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Why was Jon Hamm shaking his Madison Ave. ass at Betty White while Sofia Vergara tried to titilate in 3-D? What caused one winner to call her movie a "chick flick with bulls' balls"? And who dared utter the name Bucky Gunts...repeatedly?
Here's the best & worst of the Emmys broadcast:
Best Running Gag: Host Jimmy Fallon kicked off the show with a rousing Glee-inspired performance with Tina Fey, Jon Hamm, Jane Lynch, Joel McHale, Jorge Garcia, Kate Gosselin as well Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Chris Colfer, Amber Riley and more sprinting around singing Bruce Springsteen's "Born to Run." And it was by far the best moment of the night.
Worst Missed Opportunity: After a funny bit during the opening, Mad Men's Jon Hamm showed that he could be a great comedy star if he weren't so damn pretty. So sad.
Second Worst: Really, nothing for Lost? Talk about a mystery hard to understand.
Biggest Clown: For a guy who wanted to run away to join the circus, Modern Family's Eric Stonestreet delivered a moving, funny speech that was seriously heartfelt. Ha!
Best Reactions: The cast of Modern Family watching show cocreator Steven Levitan looked like they love him as much as his wife appears to. And really, after that bit with the cast and George Clooney in bed we think we may love him that much, too.
Second Best Clooney Appearance: The actor accepted the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award with a message to keep helping those in need around the world, even when their stories left the front page. "That'd be an impressive accomplishment," he said.
Biggest Ladies Man, After Clooney: Stephen Colbert praised some of the greatest female roles in history: John Travolta in Hairspray, Dustin Hoffman in Tootsie and Tom Hanks in Bosom Buddies. (Uh, is that why his show didn't win?)
Worst Cutaway: While accepting a writitng award, Mad Men's Matthew Weiner was in the middle of this revelation—"I'm so insecure that I actually seem open-minded."—when he got cut off. That isn't going to help his self-esteem, Emmy people. (The Best Drama win, though, probably smoothed things over.)
Biggest Onstage Bombshell: Lead Actress in a Comedy winner Edie Falco admitted in her speech, "I'm not funny!" Glad you waited until now to tell us.
Most Confusing: The guy who does the Tonys got an Emmy. How'd that happen?
Best Ricky Gervais Moment: While bemoaning the lack of drinks at the Emmys, the hilarious Office creator offered this bit about who he wouldn't be joking about: "Mel Gibson, come on, no, come on. I'm not going to have a go at him; he's been through a lot. Not as much as the Jews."
Biggest Winner: Between all the wins for Breaking Bad and Mad Men, NBC might want to start charging AMC for all the airtime it ate up on the Peacock network tonight.
Stunning Gunts: The improbably named Emmy winner Bucky Gunts gave Gervais, Fallon and those of us at home a moment of deceptively filthy joy. "I hope it's Bucky Gunts. Because I didn't know you could say that on television," said Gervais. "Let's face it, we're all Bucky Gunts here."
The Only Thing That Sounds Worse Than Bucky Gunts: Julia Ormond described the film Temple Grandin as a "chick flick with bulls balls." And we're pretty sure she meant it as a compliment.