You know how it is when you fall in love, right? Not only does everything feel so wonderful and right, and not only do you want to introduce your new love to everyone in your life – your love seems relevant to every situation, right?
If you’re part of the group of us who have fallen for The Bear, you know. You wanna get Chicago beef, wet; you delight in ‘Cousin’ and Fak (sidebar: Francie Fak can go f-ck, my love, but exactly what did she do?) and explaining to anyone who will listen why they should subject themselves to the glorious trauma of ‘Seven Fishes’. And after tonight, it’s clear you have plenty of company.
Comedic acting awards for both Jeremy Allen White and Ayo Edibiri mean voters fell in love with Carmy & Sydney, both individually and as a (platonic! Come on now, shippers, move along!) duo. But the show’s win for best comedy series means the show succeeded at what they set out to do – as Ayo said in her super endearing acceptance speech, they made the staff of The Bear into a true, believable family.
And, it’s worth noting, a really attractive one. Obviously JAW’s Calvin Klein ads are already iconic, and Ayo Edibiri’s blazing hot career means she’ll be tearing up many more red carpets this year (including the Emmys next week!) but look at the rest of the staff! They clean up nice, don’t they? Good looking people.
And we’ll get to see them do it all again next week at the Emmys, hopefully with more red carpet shenanigans involved – and still more outfits, you know they were holding back this week. I liked Ayo’s red dress and Matty Matheson’s burgundy suit, but I have this feeling next week they’re really going to rock out on the Emmys red carpet, and have more fun.
We didn’t see a lot of the Abbott Elementary team last night, but I’d fully been intending to include one of my favourite clips of Ayo Edibiri and Quinta Brunson messing around at last year’s Emmy’s in this post, but it turns out I didn’t need to, because they provided me with an updated one:
Ayo Edebiri is too fucking funny we donâ€™t deserve her pic.twitter.com/ugQ9RfLooF— filmaroni (@filmaroni) January 8, 2024
Also, I mentioned this in last night’s live, but by shouting out her agents’ and managers’ *assistants*, those hard-working, long-suffering, ever-cheerful young people who greet every question with a ‘no problem’ or a ‘let me check for you!’, Ayo Edibiri has bought herself undying loyalty. I am willing to bet that is the first time that assistants as a group have been namechecked, and they won’t forget.
And, you know, it’s ironic that our new favourite TV family is overtly working class and rough-edged, since we’re also saying an extended goodbye to our previous favourite fam: the craven, terrible, delicious Roys. There’s not much to say about Succession at this point – it came, it conquered, it made sense dramaturgically – except to say that I actually think we should be a lot sicker of the show and the cast than we are, maybe? Is that bananas? They’ve won dozens of awards the last few years, and yet somehow seem to still be both fond of each other, for the most part, and humble and endearing to the rest of us. Matthew MacFayden is somehow the humblest, still, and like, when Sarah Snook suggests maybe Kieran Culkin should accept for her, you’re both aware of the Shiv-Roman of it all AND halfway hoping he’ll come up and do it, and it all feels very natural.
two-time golden globe winner sarah snook!! pic.twitter.com/XPOBgWmQIs— succession clips and reaction videos (@successionreact) January 8, 2024
That kind of chemistry is so rare, we’ll see it one more time next week at the Emmys, when they inevitably win some more awards – and, incidentally, where Sarah Snook will have another chance to win over some of you who were NOT PLEASED with her dress tonight. Honestly, I didn’t mind it at all for what it was, a dress you wear when you’re pretty sure you’re barely going to be seen, let alone photographed. This dress says the same thing she did in her speech – “I wasn’t expecting anyone to see me”, so… that speaks to humility, right? I do think if she’s been sitting on a showstopper dress, it’s about to be very, very much the time to deploy it…