The best of the best on the small screen gather tonight for the 2014 Emmy Awards. With Late Night's Seth Meyers at the helm, the evening is sure to be a big comical success. Heading into the evening Game Of Thrones rules the world with 19 total nods, followed by Fargo (18), American Horror Story: Coven (17), Breaking Bad (16) and The Normal Heart (16). Even if you have never watched every single show up for hardware, the evening should be plenty exciting!
Presenters include: Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert, Halle Berry, Bryan Cranston, Viola Davis, Gwen Stefani, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Woody Harrelson, Julianna Margulies, Matthew McConaughey, Jim Parsons, Amy Poehler, Julia Roberts and Kerry Washington.
Good luck tonight, @SethMeyers! If you get nervous, just picture everyone naked. Based on the outfits at the VMAs, it shouldn't be hard.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) August 25, 2014
Billy Crystal and singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles are set to pay tribute to the late Robin Williams. (Go ahead and break out those boxes of tissues you've been saving for cold season.)
The 2014 Emmy Awards go live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles and will be broadcast on NBC at 8/7c. Keep your eyes glued to this space as we here at Popdust dig into the evening's events.
Expert beauty tip: prepare for the Emmys by enjoying some huevos rancheros and allowing your hair to marinate in its own natural oils
— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) August 25, 2014
The live blog begins now!
[8:00] Seth, Seth, Seth (grinning ear to ear) swaggers out onto the stage, looking as dashing ever, ever. Monday night in August, "which means the Emmys are about to be canceled." CUE JOKE ABOUT VMAS...and how MTV no longer shows music videos. Ha.
"Jokes are like nominees. They can't all be winners," he quips, before segueing to talk about the night's biggest nominees.
[8:03] Seth talks about giving writers credit, "but they are too far away from them to hear me."
"Every here just sits and waits for the pills to kicked in. Tonight, we're all crazy eyes." (Cue OITNB fan-girling now!)
[8:06] Netflix=The younger, more hip version of cable. "Cable looks at Netflix like Justin Bieber does at One Direction, through a cloud of marijuana smoke." I can't even.
"TV has always been the booty call of entertainment."
[8:09] Amy Poehler (aka Beyonce) takes the stage to present the first honor of the evening. Best Supporting Actor In A Comedy....Ty Burrell in Modern Family! (Yes, looks like that show's gonna sweep again tonight...how exciting...)
He thanks his wife, because "she's super pretty." Ok, he wins at life.
[8:16] Zooey Deschanel (who's that girl? It's JESS!) and Allison Williams (otherwise known as the new Peter Pan) take the stage to intro Outstanding Writing In A Comedy Series... Louis CK for Louie!
[8:18] Jimmy Kimmel (who invited this guy?!) is up next to present. Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy...Allison Janney for Mom!
This is her sixth career win! Congrats!
"I'm hoping this season I'll be incontinent," she laughs, because she's everyone's mom and grandma. Heh.
[8:27] Hayden Panettiere (rockin' her baby bump) invites Uzo Aduba to hand out Outstanding Directing For A Comedy... Gail Mancuso for directing the "Vegas" episode of Modern Family! (Yes, I told you so. Sweep, sweep, sweep)
It's her second win in this category! She attempts to not make eye contact with Matthew McConaughey. Heh. I couldn't NOT do that, lbr.
Aww, she honors her parents for "giving her a great life."
[8:33] Billy On The Street! Last week, Seth hit the streets in NYC to play "For A Dollar." Ha. I love these shenanigans.
[8:36] Bryan Cranston and Julia Louis Dreyfus present Outstanding Actor In A Comedy...Jim Parson in The Big Bang Theory! Yup. Hot nerd.
"I see people doing things I wouldn't do," he says, in his adorable way.
[8:43] Jimmy Fallon (yes, OK, this is the guy) presents Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy...Julia Louis-Dreyfus for her work in Veep!
She's had 18 nominations in her career and 5 wins! Woohoo!
Side note: she looks stunning in that red dress.
[8:47] Mindy Kaling and John Mulaney hand out Outstanding Reality Competition...The Amazing Race!
This is the show's 10th win. Can we retire it now, please?! I didn't realize people still watched it. Oop.
