When I was but a young award watcher it struck me as unfair that all the other awards shows could win Emmys but the Emmys had nothing to win. Can’t someone hand out an award for that terrific opening monologue from last year by the five reality show hosts?

The Academy Awards telecast received ten Emmy nominations. Just like the Oscars the Emmys give out a lot of technical awards but they don’t do it on the telecast. So any Oscar love on Emmy night will probably be announced earlier.

The nominations:

Art Direction for Variety, Music or Nonfiction Programming (vs the 2008 MTV Music Awards, A Colbert Christmas, American Idol, and the Grammy Awards)

Choreography for the Musicals Are Back number, probably the worst part of the telecast in my opinion. It was nothing but quick snippets of famous musical songs presented in no special order. Why is that interesting? (vs one Dancing With the Stars number and four from So You Think You Can Dance)

Directing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special (vs Beijing 2008 Olympics Opening Ceremony, Bruce Springsteen Halftime Show, The Neighborhood Ball: An Inauguration Celebration, and Will Ferrell: You’re Welcome America A Final Night With George W Bush)

Lighting Direction (Electronic, Multi-Camera) for Variety, Music or Comedy Programming (vs American Idol, Dancing With the Stars, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Late Show With David Letterman, and Saturday Night Live)

Music and Lyrics for the cute and well-produced but only somewhat funny/clever opening number about the movies in recession (vs A Colbert Christmas, A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa, Flight of the Concords, “Motherlover” from SNL, and another Justin Timberlake performance from the 2008 ESPYs)

Short Form Picture Editing (vs Dancing With the Stars, Stand Up to Cancer, and two The Daily Show With John Stewart episodes)

Sound Mixing for a Variety or Music Series or Special (vs American Idol, Beijing 2008 Olympics Opening Ceremony, Bruce Springsteen Halftime Show, Dancing With the Stars, and the Grammy Awards)

Special Class Programs – I believe this is the top prize (vs Beijing 2008 Olympics Opening Ceremony, Carnegie Hall Opening Night 2008: Leonard Bernstein, George Carlin: The Kennedy Center, Tony Awards)

Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control for a Miniseries, Movie or Special (vs Beijing 2008 Olympics Opening Ceremony, Bruce Springsteen Halftime Show, Grammy Awards, and Tony Awards). There are literally dozens of people nominated in this category and it doesn’t appear that a single one is a woman. Are there really no camerawomen?

Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special (vs Chris Rock – Kill the Messenger, Louis CK: Chewed Up, Ricky Gervais: Out of England, Will Ferrell: You’re Welcome America A Final Night With George W. Bush). It’s up against four stand-up comedy specials. I don’t think this ends well for the Oscars.

So go get them, Oscars! Beat those no-talent hacks at Dancing With the Stars!

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