The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards aired last night, and the show wasΓÇª alright.
From the opening number, host Neil Patrick Harris, trying to take in a year’s worth of TV by eyeballing multiple TV screens from a reality TV judge-like chair, told us what we already knew: there’s too many shows to watch them all.
Luckily, the Academy would spread the wealth when it came to handing out awards, especially in the acting nods, with surprising wins like Veep‘s Tony Hale for Supporting Actor, Comedy Series; Bobby Cannavale‘s Supporting Actor, Drama Series win for Boardwalk Empire; and prolly the biggest surprise of the night, Jeff Daniels winning Actor, Drama Series for his work in The Newsroom ΓÇô yep, this year it wasn’t all about Homeland.
Award shows love to make fun of themselves, and they did just that as several past hosts (Jimmy Kimmel, Jane Lynch, Jimmy Fallon, Conan O’Brien) took the stage to wonder aloud why they hadn’t been asked to emcee 2013. Golden Globe duo Tina Fey and Amy Poehler finished the bit by demanding host Harris to Magic Mike himself on stage (thank goodness, he didn’t!).
Harris’ song and dance skills weren’t put to waste as he performed a Broadway-esque number to praise the midpoint of the show. And then for the SYTYCD lover in me, there was a dance ode to TV, featuring several of the choreographers from the hit Fox series, though Dancing with the Stars took home that top prize.
And while Scandal “it” girl Kerry Washington didn’t win Actress, Drama series, loved seeing Diahann Carroll demanding her win and flirting with every male actor in the audience that night ΓÇô in my book, Julia can do no wrong.
For every Breaking Bad fan who can’t wait for the series finale next week, there was the ultimate going away present ΓÇô the win for Drama Series. Not a bad way to end an addiction!
For a complete list of winners, visit CBSnews.com.
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