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Well that’s all folks! Thanks so much for reading along, hope it was worth your while. I know I had a blast. Next stop: The Oscars!
10:56 The always stunning Halle Berry presents the Emmy for Best Drama Series to….(drumroll please)…. Breaking Bad! Gotta give credit to FlickSided voters, it wasn’t even a contest, with Breaking Bad getting 47% of your votes over 18% for True Detective.
10:51 Best Comedy Series: And Modern Family takes it for the 5th (and final) consecutive year, tying Frasier for most Emmy wins for a comedy series. I gotta say, I really thought Orange is the New Black was gonna take this one.
10:50 Between Jimmy Fallon, Johnny Carson in the Robin Williams tribute, and now Jay Leno, we’ve got (almost) all the Tonight Show hosts of the last 52 years on the stage tonight. (Almost)
10:47 Best Actor in a Drama: Bryan Cranston in his final turn as Walter White in Breaking Bad. It’s easy to say this was an “obvious” win because the love for Breaking Bad knows no bounds, but the category is so strong this year, it really could’ve gone any of 6 ways.
10:46 Unrelated to the Emmys, my favorite description of Julia Roberts is by Ron Swanson on Parks & Rec: “Isn’t she that toothy girl from Mystic Pizza?”
10:44 I guess someone finally realized that Sara Bareilles was never identified AS THE SINGER during the Hollywood Death Reel. Thanks for the update, Seth! (Needed to clarify my statement there)
10:43 Tina Fey clothes shopping for her kids in an Amex commercial: “There’s just not enough crotch there.”
10:37 The divine Viola Davis announces Best Actress in a Drama winner, Julianna Margulies for The Good Wife. “What an amazing time for women in television!” (or something like that, work with me people, I’m watching this on a non-DVR-capable TV)
10:35 Best Writing in a Drama: Moira Walley-Beckett wins her first writing Emmy for the Breaking Bad episode “Ozymandias”.
10:33 Katherine Heigl reminds us that Joe Morton and Allison Janney won Emmy awards for Best Guest Actor in a Drama last week for Scandal and Masters of Sex, respectively. Then Joe comes out to present!
10:29 Commercial for Debra Messing’s new comedy The Mysteries of Laura also doesn’t look terrible. “She’s the baddest mother on the force.”
10:27 Best Supporting Actress in a Drama: Anna Gunn for Breaking Bad. FlickSided voters called that! Ms. Gunn received 65% of the vote in our Emmy poll.
10:26 Best Director in a Drama: Cary Joji Fukunaga for the True Detective episode “Who Goes There”.
“He was the brightest star in our comedy galaxy.” Billy Crystal in tribute to Robin Williams
10:20 “He made us laugh.” That was really lovely. Perfect tone, very little sentimentality, all around great execution. And Billy Crystal couldn’t have been more perfect (doesn’t he look great?? I thought so). “Robin Williams. What a concept.”
10:15 …which of course brings us to the Robin Williams tribute. Gonna take a minute to just absorb this.
10:11 …as we begin the “In Memoriam” Hollywood death reel…
10:11 Somebody is performing Smile….
10:09 Best Supporting Actor in a Drama: Major fan favorite Aaron Paul takes home Breaking Bad Emmy gold for the 3rd time.
10:07 And now for the portion of the show where I block my ears & close my eyes to avoid spoilers during the Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Emmy reel.
“I’m so proud of those guys…and one woman. I’m sorry about that, for some reason.” Stephen Colbert, thanking his writers
9:58 Best Variety Series: The Colbert Report (which also won the Best Writing award at the Creative Arts Emmys). Love Jimmy Fallon’s bit with the speech.
9:54 Best Directing in a Variety Special: Glenn Weiss accepts his Emmy for The 67th Annual Tony Awards from the Emmy control booth whilst directing the Emmys. I think that’s our meta moment of the evening, folks.
9:53 Chris Hardwick schools internet trolls on the proper usage of “your” and “you’re”. #hardwicksmashed
9:51 Seth’s cute intro of Key & Peele – “Two things that can happen to your car’s paint job.” – is unfortunately better than the actual bit. Too bad, those guys are hi-larious.
9:43 Ricky Gervais treats us to his acceptance speech for the Emmy he lost to Jim Parsons: “Haha I won….Look at their stupid faces.” Then he announces Sarah Silverman as the winner for Best Writing in a Variety Special for Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles. I haven’t seen the show but I’m a fan of Silverman’s and thought she seemed genuinely blown away by the win.
9:39 Best Made-for-TV Movie: After being shut out of all other categories, The Normal Heart takes home the big prize. Ryan Murphy gives a short, heartfelt speech asking young people to “become Larry Kramers” and follow their passion.
