65th Annual Primetime Emmys


Another Emmy ceremony has come to pass. Host, Neil Patrick Harris did his best to keep the show going and make this 3 hour telecast seem like an hour. Maybe it felt that way because I fast forwarded through all the commercials and half of the speeches. Here are some of my best moments from the show.

1. The opening monologue.

Neil Patrick Harris’ monologue started off a little blah but once Jimmy Kimmel and the other previous Emmy host got into the mix, it got wayyyy better. When Kevin Spacey came into the picture and did his aside like he does on House of Cards (If you haven’t watched that show, get on that pronto), I was loving it even more. But then the cherry on top of an already delicious opening; Amy Poehler and Tina Fey sitting in the audience heckling Harris. Can we just have that pair host everything? I mean seriously.

2. Merritt Wever’s surprising Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy win and speech.

This moment came right after Amy Poehler and Tina Fey heckled Neil Patrick Harris. They went up to present the award for best supporting actress in a comedy. When they read Wever’s name , she was absolutely stunned and kept mouthing the words “Is this a joke?” When she got on stage to give a speech all the actress said was “Oh, my God, Thank you. Thanks so much. Thank you so much. I’ve got to go. Bye.” Perfect. The actress won her award for her portrayal of Zoey Barkow on the Showtime series, Nurse Jackie. I love when people who never expect to win awards win. It’s so heartfelt.

3. Veep‘s Julia Louis Dreyfus accepting her award for Best Actress in a Comedy.

Dreyfus took home the best actress comedy award for the 2nd year in a row for her role as vice president, Selena Meyer in the HBO series, Veep. Anyone that watches the show knows how dejected the entire staff of the VP acts having to work for Selena. I love that they played that up as Dreyfus went to accept her award. She had Tony Hale’s “Gary” walking behind her and feeding her lines and Anna Chlumsky’s “Amy” playing on her phone and looking bored out of her mind. I love little things like that.

That’s all I can come up with from the show. Harris did his best but the show was really boring and felt really outdated. Here are all the winners from last night.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series – Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series – Claire Danes, Homeland
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie –  Michael Douglas, Behind the Candelabra
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie – Laura Linney, The Big C: Hereafter
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series – Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series – Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Outstanding Reality-Competition Series – The Voice
Outstanding Variety Series – The Colbert Report
Outstanding Drama Series –  Breaking Bad
Outstanding Comedy Series – Modern Family
Outstanding Miniseries or Movie – Behind the Candelabra
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series – Bobby Cannavale, Boardwalk Empire
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series –  Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series – Tony Hale, Veep
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series – Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie
Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series – Henry Bromell, Homeland  “Q&A” Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series – David Fincher, House of Cards “Chapter 1”
Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series – Tina Fey and Tracey Wigfield, 30 Rock  “Last Lunch”
Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series – Gail Mancuso, Modern Family “Arrested”
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie –  James Cromwell, American Horror Story: Asylum
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie – Ellen Burstyn, Political Animals
Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special – Abi Morgan, The Hour
Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special – Steven Soderbergh, Behind the Candelabra
Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series – The Colbert Report
Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series – Don Roy King, Saturday Night Live
Outstanding Choreography – Derek Hough, Dancing With The Stars
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