Without the star power of the Oscars and the energetic musical interludes of the Grammys, the Emmys sometimes seem like the red-headed stepchild of the awards ceremonies. But that's why they're so much fun.
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Like a red-headed stepchild, the Emmys need things to be explained many times before they catch on. Take The Daily Show, for instance. Pretty much everybody knows it's a great show and has been for some time. So does the Emmys which is why the show has won Outstanding Variety Series for ten years in a row.
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Also like a red-headed stepchild, the Emmys need to make a scene sometimes. This year, it was Tracey Morgan's turn to be the center of attention. With the help of host Jimmy Kimmel and ostensibly under the auspices of getting better ratings, Morgan pretended to pass out on stage about half way through the show. Kimmel told the audience to tweet about it, but nobody seemed to make too big a deal about it.
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But -- and we're really stretching the metaphor now -- like a red-headed stepchild, the Emmys stop short of being too noticeable. The dresses on the red carpet look nice, but nobody arrived in a giant translucent egg being carried by men in loin cloths. People had a good time, but we doubt any of the stars will show up too drunk to get through the door at the after party.
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Inevitably, all that matters after any awards show is the list of winners. And pictures of celebrities looking silly, like this sweet shot of Tom Hanks with a pencil-thin moustache.
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Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
Writing For A Comedy Series: Louie, Pregnant
Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series: Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Guest Actress In A Comedy Series: Kathy Bates, Two and a Half Men
Guest Actor In A Comedy Series: Jimmy Fallon, Saturday Night Live
Directing For A Comedy Series: Steven Levitan, Modern Family
Lead Actor In A Comedy Series: Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men
Lead Actress In A Comedy Series: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Reality-Competition Program: The Amazing Race
Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Program: Tom Bergeron, Dancing With the Stars
Supporting Actor In A Drama Series: Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Writing For A Drama Series: Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon & Gideon Raff, Homeland
Supporting Actress In A Drama Series: Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Guest Actress In A Drama Series: Martha Plimpton, The Good Wife
Guest Actor In A Drama Series: Jeremy Davies, Justified
Directing For A Drama Series: Tim Van Patten, Boardwalk Empire
Lead Actor In A Drama Series: Damian Lewis, Homeland
Lead Actress In A Drama Series: Claire Danes, Homeland
Writing For A Variety Special: Louis C.K. Live at the Beacon Theatre, Louis C.K.
Directing For A Variety Special: Glenn Weiss, 65th Annual Tony Awards
Outstanding Variety Series: The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or A Movie: Jessica Lange, American Horror Story
Supporting Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie: Tom Berenger, Hatfields & McCoys
Writing for a Miniseries Or A Movie: Danny Strong, Game Change
Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie: Julianne Moore, Game Change
Directing For a Miniseries Or A Movie: Jay Roach, Game Change
Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie: Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys
Miniseries or Movie: Game Change
Outstanding Drama Series: Homeland
Outstanding Comedy Series: Modern Family