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Despite our best liveblogging efforts, this year's Emmys drew the second-smallest audience in the show's history. Now that we've had more than 24 hours to digest exactly what went down in the round at the Shrine Auditorium on Sunday night, we're ready to reveal what we actually liked about this year's ceremony. (In case you were wondering, what we didn't like was that awkward in-the-round stage, Ryan Seacrest's lame jokes and the lack of loser nominee reaction shots.) Our four favoritest moments:
Steve Carell's phony win. Our biggest and most genuine chuckle
came when Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert announced they were giving
Ricky Gervais' Emmy to their "friend" Carell. If that wasn't funny
enough, the "40-Year-Old Virgin" gleefully jumped up from the
audience and embraced his "Daily Show" alums. Why can't the rest of the
ceremony be this silly?
Ryan Seacrest's screen time. When we first heard
that Seacrest had been tapped to host the Emmys, we were frightened
that the ceremony would turn into an "American Idol" clone.
Although he was ultra-annoying every time he appeared on screen, those
moments were refreshingly brief. Thankfully, comedians such as Ray Romano, Lewis
Black, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and even Wayne Brady picked up the
Kathryn Heigl's name checking. Most stars would probably act like they didn't hear the the silky smooth Emmy announcer completely mispronounce their last name when introducing them. Not Heigl. Before she launched into her TelePrompTer presentation, the "Knocked Up" star corrected the announcer. Later, after Heigl won for a supporting actress trophy, she gave the announcer props for getting it right the second time.
Sally Field's acceptance speech. Like a typical mother, Field rambled on and on during her best actress
acceptance speech. Just when we started hoping Field would be drowned out by the
orchestra, the "Brothers & Sisters" matriarch sprang some saucy language and
an anti-war rant on the audience and Fox censors, who cut away from the
winner. We really, really liked Field for giving us something to talk about the next day.