[8:55] Seth takes some time to answer questions about how the Emmys work. Melissa McCarthy (EEEEEEEE) has a parking question. She parked on the curb. "Will I be towed? Even if I left a note that say, 'Happy Emmys. Don't tow me!'" She name checks Edie Falco, who told her she'd be ok parking there. Ha.
[8:57] "It's time for a genre change!" Allison Janey and Octavia Spencer (both looking bootylicious and joke about The Help 2! YES PLEASE!) hand out Outstanding Writing In Mini-Series...Steven Moffat for Sherlock!
Outstanding Actress In A Drama...Kathy Bates in American Horror Story: Coven! YASSSS. Congrats!
[I was mesmerized by her speech.]
[9:06] Stephen Colbert presents Outstanding Supporting Actor In A TV Miniseries Or Movie...Martin Freeman in Sherlock: His Last Vow!
[9:10] Kate Walsh and Scott Bakula intro Outstanding Directing In A TV Miniseries Or Movie...Colin Bucksey for directing "Buridan's Ass" episode of Fargo!
So many simple, sincere speeches tonight! Love it! No drama here.
[9:16] Amy Poehler is back with Seth Meyers are intro'ing Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson (to present). Amy and Seth try to give the best intro possible, make some pretty hilarious vulgar jokes. They are coming pretty rapidly. Wait for video for this!
Matthew & Woody tip-toe out to hand out Outstanding Lead Actor In A TV Miniseries Or Movie....Benedict Cumberbatch in Sherlock: His Last Vow! And he's not there to accept. Boo.
[9:25] Leiv Schreiber and Kerry Washington (!!!) hand out Outstanding Lead Actress In a TV Miniseries Or Movie...Jessica Lange for her unrivaled work in American Horror Story: Coven!
This is her third Emmy win! "I'm profoundly surprised by this," she says sweetly. "I don't know what to say. Thank you, thank you, thank you very much."
[9:27] Andy Sandberg joins Seth onstage. "Let me be the first to say what an honor it is to be co-hosting the Emmys with you!" Andy quips. Heh. Then it's time to revamp some modern theme songs. And yes, it's Weird Al Yankovic! He's doing a Mad Men remix, then Scandal (love), Homeland, Modern Family, and Game Of Thrones!
(Is it just me...but shouldn't that have been funnier?) #wordcrimes
[9:32] Lena Headey takes the stage in an elegant black gown to had out Outstanding TV Miniseries...Fargo!
Noah Holley is accepting the award on behalf of the cast and crew.
[9:40] Juliana Margulies (the only person from ER to ever amount to anything) hands out Outstanding TV Movie...The Normal Heart!
Ryan Murphy accepts the award. He gives a truly tearful speech. "After 30 years, it took the super powers of Erin Brockovich and the Incredible Hulk" to get the movie made. Heh.
[9:43] Rickery Gervais!!! What a man. He presents Outstanding Writing For A Variety Special....Sarah Silverman for Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles!
[9:51] Key & Peele take the stage. "We are seasoned improvisors." They instruct to have the teleprompter turned off. "Let's wing it." Now awkwardness as they talk over each other. Eek.
[9:53] Chris Hardwick (I NEED TALKING DEAD NOW) talks quickly about internet trolls. "They provide a public service to everyone in this room."
Outstanding Directing In A Variety Series...Glenn Weiss for his work on the 67th Annual Tony Awards.
[9:56] Gwen Stefani and Adam Levine up now! They hand out Outstanding Variety Series...The Colbert Report!
[10:04] Sofia Vergara (in an ooo la la kind of dress) invites Bruce Rosenblum to the stage. He talks about he impact of TV on culture. He instructs Sofia to stand on a rotating platform. As he blah blah blah speaks, Sofie begins to spin, flaunting her ass-ets. (Yea, couldn't help that corny joke).
"It's all about giving our audience something compelling to watch," says Bruce.
[10:06] Lucy Liu saunters out onto the stage. She presents Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama...Aaron Paul in Breaking Bad! This is his third Emmy win! So deserved!
"Oh uh. I feel like I'm going to throw up," he begins. He misses work already.
[10:11] Cut to black. An orchestra begins. There's Sara Bareilles pouring her heart into Nat King Cole's "Smile." In Memoriam.
