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Amanda Glam
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December 1, 2021

7/27/2021 2:49:00 PM
Amanda's Picks

Amanda Glam
Entertainment Writer

This past year, I watched a lot of TV, but even a superhero (in the shows I didn’t watch), wouldn’t have enough time to see everything that was nominated for a 2021 Emmy. For that reason, instead of critiquing the nominations, here are the awards I wish we could see when the awards are televised September 19 on CBS.
Oops We Made a Mistake Award: I love every “We dare you not to cry” minute of NBC’s This is Us and for me, 74% of those minutes are courtesy of Sterling K. Brown as Randall Pearson. He deserves his annual nomination for Best Actor in a Drama Series but he wouldn’t be in contention if not for Susan Kelechi Watson who plays his wife Beth. She has been consistently strong, especially this season. That dance school episode! She deserved some Emmy love.
Snub I’m Actually Happy About: It looks like I’m not the only one who is tired of Nicole Kidman playing smart women with fabulous wardrobes, but spectacularly bad taste in husbands. She scored an Emmy for HBO’s 2017 hit Big Little Lies, but didn’t even get a nomination for this year’s HBO prestige drama, The Undoing. Many cried, “Snub,” I say, “Next time, stretch a bit, but please tell me where you got that coat.”
Show to Pay For and Binge: There’s a reason Ted Lasso received 20 nominations, a record for a freshman comedy. It’s that good and the best thing on Apple TV+. My advice is to subscribe, watch the ten 30-minute episodes in Season 1 and start Season 2 (July ‘23), before the Emmys. You won’t be sorry.
Best Hannah in a Supporting Role: There are two Hannahs in the mix for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. Hannah Einbinder should get an award just for holding her own against Jean Smart in Hacks and Hannah Waddingham is brilliant as the team owner in Ted Lasso. I’ll be happy if either Hannah wins.
Best Kathryn in Any Role: If I was creating a TV show, I would write a role for Kathryn Hahn. You know who she is but if you need a reminder, watch the Bad Mom movies or the episodes of Parks and Recreation where she kills as political consultant Jen Barkley. Or, watch WandaVision, the very entertaining Disney+ series that scored her a nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series.
Award I Not So Secretly Want to See the Most: With George Clooney out of the picture, I am all in for my consolation crush Hugh Grant, who has a decent shot at winning Best Actor in a Limited Series for his role in The Undoing opposite snubee Nicole Kidman. He’s a lock to win Coolest Brit in a Tux Who Looks Like He Doesn’t Care if He Wins or Not.
Hot Guy Who Maybe Didn’t Deserve a Nomination: I watched and enjoyed Netflix’s Bridgerton as much as the next person who enjoys watching very attractive people in compromising situations. The most attractive male in the series, Regé-Jean Page was the only cast member to receive an acting nomination, if you don’t count Julie Andrews nomination for her voice-over work. Page was delightful to watch, but was he nomination-worthy? Not so much.
It’s Hamilton So, Of Course Award: I loved the film of the musical Hamilton, that aired on TV on Disney+, but I am not in love with it being nominated in both the Pre-recorded Variety Special and TV Movie categories, and the seven acting nominations for performances filmed in 2016. I feel badly for actors who lost out on a nomination because of the “It’s Hamilton:Must Nominate” (said in root voice) mindset.
That’s It, I’m Out Award: My daughter and award show viewing companion, Emma, will confirm that I have boycotted award ceremonies or left the room after a perceived miscarriage of justice. This year, Emma accurately predicted that I will change the channel in a huff if Jean Smart does not win Best Actress in a Comedy for her role as comedian/diva Debra Vance in Hacks.
Award That Will Make Me Scream YES Really Loud: If I haven’t left the room cursing, (see above), almost every Emmys has a win that makes me scream YES! Michelle Williams for Fosse/Verdon, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel for Best Comedy Series, and the scream heard round-the-world, Jon Hamm finally winning Best Actor for Mad Men. This year’s YES would be Conan winning Best Variety Talk Series. The show managed its first nod since 2011 for its final season on TBS and would be quite an upset as Last Week Tonight with John Oliver has won this category five years in a row. If Oliver was a real man, he’d give the award to Conan. That would definitely be scream-worthy.

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