Though the Emmy Awards went into overtime last night, the lengthy ceremony did manage to offer more than a few great moments scattered throughout its three-plus hours. From a celebration of choreography, to some amusing acceptance speeches and a few great nods to TV's more memorable series this year, CBS's broadcast delivered more than just awards last night. For those who missed it or want to relive the highlights, here are some of the most memorable moments from this year's Emmys.
Nurse Jackie star Merritt Wever won the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy series, and rather than taking her time thanking everyone she's grateful for, she kept it short and sweet with, "Thank you so much. Um, I gotta go. Bye." Worst speech or best speech? That's debatable, but it was certainly memorable in its simplicity!
Choreography's normally a category celebrated at the Creative Emmy Awards, but it took center stage last night for a pretty fantastic dance routine that not only showed off the enormous talent of its nominees, but also showcased some of the shows being acknowledged at the Emmys this year. So points for begin on topic. I'd say that number should've opened the show, but it was a much welcomed bit of entertainment to rejuvenate us as the event approached its final hour.
Having already won his own award, it was really nice of Tony Hale to help Julia Louis-Dreyfus accept hers, not only by holding onto her clutch while she gave her speech, but also by reminding her to thank her family. Of course, he forgot to remind her to thank him!
All of the special tributes to TV personalities who passed away over the past year were truly heartfelt and a great way to bring attention to specific people who have left their mark on the industry. Edie Falco's tribute to The Sopranos star James Gandolfini was particularly moving, as she spoke about James Gandolfini the actor, and Jim, the man she was lucky enough to know for years.
Not only does Steven Soderbergh value his lead actors from Behind the Candelabra, but he understands the magic of a short and sweet acceptance speech. One of the least showy directors working, Soderbergh made the most of his brief time then got the hell offstage, with perfect timing the whole way.
Shut up, Nathan Fillion's gonna sing! Captain Hammer and Dr. Horrible back together in song and dance? Enough said. Also "vagina," that was said too, thanks to Sarah Silverman.
While the stage was flooded with hosts for a goofy segment about hosting, Kevin Spacey stole our attention away Francis Underwood-style, in a House of Cards-inspired bit that got the biggest laugh of the segment as he drawled about having been promised the hosting job before it went to someone else. The Emmys might not want to cross Kevin Spacey if they know what's good for them.
Behind the Candelabra was all about finding the actual love in the middle of a very weird gay relationship, but that didn't stop Michael Douglas from making a series of cheeky jokes about his co-star Matt Damon, none better than asking him "Do you want top or bottom?" when offering to share his Emmy statue. If they hadn't been so good in the movie the joke might have come across as homophobic, but after committing so well to their characters, Damon and Douglas earned some lowbrow joking around.
Ok, not technically part of the ceremony, Claire Danes' Audi commercial makes the list for its final moments, which ends with Danes hunched over in a bar. Some guy in the background (possibly draped in flannel) says, "Hey guys, I used to date that girl in high school," to which Danes responds, "Jordan?" Those of us who remember Claire Danes from her My So Called Life days likely appreciated that best, as Jordan Catalano was the dreamy slacker type that Danes' Angela Chase was hopelessly in love with. Would've been perfect if they'd actually gotten Jared Leto to appear in the ad, but the nod was great regardless. Jordanglena forever!
View the full list of Emmy winners here.