Paul Walker (TEARS). Kasey Kasem (NO). Ann B. Davis (Please god). Philip Seymour Hoffman (Chills). David Brenner. Shirley Temple. Mickey Rooney. Marcia Wallace. Maya Angelou. Robin freaking Williams. I NEED TISSUES NOW...
I hate being reminded of all the greats we lost this year.
Billy Crystal takes the stage to honor Robin Williams. Incredibly touching speech. "He made us laugh, big time."
"It's so hard to talk about him in the past, because he was so present in our lives," he continues. Then some of Robin's best work splashes across the screen. He was truly a great man.
[10:24] Debra Messing and Jim Parsons team up and hand out Outstanding Directing In A Drama Series...Cary Joji Fukunaga for his work on the "Who Goes There" episode of True Detective!
"You're gonna need a broom to sweep up all the names I'm gonna drop." Yup. He was write. He got his start on a Destiny's Child video. Wow.
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama...Anna Gunn in Breaking Bad! This is her second win!
"The baddest and best person and scene partner," she says pointing to Bryan Cranston. Aww.
[10:33] Katherine Heigl hands out Outstanding Guest Actor/Actress In Drama (which were announced at the Creative Arts Emmys)
Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series...Moira Walley-Beckett for writing the "Ozymandias" episode of Breaking Bad!
[10:37] Viola Davis presents Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama...Julianna Margulies in The Good Wife! (Yes, sounds about right tonight)
"What a wonderful time for women on television," she starts.
[10:45] Seth gives it up for Sara and her stunning performance.
Julia Roberts (looking gorgeous) hands out Outstanding Actor In A Drama...Bryan Cranston in Breaking Bad! (Because duh, who else would it be?)
"Even I thought about voting for Matthew," he quips. "My own family nicknamed me Sneaky Pete."
On acting: "I will do it until my last breath."
[10:50] Jay Leno (again, why.) hands out Outstanding Comedy Series...Modern Family!
This is their fifth consecutive win!!! They'll never lose!!!
[10:56] Halle Berry hands out Outstanding Drama Series...Breaking Bad! They win the night!
The winners are as follows:
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Lizzy Caplan, Masters of Sex
Kerry Washington, Scandal
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife—WINNER!
Claire Danes, Homeland
Robin Wright, House of Cards
OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad—WINNER!
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Woody Harrelson, True Detective
Matthew McConaughey, True Detective
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad—WINNER!
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey
Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad—WINNER!
Jim Carter, Downton Abbey
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Josh Charles, The Good Wife
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
Jon Voight, Ray Donovan
OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Margo Martindale, The Americans
Diana Rigg, Game of Thrones
Kate Mara, House of Cards
Allison Janney, Masters of Sex—WINNER!
Jane Fonda, The Newsroom
Kate Burton, Scandal
OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Paul Giamatti, Downton Abbey
Dylan Baker, The Good Wife
Reg E Cathey, House of Cards
Robert Morse, Mad Men
Beau Bridges, Masters of Sex
Joe Morton, Scandal—WINNER!
OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A DRAMA SERIES
Boardwalk Empire -- Farewell Daddy Blues" (Tim Van Patten)
Breaking Bad -- "Felina" (Vince Gilligan)
Downton Abbey -- "Episode 1" (David Evans)
Game Of Thrones -- "The Watchers on the Wall" (Neil Marshall)
House Of Cards -- "Chapter 14" (Carl Franklin)
True Detective" -- "Who Goes There" (Cary Joji Fukunaga)—WINNER!
OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A DRAMA SERIES
Breaking Bad" -- "Ozymandias" (Moira Walley-Beckett)—WINNER!
Breaking Bad -- Felina" (Vince Gilligan)
Game of Thrones -- "The Children" (David Benioff and D.B. Weiss)
House of Cards -- "Chapter 14" (Beau Willimon)
True Detective -- "The Secret Fate of All Life" (Nic Pizzolatto)
The Big Bang Theory
Orange Is the New Black
OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Lena Dunham, Girls
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep—WINNER!
Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
Taylor Schilling, Orange Is the New Black
OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Louis CK, Louie
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Ricky Gervais, Derek
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
William H Macy, Shameless
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory—WINNER!
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Allison Janney, Mom—WINNER!
