64th Primetime Emmy Awards Live Recap: Jimmy Kimmel Hosts Tonight(9/23/12)

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Amy Poehler and Louis C.K. present the first award for tonight, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. The nominees include four actors from Modern Family. Eric Stonestreet wins, which happens to be his second Emmy in his career. Eric dedicates his win primarily to Jessie Ferguson for giving life to both their characters in their hit sitcom (Modern Family). It’s humbling to hear that he’s also dedicating his win to all aspiring actors who never miss an audition.

Jim Parsons and Zoe Deschanel present the next award, Outstanding Writer for a Comedy Series . Louis C.K. prevails over the other nominees. This award is for his work on his own series “Louie”.

Jon Cryer and Kat Dennings present the next award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. Julie Bowen of “Modern Family” takes her second Emmy trophy! She makes special mention to the writers of her show. Good to know there’s no ill-will among them considering the issue on their pay increase over the past months.

This far, the Modern Family cast and crew are on a roll.

Matthew Perry once more presents the winners for Best Guest Actress and Actor in a Comedy Series , legendary Kathy Bates (appearance in Two and a Half Men) and late night comedy host Jimmy Fallon (guest host in Saturday Night Live). They, in turn, present the next award, Outstanding Direction for a Comedy series. Modern Family creator Steve Levitan wins and makes his point very clear: his show has an assembly of great actors, writers and crew.

The actors of Modern Family led by the child actress who plays Lily make their cameo appearance. In true Modern family fashion, they give yet another funny twist of life behind the cameras (of course, in scripted fashion).

Melissa McCarthy, one of the presenters, bring in extra laughter with her personal  insights on the nominees for Best Actor in a Comedy Series. Jon Cryer bags the award for his performance in “Two and a Half Men”, his second in his career. He won over heavy favorites Jim Parsons (Big Bang Theory) and Alec Baldwin (30 Rock).

The award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series is presented by Stephen Colbert, but not before he gives his signature dry humor, this time on women. Julia Louis-Dreyfus of “Veep” may have won but she still continues to give us a good laugh as she gives her speech in Parks and Recreation pun. She beats heavy contenders and SNL alumni Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

James Van Der Beek and Damon Wayans present the award for Outstanding Reality Program. To all Amazing Race fans out there, this show just won!

Seth McFarlane comes on-stage, who makes fun of himself for not attending the show’s rehearsal: he just missed his microphone spot. Dancing with the Stars Host Tom Bergeron wins the award for Best Host for a Reality Show.

A very pregnant Claire Danes presents the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. Aaron Paul wins his second Emmy in his career. His kudos goes to the writers who haven’t killed off his character. This draws a hearty laughter from the audience.

Let’s take a breather from the presentation of awards. Jimmy Kimmel and Tracy Morgan do a prank in honor of people who have yet to tune in their television to the show. Tracy lies on the stage and waits for responses on news that he has fainted on stage.

Meanwhile, Homeland takes home the award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series. The writers for the show nearly miss their entire speech as they go overtime, in true dramatic fashion.

Dame Maggie Smith of “Downtown Abbey” wins the award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. Unfortunately, she’s not around to accept her gold trophy. Dame Smith pulls this win over favorites Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) and Christine Baranski (The Good Wife).

Next on stage is Giancarlo Esposito who reveals the winners of Best Guest Actor and Actress in a Drama Series, Martha Plimpton (for the Good Wife) and Jeremy Davies (for Justified). The two winners come out to present the winner for Best Directing for a Drama Series. Boardwalk Empire’s Tim Van Patten wins but isn’t around to personally accept his award. This is a big win over the directors of big shows including Homeland and Mad Men.

It’s been a while since Tracy Morgan was left lying on the stage. Whatever happened to him?

Meanwhile, a series of clips supposedly for industry greats who have passed away are to be shown. Instead, we get a funny montage of Jimmy Kimmel with Josh Groban providing the musical background.

Homeland’s Damian Lewis wins his first Emmy as Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. I like his classic British dry humor.

Tina Fey and Jon Hamm present the award for Best Actress in a Drama Series. Claire Danes wins and makes a trivial comment on Homeland’s writers having been “unceremoniously” cut-off earlier during their acceptance speech. I wonder if this will somehow raise eyebrows from the show’s producers.

It’s another win for Louis C.K. tonight as he takes the award for Outstanding Writer for a Variety Special for his work on “Louis C.K. Live at the Beacon Theatre”. This guy’s on a roll!

Controversial comic Ricky Gervais presents the award for Outstanding Direction for a Variety Special. Gervais has a series of ad libs which draws nervous laughter from the audience. Glenn Weiss wins for his work on the 65th Annual Tony Awards. This time, he doesn’t forget to thank his parents (he missed them in an acceptance speech for his previous Emmy win some years back).

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart takes the award for Outstanding Award for a Variety Series. Jon Stewart’s quick cuss doesn’t get bleeped out. Oops! This is a big win over close contenders the Colbert Report, Jimmy Kimmel Live and Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.

Tracy Morgan reappears near Jimmy Kimmel’s parents who are seated in the audience. Are they for real? It gets weirder as they’re escorted out of the venue for having “lied” to Jimmy that he’ll be winning an Emmy. Joke or not, I find this really embarrassing.

My personal favorite, Steve Buscemi, presents the award for Best Supporting Actress in a Mini-series or Movie. Jessica Lange wins it for her work in the “American Horror Story.” This is an upset win over “Game Change” actress Sarah Paulson.

Ellen DeGeneres appears sans her pants.  Whatever the joke is, I can’t grasp it.

Kerry Washington presents the next award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Mini-Series or Movie. Tom Berenger wins for his work in “Hatfields and McCoys”. Too much to say, too little time. The poor guy’s just been given the “end-your-speech” warning.

Ron Howard leads the real tribute to industry movers who have passed away this season, including my favorites Michael Clark Duncan, Steve Jobs and Donna Summer.

Kiefer Sutherland and Lucy Liu present two awards, the first of which is given to Danny Strong  for Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries or Movie for his work in “Game Change”.

Julian Moore also wins her first primetime Emmy as Best Actress in a Miniseries or Movie courtesy of “Game Change”. Special thanks to Sarah Palin for giving the movie a thumbs-down. Sweet victory for Ms. Moore!

The award for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries or Movie goes to Jay Roach for, once again, “Game Change”! This HBO movie is getting  all the  major accolades tonight!

This year’s Best Actor for a Miniseries or Movie is Kevin Costner for “Hatfields and McCoys”. This probably is a victorious return for Costner after years of futile attemps to re-create his earlier success in movies. This is also the actor’s first primetime Emmy award in his career.

This season’s Best Miniseries or Movie is HBO’s “Game Change”. The show’s Executive Producer, Tom Hanks, gives the acceptance speech in behalf of the people who produced the movie.

Julian Moore returns on stage to present the award for Outstanding Drama Series. “Homeland” pulls a win over top-contender Boardwalk Empire! This is Showtime’s first Emmy award as well.

Hollywood legend Michael J. Fox presents the award for Best Comedy Series. Before he announces the winner, the audience gives this very talented actor a standing ovation. And the big winner is… Modern Family!

Overall, tonight’s Emmys is as direct as an awards show could get. I was hoping for a lot of entertainment courtesy of Jimmy Kimmel but didn’t get it as I’ve anticipated. The best scene by far is Ricky Gervais appearance. Until next year!

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