Emmys 2014: The best video from Seth Meyers’ introduction to the Robin Williams tribute
Video: A roundup of the best videos from the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards
Tuesday 26 August 2014
"I'm having a really great time. I'm wondering maybe this is something they'll consider doing every year?"
So asked Fred Armisen in a mock Q&A with Emmy's host Seth Meyers in one of the night's funniest moments.
The show took home five Emmys in total. On the comedy side of the things, the night's biggest winner was Modern Family, which recieved the outstanding comedy series prize for a fifth consecutive year.
Here are the highlights from the night:
Video: Seth Meyers' introduction
Hosting a major awards show is a tricky business, just ask Ann Hathaway and James Franco. New late night talk show host Seth Meyers was always going to pale in comparison with the likes of Conan O'Brien, whose opening in 2006 was a masterclass. Meyers was seemingly away of the giants who had presented before him, stating after his first few lines, "Jokes are like nominees. They can’t all be winners." Still, he hit the nail on the head when he questioned the categories some shows were put in: "Comedies that make you laugh and comedies that make you cry, because they were dramas submitted as comedies."
Video: Bryan Cranston
His kiss with Julia Louis-Dreyfus has left many slightly flummoxed but his acceptance speech was perfect, mixing modesty with insight as well as humour ("Anna Gunn, I love you and especially those scenes in bed.") Cranston's speech had a great life message too: "I'd like to dedicate this award to all the Sneaky Petes who thought that maybe settling for mediocrity was a good idea because it was safe. Don't do it. Take a chance, take a risk, find that passion, rekindle it, fall in love all over again, it's really worth it."
Video: Jimmy Kimmel roasts Matthew McConaughey
While Meyers' introduction was a more sedate affair than on previous occasions, Jimmy Kimmel brought back a bit of sting to the night's presenting when he took a dig at Matthew McCounaghey. "You've gotten so fat since the Oscars", was Kimmel's opening line as he proceeded to question whether McConaughey really needed another award after his success in Dallas Buyers Club.
Video: Robin Williams tribute
'He made us laugh. Hard,' said Robin Williams' great friend Billy Crystal. Crystal's tribute to the late Williams showed how the most moving television can simply be a guy standing on stage alone, spilling his heart out. "It is very hard to talk about him in the past because he was so present in all of our lives. For almost 40 years he was the brightest star in the comedy galaxy." They needn't have showed the footage of Williams afterwards, especially as one of the clips was of a dubious taste.
Video: Aaron Paul
Best opening to an acceptance speech ever: "Oh wow. I think I'm going to throw up". He then went to make sure his fellow nominees got another round of applause. Class act.
Video: Gwen Stefani, Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon
Gwen Stefani screwed up at the Emmy's by announcing the winner of outstanding variety, music or comedy series as "The Colborrr Reporrrrt". Luckily, this allowed Jimmy Fallon to attempt to take the award for himself, saying, "She said it wrong so there must be a mistake".
Video: Weird Al Yankovic
Homeland can be difficult to explain to newcomers. Luckily, Weird Al Yankovic summed it up in a few simple lines: "Standing in a maze / Making out with terrorists / Beautiful woman / Ugly crying".
Video: Billy on the Street
Billy Eichner may be unknown to people in the UK but his comedy game show Billy on the Street is a must-see. Eichner and Meyers go round New York City offering strangers a dollar if they ask a question right about the Emmy's. One New Yorker mistakenly calls Meyers Seth MacFarlane while another doesn't know what an Emmy trophy is called, thinking it's either called a "Goldbloom" or an "Anniversary".
Video: Seth Meyers' Q&A
Thankfully, Meyers' audience participation went a lot smoother than his opening monologue, with particular delight coming from Melissa McCarthy asking about the parking situation and whether she would get towed. The thought also of there being an Emmy's bathroom key, with an Emmy trophy attached, was also well received.
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