Apple Awarded Creative Arts Emmy for 'Misunderstood' Holiday Commercial

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    The Television Academy this weekend announced the winners for the 2014 Creative Arts Emmy Awards, recognizing the technical side of television in honoring the outstanding "behind-the-scenes crafts essential to television production." Apple was among the winners announced during a ceremony held Saturday night in Los Angeles.

    Apple, along with Park Pictures production company and TBWA\Media Arts Lab ad agency, was awarded an Outstanding Commercial Emmy for its holiday "Misunderstood" advertisement. In the commercial, a family participates in a traditional Christmas celebration while a younger member records all of the activities on his iPhone. Chided for being on the sidelines, the misunderstood teen delights his family at the end of the commercial with a heart-warming montage of the holiday celebration streamed via AirPlay to the living room television.

    The award was shared with Apple's longtime ad agency, TBWA\Media Arts Lab, which allegedly now has a rocky relationship with the Cupertino company. Emails from Apple's head of marketing Phil Schiller hint at discord between the ad agency and Apple's executives following a scathing criticism from The Wall Street Journal. A more recent rumor suggests Apple is ready to sever its ties to TBWA/Media Arts Lab, with Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine stepping in to help spearhead the company's future marketing campaigns.

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  2. Z400Racer37 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 7, 2011
    That was a good one actually... I'd like to see more commercials like the Mac vs PC series though heh heh x)
  3. roadbloc macrumors G3


    Aug 24, 2009
  4. afawcett macrumors regular

    Feb 23, 2010
    San Diego
    It's a cool concept, but this has been done before in TV show Community making it feel a lot less creative.
  5. Milese3 macrumors 6502

    Aug 11, 2014
    Southampton - United Kingdom
    Wow, I sort of overlooked that advert before. But now I look at it, it's very touching. Congratulations, Apple.
  6. ProVideo macrumors 6502

    Jun 28, 2011
    Meh. Too Hallmarky and predictable IMO. Award judges eat that crap up for the most part though.
  7. appleii.c macrumors 6502


    Mar 18, 2013
    Yes, they've been doing it for years, since at least the late 90's. Apple isn't the first.
  8. milo macrumors 604

    Sep 23, 2003
    It was? When?
  9. AngerDanger, Aug 18, 2014
    Last edited: Aug 19, 2014

    AngerDanger macrumors 68030


    Dec 9, 2008
    In Introduction to Film, Abed sets out to create a movie, and throughout the process, he alienates everybody to the point of yelling and telling him he's weird. Then when he shows the film, it turns out he was using everybody's confusion and bewilderment at him to convey his childhood experience.

    I think it's a bit of a stretch connecting the ad to this video, but they both feature somebody who seems socially disconnected acknowledging their disconnect with a sentimental film.
  10. Meandmunch macrumors 6502

    Jan 3, 2002
    It's a rock solid ad because it both connects emotional with the audience and subtle demonstrates an array of iPhone capabilities.
  11. ArtOfWarfare, Aug 18, 2014
    Last edited: Aug 18, 2014

    ArtOfWarfare macrumors G3


    Nov 26, 2007
    Having Beats incharge of anything seems like a massive mistake to me. I guess so long as Beats has nothing to do with Apple's computers or iOS devices, or any softwares besides the music related ones, I'm okay, though. Apple doesn't really need me to like their ads, since I'll buy their products anyways (so long as they remain the best).
  12. PocketSand11 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 12, 2014
    It would have been good if it weren't for all the crying people at the end.
  13. jonnysods macrumors 603


    Sep 20, 2006
    There & Back Again
    Wow, never saw that before, just watched it and got tears in my eyes. Love family moments like these. Life is very precious!
  14. GeneralChang macrumors 65816

    Dec 2, 2013
    Didn't know they were giving out Emmy's to ads now. Kinda unfortunate, that. But still, good ad. Probably deserved it.
  15. Brandon263 macrumors 6502

    Sep 12, 2009
    Beaumont, CA
    That commercial was really smart. Classy and understated.

    It's a shame Samsung hasn't been nominated for its bash-iPhone-users ads :D:D:D
  16. psac macrumors 6502a


    Jul 6, 2009
    Spot on. The best ads make a connection AND highlight the product. This does both in an amazing way. Loved it when it was on air.
  17. Reason077 macrumors 68000


    Aug 14, 2007
    Technically, it's a good Ad. But it's sappy and emotive.

    A big hit with Grandmas, no doubt, but it's not the sort of thing that makes Apple look cool or resonate with youth.

    The more recent "stickers" ad was much better, in my opinion.
  18. milo macrumors 604

    Sep 23, 2003
    Big time. The whole point of the Apple ad is that nobody realizes he has been filming and editing the whole time, they assume he's texting or playing games. The thing on community is nothing like that.
  19. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    Well, I guess if you're going to miss the point of the article then this is the best way to do it. This ad came before the Beats deal; it is unclear if you knew that.

    As for the ad, it is probably the first Apple ad in a long time that I actually cared to pay attention to. It was "hallmarky" as someone mentioned, but it was done well...even better than when it was done on Community. ;)
  20. mr.steevo macrumors 65816


    Jul 21, 2004
  21. Meandmunch macrumors 6502

    Jan 3, 2002
    It was Christmas bro, name a sappier time of the year. Stickers was indeed a great ad!
  22. warriorz macrumors regular

    Jun 25, 2010
  23. notrack macrumors 6502

    Feb 19, 2012
    I find this one of their best ones. I still remember when I saw it the first time and really liked it. :)
  24. ArtOfWarfare macrumors G3


    Nov 26, 2007
    I am aware of the fact that this ad is unrelated to Beats and predates Apple's ownership of them.

    But my comment was regarding the final sentence of the article:

    Sorry for not being clear in my post by not starting it off with that quote. I have edited that post to make it clearer what I was talking about, that I was talking about the tail end of the article rather than the meat of it.
  25. ziggie216 macrumors 6502

    Jul 14, 2008
    Very touching and didnt expect that ending (never seen it before).

    btw can you really do all that editing with iMovie on your iPhone?

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