Awkward Emmy Moments: Kyra Sedgwick's Handoff, Al Pacino's Speech and More (VIDEO)
by Jean Bentley, posted Aug 30th 2010 12:00AM
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.