Another Emmys has come and gone. Seth Meyers’s first time as host moved along at an efficient clip, but the only real standout bit came not from Meyers, but from Billy Eichner. The big musical number? Again, not Meyers — that one went to Weird Al Yankovic. And the biggest laugh of the night was the soap-opera kiss between Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Bryan Cranston. If he hosts again, here’s hoping Meyers adds in a little something special for himself. But there was more to the show than the host, of course. Here were the other highs and lows of the ceremony.
Low: So much goddamn diet talk on the red carpet. Most of the blame goes to E!, but also to society. What if next time, no one was asked about her diet? Her post-pregnancy weight loss? How skinny she is? Her body? Jeez Louise. Ask women about acting. That’s why they’re there!
High: “Best onscreen orgasm in a Civil War reenactment.”
Low: Jimmy Kimmel riffing. It was funny, sure, but that’s more of a host job — and he had his chance. It just seemed like whipping up a little something at someone else’s dinner party.
High: Weird Al’s theme songs. The sound design was a little wonky — Weird Al didn’t quite sound big enough — but the jokes about quivering lips on Scandal were more than worth it.
High: Emmy edition of Billy on the Street. Especially when Billy accosted a woman and said, “You’re a lesbian, do you watch Orange Is the New Black?” “I do, but I’m not a lesbian,” the woman cheerfully replied. Everyone gets a dollar.