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The 2013 Emmys - as it happened

2013-09-22 22:19
7:03 - The deservedly elated cast of Breaking Bad show off their Emmys. Wow, still not dealing with the fact that it'll all be over soon... Breaking Bad's FINAL season (eek!) is currently airing on M-Net Series Showcase (DStv ch113) on Sundays at 22:30.

Funnily the second to last episode of the series (entitled "Granite State") aired at the same time as the Emmys, leaving many viewers with the tough decision to either stick with the ceremony and watch the show potentially win its first-ever Drama Series Emmy, or actually watch the show they so dearly want to see win awards on an international platform. (Photo: AP)

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5:42 - FYI: If you missed the live broadcast of the Emmys this morning, which, let's face it, you very likely did because you are normal, will be rebroadcast tonight, Monday 23 September on M-Net at 20:30. And here is the full list of all the night's winners.

5:08 - WINNER! The last Emmy of the night goes to..... BREAKING BAD!!!! Yes. Finally. The best TV show probably ever (along with obviously The Wire, Friday Night Lights, Battlestar Galactica... what else am I missing?). This is its very first win for Best Drama after winning 6 acting Emmys for its actors. Well done. I'm unspeakably happy about this win! And just one more episode before the show leaves us forever.... *sob*...

5:07 - "Well, this may be the saddest Emmys of all time but we could not be happier" - Steve Levitan, Modern Family executive producer on his win.

5:05 - WINNER! Modern Family wins its 89th consecutive Emmy for Best Comedy Series. Zzzzzz....

5:04 - Will Ferrell is in a shorts and T-shirt and his three kids are there to help him present the last two awards. Apparently he's a last-minute replacement for Dame Maggie Smith and couldn't secure a babysitter in time. Cute!

5:02 - Mad Men hotties Jon Hamm and Christina Hendricks keep smiling even though they keep losing out on the Emmys!

4:58 - WINNER! Behind the Candelabra completes its sweep of the Miniseries/Movie categories with the big one. FYI - It's a made-for-TV movie in the US but will be released in South Africa this Friday, 27 September in cinemas.

4:56 - WINNER! Michael Douglas wins as expected for playing Liberace in Behind the Candelabra. Douglas to his co-star and co-nominee Matt Damon: "The only reason I am here is because of you.... Do you want the bottom or the top?" And he thanks wife Catherine Zeta-Jones, so no more talk of them splitting up?

4:48 - WINNER! Ellen Burstyn wins the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for Political Animals. Another smart show that got cancelled early on. 

4:47 - WINNER! Outstanding Directing Miniseries or Movie goes to ... Steven Soderbergh for Behind The Candelabra - and he keeps his speech short and sweet.

4:38 - The rest of the In Memoriam segment plays out. It's kinda odd when the audience only applauds for the people they immediately recognise like Larry Hagman, Roger Ebert and Dennis Farina. Deafening silence for 80% of the others who also lost their lives this year. Like a popularity contest in the afterlife. Not classy, Emmys!

4:35 - WINNER! James Cromwell wins for Lead Actor in a Miniseries/Movie for American Horror Story: Asylum. The theme music is scaring me!

4:33 - WINNER! Abi Morgan wins Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries/Movie for The Hour, which was unceremoniously cancelled by the BBC after 2 short seasons. She had issues convincing the US immigrations official that she was coming for the Emmys.

4:24 -  Edie Falco pays special tribute to her The Sopranos co-star James Gandolfini. "You all knew James Gandolfini as the actor. I knew him as Jim the man." That was very touching. 

4:23 - WINNER! The Colbert Report wins again - Outstanding Variety, Music Or Comedy Series. What a deserved honour. Colbert and his writers have been on fire this year! Seriously, watch this show! (Comedy Central DStv122 Tues-Fri just after The Daily Show with John Stewart which starts at 23:50. The best double bill on TV by far!

4:21 -  NPH gets a chance to plug How I Met Your Mother. They probably need all the help they can get to entice people to tune in for the 211th (and final!) season.

4:20 - WINNER!
Choreography Emmy goes to Derek Hough for Dancing with the Stars. He's hot. And his sister Julianne is his date.

