Laurence Fishburne (Thurgood) and Idris Elba (Luther) were both nominated for outstanding lead actor in a miniseries or a movie. Barry Pepper (The Kennedys) got the hardware for his portrayal of Bobby Kennedy. Elba was also nominated for best guest actor for his role in The Big C, but pop star Justin Timberlake took home that statuette for hosting Saturday Night Live.
Taraji P. Henson (Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story) lost to Kate Winslet (Mildred Pierce) in the outstanding lead actress in a miniseries or a movie category.
The show’s producers must have known that most of America might be clicking over to watch Philadelphia Eagles Michael Vick face his old team in Atlanta, so apparently they thought turning the show into a high school musical would grab some viewers. The opening sketch ended with Lynch doing an over-the-top song-and-dance routine. There was the quintet dubbed the Emmytones, featuring LL Cool J and nominee Henson, that introduced the show’s categories with little ditties that grew increasingly annoying as the show went on.
Andy Samberg’s group, the Lonely Island, added a little levity to the show when they performed a melody of their popular songs from the Saturday Night Live shorts.
The one moment that could have provided some real fireworks was when Charlie Sheen came out to present the award for best lead actor in a comedy series. The audience seemed to hold its collected breath when Sheen stepped to the microphone.
But Sheen, who must have cut back on the tiger’s blood, seemed sincere when he talked about his former show Two and a Half Men: “From the bottom of my heart, I wish you nothing but the best for this upcoming season.”
Genetta M. Adams is a Brooklyn, N.Y.-based freelance writer and editor. Follow her on Twitter.