The Emmys started out with a bang yesterday, in a completely Glee-full number -- Springsteen's "Born to Run" -- that featured several nominees and stars, including Betty White, Jon Hamm, Jane Lynch, Lea Michele, Tina Fey -- and Kate Gosselin.
A few priceless moments: Betty White telling Jon Hamm to "back that mother up!" And Jane Lynch slushy-ing both host Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey.
The Glee skit was the first of many surprises during the 62nd annual Emmy Awards, which were, intriguingly, dominated by first-time winners yesterday.
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The biggest of the bunch was Modern Family, which scored three trophies -- best writing, best comedy series, and best supporting actor in a comedy with Eric Stonestreet's turn as Cameron Tucker. But the most coveted trophy the show took was George Clooney, there to accept a humanitarian award, who gamely participated in a Modern Family skit that saw him sandwiched between winner Stonestreet and on-screen love Jesse Tyler Ferguson. Always a scene-stealer, that Clooney.
And Breaking Bad scored two biggies, Aaron Paul winning for best supporting actor in a drama, while Bryan Cranston won best actor in a drama, beating out Jon Hamm, Michael C. Hall, and Hugh Laurie in a very tough category.
No shockers here: Mad Men took best drama series for the third year in a row, although its stars were once again locked out in the acting category. The Closer's Kyra Sedgwick took best actress in a drama, while Edie Falco won for Nurse Betty in the comedy category.
And before I get to Glee, I gotta give a shout out to The Good Wife star Archie Panjabi, who stole the best supporting actress in a drama category in a surprise win. Brown girls represent!
After earning a whopping 19 nods, Glee only took four awards. Amongst them, no shocker here, was Neil Patrick Harris as best guest for his turn as Bryan Ryan, Mr. Schue's arch rival song-and-dance man.
Glee's big winners for the night -- and rightfully so -- were creator Ryan Murphy and Jane Lynch, who rocks it as the sometimes-sinister Sue Sylvester. And the newlywed Lynch looked absolutely fabulous in her gorgeous deep purple Ali Rahimi gown as she accepted. ''I want to thank my parents on the South Side of Chicago for raising us to the sounds of musical theater and being so unintentionally hilarious,'' Lynch said during her acceptance speech, before adding: ''I want to thank my Lord and creator, Ryan Murphy, for creating this role of a lifetime!'' She also, of course, thanked her new bride.
Another big winner was Betty White, who took best guest actress on a comedy series for her much-lauded gig hosting Saturday Night Live. The Emmy tops a renaissance year for the former Golden Girl, who, at 88, is having the kind of career upswing many a young starlet might envy.
The biggest downer of the night? Alas, the academy was not with Coco. Conan O'Brien, nominated for outstanding variety, music, or comedy series, was beat out by stalwart Jon Stewart, who has won that title eight times now. No worries, Conan, you'll show 'em next year!
Who were your favorite Emmy winners -- and who do you think was snubbed?
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