Last night’s broadcast of the 65th Annual Emmy Awards began with Neil Patrick Harris watching a bunch of television screens–one of which showed Neil Patrick Harris hosting the Tonys in a brilliant opening sequence that wasn’t nearly as good as the one for the 2013 Emmys. That wasn’t a bright idea. [homepage photo via facebook]
But you know who really opened the Emmys in style? Raquel Welch. The veteran sex symbol is 73 years old, and people couldn’t quit talking about how hot she looked when she showed up at a pre-Emmy party being hosted by Variety. Some smart Emmys producer should’ve immediately grabbed her to liven up this year’s broadcast. [photo via facebook]
Instead, we got a fairly enjoyable show that lacked any real sense of fun. That’s especially bad considering how many surprise upsets happened over the evening. We’ll round up the night’s big winners, of course, but it’s hard not to get distracted with gals like Raquel showing up on the red carpets–especially for the actual Emmys….
The night even started with a huge surprise, as Merrit Wever won Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series for her work on Nurse Jackie. It was an even bigger surprise when her acceptance speech consisted of saying, “Thanks so much. I gotta go. Bye.” Anyway, the smart money was on Jane Krakowski for 30 Rock, with Julie Bowen and Sofia Vergara set to split the vote for Modern Family, and no one’s interested in Jane Lynch anymore for Glee. Anna Chlumsky was a complete long shot for Veep. Sofia Vergara was still a winner on the red carpet, as she showed off that she’s a sex symbol from any angle… [photo via whosay]
There was also an upset in Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series, with beloved Arrested Development actor Tony Hale winning for HBO’s Veep. Everyone thought Adam Driver would be the big upset winner for Girls if the Modern Family vote was split amongst Ed O’Neill, Jesse Tyler Fergurson, and Ty Burrell–that last guy still being the real favorite. Bill Hader was probably honored to be nominated for Saturday Night Live. But you know what didn’t upset us? Checking out Sofia Vergara on the red carpet, where the Modern Family star showed off that she’s a sex symbol from any angle… [photo via whosay]
It wasn’t any big surprise when Julia Louis-Dreyfus won as Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series for Veep–although a lot of people thought that this could be Amy Poehler’s year for Parks and Recreation. Dreyfus had won before, as had Tina Fey for 30 Rock and Edie Falco for Nurse Jackie. Lena Dunham was always a long shot for Girls, as was Laura Dern for Enlightened. In other expected events, Emily Deschanel is still a real stunner. We know some people prefer the quirkier sister, but we think this is some award-worthy poise… [photo via facebook]
Louis C.K. had some real momentum going from a series of serious awards for his acting on Louie, but Hollywood kept it simple by giving Jim Parsons yet another Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series. Netflix lost out when Jason Bateman lost out for the fourth season of Arrested Development. Alec Baldwin seemed to have a good shot over the last season of 30 Rock, too. Matt LeBlanc couldn’t score for Episodes, and Don Cheadle was a real longshot for House of Lies. Giving the Emmy to Parsons didn’t liven up anything, but did you see Kate Mara’s outfit? Yeah, we had her pegged as a rising star back when she was stealing the show with a bit part in Iron Man 2… [photo via facebook]
Breaking Bad has another chance to win Emmys next year, but Anna Gunn went ahead and scored an Emmy as Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series for her work as Skyler White on the show. Everyone really thought Maggie Smith was going to continue an awards-season winning streak for Downton Abbey. Emilia Clarke seemed pretty likely for Game of Thrones, too, and no one would’ve been surprised by Morena Baccarin winning for Homeland. Christine Baranksi was also up for The Good Wife and Christina Hendricks for Mad Men. Meanwhile, we were pretty impressed by Maria Menounos making a dramatic appearance outside the ceremony. We just thought of an extra reason to start watching the showbiz show Extra. [photo via facebook]
Jeff Daniels was a pretty unexpected winner as Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series for The Newsroom. A lot of people expected that Bryan Cranston would be passed over until next year’s Emmys for the final season of Breaking Bad–which would free up Jon Hamm to finally pick up an Emmy for a strong season of work in Mad Men. Kevin Spacey also seemed like a good guess for his work in House of Cards. There was never much excitement for Downton’s Abbey‘s Hugh Bonneville, and Damian Lewis just didn’t have enough to do in the last season of Homeland.
The biggest upset of the evening had to be Claire Danes winning Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series for her work on Homeland. She got plenty of critical acclaim for the role, but everyone thought Kerry Washington was all set to win for Scandal. Vera Farmiga was the only other serious contender for her works on Bates Motel–with Robin Wright, Elisabeth Moss, Connie Britton, and Michelle Dockery pretty much out of the running for, respectively, House of Cards, Mad Men, Nashville, and Downton Abbey. It’s okay that Michelle Dockery didn’t win, since she sure gave us a lot of consolation with her turn on the red carpet… [photo via facebook]
…but we were cheering for Kerry Washington–especially because we wanted to see her mount the podium in this outfit… [photo via facebook]
Nobody was surprised when Michael Douglas won Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie for Behind The Candelabra. The vote might have been split between him and costar Matt Damon if Douglas hadn’t done such an impressive job of giving a performance instead of just doing a Liberace impersonation. Douglas’ only real competition was Al Pacino in the title role of Phil Spector–although the evening was weird enough that Benedict Cumberbatch might have had a real shot in the barely-seen Parade’s End. Toby Jones probably even thought he had a chance for playing Alfred Hitchcock in the made-for-cable biopic The Girl.
It was, however, a pretty big upset when Laura Linney won Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie for The Big C. Nearly everyone figured that Jessica Lange was set for American Horror Story: Asylum–with the critics clamoring for Elisabeth Moss in the underseen Top of the Lake. Dueling MILFs Helen Mirren and Sigourney Weaver were pretty much shut out for, respectively, Phil Spector and Political Animals. Speaking of MILFs, new mother Anna Faris sure looked amazing as a serious blonde while stopping by the Emmys to present some awards and plug her new show Mom…. [photo via facebook]
And in the really big final categories, Breaking Bad won as Outstanding Drama Series, which is a bigger surprise than you’d think. Again, everyone thought the Emmy voters would wait until next year to hand out that honor, which left pretty good odds for Netflix’s House of Cards to shake up the industry. Downton Abbey, Mad Men, Game of Thrones, and Homeland might have won, too.
People were also expecting 30 Rock to close its final season with the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series–but Modern Family stole the trophy, while also denying Veep, Girls, Louie, and The Big Bang Theory. We’re thinking that Sarah Hyland is really that show’s secret weapon. She wasn’t nominated in the acting categories, but Sarah still had a winning night at the Emmys. You’ll be hearing a lot about both her sensational outfit and how Sarah has suddenly blossomed into a real sex bomb. Check her out for yourself–and understand why we’re suddenly excited about next year’s Emmys… [photo via facebook]