clear that NBC is actually running the 2013 Emmy broadcast, and we’re all a part of a reboot of Punk’d.

MORE: The 2014 VMAs: The Good, the Bad, the Beyoncé

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Netflix Only Took Home 7 Emmys After All

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Uzo Aduba arrives at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Los Angeles. Evan Agostini—Invision/AP

Orange Is the New Black and House of Cards didn't snag a ton of awards — but hey, they'll always have the nominations

Seth Meyers couldn’t stop joking about Netflix and cable shows outperforming network television at the Emmys — but the streaming service-cum-network didn’t quite make the splash that some expected at this year’s award ceremony.

Clocking in at 31 nominations (including 13 for House of Cards and 12 for Orange Is the New Black), Netflix went home with just seven statuettes, all of them won in the Creative Arts session, which are given out ahead of time instead of during the NBC broadcast. Uzo Aduba was the only actor to be recognized, for her role as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren in Orange Is the New Black.

Here’s the full list of all the awards Netflix won this year. Next year, they’ll just have to inject some of that Frank Underwood ruthlessness to up their game.

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black

Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series: Orange Is the New Black

Outstanding Picture Editing for Nonfiction Programming: The Square

Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series: Orange Is the New Black

Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One Hour): House of Cards

Outstanding Cinematography for Nonfiction Programming: The Square

Outstanding Direction for Nonfiction Programming: The Square

 

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Sofia Vergara Was Literally Put on a Pedestal in a Completely Sexist Bit at the Emmys

"That's why I stopped doing the car shows!"

At the Emmy Awards, Modern Family star Sofia Vergara introduced Bruce Rosenblum, chairman of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Flatly, she said it had always been her dream to come to America to do such a thing on stage — but like so many American dreams, it soured on the vine. Rosenblum asked Vergara to step onto a pedestal that then rotated 360 degrees, showing off the Latina star’s famous curves while he talked about the state of the television industry.

Vergara played along dutifully, striking attractive poses after an initial awkward moment. Though the gimmick might have turned into a commentary on how Hollywood actresses are hypersexualized and objectified, the second beat of the joke never came. Instead, it ended with a straight-up justification for the sex-sells mentality: “What truly matters,” Rosenblum said, “is that we never forget that our success is based on always giving the viewer something compelling to watch.”

“Okay enough, enough,” Vargara protested, climbing off the pedestal, “that’s why I stopped doing the car shows!”

Maybe it benefits women like Vergara to play along with jokes like this, but there’s no excuse for the Academy to engage in such a blatantly sexist trope. It does a disservice to Vergara’s skills as an actress and comedian to pretend — even in a self-conscious way — like she’s just a body. Sure, it was self-aware – but a self-aware wink doesn’t work like a get-out-of-jail-free card.

Next year, do better.

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Watch Billy Crystal’s Moving Tribute to Robin Williams at the Emmys

Billy Crystal: "Robin Williams, what a concept"

 

The past year was a tough one for Hollywood when it came to saying goodbye to all the great talents who passed away. While pop star Sara Bareilles sang a touching rendition of the Charlie Chaplin classic “Smile,” the Emmy Awards acknowledged James Avery, Maya Angelou, Lauren Bacall, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Casey Kasem, Don Pardo, Harold Ramis, Mickey Rooney, Elaine Stritch, Shirley Temple and many more before ending with a special tribute to Robin Williams from the late actor’s friend Billy Crystal.

“He was the greatest friend you could ever imagine,” Crystal said in the tribute. “It’s very hard to talk about him in the past because he was so present in all of our lives.”

Above, watch the Emmys’ heartfelt tribute, which certainly improves upon the unexpectedly brief 23-second tribute the MTV Video Music Awards threw together last night.

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Watch Seth Meyers and Billy Eichner Harass People on the Street About the Emmys

The duo play For A Dollar: Emmy Edition

The host of the 66th Emmy Awards and the man famous for shouting at people on sidewalks joined forces for a special edition of the Billy on the Street game “For a Dollar” during Monday night’s awards ceremony. Seth Meyers and Billy Eichner polled (harassed?) unsuspecting pedestrians about Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany’s snub, Orange Is the New Black binge-watching, Maggie Smith’s attitude and excitement (or a lack thereof) about the return of Community.

Watch the segment above — after you turn the volume on your speakers down.

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Watch ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic Perform at the Emmys

Featuring Andy Samberg as Joffrey Baratheon

 

The most exciting performance at the MTV Video Music Awards actually happened the next night — at the Emmys! “Weird Al” Yankovic performed a medley of television show theme songs and parodied the likes of Mad Men (“Jon Hamm’s never won an Emmy / who cares, he’s still Jon Freakin’ Hamm), Modern Family and Game of Thrones. Check out the performance above.

 

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