TV’S BIGGEST (AND BINGE-IEST) NIGHT
There’s been a TV takeover over in the past few years, with more unique stream-able content than ever before. Prestige dramas like Game of Thrones, The Handmaid’s Tale, and The Americans have become appointment viewing, and the upcoming 70th Primetime Emmy® Awards are their time to duke it out for small-screen supremacy.
Now that this year’s nominees have been announced, here’s a look back at some of the most celebrated selections and memorable mishaps from winners past, and the work that got them there.
While not really as scatter-brained as her I Love Lucy persona, Lucille Ball (Yours, Mine, and Ours, The Long, Long Trailer) had an IRL Lucy moment in 1975 when she forgot to bring her glasses onstage and was unable to read the winner for Outstanding Comedy Series (it was The Mary Tyler Moore Show).
While already the proud owner of multiple Emmy awards from his acting work on M.A.S.H., Alan Alda (The West Wing, The Aviator) was so ecstatic over his 1979 win for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy or Comedy-Variety or Music Series that he pulled a Bring It On and busted out a sweet cartwheel on the way to the stage.
In 2007 Ricky Gervais (Ghost Town, The Invention of Lying) was sadly absent from the Emmy award ceremony and thus unable to accept his win for The Office, but Steve Carrell (Little Miss Sunshine, Battle of the Sexes) was more than happy to accept on his behalf. At the following year’s event, Gervais triumphantly arrived and tickled Carrell into submission, reclaiming his rightful award.
The Emmy award ceremony isn’t exactly a pageant, but it can be made into one if enough stars decide to make it so. Best Lead Actress in a Comedy nominees Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Martha Plimpton, Melissa McCarthy, Edie Falco, and Laura Linney broke with tradition in 2011 by storming the stage together and anxiously awaiting the results Miss-America-style, complete with tiara and roses for winner McCarthy (Mike and Molly, Life of the Party).
2015 was a landmark year in Emmy representation, with Viola Davis (Fences, Suicide Squad) taking home the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series award for her role in How to Get Away With Murder. As the first African-American woman to win in her category, Davis brought the house down with a rousing speech calling for more opportunities for women of color in Hollywood.
For more Emmy history in the making, tune in to the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards at 5:00 p.m. on September 17th on NBC.