Emmy Awards 2013: Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jim Parsons Among Early Winners
All the guests have arrived and the 65th annual Primetime Emmy Awards has officially kicked off the celebration of the best in TV industry. After host Neil Patrick Harris delivered his monolog with the help and mocks from previous awards shows hosts, including Tina Fey and Amy Poehler who hosted this year's Golden Globe Awards, the two comedienne did their duty to present the first award of the night.
Fey, in her blue dress, and Poehler, clad in a black ensemble, seemingly struggled to get onto the stage with the "Parks and Recreation" star crawling on the stairs. They announced Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, which went to Merritt Wever of "Nurse Jackie".
Beating out Mayim Bialik, Jane Lynch, Sofia Vergara, Julie Bowen, Jane Krakowski and Anna Chlumsky, the Zoey Barkow depicter delivered a very short speech, "Thank you so much! I've gotta go, bye." It's her first Emmy after being nominated in the same category last year but lost it to "Modern Family" actress Bowen.
Fey was soon back to the stage again to collect Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series trophy. She won it for writing the "30 Rock" finale, sharing the price with Tracey Wigfield, who apologized to her parents because they rooted for "Louie" to win. Fey, meanwhile, thanked her husband Jeff Richmond and "30 Rock" showrunner Robert Carlock.
"I share this award with my partner of seven years, Robert Carlock. There are not many people in this world who make me feel lazy and stupid and by comparison you made me feel that way every day and for that I thank you," the "30 Rock" creator said.
"Veep" followed with two wins already, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for Tony Hale and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Hale called the honor "mind-blowing" and thanked his family in Macon, Ga. as well as the "Veep" crew.
He joined Louis-Dreyfus when she delivered her acceptance speech like his character does on the HBO show. He held her purse and whispered in her ear people whom she needed to thank for.
Another coveted award, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, went to Jim Parsons for "The Big Bang Theory", marking his third Emmy win in the category. "My heart! Oh my heart. I want you to know that I am very aware of how exceedingly fortune I am. To be a part of such a phenomenal group of people and thank you so much," he said, looking emotional. "It's so silly to be emotional, isn't it?" he added, before saying, "You know what? I will. I'll wrap it up."
Laura Linney nabbed the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for "The Big C: Hereafter", but she wasn't present to collect the award. Anna Gunn won Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her role on "Breaking Bad". "Thank you so much allowing the joy and the privilege of working beside you for all those incredible five seasons," the Skyler White of the AMC crime drama series said.
"Modern Family" and "Homeland" have also taken home one prize each, for Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series (Gail Mancuso) and Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series (Henry Bromell) respectively. Robin Williams has shown up to pay tribute to Jonathan Winters, Rob Reiner paid tribute to Jean Stapleton, and Jane Lynch remembered Cory Monteith.
More tributes and trophies are to be presented at the ongoing Emmy Awards.
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