It wasn’t the best Emmys broadcast of all time but it certainly wasn’t the worst either. Seth Meyers did a good job in his hosting duties but isn’t there a law that Amy Poehler and Tina Fey should just host everything? (Sorry, NPH, you can take a breather from hosting everything, okay?)
And while I watched the show with a fear that “The Normal Heart” was going to be shut out, it did come through in the end though it’s still odd to me that actors were grouped together in the Outstanding Miniseries and Movie yet there were separate trophies for, you got it, Outstanding Miniseries and Outstanding Movie. If anyone doesn’t want their Emmy, please send it Matt Bomer’s way. He soooo deserved it!
Anyway, the show had plenty of LGBT-ness in it even if a lot of those nominees didn’t actually leave with a trophy. But, nevertheless, here is a rundown of the “66th Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards” along with some clips of the best wins and the best moments.
5:00 pm: Opening Montage includes a countdown to the start of the show and the second to the last image we see is nominee Taylor Schilling and Laura Prepon making out in “Orange Is The New Black.”
5:02 pm: Host Seth Meyers does his opening bit, which includes mentioning that nominee Jim Parsons makes a lot of money. (It’s true!)
5:09pm: It’s the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy category time and though we have nominees Andre Braugher and Jesse Tyler Ferguson, the winner is Ferguson’s co-star, Ty Burrell!
5:20 pm: Jimmy Kimmel presents the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy award to Allison Janney for “Mom.” (Janney also won last weekend at the Creative Arts Emmys for her guest role on “Masters Of Sex.”) Sorry, out comedian Kate McKinnon.
5:26 pm: A pregnant Hayden Panettierre runs thru the nominees for Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy, which includes Laverne Cox. The awards, given out last weekend, went to “OITNB” co-star Uzo Aduba and Jimmy Fallon (for hosting “Saturday Night Live.”
5:28 pm: Aduba joins Panettierre to announce Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series where out director Paris Barclay is nominated for the 100th episode of “Glee” and Jodie Foster is nominated for “OITNB.” Winner is Gail Mancuso for “Modern Family.”
5:33 pm: One of the high points of the night? Out comedian Billy Eichner joining Meyers for a “Billy on the Street” segment on the streets of New York City if they’re excited about the Emmys. He even asks one woman, assuming she’s a lesbian, if she watches “OITNB.” (Answer – she does watch but is not a lesbian). Check it out here:
5:37 pm: Nominees Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Bryan Cranston talk “Seinfeld” and the joke is that Julia doesn’t remember that Bryan played dentist Tim Whatley (it’s true!). Bryan even tells her they made out on the show but Julia clearly doesn’t recall. The Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy goes to Jim Parsons, getting his fourth career win for “The Big Bang Theory.” Great acceptance speech, too.
5:44pm: It’s the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy and while Schilling is nominated, Louis-Dreyfus is always an Emmy fave and, before she makes it to the stage to get the award for “Veep,” she makes out with, of course, Bryan Cranston. Hilarious.
5:47 pm: Outstanding Reality Competition Series still doesn’t find itself in the hands of “So You Think You Can Dance” but goes to “The Amazing Race,” a show I love so I can’t be too upset. But it is the show’s 10th time winning so we need this category shaken up big time!
5:54pm: Another funny bit is Meyers’ Q&A with audience. Jon Hamm, Julianna Margulies, Melissa McCarthy, Fred Armisen/Carrie Brownstein and a deadpan Andre Braugher looking for bathroom key and turns out Josh Charles had it. (The key is hooked to an Emmy).
5:58 pm: Outstanding Writing For A Movie or Miniseries and despite Ryan Murphy being nominated for “American Horror Story” and Larry Kramer for “The Normal Heart,” the winner is Steven Moffat who wins for “Sherlock.”
6:03 pm: We see nominee Matt Bomer sitting behind nominee Angela Bassett as they announce the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie. Kathy Bates wins for “AHS.”
6:06 pm: Finally it’s time for the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries Or Movie but we have to sit through a surprisingly unfunny bit with Stephen Colbert talking about an imaginary friend. And while there were high hopes for Bomer to win the Emmy for “The Normal Heart,” the winner is a not-present Martin Freeman for FX’s “Fargo.” No offense to Freeman but…BOO, Emmy voters!!
6:08 pm: Another “Normal Heart” loss when director Ryan Murphy (with a taped interview with Bomer speaking of working with him) loses to “Fargo” director Colin Bucksey. I’m starting to fear a total shut out for “The Normal Heart.” Not good.
6:19 pm: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie and, uh-oh, “The Normal Heart” star Mark Ruffalo loses to Benedict Cumberbatch. What the hell?
6:25 pm: Kerry Washington and Liev Schreiber present the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie and while there’s high hopes that out actress Sarah Paulson could win, it’s Jessica Lange’s turn to win again. But we do cut to shouting and clapping Paulson, who is clearly not a sore loser. At the end of Lange’s heartfelt speech, cut to a smiling Ryan Murphy.
6:28 pm: A mildly amusing appearance by Weird Al Yankovic, who gives lyrics to some of the most popular series that have non-lyric theme songs. During the “Modern Family” portion, the lyrics mention “a couple of gay guys.”
6:32pm: Best Miniseries goes to “Fargo.”
6:39pm: Thankfully, “The Normal Heart” isn’t shut out and wins the Outstanding Television Movie award. Here is the acceptance speech by Ryan Murphy with a frail Kramer onstage in an “Act Up” hat.
6:43 pm: Ricky Gervais mocks Parsons for winning four years in a row but he’s Ricky Gervais so he’s allowed (and he’s still funny).
6:53 pm: Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special went to Glenn Weiss for directing the Tony Awards and he makes sure to thank host Neil Patrick Harris. (Incidentally, Weiss is also directing the Emmy show!)
7:06 pm: Break out the tissues. This year’s In Memoriam segment was a tough one since we lost some TV greats (Ann B. Davis!) but Sara Bareilles‘ beautiful rendition of “Smile” made it a little better. To cap off the segment, Billy Crystal talked about his good friend, Robin Williams. Heartbreaking. Check it out:
7:24 pm: Debra Messing and Jim Parsons present Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series and “True Detective” wins.
7:26 pm: Messing and Parsons also do the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama and Anna Gunn wins for the second time for “Breaking Bad.”
7:33 pm: Katherine Heigl runs through the winners in the Outstanding Guest Actor/Actress in a Drama that was presented last weekend and Allison Janney won for her role as the wife of a closeted man (nominee Beau Bridges) on “Masters Of Sex.” Joe Morton took home the trophy for his role as Kerry Washington’s father in “Scandal.”
7:38 pm: Viola Davis, coming to ABC this fall in “How to Get Away With Murder” presents the Outstanding Actress in a Drama to a very deserving Julianna Margulies for “The Good Wife,” which should have been nominated for Outstanding Drama.
7:51 pm: When “Modern Family” wins Outstanding Comedy Series for the fifth year in a row, we get to see Jesse Tyler Ferguson kiss husband Justin Mikita before heading up to the stage. Nice!
7:57 pm: There was really no contest given it’s the last year that “Breaking Bad” will be getting awards and, yes, it wins Outstanding Drama Series.
Until next year….
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