2010 Emmys Memorable Moments: Speeches, Songs, Clooney, Gervais and More (VIDEO)
by Kim Potts, posted Aug 30th 2010 12:30AM
The fact that there are way more "bests" than "worsts" this year sums up the Jimmy Fallon-hosted 2010 Emmy telecast. Fallon was charming, funny and kept the show moving, the celeb-studded opening musical number -- a spoof of 'Glee' -- is sure to be a viral video tomorrow and lots of fan favorites actually took home statues ... add in the fact that the show didn't go into OT, and the Emmys telecast was a refreshingly entertaining awards show.
Best. Emmy Opening. Ever.: When you can get Tina Fey, Jon Hamm and Jorge Garcia in the same song-and-dance number, that's just nothing short of pure awesome. Of course, now that we've seen that Hurley can sing and dance, and since he needs a job, we want to see him on 'Glee.'
"NBC asking the host of 'Late Night' to come to Los Angeles to host a different show ... what could possibly go wrong?" Fallon asked in a musical moment. And after a quick pan to Conan O'Brien, Fallon continued, "Too soon?"
The Trouble With Tribbles: Is that they don't make a very pretty Emmy dress. Okay, so they weren't really Tribbles, but it looked like pink and black versions of the 'Star Trek' creatures were attacking the dress worn by 'Modern Family' star Ty Burrell's wife Holly, which is definitely a leading contender for the night's worst dress. Even Lady Gaga would be saying, "Oh, honey, no" to that one.
"I wanna thank Steve McPherson and everyone still at ABC ..." -- Best Writing for a Comedy Series winner Steve Levitan, making a clever, but way inside, joke that probably only 10 people outside the Nokia Theater got.
#EmmysFail: We appreciate hipster host Jimmy Fallon's attempt to integrate Twitter into the Emmys telecast, but Jimmy apparently forgot just how many people can't be funny in 140 characters or less.
Jimmy Fallon's Six, Er, Nine, Degrees of Matthew Perry: "Our next presenters are Matthew Perry and Lauren Graham. Graham ... graham cracker ... Teddy Grahams ... teddy bears, bring it back to Teddy Roosevelt, the 26th President ... President, the White House, 'The West Wing' ... who guest starred on 'The West Wing' three times? Matthew Perry. How do you like me now?"
Clooney's Back on TV!: Not only did he deliver a gracious acceptance speech as only the fourth person to be awarded the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award, but Oscar winner and 'ER' alum George Clooney also popped up as the love interest of Claire, Gloria and Mitchell and Cam in a funny 'Modern Family' skit. It almost makes up for his stint on 'Facts of Life.' Almost.
"Our next presenter is a man Stephen Colbert calls a national treasure ... please welcome Stephen Colbert." -- Jimmy Fallon
Most Unwelcome Guest Star: On the other hand, while it was great to have George Clooney return to the tube, it wasn't so much fun to see Kim Kardashian on the red carpet and even participating in one of Jimmy Fallon's musical bits. We know, we know, she's a reality TV star, but her appearance at, and participation in, the Emmys makes us rethink whether or not reality TV should be included at the Emmys at all.
Jimmy Fallon: "Some people in this business are so popular they go by one name: Cher ... Elvis ... Rihanna. And some are so insecure, they have to go by three. Please welcome Neil Patrick Harris."
2009 Emmy telecast host NPH to Fallon: "I would just like to take a moment to thank the Academy for letting a gay man host the Emmys two years in a row. Congratulations, Jimmy, you're doing a great job!"
Well, That Ain't Gonna Help: Just as Best Drama Writing winner, 'Mad Men's' Matthew Weiner, was describing how he's " ... so insecure that I actually seem open-minded ..." in his acceptance speech, the wrap-up music cut him off.
The People's Choice Awards?: Eric Stonestreet, Jim Parsons, Jane Lynch, Aaron Paul ... this may be the first awards show where so many of the winners are the winners viewers would actually choose.
Words You Never Want to Hear From an Emmy Winner: "I have so many people I want to thank." Thankfully, Archie Panjabi, 'The Good Wife' star and Emmy winner for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, kept her speech relatively brief.
Classiest Acceptance Speech of the Night: Bryan Cranston, picking up his third consecutive Lead Actor Emmy for 'Breaking Bad,' giving a shout out to his fellow nominees. "First thought: In the time it took me to walk up here, I'm venturing there were 200 text messages to my fellow nominees saying, 'You were robbed.' And I cannot argue with that. I am so humbled and amazed to be in your company. You're only as good as the company you keep, and I'm honored to be there with you guys."
Musical Tributes: Jewel's song during the In Memoriam tribute to TV stars who passed away in the last year was pretty, but forgettable. But Jimmy Fallon dressed up as Elton John, Boyz II Men and Green Day to pay homage to '24,' 'Law & Order' and 'Lost,' the TV series that "died" last year? Among the highlights of a very fine first-time Emmy hosting performance by Fallon.
Oh Ricky, You're So Fine: The mere presence of Ricky Gervais on the stage makes us laugh, and he certainly didn't disappoint once he actually started to speak, either, chastising the Emmy folk for not letting the audience drink alcohol during the show, like they do at the Golden Globes. "There's no tough guys (here). No Russell Crowe. He wouldn't be seen dead here, it's TV. Or Christian Bale, same. Kiefer's got a couple more hours before he gets messy as well, so ... Mel Gibson ... c'mon, no. I'm not gonna have a go at him. He's been through a lot ... Not as much as the Jews, to be fair." Gervais then sent waiters into the audience to serve beer to celebs in the audience, telling his fellow famous types, "'The Office' hit syndication ... those are on me."
Now We'll Never Know: What Conan O'Brien would have said if he had won the Emmy for his short-lived 'Tonight Show.' Thanks, Emmy voters. Not.
Anyone Else Hungry for a Cupcake?: Since January Jones' dress looks like it was fashioned out of 100s of flattened cupcake papers?
o THAT'S How You Do It!: "It takes a village to make a child, and it takes a cast and crew to make a film," says Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie winner Julia Ormond ('Temple Grandin'). P.S. to Julia: It really doesn't take a whole village to MAKE a child ...
Looking Ahead to the 2011 Emmys: Tonight's Emmy show not only didn't run overtime, but actually ended a minute early. Which means this year's Emmy telecast deserves to win an Emmy at next year's Emmy telecast. Right?