Modern Family was the big winner at the 63rd Emmy Awards, with it winning every category it was nominated in at Sunday’s ceremony, including Outstanding Comedy Series. It was a different story for the highly nominated Mad Men. It walked away with only one award, but it was the coveted Outstanding Drama Series.
Before the ceremony started, Emmys’ host Jane Lynch told E! that this year’s ceremony “will be different. There’s an epic opening & fabulous musical numbers.” The opening number was fun, my favourite bits involved Entourage’s “Lloyd” & “Ari” dancing, and the Mad Men piece. See below for the clip
As for the musucal numbers, the Emmytones (made up of actors Zachary Levi, Cobie Smulders, Taraji P. Henson, Kate Flannery, Wilmer Valderrama, and Joel McHale), who introduced each category in song, were very cheesy and annoying. As for the musical number which featured The Lonely Island, Michael Bolton & John Stamos, to name but a few, I rhink I mised the joke. Admittedly those who got the joke enjoyed it.
The stand out presenters for me were Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel. Jane Lynch wasn’t bad but I just wish there were more of these funny guys! It was also good to see Ricky Gervais taking the piss out of his Golden Globes hosting in a pre-recorded video. It’s a pity Jane Lynch was so catty about it!
Charlie Sheen also made an appearance, presenting Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. At this time he had a message to Two and a Half Men, “From the bottom of my heart I wish you nothing but the best for this coming season. We spent 8 wonderful years together and I know you will continue to make great television”
Before I list the winners on the night, I can’t go on without mentioning the Emmys style. On the whole it was fabulous with red and gold being the colour of choice. There were some catastrophic choices of outfits but on the whole it was style personified! Mad Men may not have swept the pool at the ceremony but they did in the style stakes. My best dressed of the night goes to the Beautiful looking Christina Hendricks, and a HOT, suave Jon Hamm!
Below are the list of Emmy Winners and Highlights from their speeches.
Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy: Julie Bowen MODERN FAMILY
“OMG! OMG! Are you kidding me. I don’t know what I am going to talk about in therapy next week. I won something!”
Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy: Ty Burrell MODERN FAMILY
WOW! I got a late start in acting. My dad passed away before he saw me perform. I can’t help but think what he would think if he saw this. That I go to work everyday in full make up!” Ty Burrell’s whole speech about him wearing make up and what would dad think. Quite amusing
Outstanding Director for Comedy Series: Michael Allen Spiller MODERN FAMILY
Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series: Steven Levitan & Jeffrey Richman MODERN FAMILY
Outstanding Actor in A Comedy: Jim Parsons THE BIG BANG THEORY
“This is so odd for so many reasons”
(I can’t believe Steve Carrell didn’t win this!)
Outstanding Lead Actress in A Comedy: Melissa McCarthy MIKE & MOLLY
Funniest category – all of the nominees went up to the stage when their names were announced. Just like a pageant.
“Holy Smoke.WOW It’s my first and best pageant ever! I’m sorry I’m a crier! I’m from Illinois and I’m standing here and it’s amazing. “I show up early every day for work like a dork because I love it!”
Outstanding Reality Competition Program: THE AMAZING RACE
Outstanding Writing for Variety, Music or Comedy Series: THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART
Outstanding Directing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Series: Don Roy King SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE
Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART
This is the 9th year in a row that this has won
“If the world does need to repopulate at some time the announcing team of Sofia Vergara & Rob Lowe would make …ridiculously good looking children” Jon Stewart
Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series: Jason Katims FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS.
(I’m shocked MAD MEN didn’t win. Season 4 had some of the best writing – especially The Suitcase episode)
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Margo Martindale JUSTIFIED
“Sometimes things just take time”
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series: Martin Scorsese BOARDWALK EMPIRE
Oustanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Peter Dinklage GAME OF THRONES
“WOW! I’ve followed Martin Scorsese. My heart is pounding. You are a legend! HBO, you are quite simply the greatest place to work for……You let artists create and that is rare, unfortunately”
Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series: Juliana Marguiles THE GOOD WIFE
“To my spectacular husband, I like being your good wife, and I love that you have no political aspirations”
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Kyle Chandler FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
“I knew for a fact that I would not be standing here.I did not write anything & now I am worried … Thank you so much!”
Outstanding Writing for a Mini-Series or Film: Julian Fellow DOWNTOWN ABBEY
“My wife said to me we should just relax and enjoy the evening because I don’t think we’re going to win. Well I think we are going to enjoy the evening now! … 10 years ago you kickstarted my career with an Oscar. Tonight you have nurtured it”
Outstanding Actress in a Mini-Series or a Movie: Maggie Smith MILDRED PIERCE
Wasn’t there to accept award.
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Mini-Series or Movie: Barry Pepper THE KENNEDYS
Wasn’t there to accept award.
Outstanding Directing for a Mini-Series, Movie or Dramatic Event: Brian Percival DOWNTOWN ABBEY
“This has turned into a good night.My 1st time in LA…don’t know what else to say bc I didn’t expect it…jst Thankyou!”
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Movie or a Mini-Series: Guy Pearce
“This was such a delightful experience… I got to have sex with Kate Winslet many many times. I share this with you because you’re an extraordinary women, thank you for allowing me to insert myself, into your world of Mildred, and to my wife my wife Kate who had to listening to me talking about that every night I came home from work – thank you my darling!”
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Movie or a Mini-Series: Kate Winslet MILDRED PIERCE
“Oh I didn’t think we were going to win anything. Oh I really did win it. Thank you so so much. This just means such a lot to me… I just wanted to say one thing also, which was, Mildred Pierce was capable of great acts of love as a mother, but she was an extraordinary multi-tasker, and to that end, I actually do have to share this with my mum. It doesn’t matter how old you are or what you do in your life, you will never stop needing your mum & I will never stop needing mine – so thanks mum!”
Outstanding Mini-Series or Movie: DOWNTOWN ABBEY
“This is really a David and Goliath story Only in this case Goliath was wonderful. Wonderful shows we were up against and .it seems extraordinary that we won!” DOWNTOWN ABBEY Producer
Outstanding Drama Series: Finally it’s MAD MEN!
It’s won this award for each of its 4 seasons
“We want to thank the fans of the show who support it wholeheartedly no matter where it goes. We all get to go to work tomorrow and that’s all we wanted to do. For us & our families that’s a dream come true”
Outstanding Comedy Series: MODERN FAMILY
Also won this award last year. Won in every category it was nominated in tonight
“We are so very honoured to be in this room. There were a lot of years where a lot of people on this stage had a lot of failed pilots so we appreciate every moment of this.”
“Modern Family was this close to being animated that’s how much we didn’t want to work with kids but these kids bring it every week.”
“On location a gay couple approached us & said ‘You’re not just making people laugh, you are making them more tolerant. And I thought to myself they are right, we are showing the world that there is nothing wrong with a relationship between an old man & a hot young woman, & looking around the room tonight I see that many of you agree”
And that’s a wrap. The Emmys were nothing ground breaking but everyone seemed genuinely thankful to be working. They know they are among the lucky ones who get to live out their dreams.” I’d love to see Jimmy Kimmel & Jimmy Fallon hosting next year