“Breaking Bad” and “Modern Family” take home top Emmy honors
This year’s show was hosted by “How I Met Your Mother’s” Neil Patrick Harris, who started off the night by attempting to binge watch every television series at once.
In a room with approximately 50 TVs on the wall, Harris sat in an office chair, spun in circles and carried a conversation with various characters. He then announced he was ready and marched onto the Nokia Theater stage.
He began with a speech honoring television’s latest and greatest.
“This past year, in my opinion, has been one of the greatest in television history,” he said.
This speech was suddenly interrupted by Jimmy Kimmel in the audience letting Harris know, as a past host, that he was rooting for him. Soon Harris was joined onstage by four past hosts including Kimmel, Conan O’Brien, Jane Lynch and a tap-dancing Jimmy Fallon.
They all gave him advice, encouraged him to do a song and dance like his Tony’s performances and all argued over whose year was best.
Harris sent the former hosts to their seats only to be interrupted once more by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler who sat in the front row, holding popcorn, wearing 3D glasses and asking Harris to take his pants off and twerk … he didn’t.
The actual giving of awards commenced with Fey and Poehler literally crawling up the stairs to present the first award. The night was filled with presenters such as Matt Damon, Zooey and Emily Deschanel, Kerry Washington and Jon Hamm.
Throughout the night, actors paid tribute to those who died this past year. Jane Lynch spoke about her “Glee” co-star Cory Monteith and a teary-eyed Edie Falco honored her on-screen life partner James Gandolfini, who played Tony Soprano.
Some of comedy’s winners included Tony Hale, winning outstanding supporting actor for HBO’s “Veep,” and Jim Parsons, winning outstanding lead actor for “The Big Bang Theory.” Julia Louis-Dreyfus won outstanding lead actress for “Veep.” Her speech mirrored her character, Vice President Selina Meyer, while her co-star Tony Hale stood behind her, holding her purse and reminding her to thank her family.
“Modern Family” took home its fourth consecutive Emmy for outstanding comedy series. Steve Levitan, the creator, thanked those who shaped him as a comedy writer.
“None of us grew up feeling like winners,” Levitan said. “So thank you to the bullies, to the popular kids, to the gym teachers … without you we never would have gone into comedy.”
But what is being hailed by Harris and those all over the Internet as the best speech ever is Merrit Wever’s acceptance speech. She won outstanding supporting actress for “Nurse Jackie.”
“Thanks so much … um … I gotta go. Bye,” Wever said.
She hurried off the stage as the crowd roared with laughter. And that was all, plain and simple.
But of course the night could not have gone without a song and dance from Harris. The host sang a song with Nathan Fillion and Sarah Silverman about reaching the halfway point of the show.
Those nominated in the category of outstanding choreography had choreographed dances to different television show’s theme music.
Dancers danced to themes from “Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad,” “Boardwalk Empire” and dance fought to “Game of Thrones.” The theme songs eventually remixed and evolved into Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” when the choreographers filed onto the stage as the 20 some dancers dropped to the floor, ending with a big finish. Derek Hough took home the Emmy for his work on “Dancing with the Stars.”
“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” has consecutively won 10 Emmy awards for outstanding variety series. “The Late Show with David Letterman” in 2002 was the last time anyone else went home with this Emmy. However, this year the winning streak was finally broken by none other than “The Colbert Report.”
Stephen Colbert accepted the award on the show’s behalf.
“I personally have to thank my friend and my brother, Jon Stewart,” Colbert said. “Jon never told me how good this feels, actually.”
And the night moved on to honoring drama. Anna Gunn took home an Emmy for outstanding supporting actress for her role as Skyler White in “Breaking Bad,” and Bobby Cannavale won outstanding supporting actor for “Boardwalk Empire.” Nominated for the first time, Jeff Daniels won for outstanding lead actor for “The Newsroom” and Claire Danes for outstanding lead actress for “Homeland.”
Presenting the last award was a flustered and casually dressed Will Ferrell. Trailing behind him were two kids in soccer jerseys and one wrapped in a blanket. One whispered something in his ear. Ferrell shook his head telling him no, he could not play angry birds. He explained to the audience that Helen Mirren and Maggie Smith had dropped out; he was called 45 minutes prior and had dealt with a soccer game, a child’s birthday party and a nut allergy.
And the award that ended the night, for outstanding drama series, went to “Breaking Bad.” This was its first award for this category. The cast swarmed the stage and Vince Gilligan, the show’s creator, accepted it.
“It could have been any of them, even some that weren’t nominated in this golden age of television that we feel so proud to be apart of,” Vince said.