This year's Emmy's award show started out with a big, big bang (no pun intended to Jim Parsons' totally awesome Lead Actor in a Comedy Series win) and, even though most of our favorite shows didn't get all the credit we thought they deserved (where was the "True Blood" and "Friday Night Lights" love, Academy?!), we can't say that those who did take home Emmy's didn't completely deserve their honors.
From song-and-dance numbers to goofy sketches, the night was full of memorable (not to mention, hilarious) moments. Check out our eight faves:
"GLEE"'S BIG WINS
"Glee" only took home two awards last night, but who deserved them more than Jane Lynch and Ryan Murphy (for Outstanding Direction)? Jane accepted her first ever Emmy win by calling it "outlandish," kissing Stephen Colbert on the lips and thanking her "lord and creator, Ryan Murphy, for creating the role of a lifetime," and told her fellow castmates, "You're young, and you're wonderful and fresh-faced and, when I'm not seething with jealousy, I love you." Ryan was a bit more contained and, after thanking FOX and his cast, said, "'Glee' is about the importance of arts education, so I would like to dedicate this to all my teachers." Insert collective "aww" here.
JIMMY FALLON'S OPENING DIG AT NBC
Yes, we were sad when "The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien" didn't get an Emmy, but Jimmy Fallon's jab at NBC at the beginning of his monologue almost made up for it. Referencing the fact that he came from NYC to L.A. to host the Emmy's for the network, Jimmy joked, "NBC asking a host of late night to come to Los Angeles to host a different show, what could possibly go wrong?" The camera turned to Conan, who was showing restraint while the audience cracked up. "Too soon?" Jimmy asked. We say: never!
"MODERN FAMILY" GEORGE CLOONEY PITCHES
First off, congrats to "Modern Family" for basically sweeping the comedy portion of the Emmy's! They won Best Comedy, Best Supporting Actor and Best Writing, which for a show's first year is no small feat. But our favorite part of the show was the skit in which an ABC executive was pitching the cast other directions for the show to go in. To cut a long story short, it ended up with George Clooney becoming a romantic interest for pretty much all the couples on the show. As if we didn't love "Modern Family" enough already.
MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO SHOWS LOST THIS YEAR
In what we think is just one big petition to host the Tony's, Jimmy Fallon spent a lot of time on his guitar, singing songs during his Emmy's hosting gig. But our favorite vocal performance of his (other than the opening, which we're getting to) was his musical tribute to the three shows we lost this year: "24," "Law & Order" and "Lost." But the best part was he performed the songs as Elton John, Boyz II Men and Billy Joe Armstrong from Green Day, respectively. Props to the Emmy's writing team for making his spoof songs match up so perfectly.
RICKY GERVAIS. JUST RICKY GERVAIS
Leave it to Ricky Gervais to steal the show in just two minutes on stage presenting an award. In what started off as a rant about how the Emmy's don't serve alcohol, Ricky ended up bashing just about every actor who's made a fool of themselves publicly in the past few years (our favorites were his comments on Mel Gibson), and then proceeded to pass out beers to those in the front row of the audience. Did anyone else catch Matthew Perry turn down the one he was offered?
ALEXANDER SKARSG… I MEAN, THE "TRUE BLOOD" PRESENTERS
Yes, we were sad that "True Blood" didn't win Outstanding Drama, but getting to see newlyweds Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer (despite her fugly dress) and—mostly—Alexander Skarsgård definitely made up for it. Stephen joked that new Emmy laws required them to make a vampire pun during their presenting stint. ASkars interrupted him and said, "Stephen, don't. This is going to be quite painful. Allow me." While we swooned and Anna giggled when she saw the teleprompter, Alexander announced, "It is now our bloody thrill —it's worse than I thought—to present the award for Outstanding Directing in a Miniseries or Movie." He also got back at Ricky Gervais by joking, "We just want to thank Ricky Gervais for the non-alcoholic beer. It was delicious."
"TEMPLE GRANDIN" SWEEPS THE MADE-FOR-TV MOVIE AWARDS
It was a big night for the HBO Original Movie, "Temple Grandin," which won for pretty much all the Miniseries Or Movie categories it was nominated in, including Lead Actress (Claire Danes's first Emmy win!), Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress and Made-For-TV Movie. But the best part about it was that Temple was actually there, and it was her birthday. It doesn't get more heart-warming than that.
And now, the best moment of the 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy's was…
THAT AMAZING OPENING SKETCH!
Take Jimmy Fallon, Chris Colfer, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith and Amber Riley and have them start off the show with Jimmy wanting to put together a "Glee" sketch. Then add Tina Fey into the mix, exclude Kate Gosselin and walk in on Betty White teaching Jon Hamm sexy dance moves. Toss in Jane Lynch, Joel McHale, Jorge Garcia and Nina Dobrev, have them be dressed by "Project Runway's" Tim Gunn, and have them perform Bruce Springsteen's "Born To Run" live on the stage of the Emmy's joined by Randy Jackson on guitar, and tell us that's not the best Emmy opener ever. Here's our motion to get that group of people together for a weekly sitcom. Who's with us?
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Did we miss any of your favorite moments from the Emmy's? Were you pleased or disappointed by this year's winners?