Out of all the actors who are nominated for an Emmy Award in 2010 one stands tall above the rest. She’s none other than Betty White. What a year she’s had thus far and it’s only getting started. After her successful Super Bowl commercial came the Facebook campaign to get her to host “Saturday Night Live.’ It was such a huge success for her. SNL had its best ratings ever for a non-political based show. Not only that, she is one of the stars of the new sitcom “Hot in Cleveland.”
The best part of all Betty White has been nominated for an Emmy. It’s for the episode of her single-handedly hosting this comedy show that’s been “live” on Saturday nights since 1975. The category is for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series. Many in the media, including yours truly, feel very strongly that Betty White deserves an Emmy for hosting SNL. Here are some valid reasons she more than deserves to receive another Emmy Award. The last time she received one was in 1996.
Betty White’s Contribution to Television
She has been on television since 1952 in her own series titled “Life with Elizabeth.” In the 70s she was one of the supporting characters on the hit TV show “Mary Tyler Moore” as the aggressive sex kitten Sue Ann Nivens. During the 80s Betty White played Rose Nylund in another popular sitcom “The Golden Girls.” It was about four older women who live in a senior community in Florida. Betty loved appearing on game shows during the 60s and 70s, mostly due to her husband being a game show host for “Password.” She appeared on others such as “Match Game”, “The Hollywood Squares” and “The $20,000 Pyramid” to name a few. For her countless dedication and enormous success in other guest appearances on numerous hit TV shows over the decades Betty White was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame. Most recently she was the recipient of the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award in January 2010.
Superbowl Commercial, Facebook Campaign & Hosting SNL
According to USA Today’s 22nd annual exclusive Super Bowl ad meter the commercial Betty White appeared in for Snickers was an overwhelming success. The Super Bowl is the perennial event for companies to showcase their new television ads for the year, because it is one of the most watched events. Companies pay top dollar for this coveted air time. As it turned out the 2010 Super Bowl received its largest audience to date, even beating out the most watched television show that held the record. In the Snickers commercial Betty plays a cranky old lady who is transformed after eating the candy bar. Then she is a young-spirited player ready for rough-and-tumble football.
As a result of the popularity of the Super Bowl commercial came the grass roots campaign on the social networking site, Facebook, to get Betty White to host “Saturday Night Live.” There was such enormous support for the idea, along with Betty’s fans pulling through. Lorne Michaels, the show’s creator and producer, was then sold on the idea. Betty White made history as being the oldest host at 88 years young on May 8th. It was their Mother’s Day episode complete with a reunion cast from seasons past who have gone on to enormous success. Her hosting gig on SNL received the highest ratings since Ben Affleck hosted the show while Tina Fey made a cameo appearance as Sarah Palin in November 2008.
The Sky’s the Limit for Betty & the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards
Shortly after the Primetime Emmy nominations were announced in early July Terri Seymour of Extra interviewed Betty on the set of her latest TV series “Hot in Cleveland.” That show certainly describes Betty White’s enormous popularity and success. She is hot and on a roll. Of course she is also honored to be nominated once again for an Emmy. It is her 20th Emmy nomination. She has won four Emmys while the last one was in 1996 for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for “The John Larroquette Show” in the episode “Here We Go Again” where she played herself.
After a fourteen absence it is high time Betty White receive another Emmy award. After all the fine contributions she has made this year alone I certainly hope the actors eligible to vote realize how funny Betty was hosting “Saturday Night Live”. She appeared in every sketch, except for the musical guest performances. However, Jay-Z did dedicate the song “Forever Young” to her. Make sure to watch the 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards “live” from the Nokia Theater on Sunday, August 29th at 8 p.m. EDT on NBC. No doubt Betty White will be there to hopefully accept her award. I can’t wait to hear another one of her hilarious acceptance speeches.
Primetime Emmy Awards – Nominees – Winners and More, Emmys
Betty White (I), IMDb
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