Fallon bombed, but these 5-1/2 surprises livened up a dull night at the Emmys
With Jimmy Fallon strumming a guitar incessantly and telling few funny jokes, too many awards to writers and directors of obscure cable movies, and too many winners thanking their managers and children, the 62nd annual Primetime Emmy Awards might have been one of the dullest shows in recent memory. (And we won't even dwell on the interminably long Glee-less production number that opened the show and set the tone for the evening.)
However, there were a few surprises.
5. Conan didn't win.....
Given all the hoopla over Conan O'Brien's departure from the Tonight show, he seemed an odds-on favorite to win the award for best comedy, music or variety series. But the Daily Show with Jon Stewart won for the eighth consecutive year, which come to think of it, shouldn't have been that much of a surprise. Stewart wasn't there, but his stand-in said, "It's tough to feel bad. We work really hard."
4. But Kyra Sedgwick did.
My favorite, The Good Wife's Julianna Marguiles, didn't win the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama award. But The Closer's Kyra Sedgwick did. It was long overdue — she's been nominated five times for the same role — but it's too bad Sedgwick doesn't know how to give a heartfelt speech. Instead, she handed her Emmy to Tina Fey and pulled out a list so she wouldn't forget who to thank while complaining that the mic was too low. Nothing kills the momentum of an awards show faster than a tiny sheet of paper.
3. Dr. Kevorkian was in the audience.
It's hard to imagine the ghoulish Dr. Death hanging around an awards show. But Jack Kevorkian was in the audience because a movie about his life, You Don’t Know Jack, was up for 16 Emmys.
After winning an award for penning the script, Adam Mazur acknowledged Kevorkian in an odd way. "I'm so grateful you're my friend, but even more grateful you're not my physician," Mazur said.
2. Al Pacino is really short.
Pacino, who won Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for his portrayal of Kevorkian, looked tiny, even next to True Blood sweethearts Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer, who are not exactly towering figures.
Bios say Pacino is 5-ft., 7 in.; Pacquin is 5-ft.,5-in., and Moyer is 5-ft, 10-in. Looks like Pacino and Moyer both padded their stats; Pacquin was the only one of the three to appear close to her announced height.
1-1/2.Jim Parsons won.
Even though a lot of critics predicted Parsons would be named Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy for portraying a brilliant nerd in The Big Bang Theory, I thought 30 Rock's Alec Baldwin would win again because the Emmys tend to award the same actor over and over and over (Bryan Cranston, who stars in the little-seen Breaking Bad on AMC won his third Emmy in a row in the drama category Sunday night.) So it was great to see hometown boy Parsons win.
1. Edie Falco's acceptance speech.
Even Falco seemed to think she shouldn't have won an award in the comedy category since she plays a tough but troubled, pill-popping nurse in the Showtime series, Nurse Jackie.
"Oh, this is the most ridiculous thing that has ever happened in the history of this awards show. I'm not funny!" Falco said.
But her acceptance speech was a laugh riot.