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Emmy Awards Deconstructed: Who Were The Real Winners (And Losers) This Year

Breaking Bad’s sweep wasn’t the only story coming out of the Emmys this year–here are the five most newsworthy moments.

These are the three people I’ll remember most from this year’s Emmys: Julia-Louis Dreyfus, Ricky Gervais and Matthew McConaughey. In case you missed it, here are the five most memorable moments from this year’s celebrity-filled love fest.

Best Off-the-Cuff Moment

Julia Louis-Dreyfus was already red hot and hilarious before she nailed the funniest moment of the night. Her pretending to forget Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston during his steamy guest role on Seinfeld many years ago? Pricelesss—until she topped it. She won for Lead Actress for the very funny HBO show, Veep, and on her way to the stage, Cranston ran up and trapped her in a hilarious, uncomfortably long lip-lock. His toiling with his smarmy mustache afterwards sealed the deal. Comedy gold.

Most Endearing Moment

Everyone knew the Emmys would do a special tribute for Robin Williams, who committed suicide earlier this year, and they pulled off something great via his dear friend Billy Crystal. After Sara Bareilles sang a haunting rendition of “Smile” during the In Memoriam video, Crystal took the stage to talk about his “greatest friend you could imagine.” He said his energy and comic genius was so that “I used to think if I could just put a saddle on him and stay on for eight seconds I would be OK.” Crystal reminded us how much Robin Williams will be missed.

Biggest Snub

The brilliant HBO film, The Normal Heart, managed to win Best TV Movie (the biggest category) and still walk away snubbed. It received no acting awards despite six well-earned nominations. Most egregiously, Larry Kramer was denied a writing Emmy, something he’s been waiting for—and deserved—for more than a quarter century. Sherlock? Sherlock, really? The Normal Heart’s acting losses were a real sad shocker.

Best Jokes, Part I

Even those of us who aren’t always the biggest Matthew McConaughey fans have to admit that the man can take a joke. When Jimmy Kimmel laid into him about everything from “gaining weight since the Oscars” (he won for playing an emaciated man living with AIDS), to telling him to stop hogging the awards and “go to Burning Man or something,” McConaughey laughed the hardest of anyone.

Best Jokes, Part IImatthew-mcconaughey-emmys

The handsome Matthew McConaughey-as-leading-man-movie-star bit nicely led into Kimmel’s roasting of snarky Ricky Gervais as possessing “a television face.” Finally, something to spice up the lukewarm comedy that had so far pervaded the show. Host Seth Meyers’s monologue was universally panned as sleep inducing (though his “on the street” bit with comedian Billy Eichner had some very funny moments for sure, thanks to Eichner).

Maybe Jimmy Kimmel should have more stage time next year?

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