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Awkward Emmy Moments: Kyra Sedgwick's Handoff, Al Pacino's Speech and More (VIDEO)

by Jean Bentley, posted Aug 30th 2010 12:00AM
Emmy Awards
While there were no terrible gaffes at the 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards -- and the ceremony didn't run overtime like some other award shows (ahem, Oscars) -- there were plenty of unplanned, nail-bitingly awkward moments during the ceremony.

Come on, it's live TV. You didn't think it would go off without a single hitch, did you?

Here's a roundup of the night's most cringeworthy moments.

Kyra Sedgwick's Handoff to Tina Fey
We appreciate that Kyra Sedgwick had a speech planned so she wouldn't forget anyone important when accepting her Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series award -- it was her fifth Emmy nomination for 'The Closer,' after all -- brusquely handing off her brand new statuette to presenter Tina Fey so she could hold her crib sheet was a serious faux pas.

'Top Chef' Producer Knocked Off Her Feet
'Top Chef' might have knocked 'The Amazing Race' from its Outstanding Reality-Competition Program throne, but one of the 'Top Chef' entourage members was literally knocked off her feet as she walked to the stage to accept the show's first Emmy. Luckily she tripped out of camera range and we only saw the beginning of her fall, or her stumble would've been immortalized in animated GIF form across the Internet the next morning.

Al Pacino Going On ... and On
Listen, we know as well as anyone else that the two-time Emmy winner is a living legend. But that doesn't mean we should've been subjected to Pacino rambling on and on as he thanked friends, family and 'You Don't Know Jack' crew members in his extra-long acceptance speech.

John Krasinski and January Jones' Weird Banter
The bit between a stunned John Krasinski and a bored-sounding January Jones was planned, we're sure -- Krasinski's too much of a pro to actually forget his line -- but that doesn't mean it was funny. In fact, the whole thing reminded us of Jones' disastrous 'Saturday Night Live' hosting stint last year: awkward, flat and ill-conceived.

Julia Ormond Forgets Catherine O'Hara's Name
We're going to give Julia Ormond some credit and consider the fact that it's probably hard to remember your family members' names when you're onstage accepting an Emmy, let alone the names of your fellow nominees. But we couldn't help but cringe when Ormond thanked all of the ladies she was up against in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie category, but stammered until she could remember Catherine O'Hara's full name.

Claire Danes and Archie Panjabi's Awkward Speeches
Spur-of-the-moment speeches are the best kind, not to mention the most genuine -- Eric Stonestreet's tears this year were quite touching -- but they can also spawn some painful soundbites. Take Claire Danes, for example, who was overjoyed "like, for serious" when she won the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie award, or Archie Panjabi, who said "this is great for my career" when accepting her Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series award. It's true, Archie, but you don't have to be so blunt about it.

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Gloria

Claire Danes reference to "like, for serious" was very obviously from My So Called Life which she's most famous for. Angela Chase says stuff like that all the time. Not awkward at all, cool vintage reference.

August 31 2010 at 10:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
SH

They make a disgusting amount of money for something which has no value. Then they pat themselves on the back. It's a joke the public thinks these people are special.

August 31 2010 at 5:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rob

Um, hello people, that's what the "presenters" are there for so that they can HELP the winner to HOLD their trophy so they can read their notes or adjust the mic or incase they need something else. That's why they don't leave the stage until the winner is done with the speech and leaves also. Learn your award show/stage manors people. No faux pas here. Besides I think people should have to know what faux pas means to be able to use it.

August 31 2010 at 4:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ira Hollywood

1st, Claire Danes looked FABULOUS. Glad she won 2nd, Ann-Margaret is a GODDESS. Glad she won 3rd. Wish they would cut out all the BS unfunny banter and give that time to the acceptance speeches. The actors that win work hard (I assume) and deserve a minute to thank us little people.

August 31 2010 at 1:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ksmith310

You forgot the horrible attempt at 'clever' playful banter (and shameless self-promotion) by Matthew Perry and Lauren Graham. That was truly the biggest fail of the night and embarrassing to watch.

August 31 2010 at 1:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jayb4446

Just a bunch of self absorpted peacocks. Why does this crap have to be televised anyway? Most people couldn't care less.

August 31 2010 at 1:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
JEB BUCKINGHAM

God bless Tom Selleck! He's still a funny guy after all these years. And holds his age VERY well.

August 31 2010 at 12:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Granny

I wonder if any of us could have done better then the winners did. The stress and excitement of the win and all that. I seriously doubt that any of us could....easy to sit in our home and make such judgements......

August 31 2010 at 12:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
midvaltaxser

Wow, as I was switching the channels I see Al Pacino,
going on and on.., and then he praises the man he
portrayed. Wow, these people have no integrity whatsoever. It's just about money and if possible their radical left agendas. And I'm thinking what are
Al Pacino and Tom Hanks doing there? Of course, they
apparently are on their way out. Remember when it was
just the women that had to worry about their age?

August 31 2010 at 12:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Linda

Of all the women in the show Miss Ann Margaret.Was by far the most beautiful of them all. Enough said

August 31 2010 at 12:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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