I think I'm starting to set my expectations for award shows a little too high because this is the second show to disappoint me (the other being the MTV Video Music Awards).
It's not that the 2016 Emmys were awful, they just didn't get me excited like last year. However this time around, I actually felt good about the TV shows I chose to watch because they took hardware home compared to past years where shows I didn't even knew existed were winning. I think I may prefer the latter of the two because I was always shocked and excited to watch something new. My #ManCrushMonday Rami Malek won an Emmy for Best Actor in a Drama Series for his work on Mr. Robot - no surprise as he's taken home hardware before. Sarah Paulson won for portraying her date for the night Marcia Clark in People vs OJ. Veep took home as many awards as they could. The only shocker of the night was when Canadian Tatiana Maslany won Best Actress in a Drama Series (I'm not complaining, I'm beaming with pride).
Jimmy Kimmel was Jimmy Kimmel. Obviously, Matt Damon had to make an appearance at some point during the show. He ended up heckling Kimmel for losing to John Oliver for Outstanding Variety Series and even added in a comment about his mother. Speaking of Jimmy's mother, she made the whole audience PB&J sandwiches and the kids from Stranger Things handed them out. It reminded me of the time Ellen handed out pizza at the Oscars. The opening monologue was predictable. It featured some Carpool Karaoke with James Corden (they belted out Wake Me Up Before You Go Go), Game of Thrones, Modern Family, Veep, Jeb Bush, and Modern Family. Any jokes made throughout the night revolved around the obvious - OJ, gender, race, Cosby, etc. He could have done better.
There weren't really any "WOW" moments. Okay, maybe I'm lying. Kate McKinnon was all of us when she accepted the Emmy for Supporting Actress in a Comedy repeatedly saying "Jesus Christ". But other than that, nothing. The 2016 Emmys get a 7/10 from me.