It’s an Emmy wrap!

By Kirstin Buick
23 September 2013

Weird beards, a dancing Nathan Fillion, shortest acceptance speech ever and satisfying wins – our TV blogger puts together her list of highlights of the Emmys.

Comedians Tina Fey and Amy Poehler heckle host Neil Patrick Harris
Picture credit: Elite Photo Agency

It was tribute after tribute after tribute at a far more sombre Emmys this year. Stars spoke about Hollywood people who’d died in the past year; some were really good: Jane Lynch’s piece about Glee co-star Cory Monteith was moving and I loved Edie Falco on The Sopranos co-star James Gandolfini, but just when I needed something lighter, host Neil Patrick Harris finally did a song and dance number which I was so sure he would open the awards with. And it was a lovely surprise to have Castle and Firefly’s Nathan Fillion and comedian Sarah Silverman join him.

I have to say it wasn’t my favourite Emmys ever, but there were memorable moments, and though Neil Patrick Harris didn’t quite live up to the huge expectation as host, he was fun and I would like to see him host again.

Here are my highlights:

Rewind and enjoy again moment: Those funny women Tina Fey and Amy Poehler wearing 3D glasses, eating popcorn and heckling host Neil Patrick Harris who they wanted to have “take off his pants and twerk”.

Cutest acceptance speech: I loved it when Julia Louis-Dreyfus went up to receive her Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series award as her Veep character, vice-president Selina Meyer, with Tony Hale (who won Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy) also in character as Selina’s assistant, Gary, right behind her. I cracked up watching him holding her bag and reminding her who to thank and feeding her lines. And it was a lovely touch having their co-star Anna Chlumsky in the audience doing her bit in character by furiously texting as they were on stage. Nice!

Best speech: It’s hard not to love Merritt Wever’s speech after winning for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Zoey in Nurse Jackie. What did she say? “Thank you so much. I gotta go. Bye.” She explained afterwards that she was nervous. “I know I wanted to thank a lot of people. I don’t know . . . I’m scared because it was unexpected, so I don't know how I feel yet. I mean, I have therapy next week,” she told EOnline.

Funniest speech: Michael Douglas after winning the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie award for playing Liberace in Behind the Candelabra, who shouted out to co-star Matt Damon, “Matt, you deserve half of this. You want the bottom or the top?”

Nathan Fillion, Neil Patrick Harris and Sarah Silverman during the dance number.
Picture credit: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP/AAI/Fotostock SA

Why we need more Nathan Fillion moments: It was just delightful when The Castle actor sang “you can’t spell cameo without me” when he and Sarah Silverman joined host Neil Patrick Harris for what the How I Met Your Mother actor called the “completely arbitrary number in the middle of the show”.

Yay and no award: Breaking Bad deserved its Outstanding Drama Series Emmy, but it’s a mystery why star Bryan Cranston didn’t win one too – after all, the terrifying, hypnotic corruption of Walter White’s soul is the dark heart of the series. Instead Jeff Daniels won and he rocks as Will in The Newsroom but he was no Walter White this year.

Most satisfying win: It was wonderful seeing Anna Gunn win the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category for her role as Walter White's wife, Skyler, in Breaking Bad. Her character is one fans love to hate, even though she hasn’t broken nearly as bad as her husband. The actress wrote an insightful opinion piece on fans’ reaction to Skyler in the New York Times, I Have a Character Issue.

LEFT: A bearded Jon Hamm and partner Jennifer Westfeldt. Picture credit: Elite Photo Agency. RIGHT: Homeland actor Damian Lewis and wife Helen McCrory. The actor sported a newly shaved look.
Picture credit: Elite Photo Agency

Strangest distraction: Damian Lewis’ shaved head (it’s for a role in a World War 2 drama he’s filming while on a break from Homeland); it felt as if the cameras kept finding it. And Mad Men star Jon Hamm’s fully, woolly beard (which just seems to be a new look).

Claire, Olivia, Claire award: Congrats to Claire Danes for winning Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series award; I adore her as CIA agent Carrie but I really thought it was going to be Kerry Washington’s year as she was just so mesmerising as Olivia in The Fixer (or Scandal if you prefer).

Claire Danes accepts her award for Best Actress for her role in Homeland
Picture credit: Lester Cohen/Getty Images/Gallo Images

Best cast activity: The How I Met Your Mother cast’s funny intervention for Neil Patrick Harris for “excessive hosting disorder” which needs to be treated at the “Ryan Seacrest Centre for Excessive Hosting”.

Oh look, it’s Oprah award: The Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series nominees were each introduced in a short video and Jimmy Kimmel had Oprah yell out their names then push them off-screen. A cute surprise, I thought.

Now I am ready to watch comedian Joan Rivers and co give their biting views of the Emmy fashion on Fashion Police: The 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards on Wednesday at 9 pm on E! (channel 124).

- Natalie Cavernelis

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