Kate Mulgrew, Orange Is the New Black
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
Anna Chlumsky, Veep
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Adam Driver, Girls
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Ty Burrell, Modern Family—WINNER!
Fred Armisen, Portlandia
Tony Hale, Veep
OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Natasha Lyonne, Orange Is the New Black
Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black—WINNER!
Laverne Cox, Orange Is the New Black
Tina Fey, Saturday Night Live
Melissa McCarthy, Saturday Night Live
Joan Cusack, Shameless
OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Bob Newhart, The Big Bang Theory
Nathan Lane, Modern Family
Steve Buscemi, Portlandia
Jimmy Fallon, Saturday Night Live—WINNER!
Louis C.K., Saturday Night Live
Gary Cole, Veep
OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A COMEDY SERIES
Episodes, "Episode 305" - David Crane & Jeffrey Klarik
Louie, "So Did the Fat Lady" - Louis C.K.—WINNER!
Orange Is the New Black, "I Wasn't Ready (Pilot)" - Liz Friedman & Jenji Kohan
Silicon Valley, "Optimal Tip-to-Tip Efficiency" - Alec Berg
Veep, "Special Relationship" - Simon Blackwell & Tony Roche & Armando Iannucci
OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A COMEDY SERIES
Episodes, "Episode 309" - Iain B. MacDonald
Glee, "100" - Paris Barclay
Louie, "Elevator, Part 6" - Louis C.K.
Modern Family, "Vegas" - Gail Mancuso—WINNER!
Orange Is the New Black, "Lesbian Request Denied" - Jodie Foster
Silicon Valley, "Minimum Viable Product" - Mike Judge
OUTSTANDING REALITY SHOW HOST
Betty White, Betty White’s Off Their Rockers
Tom Bergeron, Dancing With the Stars
Jane Lynch, Hollywood Game Night—WINNER!
Heidi Klum/Tim Gunn, Project Runway
Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance
Anthony Bourdain, The Taste
OUTSTANDING REALITY SHOW COMPETITION
The Amazing Race—WINNER!
Dancing With the Stars
So You Think You Can Dance
OUTSTANDING VARIETY, MUSIC, OR COMEDY SERIES
The Colbert Report—WINNER!
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Real Time with Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
OUTSTANDING TV MINISERIES
American Horror Story: Coven
Bonnie & Clyde
The White Queen
OUTSTANDING TV MOVIE
Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight
The Normal Heart—WINNER!
Sherlock: His Last Vow
The Trip to Bountiful
LEAD ACTRESS IN A TV MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Helena Bonham Carter, Burton and Taylor
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven—WINNER!
Minnie Driver, Return to Zero
Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Coven
Cicely Tyson, The Trip to Bountiful
Kristen Wiig, The Spoils of Babylon
LEAD ACTOR IN A TV MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: His Last Vow—WINNER!
Idris Elba, Luther
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dancing On the Edge
Martin Freeman, Fargo
Billy Bob Thornton, Fargo
Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A TV MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Frances Conroy, American Horror Story: Coven
Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Coven—WINNER!
Angela Bassett, American Horror Story: Coven
Allison Tolman, Fargo
Ellen Burstyn, Flowers in the Attic
Julia Roberts, The Normal Heart
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A TV MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Colin Hanks, Fargo
Jim Parsons, The Normal Heart
Joe Mantello, The Normal Heart
Alfred Molina, The Normal Heart
Matt Bomer, The Normal Heart
Martin Freeman, Sherlock: His Last Vow—WINNER!
OUTSTANDING WRITING IN TV MINISERIES OR MOVIE
American Horror Story: Coven
The Normal Heart
OUTSTANDING DIRECTION IN A TV MINISERIES OR MOVIE
American Horror Story: Coven
Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight
The Normal Heart
OUTSTANDING WRIING FOR A VARIETY SPECIAL
The Beatles: The Night That Changed America
Billy Crystal: 700 Sundays
The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards
Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles—WINNER!
67th Annual Tony Awards
OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A VARIETY Series
The Beatles: The Night That Changed America" (Gregg Gelfand)
The Kennedy Center Honors (Louis J. Horvitz)
The Oscars (Hamish Hamilton)
Six By Sondheim" (James Lapine)
The Sound Of Music Live! (Beth McCarthy Miller)
Glenn Weiss – “67th Annual Tony Awards” – WINNER