Sunday, Sept. 23 marked the 64th Annual Emmy Awards held at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, Cal. Jimmy Kimmel received hosting honors this year and started the show off with a pre-recorded comedic bit. Several of the nights’ female stars were seen getting ready in the bathroom when crying suddenly broke out in one of the nearby stalls. Christina Hendricks, Zooey Deschanel and Connie Britton all proceed to look for their fallen sister. Kathy Bates enters the room and punches down the bathroom stall to reveal an overly botoxed Jimmy Kimmel. The women in the bathroom proceed to punch Jimmy Kimmel’s face straight until he is presentable to host. You could tell that we were in for an entertaining night.
The night was dominated by three productions: ABC’s “Modern Family”, Showtime’s “Homeland” and HBO’s original movie “Game Change”.
“Modern Family” star Eric Stonestreet won Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. He was up against three other “Modern Family” stars. It was inevitable that “Modern Family” would win this award as they have dominated the Emmys since their show’s inception.
Julie Bowen, another member of the ensemble cast of “Modern Family”, won Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. She was up against cast mate Sofia Vergara.
“Even though Julie keeps winning all my awards, I am still very happy,” Vergara said after the show.
“Modern Family” creator Steve Levitan won the award for Outstanding Direction in a Comedy Series. “I want to thank me for hiring me as a director when no one else would,” Levitan said as he accepted his award. “I would not be standing here if I didn’t have faith in me.”
“Homeland”, Showtimes’s new breakout series, also won four Emmy awards during the night. Claire Danes won Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, while Damian Lewis won Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. “Homeland” also won an Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series Emmy.
HBO’s “Game Change” also took home four awards. This is probably one of the only times Sarah Palin will take some part of winning anything since her last “win” of being chosen as a vice-presidential candidate. The movie chronicles the times before and after Sarah Palin was chosen as John McCain’s running mate. Julianne Moore, who played Sarah Palin, took home the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie. The movie also took home awards for Outstanding Direction of a Miniseries or Movie and Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries or Movie.
The night was filled with several funny moments, including host Jimmy Kimmel’s plea to trick everyone who wasn’t watching the Emmys using social media. He urged everyone watching to post something along the lines of “OMG! Tracy Morgan just passed out on stage at the Emmys!” Tracy Morgan obligingly lay down onstage for a solid five to ten minutes.
Probably the funniest bit of the entire night was the “Modern Family” skit about the one actress none of them can stand working with. This cast member was none other than little Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, who plays the adopted daughter of the show’s gay couple Mitchell and Cameron. The skit included several insults directed at her cast mates as well as practical jokes that usually ended up in someone falling face-first in the pavement.
All in all, the Emmys was a night to remember. Several of television’s top stars showed up in their best attire (or what they thought was their best attire) and enjoyed a wonderful evening among fellow actors.