BEST: Amy Poehler is the Best Loser
How deserving of an Emmy is Amy Poehler? So deserving, that for the second year in a row, she's made simply the *category* of Lead Actress in a Comedy Series the highlight of the ceremony. This year she "accidentally" swapped acceptance speeches with the equally amazing Julia Louis-Dreyfus during her victory. Plus, she looked damn hot in that dress.
WORST: Jon Cryer Takes Louis C.K.'s Emmy
Last night was filled with predictable, head-scratching wins, but there was perhaps none more egregious than Jon Cryer taking Louis C.K.'s Emmy in the Lead Actor in a Comedy Series category.
BEST: Louis C.K. Still Wins Some Emmys
We cried over Cryer's win, but we were thrilled when Louis C.K. won multiple Emmys for his big breakout year. Sorry, Ricky Gervais, but he is the funniest guy in the biz right now.
WORST: M.I.A. Maggie Smith
Don't get us wrong, Maggie Smith is a stellar actress and she's simply wonderful on 'Downton Abbey.' But let's be honest, this was Christina Hendricks' year. Even worse, Dame Maggie didn't even show up while the other ladies in her category still had to put on a gracious loser face.
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BEST: 'Breaking Bad' Meets 'The Andy Griffith Show'
Cue that whistling. 'Breaking Bad' is its own slice of Americana (in its own dark, twisted way), so when the telecast gave the AMC series a 'The Andy Griffith Show' twist, it completely worked... it its own dark, twisted way.
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WORST: 'Amazing Race' Wins... Again
Cue the bored silence. We're officially convinced Emmy voters are entirely unaware of any and all other reality shows. That's the only reasonable explanation to 'The Amazing Race' winning again last night.
BEST: Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert Take Down Jon Stewart
Jon Stewart's best friends/worst rivals Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon may not be able to take down 'The Daily Show' at the Emmys, but it doesn't mean they can't literally take down the host at the Emmys. The two hilariously wrestled Stewart to the ground in a vain attempt to stop him from winning his 10th consecutive Emmy in the Best Variety category. Even funnier than the Colbert and Fallon takedown was Stewart's scathing takedown of the ceremony itself. His win may have been "f***ing predic
WORST: 'Modern Family' dominance
Their Lily sketch was cute and all, but enough is enough. If any of the Best Comedy and/or acting contenders want to try to take down Steve Levitan or any of the cast members on the way to the podium a la Fallon and Colbert to Stewart next year, we wouldn't object.
BEST: Yeah, Bitch! 'Breaking Bad' Hugs!
"Awwww!" isn't an exclamation often associated with 'Breaking Bad,' but when tearful winner Aaron Paul gave his friend and co-star Giancarlo Esposito a big ol' hug and kiss after besting him in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series category, we couldn't help but cry along. Jesse and Gus 4-eva!
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WORST: Jimmy Kimmel, Overall
Take your pick: From that wasted opportunity cold open (all those funny ladies and that's the best they could come up with?!) to the lackluster opening monologue to that tasteless In Memoriam sketch, the usually great Kimmel sank like a stone. Why couldn't he bring his post-Oscar comedy gold to the Emmys?
BEST: Aziz Ansari Turns British, Mate
'Parks and Recreation' may have been inexcusably snubbed in the Best Comedy race, but their stars killed it on stage. Not only did Amy Poehler earn laughs, but her costar Aziz Ansari left the audience in stitches when he tested out a British accent in order to catch the attention of the Academy. He jests, but Damian Lewis' and Maggie Smith's wins proved him right, mate.
WORST: Tracy Morgan "Passes Out" On Stage
He gets an 'A' for effort and committing to a bit, but the sight of Tracy Morgan passed out on stage turned out to be more awkward and unsettling than actually funny in its execution. Although, in his defense, anyone would pass out being that close to Connie Britton.
SPLIT DECISION: Tom Berenger's Acceptance Speech
'Hatfield &McCoys' star Tom Berenger had arguably the strangest, least coherent acceptance speech of the night (he started with suggesting melting down his Emmy into multiple little Emmys... and it only got weirder from there), but it was arguably the most entertaining one of the night, too. For a night filled with predictable, ho-hum moments, who could have seen that one coming?