Saturday, October 1, 2022

'Last Week Tonight' examines Jair Bolsonaro after winning three Emmy Awards

Happy October! I'm continuing my coverage of Emmy winners with "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver," which returned to HBO with Bolsonaro after winning three Emmy Awards.

John Oliver discusses Jair Bolsonaro, how he’s run Brazil as president, how far he might go to maintain power after the upcoming election, and, of course, nunchucks.
This sounds familiar and not in a good way. Here's to hoping the Brazilian presidential election has less violence than ours in 2020 and 2021.

Oliver didn't acknowledge his show's Emmy in the clip above. For that, watch John Oliver Roasts the U.K.'s "Very Weird" 10 Days of Mourning for Queen Elizabeth on "Late Night with Seth Meyers."

John Oliver talks about his Emmy win for Last Week Tonight being presented by Selena Gomez, Steve Martin and Martin Short; shares his reaction to the 10 days of mourning for Queen Elizabeth; and discusses turning down his offer for the Order of the British Empire.
I hadn't heard that Oliver turned down an O.B.E., but I'm not surprised. He'd then be "Sir John" and I have a feeling that would cause a lot of cognitive dissonance. Also, I think he's on to something when he called the cancellation of soccer games but not rugby or cricket matches a form of class warfare. As the snarky saying about soccer and rugby goes, "rugby is a rough game played by gentlemen, while soccer is a gentle game played by ruffians."

Follow over the jump for the awards won by "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" along with a revisiting of my calls from John Oliver examines inflation plus 'Last Week Tonight's Emmy nominations.

Outstanding Variety Talk Series
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (Comedy Central)
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (ABC)
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO/HBO Max)
Late Night with Seth Meyers (NBC)
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (CBS)
"Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" no longer has the most nominations all by itself, which it did for five consecutive years. Both it and "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" have five nominations. Add in the spinoff "Stephen Colbert Presents Tooning Out the News," which "The Late Show" features on its YouTube channel, and Colbert has six, breaking the tie. While "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah" has four nominations for the main show, two of its spinoffs have nominations as well for a total of six. "Late Night with Seth Meyers" finally earned a nomination in this category along with one more for the main show and another for a spinoff, a total of three. "Jimmy Kimmel Live" rounds out the field with a nomination in just this category. Despite its competition earning as many if not more nominations, "Last Week Tonight" is the six-time returning winner, so I think it's still the favorite.
And it won last month to become a seven-time recipient. Watch Variety Talk Series: 74th Emmy Awards.

John Oliver accepts the Emmy for Variety Talk Series for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver at the 74th Emmy Awards.
That wasn't as much fun as watching Lizzo, but the stars of "Only Murders in the Building" came close. I'm already looking forward to season 3.

Oliver had more to say in John Oliver 74th Emmy Awards Winnerview.

John Oliver from Last Week Tonight With John Oliver talks to Marc Istook backstage at the 74th Emmy Awards after winning the Emmy for Outstanding Variety Talk Series.
Marc Istook was only off by one. IMDB lists 26 Emmy Awards for "Last Week Tonight."

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series
A Black Lady Sketch Show (HBO/HBO Max)
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (Comedy Central)
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO/HBO Max)
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (CBS)
Saturday Night Live (NBC)
The three top variety talk nominees along with both of the variety sketch nominees earned nominations in this category. While my readers have voted with their page views for "Saturday Night Live" over "Last Week Tonight" during the past year, they're not the Emmy voters, who have awarded the writers for "Last Week Tonight" the Emmy statuette the past six years. I still think that will happen again. Remember, electorates matter.
And it did happen again. Congratulations!

Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control for a Series (Area)
American Idol: "Disney Night" – Charles Ciup, David Bernstein, Bettina Levesque, Bert Atkinson, Damien Tuffereau, Rob Palmer, Bruce Green, Daryl Studebaker, Mike Carr, Jofre Rosero, Nathanial Havholm, Easter Xua, Andrew Georgopoulos, Ed Horton, Brian Reason, Keith Dicker, Adam Margolis, Ron Lehman, Christopher Gray, Luke Chantrell (ABC)
The Daily Show With Trevor Noah: "Robert Glasper Performs "Heaven's Here"" – Mike Williams, Matt Muro, Rich York, Tim Quigley, Phil Salanto, Ricardo Sarmiento, Joel Sadler (Comedy Central)
Dancing with the Stars: "Horror Night" – Charles Ciup, Christine Salomon, Brian Reason, Bettina Levesque, Daryl Studebaker, Bruce Green, Bert Atkinson, Nat Havholm, Ron Lehman, Mike Carr, Adam Margolis, Damien Tuffereau, Easter Xua, Derek Pratt, Mark Koonce, Allen Merriweather, Andrew Georgopoulos, Luke Chantrell, Ed Moore (ABC)
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: "Union Busting" – Dave Saretsky, Dante Pagano, John Harrison, Rich Freedman, Ken Thompson, Yayo Vang, Elizabeth Cavanagh, Wyatt Maker, John Schwartz, Augie Yuson (HBO / HBO Max)
The Masked Singer: "Masks Back - The Good, The Bad & The Cuddly - Round 1" – Christine Salomon, Nat Havholm, Mark Koonce, Brett Crutcher, Adam Margolis, Rob Palmer, Ron Lehman, Bert Atkinson, Bettina Levesque, Jeff Wheat, Kary D'Alessandro, Daryl Studebaker, John Goforth, Cary Symmons, Sean Flannery, Darin Gallacher, Chris Hill (FOX)
The Voice: "Live Top 10 Performances" – Allan Wells, Danny Bonilla, Mano Bonilla, Martin J. Brown Jr., Robert Burnette, Suzanne Ebner, Guido Frenzel, Alex Hernandez, Marc Hunter, Scott Hylton, Kathrine Iacofano, Scott Kaye, Steve Martynuk, Jofre Rosero, Steve Simmons, Terrance Ho (NBC)
This was the third (actually first in time order) Emmy that "Last Week Tonight" won last year, so I think it's guaranteed to win it this year. The only question is who else gets to take home a troph.y
The answer was no one else won; "Last Week Tonight" won outright. Congratulations!

"Saturday Night Live" returns tonight, so expect me to cover its season premiere and its one Emmy Award tomorrow. Stay tuned.

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