4:17 - The Emmys just got weird again with some performance art to some of the series theme songs, with Daft Punk's 'Get Lucky' as 1920 swing thrown in, which is somehow reminiscent of Boardwalk Empire? And Breaking Bad meth cooks as dubstep break dancers. I dunno anymore with this show.

4:07 - Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series goes to Saturday Night Live.

4:04 -  WINNER! The Colbert Report finally finally beat their big brothers at The Daily Show with John Stewart. "Wow, the Emmys are so good this year," says the bestest man on TV Stephen Colbert. If you aren't watching these two shows on Comedy Central (DStv ch 122) every week night (it's on at a terrible time though, set your PVR!) then you are missing out.

4:03 - OPRAH!

4:02 - Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series better go to The Colbert Report this year, please!

4:00 - WINNER! David Fincher wins Best Directing in a Drama Series for House of Cards

3:55 - WINNER! Claire Danes wins her third career Emmy and second for Best Drama Actress for Homeland - in the first non-surprise win for the night. So all that Kerry Washington talk earlier was just a cruel set up!

3:46 - Carrie Underwood is singing The Beatles. Now I am very confused.

3:43 -  Well this about sums up tonight's proceedings:

3:40 - WINNER! OMG - this is a shocker. Jeff Daniels wins Best Lead Actor in a Drama for a show everyone loves to hate, The Newsroom. He totally beat out Kevin Spacey and Bryan Cranston! "Well crap," Daniels says, rather appropriately.

3:37 - WINNER! Best Supporting Actor in a Drama goes to... Bobby Cannavale for playing last season's very bad baddie in Boardwalk Empire! That is a huge surprise right? Was certain Mandy Patinkin or Jonathan Banks was going to win. They Emmys are mixing it up this year. That's putting it mildly actually.

3:29 - WINNER! The Voice wins Outstanding Reality Competition Programme. That IS a shocker because only The Amazing Race wins this category. Fact. Hey SABC3, how about getting this show back on air? Or would M-Net like to step in, please? We've missed out on the 2 seasons already!

3:28 - Mindy Kaling and Arrow (OK, Stephen 'The Abs' Amell) have an awkward little repartee thing goin' on.

3:25 - So if the Emmys know full well that song-and-dance numbers are just time-wasters, why bother? Nathan Fillion singing though. That was worth it. Oh, that was it? Completely arbitrary indeed.

3:20 - What's the allocated time for each acceptance speech? These awesome array of winners so far are barely getting a word in before a piano starts tinkling, annoyingly, in the background.

3:17 - Jane Lynch pays tribute to her Glee co-star Cory Monteith who died in July. He was just 31 and the circumstances of his death (drug overdose) led some to protest this special tribute to the young, tragic star. 

3:14 - WINNER! The amazing Anna Gunn wins Best Supporting Actress in a Drama for Breaking Bad! So well deserved. She plays an intensely complex character.

3:13 - WINNER! Henry Bromell, who passed away earlier this year, wins Best Writing for a Drama Series for Homeland. His wife tearfully accepts on his behalf.

3:13 - The Ryan Seacrest Centre for Excessive Hosting. The only funny thing about that How I Met Your Mother skit.

3:04 - WINNER! And another SURPRISE WINNER! Laura Linney beats out American Horror Story's Jessica Lange for the Best Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie Award for The Big C: Hereafter. She's not there to accept her award. "She's that good," quips presenter and handsome man Matt Damon. Only 2 out of the 5 nominated ladies (Jessica Lange and Elisabeth Moss) were in attendance for this catergory. Oi.

3:00 - Our two favourite guys. And one of our 11 totally adorable celeb bromances. Breaking Bad FTW! (Photo: AP)

2:57 - Elton John performance = coffee break. If the Emmys are trying to be cooler and, er, hipper like the Oscars then this is not how to do it. Zzzzzzz.....

2:48 -
Would have been cool if Louis CK finally won an acting Emmy for Louie. The Big Bang Theory is obviously wildly popular, but is it taking risks or breaking new ground like Louie? Hardly.

2:47 - WINNER!
Jim Parsons wins yet another Emmy for playing Sheldon on The Big Bang Theory. He is on the verge of tears. "It's so silly being emotional, isn't it?"

