The Emmys

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Posted on September 19, 2004 11:37 PM in Television
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For some reason as I've gotten older I've felt the need to watch every single major awards show on television (i.e. The Oscars, The Emmys, and The Grammys). However, the more I watch, the more I wonder why exactly I feel so compelled to continue doing so.

There were only two real highlights at tonight's Emmys in my mind. The first being ABC's repetitive use of Coldplay samples, and then seeing James Gandolfini shake hands with Al Pacino.

The rest of the show was a complete disgrace. As if Gandolfini and Edie Falco getting snubbed wasn't enough, the people running the show seemed to have some sort of penchant for cutting the winners off. In some cases it seemed those who had won an award were given 10 or 15 seconds for their acceptance speeches. The only exception (and the right one, I suppose, if I had to choose only one) was when Al Pacino was allowed to talk without limit.

The kicker, though, came at the very end of the show when The Sopranos took the most coveted award of the night. They cut off James Gandolfini to end the show. This is Tony Soprano we're talking about! They cut him off! What a miserable way to end an already dismal awards show. I can only hope the actual actors and actresses took the whole situation more lightheartedly than I did. I'm still a bit steamed.

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