A week ago, we were treated to drama, controversy and egomaniacal outbursts at the MTV Video Music Awards. Last night's Emmy Awards? More low-key.
The Emmys, after all, actually honor creative arts, rather than just throwing a bunch of celebs together under the pretense of doling out made-up awards.
So while there was no Kanye West outburst (though host Neil Patrick Harris quipped that he hopes Kanye loves 30 Rock), there were plenty of highlights:
- To the surprise of no one, 30 Rock and Mad Men repeated as Emmy winners for Best Comedy and Best Drama, the former winning its third straight.
- While he did not win Outstanding Supporting Actor for How I Met Your Mother, Neil Patrick Harris was the best host in years. As Jon Stewart said, "You're doing a great job, Neil .. normally, these things really suck."
- Quote of the night: "Amy and I are honored to be presenting on the last official year of network broadcast TV." - presenter Julia Louis-Dreyfus
- She may not have taken home a trophy, but for our money, Sarah Silverman's moustache cemented her as the funniest of the ladies nominated.
- Inspiration from Outstanding Reality TV Host, Survivor's Jeff Probst: "If you have a dream, dream big, pursue it with a passion. The adventure you're ready for is the one you get. Life is short. Go for it. Thank you."
Alec Baldwin further cemented his place as the funniest dude on TV by winning Best Actor in a Comedy. He won't be winning any awards for Best Dance Moves, though.
- Glenn Close (Damages) and Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) won top drama acting honors in the drama field, while Cherry Jones (24) and Michael Emerson (Lost) were recognized for their supporting, dramatic roles.
- Alec Baldwin (30 Rock) won Best Actor in a Comedy, while Toni Collette (The United States of Tara) pulled a minor upset in winning Best Actress.
- Shortly after accepting a well-deserved Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Emmy for her role on the now-axed Pushing Daisies, paramedics were called to tend to Kristin Chenoweth, who had a severe migraine.
- Jon Cryer won Outstanding Supporting Actor for Two and a Half Men.
- Justin Timberlake won another Emmy. Is there anything he can't do?
- They weren't nominated for any awards, but Gossip Girl stars Blake Lively and Leighton Meester made some of our favorite fashion statements.
- On the men's side? Wow, that Don Draper sure is a hunk, isn't he?
- Sultry Dancing with the Stars duo Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Karina Smirnoff, who recently called off their engagement, performed an exciting number, but fought noisily behind the scenes. There had to be some drama.