Neal Patrick Harris was a charming host, but some bits during his intro recalled SNL scripted monologue fillers, such as an interlude with Jimmy Kimmel that fell flat. One audience bit with a maniacal Kevin Spacey in House of Cards mode worked especially well. Of course, we loved the-3-D-glasses-and-popcorn-chomping Amy Poehler and Tina Fey — who were like a female version of Waldorf and Statler on The Muppet Show.
We also loved the cray-cray musical number (pictured above), Will Ferrell's bit at the end with the kids; the teary In Memoriams of James Gandolfini, Jean Stapleton, Jonathan Winters and Andy Griffith; Stephen Colbert unseating Jon Stewart as the variety show favorite and Michael Douglas' saucy acceptance speech (for his mini-series actor win for Liberace: Behind the Candelabra).
Big winners included Breaking Bad for Most Outstanding Drama, which made both me and our TV writer Erik Hahmann very happy. Modern Family, an erstwhile personal favorite, won for comedy series for the fourth time, rousing suspicions that the execs of the ABC sitcoms have compromising photos of all of the judges shot on Melrose. I myself had no interest in the category. I was sour grapes because my favorite, Parks and Recreation, wasn't even nominated. Stars Anna Gunn, Bobby Cannavale, Jeff Daniels, Jim Parsons, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Claire Danes took home statues. HBO dominated with 27 awards total. For more, click here.
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