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Without the star power of the Oscars and the energetic musical interludes of the Grammys, the Emmys sometimes seem like the red-headed stepchild of the awards ceremonies. But that's why they're so much fun. 

Like a red-headed stepchild, the Emmys need things to be explained many times before they catch on. Take The Daily Show, for instance. Pretty much everybody knows it's a great show and has been for some time. So does the Emmys which is why the show has won Outstanding Variety Series for ten years in a row.

Also like a red-headed stepchild, the Emmys need to make a scene sometimes. This year, it was Tracey Morgan's turn to be the center of attention. With the help of host Jimmy Kimmel and ostensibly under the auspices of getting better ratings, Morgan pretended to pass out on stage about half way through the show. Kimmel told the audience to tweet about it, but nobody seemed to make too big a deal about it. 

But -- and we're really stretching the metaphor now -- like a red-headed stepchild, the Emmys stop short of being too noticeable. The dresses on the red carpet look nice, but nobody arrived in a giant translucent egg being carried by men in loin cloths. People had a good time, but we doubt any of the stars will show up too drunk to get through the door at the after party. 

Inevitably, all that matters after any awards show is the list of winners. And pictures of celebrities looking silly, like this sweet shot of Tom Hanks with a pencil-thin moustache.


Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

Writing For A Comedy Series: Louie, Pregnant

Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series: Julie Bowen, Modern Family

Guest Actress In A Comedy Series: Kathy Bates, Two and a Half Men

Guest Actor In A Comedy Series: Jimmy Fallon, Saturday Night Live

Directing For A Comedy Series: Steven Levitan, Modern Family

Lead Actor In A Comedy Series: Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men

Lead Actress In A Comedy Series: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Reality-Competition Program: The Amazing Race

Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Program: Tom Bergeron, Dancing With the Stars

Supporting Actor In A Drama Series: Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad

Writing For A Drama Series: Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon & Gideon Raff, Homeland

Supporting Actress In A Drama Series: Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey

Guest Actress In A Drama Series: Martha Plimpton, The Good Wife

Guest Actor In A Drama Series: Jeremy Davies, Justified

Directing For A Drama Series: Tim Van Patten, Boardwalk Empire

Lead Actor In A Drama Series: Damian Lewis, Homeland

Lead Actress In A Drama Series: Claire Danes, Homeland

Writing For A Variety Special: Louis C.K. Live at the Beacon Theatre, Louis C.K.

Directing For A Variety Special: Glenn Weiss, 65th Annual Tony Awards

Outstanding Variety Series: The Daily Show With Jon Stewart

Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or A Movie: Jessica Lange, American Horror Story

Supporting Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie: Tom Berenger, Hatfields & McCoys

Writing for a Miniseries Or A Movie: Danny Strong, Game Change

Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie: Julianne Moore, Game Change

Directing For a Miniseries Or A Movie: Jay Roach, Game Change

Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie: Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys

Miniseries or Movie: Game Change

Outstanding Drama Series: Homeland

Outstanding Comedy Series: Modern Family


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