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The Straight Dope: The 61st Primetime Emmy Awards

September 21st, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

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There weren’t exactly any big shockers at the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards that aired last night, well, besides learning that the sight of a pale, aging Jon Cryer standing alongside an overly fake-tan Hayden Penettiere to present the award for best reality show host, is enough to scare small children.

Was there any question whether Mad Men was going to win for best drama? Or whether 30 Rock would win best comedy? Tina Fey summed up the general mood of the event when she accepted that award (which her show has won for three straight years now) on behalf of the cast and crew of 30 Rock, saying, sarcastically, “That was a real nail biter”.

As usual, it was a mind-numbing telecast, but at least one person seemed to be enjoying himself; the host, Neil Patrick Harris. It was the culmination of what’s been one of the most surprising career revivals this side of John Travolta. He cheerfully emceed the festivities coasting through gags, both good (referring to a dance step in the opening musical number saying “That was a torn-ACL”) and bad. The worst of which involved checking in with a young woman who had “the worst” seat in the house, to which Harris quipped,”We’ll get you a new seat, Barbie. That’s a terrible seat and a great sight gag.”

Throughout the night, several of winners, including The Daily Show host Jon Stewart, took time out from their speeches to congratulate Harris on his hosting duties.

mattweinerMatt Weiner (pictured left), the series creator and writer of Mad Men, who weathered through tense negotiations with Lionsgate over the terms of his contract before season three aired, was one of the big winners of the night, as the AMC series received awards for best drama and best drama writing.

In his acceptance speech for the writing award he said, “I’m the only person in this room with complete freedom.” Addressing writers who are just starting out, he said, “Hang in there. And if you look down the road and see one of these people at Starbucks on the laptops it’s probably us.”

Surprisingly, Weiner’s speech did not include a reference to the Kanye West/Taylor Swift incident which was by far the most popular joke of the night. Harris referred to it in his opening monologue, saying, “I’m here to ensure everything runs smoothly. Here’s hoping Kanye West likes 30 Rock.” And Ken Howard, who won the best supporting actor trophy for his role in the HBO mini-series Grey Gardens said, “I will make my speech as brief as possible in the hope that it won’t be interrupted by a congressman or a rapper.”

Finally, in what was one reference too many, Justin Timberlake, in his speech to accept the award for guest-starring role in a comedy, said to fellow winner Tina Fey, “I’ma let you finish.” Enough already! Here’s hoping the reference will be retired when the Golden Globes come around.

Full List of winners:

DRAMA SERIES
Mad Men (AMC)

COMEDY SERIES
30 Rock (NBC)

ACTOR, DRAMA SERIES
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad (AMC)

ACTRESS, DRAMA SERIES
Glenn Close, Damages (FX)

ACTRESS, COMEDY SERIES
Toni Collette, United States of Tara (Showtime)

ACTOR, COMEDY SERIES
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock (NBC)

SUPPORTING ACTOR, DRAMA SERIES
Michael Emerson, Lost (ABC)

SUPPORTING ACTRESS, DRAMA SERIES
Cherry Jones, 24 (Fox)

SUPPORTING ACTOR, COMEDY SERIES
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men (CBS)

SUPPORTING ACTRESS, COMEDY SERIES
Kristin Chenoweth, Pushing Daisies (ABC)

WRITING FOR A COMEDY SERIES
Matt Hubbard, “Reunion”, 30 Rock (NBC)

WRITING FOR A DRAMA
Kater Gordon, Matthew Weiner, “Meditations In An Emergency”, Mad Men (AMC)

WRITING FOR A VARIETY, MUSIC OR COMEDY SERIES
Steve Bodow, Jon Stewart, David Javerbaum, Josh Lieb, Rory Albanese, Kevin Bleyer, Jason Ross, Tim Carvell, John Oliver, Sam Means, Rob Kutner, J.R. Havlan, Rich Blomquist, Wyatt Cenac, Elliott Kalan, Rachel Axler, The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (Comedy Central)

WRITING FOR A MINISERIES, MOVIE OR A DRAMATIC SPECIAL
Andrew Davies, Little Dorrit (PBS)

DIRECTING FOR A MINISERIES, MOVIE OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL
Dearbhla Walsh, “Part 1″, Little Dorrit – “Part 1″ (PBS)

DIRECTING FOR A VARIETY, MUSIC OR COMEDY SERIES
Bruce Gowers, “The Final Three”, American Idol (Fox)

ORIGINAL MUSIC AND LYRICS
“Hugh Jackman Opening Number”, 81st Annual Academy Awards (ABC)

VARIETY, MUSIC OR COMEDY SERIES
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (Comedy Central)

DIRECTING FOR A DRAMA SERIES
Rod Holcomb, “And In The End”, ER (NBC)

DIRECTING FOR A COMEDY SERIES
Jeff Blitz, The Office (NBC)

REALITY HOST
Jeff Probst, Survivor (CBS)

REALITY COMPETITION PROGRAM
The Amazing Race (CBS)

REALITY PROGRAM
Intervention (A&E)

MADE FOR TELEVISION MOVIE
Grey Gardens (HBO)

ACTOR, MINISERIES OR A MOVIE
Brendan Gleeson, Into the Storm (HBO)

ACTRESS, MINISERIES OR A MOVIE
Jessica Lange, Grey Gardens (HBO)

SUPPORTING ACTRESS, MINISERIES OR A MOVIE
Shohreh Aghdashloo, House of Saddam (BBC/HBO)

SUPPORTING ACTOR, MINISERIES OR A MOVIE
Ken Howard, Grey Gardens (HBO)

MINISERIES
Little Dorrit (PBS)

GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Tina Fey, Saturday Night Live (NBC)

GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Justin Timberlake, Saturday Night Live (NBC)

GUEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Michael J. Fox, Rescue Me (FX)

GUEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Ellen Burstyn, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC)

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