“Well, this may be the saddest Emmys of all time,” quipped the producer of Modern Family when the took the stage alongside the cast to collect their fourth Emmy for Best Comedy Series in a row. Deeming the Emmy Awards depressing was a popular sentiment. But even though the pomp and circumstance was interrupted with sad tributes to televisions stars who recently passed away, there were some hilarious, touching, and totally memorable moments.
Check out the five best and most memorable moments from the 2013 Emmy Awards right here:
Breaking Bad Winning Big 1 of 5
One of the most talked about, and critically acclaimed shows EVER is AMC's Breaking Bad. The show winds up its heart-pounding, intense, and addictive narrative next Sunday.
"The ending is perfect," Bryan Cranston said of the series finale. "Unapologetic. It is perfect Breaking Bad." And the show is, indeed, going out with a bang. They won the most coveted award of the night, they received the Emmy for the most outstanding drama series.
"Holy crap! I did not see this coming," said the show's creator Vince Gilligan, and frankly neither did we. Although Ann Gunn won for the Most Outstanding Lead Actress for her role in Breaking Bad, neither Bryan Cranston nor Aaron Paul were deemed winners. The surprise and the pure joy on the faces of the cast and show creators was worth the wait, since it was the last award of the night.
Edie Falco’s Tribute 2 of 5
There was a very somber element to this year's Emmy Awards. Throughout the program, they stopped the singing, the dancing, and the award-giving to pay tribute to television stars who had passed away during the year. There was the controversial tribute to Cory Monteith and a uncharacteristically calm Robin Williams speaking of his "icon" Jonathan Winters, but the one that got me was Edie Falco's speech about her on-screen husband, the actor James Gandolfini.
As she spoke about her Sopranos co-star and his generous spirit, the camera zoomed into her face which was on the verge of tears, and it was hard not to be touched by her lovely words to a dear friend and co-star. "You all knew James Gandolfini the actor, I was lucky enough to know Jim the man," Edie Falco said. "It's Jim the man I will miss most of all."
Will Ferrell 3 of 5
The best moment of the night? Hands down it had to be when Will Ferrell hit the stage wearing shorts and a T-shirt accompanied by his three sons. And yes, those were his real life sons; Magnus, 9; Mattias, 6; and Axel, 3.
"Unfortunately, Helen Mirren and Maggie Smith dropped out at the last second and they called me literally 45 minutes ago and I couldn't find child care, OK?" Ferrell said from the stage. "We had a soccer game, there was a neighbor's birthday party, a nut allergy, I didn't have time to do my hair — it doesn't matter, it's great to be here."
And the kids did a great job making their stage debut in front of millions.
Veep! 4 of 5
This was the second Emmy Award win in a row for Julia Louis-Dreyfus for her role on Veep. And her acceptance speech wasn't of your regular old "thank you," she made it into a "bit."
As she went to the stage she was joined by her Veep co-star Tony Hale (who won an Emmy earlier in the show). The two fell into their Veep characters of Selina Meyer and Gary Walsh. Hale held her handbag as she gave her speech with him occasionally whispering cues into her ear. They played it perfectly.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus came up with the idea while she was in the shower that morning. "It was like a lightning bolt, it just struck me," Louis-Dreyfus told the Wall Street Journal's Speakeasy. "I called Tony this afternoon and he was game, all I had to do was win."
And win she did!
Best Emmy Speech EVER 5 of 5
While most of the people who won an Emmy went beyond the allotted time and were being drowned out by music as their cue to stop talking, Nurse Jackie's Merritt Wever kept it short and sweet, VERY short. Just eleven words in total.
Wever seemed to be caught completely off guard when she took to the stage and said, "Thanks so much. Thank you so much. I gotta go. Bye."
She expanded a bit backstage. "I wanted to thank everyone at Showtime, and most of all Edie Falco. And people at Showtime. I'm scared, honestly, because it was unexpected. I mean, I have therapy next week," reports USA TODAY.
Still, it was such a great honest reaction. So not Hollywood.
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