best and worst Emmy moments -- Hint: Conan O'Brien was genius,
Larry King was not, says Ken Tucker
too long, it made commercials for ''Crossing Jordan'' unavoidable...and
giving the nebulous ''Governors Award'' to ABC, CBS, NBC, and
Fox for covering Sept. 11 assiduously seemed superfluous, bordering
on the tasteless. How to summarize last night's Emmy Awards?
By picking the five best and worst moments of the evening, of
Conan O'Brien waking up in the Osbournes' house only to find
out he's late for the Emmys. O'Brien's acting here deserved
its own Emmy, the Osbournes proved why they deserved their reality-show
Emmy (awarded last week), and the capper -- Conan stumbling
onto the set of ''The Price Is Right'' -- was genius.
threatening to cut off long speeches by performing ''the worst
part of Jethro Tull's 'Aqualung.''' The idea was brilliant;
accompanying himself on acoustic guitar was -- well, genius
again. Oh, and did I mention that Conan making goo-goo eyes
to Jennifer Aniston in the audience, and her goo-gooing right
back was genius?
3. Ray Romano
winning best actor in a comedy. Everybody in ''Everybody Loves
Raymond'' had won except for Raymond, and Romano had some terrific
acting moments this season, so after numerous losing nominations,
this was a sweet victory, made sour only by it necessitating
the loss of another deserving guy (see the No. 3 below).
David's interview during the best-comedy nomination clip. True
to his ''Curb Your Enthusiasm'' character, he whined about even
having to explain the premise of his show, and correctly complained
that people should have, at that very moment, been tuned to
HBO for a fresh episode of his fabulous sitcom instead of watching
him Emmy-pump it.
Willmore winning the writing award for the ''Bernie Mac Show''
pilot. The best sitcom pilot of the past year was suitably honored,
and Willmore managed to be both humbly moving and admirably
quick-witted, sneaking in a cool Halle Berry-at-the-Oscars snap.
1. No awards
for these shoulda-wons: ''Alias'''s Jennifer Garner, ''A Gathering
Storm'''s Vanessa Redgrave, ''Six Feet Under'''s Peter Krause,
and -- well, see No. 3 on this list.
King delivering a boring salute to Milton Berle and then stealing
Berle's trademark ''Make-up!'' gag for a hollow non-laugh. I
even felt bad for the little person who had to hit King's smug
mug with a giant powder-puff.
LeBlanc losing best actor in a comedy. LeBlanc played Joey on
''Friends'' so marvelously this season, letting us see his vulnerable,
loving, and, yes, smart side, that it's a shame he didn't win,
even if Ray Romano was still a solid choice.
4. The Bob
Hope Humanitarian Award: not because of the award (it's a heartfelt
gesture); not because of the winner (Oprah Winfrey's speech
was eloquent, it made her boyfriend Steadman cry -- a sight
somehow both touching and hilarious). No, this was a bad moment
because the bust itself looked so cheesy: Bob Hope doesn't smile
like that -- his greatness has always been his snarky sneer.
Hire another sculptor, please.
5. One word:
Sting. I'll elaborate: I would have even voted for Billy Joel
to win over the lugubrious Gordon Sumner, but to think that
Jon Stewart was nominated in this ludicrously all-over-the-map
category (Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or
Music Program) and lost to... Sting??
you think were the best and worst moments of the Emmy broadcast?