Primetime Emmy results: the fair, the unfair, and the weird

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Jimmy Fallon and Emmy

The Emmy's: you love them! You love them so much, you haven't even bothered to order cable yet; otherwise, you'd just sit at home all day watching the opening dance sequence via DVR ad-infinitum (you monster).

But the turnout, which you still care about, is unusually positive this year. Some thoughts on things fair, unfair, and weird:


  • Mad Men winning Best Drama – it doesn't matter that it's the third year in a row
  • The much-deserving Bryan Cranston from Breaking Bad winning Best Actor in a Drama
  • Modern Family taking almost all comedy-related awards, as they had the strongest  first season in recent memory (twenty-two goddamn episodes long)
  • Aaron Paul from Breaking Bad winning best supporting actor (John Slattery is so good, I wish him ill)
  • Best Supporting Actress, Comedy Series: Jane Lynch, naturally


  • Betty White winning Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Serie – sorry, everyone under age twenty: Elaine Stritch, aka Jack from 30 Rock's mom, hangs Betty White out to dry
  • Best Actress, Comedy: Edie Falco for Nurse Jackie (whatever)
  • Best Actor, Comedy: Jim Parsons for Big Bang Theory (the actual worst pick out of everyone in that category)


  • Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or A Movie: Al Pacino in You Don't Know Jack: this happened?
  • Jeff Probst winning an Emmy for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program, a category with no winners
  • Judi Dench not earning her rightful title as Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or A Movie

Complete list of winners and nominees here.