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No real surprises at the technical Emmy Awards

by Paul Goebel, posted Sep 9th 2007 5:30PM

The least entertaining duet in historyThis past Saturday, the 59th Annual Creative Emmy Awards were given out and aside from a few exceptions, the winners were no surprise.

The biggest event of the night came when American Idol won its first Emmy ever for "Outstanding Technical Direction." The spectacular "Idol Gives Back" episode was responsible for the Emmy, specifically the duet between Celine Dion and the late Elvis Presley. The honor is of particular interest because it gives AI a break in the second biggest losing streak in Emmy history, 22 losses. The record of 25 nominations without a win is still held by Newhart.

The biggest non-surprise of the night would have to be the award for "Best Original Music & Lyrics" given to the Dick in a Box short on Saturday Night Live. Also no surprise was South Park's win for "Best Animated Series."

Kathy Griffin's Bravo series My Life on the D-List won the Emmy for "Best Reality Program (non-competition)" prompting one of the more memorable acceptance speeches, in which she refused to thank Jesus. "A lot of people come up here and thank Jesus for this. He had nothing to do with this," Griffin said. "Suck it, Jesus. This award is my God now."

Elaine Stritch won the award for "Best Guest Actress in a Comedy" for her hilarious turn as Alec Baldwin's mother on 30 Rock and Leslie Caron won "Best Guest Actress in a Dramatic Series" for Law & Order: SVU.

For the men, Stanley Tucci won for his portrayal as an obsessed actor on Monk and John Goodman took the Emmy for his role of a small town Nevada judge on Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.

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Bob Mc-BSG did win an Emmy for special effects Saturday night. Hopefully they'll get a writing or directing Emmy in addition next week.

I disagree with "no real surprises". John Goodman winning his first Emmy in nine nominations? Kathy Griffin getting the award for Reality Series-Non Competition?

September 10 2007 at 11:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bob Mc

No love for BSG? Come on! The Battlestar Galactica dropping from the sky was the most impressive bit of TV special effects EVAR!

September 10 2007 at 10:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The way most publications have been covering that "SNL" skit, you have to wonder what was in that box. A duck? A desk? Some drek? Thanks for spelling it out.

September 09 2007 at 7:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Well actually Idol held the record for an hour. They lost 4 before they one. So for about an hour they had 26 losses. HOWEVER they cheated with AI. They submitted "Idol Gives Back" in the movie/mini/special categories AND series categories WHAT?!?!? That makes no sense, is it a series or a special?

September 09 2007 at 6:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Watch this YouTube video to learn more about how the Elvis/Celine duet was accomplished:


September 09 2007 at 6:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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