12 moments from the Emmys we’re all still talking about.

12 moments from the Emmys we're all still talking about. Even if no one knows the difference between TV movies and miniseries now. | Dearest Geeks of EarthSo, the 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards happened last night. For three hours.

Turns out they were actually pretty amusing, especially when Seth Meyers wasn’t talking. And though rife with all kinds of WTFery that had us reaching for the rewind button a few times, there were about 10 good moments worth rehashing over coffee this morning:

Amy Poehler is the Beyoncé of TV. Full stop.

The Colbert Report was totally Adela-Dazeemed. It would appear Gourd Stefano knows Jorn Tramolto.

Ricky Gervais’ TV face.

Weird Al Yankovic makes us miss the 90s, but not enough to relive them. Also, pretty sure he made up those lyrics on the Uber ride over to the Nokia Theatre.

When Sherlockian fandom did all of these in rapid succession because Sherlock Holmes won all the Emmys:

And yes, neither Cumberbatch nor Freeman was actually there, which was a big womp womp. And yes, we also get that the former is probably preparing for “Hamlet” and eleventy mabillion projects while the latter is playing “Richard III” on the London stage and can’t just drop his crown and pop across the pond. But still. They could have the common decency to be on the Twitters for all their Cumberbabes and bros.

(Word on the street has it Brits are miffed that Downton Abbey didn’t win. You know, because it’s a proper English show and praise for Sherlock Holmes is effusive at best and COME ON! Carson came all that way!)

Bryan Cranston’s Clark Gable mustache. On Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ face.

Sofia Vergara’s Charo thing is getting old.

Chris Hardwick either had one gnarly cold or is getting seriously burned out. Either way it was random and weird. (Don’t become Nerdust, Nerdist.)

Billy Eichner. If you haven’t watched Billy on the Street, go to Fuse (it’s a channel) and watch every episode possible.

The Normal Heart won something. YES.

Cary Joji Fukunaga is now the internet’s bodacious hunk of a boyfriend. Because French braids, brah. By the way, when he had normal white dude hair and was dating Michelle Williams, nobody cared.

Billy Crystal’s tribute to Robin Williams made everyone all shiny in the eyes during the In Memoriam montage:


And just because, here’s the complete list of 2014 Emmy Award nominees and winners:

Outstanding Drama Series
Winner: “Breaking Bad”
“Downton Abbey”
“Game of Thrones”
“House of Cards”
“Mad Men”
“True Detective”

Outstanding Comedy Series
Winner: “Modern Family” 
“The Big Bang Theory”
“Modern Family”
“Orange is the New Black”
“Silicon Valley”

Outstanding Variety Series
Winner: “The Colbert Report”
“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”
“Jimmy Kimmel Live”
“Real Time with Bill Maher”
“Saturday Night Live”
“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”

Outstanding Miniseries
Winner: “Fargo”
“American Horror Story Coven”
“Bonnie & Clyde”
“The White Queen”

Outstanding TV Movie
Winner: “The Normal Heart”
“Killing Kennedy”
“Muhammed Ali’s Greatest Fight”
“Sherlock: His Last Vow”
“The Trip to Bountiful”

Outstanding Reality-Competition Program
Winner: “The Amazing Race”
“Dancing With the Stars”
“Project Runway”
“So You Think You Can Dance”
“Top Chef”
“The Voice”

Best Actor – Drama Series
Winner: Bryan Cranston – “Breaking Bad”
Jeff Daniels – “The Newsroom”
Jon Hamm – “Mad Men”
Woody Harrelson – “True Detective”
Matthew McConaughey – “True Detective”
Kevin Spacey – “House of Cards”

Best Actress – Drama Series
Winner: Julianna Margulies – “The Good Wife”
Lizzy Caplan – “Masters of Sex”
Claire Danes – “Homeland”
Michelle Dockery – “Downton Abbey”
Kerry Washington – “Scandal”
Robin Wright – “House of Cards”

Best Supporting Actor – Drama
Winner: Aaron Paul – “Breaking Bad”
Jim Carter – “Downton Abbey”
Peter Dinklage – “Game of Thrones”
Josh Charles – “The Good Wife”
Mandy Patinkin – “Homeland”
Jon Voight – “Ray Donovan”

Best Supporting Actress – Drama
Winner: Anna Gunn – “Breaking Bad”
Maggie Smith – “Downton Abbey”
Joanne Forggatt – “Downton Abbey”
Lena Headey – “Game of Thrones”
Christine Baranksi – “The Good Wife”
Christina Hendricks – “Mad Men”

Outstanding Writing For a Drama Series
Winner: “Breaking Bad” – Ozymandias by Moira Walley-Beckett
“Breaking Bad” – Felina by Vince Gilligan
“Game of Thrones” – The Children by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss
“House of Cards” – Chapter 14 by Beau Willimon
“True Detective” – The Secret Fate of All of Life by Nic Pizzolatto

Outstanding Direction for a Drama Series
Winner: “True Detective” – Who Goes There, directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga
“Boardwalk Empire” – Farewell Daddy Blues, directed by Tim Van Patten
“Breaking Bad” – Felina, directed by Vince Gilligan
“Downton Abbey” – Episode 1, directed by David Evans
“Game of Thrones” – The Watchers On the Wall, directed by Neil Marshall
“House of Cards” – Chapter 14, directed by Carl Franklin

