“I gotta go. Bye,” a stunned Wever said, staring out into the audience before wandering off the stage in a daze immediately winning the speech of the night in the very first category.
On the non-premium cable end of things, “Breaking Bad” could be shaping up for a big night. The critically-adored AMC series – which ends next week and aired its penultimate episode opposite of tonight’s Emmys – is expected to duke it out for best drama, and Anna Gunn kicked things off early with her first win in the supporting actress in a drama category for her portrayal as Walter White’s wife, Skyler.
Showtime continued to rack up the awards, as Laura Linney won lead actress in a miniseries as a teacher with terminal cancer in “The Big C: Hereafter.” Presenters Michael Douglas and Matt Damon accepted on her behalf. (“She’s such a great actress she didn’t even need to show up,” Damon cracked.)
In between the awards, the Emmys turned rather morbid, as five recently-deceased showbiz types were singled out for special, personal tributes. Robin Williams drew some laughs while talking about Jonathan Winters (“Jonathan Winters was my mentor. I once told him that and he said, ‘Please. I prefer idol.’”) while Rob Reiner got emotional talking about Jean Stapleton. Elton John performed a ballad, “Home Again” as a tribute to the departed Liberace, the subject of HBO original movie “Behind the Candelabra” starring Douglas and Damon. Jane Lynch showed up to talk about Cory Monteith and discuss the perils of addiction; the 31-year-old actor died of an accidental drug overdose this summer. Earlier this week, Monteith’s inclusion in the personal tributes made headlines, as some didn’t think his body of work merited special attention in the same list of veteran actors.
The Emmy Awards aren’t known for shaking things up. So, relatively speaking, this could be an especially groundbreaking year for the show as “House of Cards” is expected to duke it out with critically-adored “Breaking Bad” and last year’s champ “Homeland” for best drama series. If “Cards” prevails, it would become the first Internet-streamed show to win a major award. The political drama made a big splash in its debut season, as stars Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright are up for acting nominations, while David Fincher represents in the directing category.
Netflix stole the thunder back during the nominations this summer, snagging 14 nods and becoming the first Internet-streamed show in history to be up for major awards. It continued to have a presence during the awards ceremony, as Kevin Spacey parodied his “House of Cards” character’s breaking the fourth wall, addressing the camera during a bit that saw former hosts of the Emmy Awards crash Neil Patrick Harris’s opening monologue.