Last night at the 68th annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, host Jimmy Kimmel pointed out in his opening monologue how Dame Maggie Smith, who has now received nine Emmy nominations, never shows up to the TV kudofest.
He joked, calling her “Downton absent,” as he wondered outloud to the crowd, “What is wrong with us? Why do we keep nominating this woman?” He continued: “Lame Maggie Smith, if you want an Emmy, you better hop on a plane right now and get your Dowager Count-ass over here.”
Later in the broadcast, when Smith’s name was ultimately called for the third time for her performance as the Dowager Countess on the final season of ‘Downton’ in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category, it made it four Emmy wins overall for this icon. When Smith was again a no-show, Kimmel stepped up to the mic and was able to continue his gag by grabbing the gold statuette and shouting out to Smith, “If you want this, it will be in the lost and found.”
And in another moment for soaps fans, whether they be primetime or daytime, occured during the touching In-Memorium tribute as Tori Kelly performed and sang the classic Leonard Cohen song “Hallelujah”.
It was there that All My Children’s David Canary was included as part of those remembered, both for his work as Adanm and Stuart Chandler on the long-running ABC soap opera, and for his role on Bonanza. Others included in the clip package ranged from: David Bowie, Prince, Glenn Frey, Gene Wilder, Gary Shandling, and Anton Yelchin.
And wasn’t it nice to see Judith Light (Transparent, ex-One Life to Live) being the receipient of plenty of cutaways as her castmate Jeffrey Tambor won for Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, and director Jill Solloway also took home a trophy for the series.
Light was a nominee herself, but lost in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series to Saturday Night Live’s Kate McKinnon. On the ABC red carpet pre-show, fashion expert Tim Gunn had picked Judith as one of his favorite looks of the night when she arrived to the event.
View the entire list of Primetime Emmy winners here. Then let us know, what did you think of Jimmy Kimmel as host? Dame Maggie Smith’s victory? David Canary being honored in the In-Memorium segment?
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