So after all the hype, last night saw the Primetime Emmys dished out for the 59th time. Some of the results were expected, some less so while all eyes were on Ryan Seacrest in his first time hosting the event. The theatre-in-the-round stage proved unpopular, but here at TV Scoop we give you the inside scoop on the events: who embarrassed themselves, who made it all look effortlessly easy and who wants to join Desperate Housewives? It’s all in our speeches round-up.
Host Ryan Seacrest used his opening speech to mock his own role as MC: “There are over 6,000 people here tonight. All of them talented, all of them looking incredible, all of them passed on hosting this year” while also making time to include TV hot property Hayden Panetierre (Claire Bennet in Heroes): “Congratulations on turning 18. My gift to you – seating you as far away as possible from Jeremy Piven.”
Winner of best supporting actress in a drama, Katherine Heigl first took to the stage to co-present an award with Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights) only to have her surname mispronounced by the telecast announcer. Before getting down to her presenting duties, she jokingly corrected the error – hi-gell not hi-jell. When announced as the winner in her category she visibly exclaimed “S**t!” and when she finally shimmied her way to the stage revealed: “My own mother told me I didn’t have a shot in hell of winning tonight…but she’s a really big supporter, she does love me.”
Shortly afterwards, the Conan O’Brien team won and writer Mike Sweeney joked: “I do have a speech, because Katherine Heigl’s mother said we would win.”
On the subject of the stage, Jon Stewart mocked: “What a great show … this part of the audience has seen tonight.”
Winner of best supporting actor in a drama, Terry O’Quinn revealed his career ambition: “Sometimes when we’re rolling around in the jungle, in the mud, and we’re hitting each other and stabbing each other and shooting each other, and they’re pouring on the blood and turning on the sprinklers, I wonder what it would be like to bake up a sheet of cookies on Wisteria Lane…and get one of their checks.”
Winning the award for best supporting actor in a comedy series for the second consecutive year, famed ego Jeremy Piven sent up his own image: “I want to thank our entire crew. I don’t know any of their names.”
America Ferrara and Jaime Pressly were typically sweet and emotional, as first-time winners, while best dramatic actor James Spader knew that he was the underdog: “I feel like I just stole a pile of money from the mob, and they’re all sitting right over there.” Like Jon Stewart he was not a fan of the stage: “I’ve been to thousands and thousands of concerts in my life, and I can tell you, these are the worst seats I have ever had.”
Tina Fey picked up the best comedy series award for 30 Rock and thanked the “dozens and dozens of viewers” the little-seen show has, while David Chase claimed that the biggest perk of his time on The Sopranos was “working with this cast.”
However, the most talked about speech is sure to be that of Sally Field’s. The winner for best dramatic actress, the three-time winner used the occasion to make a political stand against the war in Iraq. Interesting that network Fox experienced a black-out during this potentially controversial moment. Take a look at the video below and the unsubtle censorship at work.
Backstage the actor responsible for Paulie Walnuts, Sopranos star Tony Sirico refused to hold back when questioned on co-star James Gandolfini losing out to James Spader in the best dramatic actor category: “I think it was a shame…He should’ve won tonight. I speak for Jimmy when I say he can handle it.”
Let’s hope so. It was his last chance as Big T after all.Join TVScoop on Facebook for exclusive competitions and gossip