2:43 - Modern Family finally get a win tonight (ugh, like they need it) for Best Directing for a Comedy for Gail Mancuso. It's the first time a woman's won this category. And she's getting played off fairly early on into her speech.

2:37 - WINNER! Julia Louis-Dreyfus wins her FOURTH Emmy in SIXTEEN nominations. This is her second win for Best Lead Actress in a Comedy for Veep. Tony Hale, who won earlier is staying in character and staying close at hand to help her out during her acceptance speech. LOL. Really.

2:36 - Let's just take a minute to marvel at Sofia Vergara's smoking hot red carpet look. (Photo: AP)

2:31 - Looks like the traditional In Memorian section will be carried throughout proceedings tonight, if that unannounced Robin Williams cameo was anything to go by.

2:29 - THIS.

2:27 - WINNER! Tony Hale is like the first person ever to beat a Modern Family dude for the Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy in about 35 years. He is AWESOME on Veep - congrats!

2:25 - Whoop! Tina Fey gets to win her last Emmys for 30 Rock - for writing this time! She's also up as Lead Actress and Executive Producer later.

2:18 - WINNER! A SURPRISE winner!! Merritt Wever wins Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy for Nurse Jackie - over both Modern Family ladies and Jane Lynch! Merrit is so shocked she literally cannot give an accpetance speech and simply says, gasping: "I gotta go!" Ha.

2:15 -
YES! The party only starts when Tina Fey and Amy Poehler start yelling at the stage and being inappropriately hilarious. They're so effortlessly awesome.

2:14 -
Kevin Spacey? Or Stewie from Family Guy?

2:14 - Alec Baldwin and his stunning daughter!

2:12 - More previous Emmy hosts (Jane Lynch, Jimmy Fallon) "stage-bomb" NPH.

2:11 - As last year's host Jimmy Kimmel tries to help NPH out, we've already forgotten that very underwhelming opening skit.

2:10 - Google Glass and Paula Deen is a racist jokes from our host.

2:04 - Neil Patrick Harris skit time! Yes, there ARE too many TV shows...

2:00 - And we're off! Oh, it's just the warm-up guy who says we are 2 minutes away. It's always more fun to watch these back-slapping Hollywood events live because it gets edited and censored for the rebroadcast on M-Net later tonight (at 20:30).

1:56 - Cat Deeley. Gorgeous, beautiful, young, talented Cat Deeley - please explain yourself! It's like a bondage dress gone horribly wrong. Tres tragique, as they say in the biz. (Photo: AP)

1:51 - War Horse credits are rolling on M-Net - which means it's nearly showtime. That means it's already time for a fresh cup of coffee and some finger warm-up exercises.

1:46 - Noticing LOTS of colour on the red carpet. Modern Family's Sarah Hyland is in a gorgeous deep green, Girls' Allison Williams has arrived in a very basic, deep blue Ralph Lauren number, Anna Faris is channelling modern, old-school glamour in a very bright yellow gown, while How I Met Your Mother's Alyson Hannigan and Mindy Kaling of The Mindy Project have opted for the purple haze.

1:40 - Aw, the lovely and talented Aaron Paul - nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama for the FOURTH time this year for Breaking Bad has brought his mom along to walk the red carpet. But his pretty new wife skipped the carpet. Wh-wh-why?!

1:35 - Oh look, it's Mrs Heisenberg - aka Best Supporting Actress in a Drama nominee for Breaking Bad Anna Gunn! (Photo: AP)

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1:27 - Game of Thrones matriarch Cersi Lannister (or Lena Headey to her parents) has arrived looking - frankly - badass. (Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images/AFP)

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1:19 - So to recap, the various races this year are pretty tight - there seems to be a feeling in the air (even waaaay over here) that we are in for some surprises this year. Many are predicting that the gritty and addictive Breaking Bad will finally prevail in the Best Drama category over last year's winner Homeland and the four-time winner before that, Mad Men. As one commenter stated below: Go Heisenberg!

1:16 - It's an ungodly hour in South Africa but Channel24 have sandwiches prepped and coffee brewing as Hollywood's best and brightest TV stars walk down the red carpet for the 65th annual Primetime Emmy Awards. Catch the live red carpet on E! (DStv ch124) now followed by the live awards ceremony on M-Net at 02:00. We're amped! How about you?

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