It’s simple. These guys just need to be in everything together. I think EdTV proved that pretty definitively.
9:33 A devastatingly beautiful Lena Headey deftly handles Andy Samberg’s Dying Joffrey impression while announcing Best Miniseries winner, freshman series Fargo, picking up its 3rd Emmy of the evening.
9:28 Andy Samberg & Seth introduce Weird Al for a pretty cool musical interlude, which turned into a pretty badass Game of Thrones tribute.
9:26 Best Actress in a Miniseries or Made-for-TV Movie: Jessica Lange for American Horror Story: Coven. This is her 2nd Emmy for AHS but her first in the Lead Actress category
9:20 Best Actor in a Miniseries or Made-for-TV Movie: Benedict Cumberbatch for Sherlock: His Last Vow. Sadly, he too is not in the hizzy, so we’re not treated to his dulcet tones. So here’s his Alan Rickman-off with Jimmy Fallon instead:
“I’m grateful you had all of the plagiarized lines.” Woody Harrelson to Matthew McConaughey
9:18 Between Woody’s Matthew impression – “R-I-O Grande” – and Matthew’s tidbits of Woody’s Worldly Wisdom, I’m not sure who’s funnier. Which is possibly why neither of those rascally vote splitters will win for Best Actor in a Drama.
9:16 Amy Poehler and Seth try out intros for presenters Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey. “The only actors not rumored to be in season 2 of True Detective.”
9:15 Commercial for Kate Walsh’s new show Bad Judge doesn’t look terrible.
9:10 Best Director in a Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Series: Colin Bucksey for Fargo.
9:08 Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Made-for-TV Movie: Martin Freeman as Watson in Sherlock: His Last Vow. Damn, he’s not there, I would have loved to hear his speech. Luckily, Stephen Colbert can be trusted to keep it safe for him…yeah…sure…
9:06 Stephen Colbert vents over the the Emmy snub of his imaginary, best, and only friend Roscoe.
9:00 Best Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Mde-for-TV Movie: a thoroughly shocked Kathy Bates for American Horror Story: Coven.
8:58 Best Writing in a Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Series: Steven Moffat for Sherlock: His Last Vow.
8:58 Allison Janney and Octavia Spencer cracking each other up is cracking me up.
“I see that Maggie Smith isn’t here tonight, so if she wins, can I have it?” Julianna Margulies
8:50 Emmy Awards Q&A with Seth Myers: Josh Charles has the bathroom key, if anyone’s looking for it.
8:54 Jon Hamm!
8:50 Yes, Julia Roberts, there are cameras everywhere.
8:47 Two of my very favorite funny people presenting Best Reality Show, Mindy Kaling and John Mulaney! Also, The Amazing Race wins its 10th Emmy.
8:43 Best Actress in a Comedy Series: Julia Louis-Dreyfus 3rd consecutive win for Veep and 5th overall Emmy. Also, great payoff to aforementioned banter with Bryan Cranston!! “Yeah, he was on Seinfeld.”
Caught this amazingly awesome Netflix commercial with Ricky Gervais. I’m pretty sure tonight is it’s debut:
8:35 Bryan Cranston and Julia Louis-Dreyfus enjoy delightfully canned banter before handing Jim Parsons his 4th Emmy Award for playing Sheldon on The Big Bang Theory.
8:33 Seth’s bit with Billy on the Street was hands down the funniest segment so far. My 95 year old granny was rolling!
8:30 Best Director in a Comedy Series: Gail Mancuso wins for the second year in a row for Modern Family. “Right there, baby.”
8:28 Creative Arts Emmys recap gets Best Guest Actress in a Comedy Uzo Aduba up on stage. Damn, Crazy Eyes cleans up nice!
“That is a TV face.”
8:21 Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy: Allison Janney for Mom. Woooooohooooooo!! Graduating to the 6 Times Club!
“You got so fat since the Oscars.” Jimmy Kimmel to Matthew McConaughey
EMMY FUN FACT: Conan O’Brien gave Louis C.K. his first job in television.
8:17 Best Writing in a Comedy: Louis CK takes the category by storm yet again for Louie! And for a really unique episode, too.
8:11 I love Ty Burrell but that whole “somebody wrote my speech for me” was funnier when Steve Carrell did it a few years ago.
8:08 Amy Poehler, aka Beyonce, announcing Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy: Ty Burrell wins his 2nd Emmy for Modern Family.
8:02 “Jokes are like nominees, they can’t all be winners.” This does not bode well, Seth.
8:00 Emmy countdown….
“I’m just as nervous now as I ever have been. ” Julia Louis-Dreyfus from the red carpet
We’re minutes away from the 2014 Emmy Awards! Here’s some hilarity from host Neil Patrick Harris at last year’s show: