Hollyweird: The Emmys

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Some classic Hollyweird activity was to be found at the entrance to the 60th Emmy Awards on Sunday. Apparently, security guards struggled to get the 6,500 guests through the airport-style security and into the Nokia Theatre in time for the ceremony. It seems that, despite there being four metal-detector arches available, the majority of the guests wanted to bask in the glory of the tabloid-media spotlight and joined the line for the arch dedicated solely to stars of the small screen.

Tom Hooper, director of historical drama series John Adams, who presumably took the moral high ground by using the normal person's line, described the problem as follows: "Too many people claiming to be celebrities going through the celebrity metal-detector. What could be more indicative of a celebrity culture?"

The three other metal detectors, set aside for the guests who didn't star in reality tv shows, languished idly as the "celebrities" queued, less than patiently, to receive a special VIP frisking. At least Ricky Gervais had a sense of the absurdity of the occasion, saying: "I kept thinking, 'What am I doing here?' I'm too fat to be wearing a tuxedo on an 85-degree day in the afternoon."

Inside the awards though there was none of the controversy seen last year when actress Kathy Griffin (left) , accepting her Outstanding Reality Program award at the Creative Emmys for reality show, Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, said, "A lot of people come up here and thank Jesus for this award. I want you to know that no one had less to do with this award than Jesus. Suck it, Jesus. This is my god now." After complaints she was censored in the repeated version.