‘65th Primetime Emmy Awards’ winners and performances!
TV’s most loved stars took over the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles today for the ‘65th Primetime Emmy Awards,’ hosted by the hilarious Neil Patrick Harris.
‘Nurse Jackie’ actress Merritt Weaver received the first gong of the night and certainly made a statement with her short and sharp acceptance speech. The Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series winner stood behind the mic and meekly said, “Oh, my God, thank you. Thanks so much. Thank you so much. I’ve got to go. Bye.”
“Merritt Weaver, best speech ever,” joked Neil Patrick Harris afterwards. “Good luck to everyone else.”
Shortly after, Jimmy Kimmel and Sofia Vergara presented the award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series to Jim Parsons for ‘The Big Bang Theory,’ while Julia Louis Dreyfus picked up the Lead Actress gong for her role as Selina Meyer in ‘Veep.’ The former ‘Seinfeld’ star beat heavy-hitters Tina Fey, Lena Dunham, Edie Falco, Laura Dern and Amy Poehler for the award.
Taking to the Emmys stage for the very first time, Sir Elton John was introduced by ‘Behind the Candelabra’ stars Matt Damon and Michael Douglas to perform his new single, ‘Home Again.’ Dressed in a sparkling royal blue suit jacket and sitting behind his grand piano, the star talked about he and Bernie Taupin’s inspiration for the track before launching into the beautifully melodic piano opener. The star was joined by full backing band complete with a horn section and chorus.
In the second half of the show, after a poignant introduction by Don Cheadle, Carrie Underwood performed a moving rendition of The Beatles classic ‘Yesterday,’ in honour of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of US President John F. Kennedy.
Throughout the night, Neil Patrick Harris showed off his musical side by launching into several flamboyant numbers, including an homage to nominated shows, ‘Mad Men,’ ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘American Horror Story,’ ‘Boardwalk Empire,’ ‘The Big Bang Theory’ and ‘Breaking Bad,’ as well as a ‘Number in the Middle of the Show’ where he was joined by Sarah Silverman and Nathan Fillion.
With the deaths of Cory Monteith and James Gandolfini having rocked Hollywood this year, it was only fitting that the Emmys paid tribute to the passing of both stars. ‘Glee’ actress Jane Lynch presented a touching tribute to her co-star Cory, describing him as having “a genuine sweetness that made it impossible not to fall in love with him.”
Later on in the show, Edie Falco spoke of her ‘Sopranos’ co-star’s “tremendous warmth” and “heart,” revealing that he was a “uniquely generous” man who she described as being “uncomfortable with the attention he got.” Falco said that she was proud to know “Jim, the man” as well as the actor.
‘Homeland’ actress Claire Danes scooped the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series and after thanking the cast and crew of the hit show, the star went on to thank her husband Hugh Dancy “for making me so happy so I can be entirely unhappy in the land of make-believe.”
Michael Douglas beat out his ‘Behind the Candelabra’ co-star Matt Damon to pick up his first ever Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Mini Series or Movie. Douglas, who played musical icon Liberace, took the opportunity to thank Damon saying: “The only reason I’m standing here is because of you, so I only deserve half of this.”
The actor then quipped: “Do you want the bottom or the top?”
‘Behind the Candelabra’ also picked up the award for Outstanding Mini Series or Movie as well as receiving eight other gongs.
Will Ferrell who claimed he’d been called up “45 minutes ago” to present the final two awards, brought his three kids to the stage in lieu of finding childcare at the last minute.
The ‘Anchorman’ star presented ‘Modern Family’ with the prestigious award for Outstanding Comedy Series and ‘Breaking Bad’ with the gong for Outstanding Drama Series.
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