Emmys 2013 Recap: Winners, Losers, and Weird Speeches

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In honor of TV’s biggest night, we here at The Filtered Lens have got the complete list of winners, thoughts on host Neil Patrick Harris, and some awards of our own to dole out.




Official Emmy Awards Winners List (where everyone is so “outstanding!”)–

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Meritt Weaver (Nurse Jackie)

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series: Tina Fey and Tracey Wigfield (30 Rock)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Tony Hale (Veep)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep)

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: Bob Newhart (The Big Bang Theory)

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: Melissa Leo (Louie)

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series: Gail Mancuso (Modern Family)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie: Laura Linney (The Big C: Hereafter)

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series: Henry Bromell (Homeland)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad)

Outstanding Reality Competition Program: The Voice

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Bobby Canavale (Boardwalk Empire)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Claire Danes (Homeland)

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: Dan Bucatinsky (Scandal)

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series: Carrie Preston (The Good Wife)

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series: David Fincher (House of Cards)

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series: The writers of The Colbert Report

Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series: Don Roy King (Saturday Night Live)

Outstanding Choreography: Derek Hough (Dancing with the Stars)

Outstanding Variety Series: The Colbert Report

Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special: Abi Morgan (The Hour)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie: James Cromwell (American Horror Story: Asylum)

Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special: Steven Soderbergh (Behind the Candelabra)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie: Ellen Burstyn (Political Animals)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie: Michael Douglas (Behind the Candelabra)

Outstanding Miniseries or Movie: Behind the Candelabra

Outstanding Comedy Series: Modern Family

Outstanding Drama Series: Breaking Bad


The Unofficially Official Filtered Lens Awards Winners (where no one is outstanding…)–

Best Red Carpet Moment: Claire Danes sneaking up on Lena Dunham during her interview with Ryan Seacrest and then taking over for him.  It was pretty adorable, and the two make an awesome celebrity pairing.  Will Carrie be popping up in Brooklyn soon?

Biggest Waste of Award Show Screen Time: The opening pre-taped skit.  This past year was excellent for TV, and instead of using this time to have a funny parody with celebrity cameos, host Neil Patrick Harris decided to air clips of hit shows as he pretended to binge-watch them.  Snore.  Thank god it was saved by….

Best Save of the Night: Kevin Spacey, Tina Fey, and Amy Poehler. Before NPH’s opener veered all the way into terribly boring territory (because the best way to follow a clip show is to have previous Emmy hosts argue with each other…not), things picked up when the House of Cards star did a riff on one of his devilish, fourth-wall-breaking monologues from the show.  This was hilariously followed by Fey and Poehler (who are officially my favorite hosts of any award show ever) appearing as hecklers.  I expect a clip of Fey shouting “I come to award shows for the twerking!” will be making the rounds on YouTube soon.

Weirdest (In a Good Way) Moment: Meritt Weaver’s acceptance speech was maybe the shortest, and strangest, in Emmy history.  It consisted of, “Thank you so-Oh no! Thanks so much. Um. Thank you so much! Um…I gotta go. Bye.” Seriously, that was it.  Weird, right?  And yet, for a show that’s notoriously known for long, rambling, ultimately unnecessary speeches, it was also pretty freakin’ awesome.

Most Deserving Win: Anna Gunn and Breaking Bad as a whole.  Whether you love or hate Skylar White, there’s no denying Gunn’s sheer talent.  It takes a lot to face off against Heisenberg, and she’s continually given some of the most compelling performances on the show.  The show overall is one of television’s best, and features some truly groundbreaking writing from Vince Gilligan and Co.  All I can say is, it’s about damn time.

Least Deserving Win: Jim Parsons.  I was originally going to say Julia Louis-Dreyfus because Amy Poehler totally deserved the Comedy Actress award, but the Veep star did some seriously amazing work this season so I really can’t complain.  Parsons, on the other hand, has won two other Emmys and is nowhere near as deserving as some of his fellow nominees.  It’s my humble opinion that the great Louis CK was robbed out of an award to someone who plays up nerd stereotypes on a vastly overrated multi-camera sitcom.  Oh well, there’s always next year….

No Surprise There: Similar to the Least Deserving win award, this one goes out to Modern Family who shocked absolutely no one by taking home gold for Outstanding Comedy Series.  It would be nice if 30 Rock could have gotten some more recognition for their excellent final season, but what can you do?

Biggest Surprise: Someone other than The Daily Show won for Outstanding Variety Program! Congratulations Stephen Colbert!

Best Acceptance Speech: Julia Louis-Dreyfus decided to thank all those who helped her secure her Lead Comedy Actress win by pretending to be her character Selena on Veep.  From nervously stuttering and slipping up on people’s names to having Tony Hale hold her purse and feed her lines, it was a great reminder of just how much of a funny lady she is.

Most Touching Moment(s): All of the tributes to the deceased were very well done.  Having them done individually and presented by people who knew them personally was a smart choice.  It was especially saddening to watch the tributes of those who left us too soon such as Corey Monteith and James Gandolfini.

Biggest Missed Opportunity: This is the first year in Emmy history that two shows that aren’t technically on a real network received several nominations (and one win! Way to go David Fincher!).  Aside from Kevin Spacey’s small House of Cards bit in the beginning there really was no mention of this.  Given the way these shows are part of the next wave of television, I feel like it could have been made into a bigger deal.  At the very least, they could have been fodder for some decent jokes from the host.

Best Intro: Oprah Winfrey using her famous announcing skills to list the names of Jimmy Kimmel’s writing staff.  It was unexpected, and also pretty great.

Most Entertaining Moment: Without a doubt, the large-scale dance number that introduced the Oustanding Choreography nominees was the coolest thing on the air tonight.  Elton John and Carrie Underwood are musical superstars in their own right, but watching dancers masterfully recreate moments from the nominated TV shows was all kinds of amazing.  Announcing the winner for the category on TV was an excellent idea.

The More You Know: Apparently American Horror Story‘s James Cromwell is the only actor to ever utter the words “star trek” on Star Trek.  Thanks disembodied Emmy announcer!

How’d the Host Do: Meh.  Look, I love NPH.  You love NPH.  We all love NPH.  But the truth is, aside from his two great dance numbers, he was pretty underwhelming.  Maybe stick to hosting the Tonys, Neil?


For those of you who watched, what’d you think?  Which wins are you most happy about, and which are you most upset about?  Let us know in the comments below.


By Mike Papirmeister

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