Best Actor – Comedy Series
Winner: Jim Parsons – “The Big Bang Theory”
Louis CK – “Louie”
Don Cheadle – “House of Lies”
Ricky Gervais – “Derek”
Matt LeBlanc – “Episodes”
William H. Macy – “Shameless”

Best Actress – Comedy Series
Winner: Julie Louis-Dreyfus – “Veep”
Lena Dunham – “Girls”
Edie Falco – “Nurse Jackie”
Melissa McCarthy – “Mike and Molly”
Amy Poehler – “Parks and Recreation”
Taylor Schilling – “Orange is the New Black”

Best Supporting Actor – Comedy Series
Winner: Ty Burrell – “Modern Family”
Andre Braugher – “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”
Adam Driver – “Girls”
Jesse Tyler Ferguson – “Modern Family”
Fred Armisen – “Portlandia”
Tony Hale – “Veep”

Best Supporting Actress – Comedy Series
Winner: Allison Janney – “Mom”
Mayim Bialik – “The Big Bang Theory”
Julie Bowen – “Modern Family”
Kate Mulgrew – “Orange is the New Black”
Kate McKinnon – “Saturday Night Live”
Anna Chlumsky – “Veep”

Outstanding Writing For a Comedy Series
Winner: “Louie” – So Did the Fat Lady by Louis C.K.
“Episodes” – Episode 305 by David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik
“Orange Is the New Black” – I Wasn’t Ready (Pilot) by Liz Friedman
“Silicon Valley” – Optimal Tip-To-Tip Efficiency by Alec Berg
“Veep” – Special Relationship by Simon Blackwell, Tony Roche and Armando Iannucci

Outstanding Directing For a Comedy Series
Winner: “Modern Family” – Vegas, directed by Gail Mancuso
“Episodes” – Episode 309, directed by Iain B. MacDonald
“Glee” – 100, directed by Paris Barclay
“Louie” – Elevator Part 6, directed by Louis C.K.
“Orange Is the New Black” – Lesbian Request Denied, directed by Jodie Foster
“Silicon Valley” – Minimum Viable Product, directed by Mike Judge

Best Actor – TV Movie/Miniseries
Winner: Benedict Cumberbatch – “Sherlock: His Last Vow”
Chiwetel Ejiofior – “Dancing on the Edge”
Idris Elba – “Luther”
Martin Freeman – “Fargo”
Mark Ruffalo – “The Normal Heart”
Billy Bob Thornton – “Fargo”

Best Actress – TV Movie/Miniseries
Winner: Jessica Lange – “American Horror Story: Coven”
Minnie Driver – “Return to Zero”
Sarah Paulson – “American Horror Story: Coven”
Cicely Tyson – “The Trip to Bountiful”
Kristen Wiig – “The Spoils of Babylon”
Helena Bonham Carter – “Burton and Taylor”

Best Supporting Actor – TV Movie/Miniseries
Winner: Martin Freeman – “Sherlock: His Last Vow”
Colin Hanks – “Fargo”
Jim Parsons – “The Normal Heart”
Joe Mantello – “The Normal Heart”
Alfred Molina – “The Normal Heart”
Matt Bomer – “The Normal Heart”

Best Supporting Actress – TV Movie/Miniseries
Winner: Kathy Bates – “American Horror Story: Coven”
Frances Conroy – “American Horror Story: Coven”
Angela Basset – “American Horror Story: Coven”
Allison Tolman – “Fargo”
Ellen Burstyn – “Flowers in the Attic”
Julia Roberts – “The Normal Heart”

Outstanding Writing For a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special
Winner: “Sherlock: His Last Vow” by Steven Moffat
“American Horror Story: Coven” – Bitchcraft by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk
“Fargo” – The Crocodile’s Dilemma by Noah Hawley
“Luther” by Neil Cross
“The Normal Heart” by Larry Kramer
“Treme” – …To Miss New Orleans by David Simon and Eric Overmyer

Outstanding Directing For a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special
Winner: “Fargo” – Buridan’s Ass directed by Colin Bucksey
“American Horror Story: Coven” – Bitchcraft directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
“Fargo” – The Crocodile’s Dilemma directed by Adam Bernstein
“Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight” directed by Stephen Frears
“The Normal Heart’ directed by Ryan Murphy
“Sherlock: His Last Vow” (Masterpiece) directed by Nick Hurran

Outstanding Writing For a Variety Special
Winner: “Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles”
“The Beatles: The Night That Changed America”
“Billy Crystal: 700 Sundays”
The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards
67th Annual Tony Awards

Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series
Winner: 67th Annual Tony Awards directed by Glenn Weiss
“The Beatles: The Night That Changed America” directed by Gregg Gelfand
The Kennedy Center Honors directed by Louis J. Horvitz
The Oscars directed by Hamish Hamilton
“Six By Sondheim” directed by James Lapine
“The Sound Of Music Live!” directed by Beth McCarthy Miller; theatrical direction by Rob Ashford

Photo credits: BBC, Giphy, NBC

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