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everything you wanted to know about the emmys

"gotta go. bye."

by: rebecca willa davis

September 23 2013

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The good, the bad, and the ugly is probably the easiest way to describe last night's Emmy Awards. There were plenty of surprises, a few laugh out loud lines, and then a lot of really boring, really predictable, and really weird moments.

Here's what you need to know:

Who Won:
Breaking Bad finally won for Best Dramatic Series. And it seems like Skyler White--aka Anna Gunn--can finally silence the haters with an Emmy win for Best Supporting Actress. Modern Family won for, like, the millionth time (OK, the fourth time, but whatever). And The Colbert Report broke The Daily Show's long-running streak to nab the Best Variety Series statue.

Who Lost:
Girls came away empty-handed, after sweeping in all the categories it was nominated for at the Golden Globes. Netflix did not dominate the night--only House of Cards got a win, for David Fincher as Best Director of a Dramatic Series.

Who We Loved:
Kevin Spacey needs to be every awards show from now on; after the actor "interrupted" Neil Patrick Harris' opening (as Frank Underwood, natch), he then flicked away a camera that was randomly zooming in on him during someone's acceptance speech. It was really funny, promise.

We were stoked when Tony Hale (aka Buster!) won for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy series. But then he totally stole the show when he followed Julia Louis-Dreyfus onstage as if she was Selina Meyer, held her purse, and whispered reminders into her ear as she gave her acceptance speech for winning Best Actress in a Comedy Series. It was way funnier than any jokes Neil Patrick Harris made.

Merritt Wever was so shocked when she won Best Supporting Actress for Nurse Jackie that she could barely get any words out. Her acceptance speech? "Thank you so much. I gotta go. Bye." Best. Speech.Ever.

Will Ferrell as...Will Ferrell. Pretty sure he was wearing Crocs onstage while he was presenting the award for Best Comedy Series, which is pretty much all you need to know.

What Was Weird:
Claire Danes crashing Lena Dunham's E! red carpet moment. We know, we know, they're "friends"--but would a friend steal your thunder, even when it's just a one-on-one with Ryan Seacrest? Say hello inside, duh. (Although I'm gonna get T-shirts with the phrase "Seacrest out!" printed.)

There were choreographed interpretive dance routines based on the nominated shows. Why? Really unclear. But we'd be fine with never seeing another pop'n'lock-as-Breaking Bad dance again.

As we've come to expect from awards shows, there was an in memoriam section, which had the usual awkward applause that ebbed and flowed according to the popularity of the person being flashed on screen. But there were also in-depth speeches for a few select people sprinkled throughout the night, and it just kind of made the whole evening feel like a downer. Yes, it's sad that people connected to TV passed away this year, but why give special treatment to some? Or make it be a focal point? Not to be that person, but let's celebrate LIFE!

There was all this Twitter talk about a strange Elton John song and Beatles tribute. Not gonna lie: This was around the time I switched over to Breaking Bad. And you know what? I don't feel guilty, because from the YouTube clips I've seen it looked preeeeetty awkward.

What Made Us Excited For The Next Big Awards Show:
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler said that they had been invited to return as hosts for the Golden Globes--and that they were considering. Um, yes please!


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