The Only Reason I Watched The Emmys: Conan O’Brien

August 28th, 2006 // Leave a Comment

Since I pretty much don’t have any interest in awards shows that don’t involve me getting anything, (and that, my friends, is a LONG list) I usually just have to rely on the host and ridiculous outfits/bad speeches given on stage in order to amuse me.

Luckily, this year, the Emmys were hosted by Conan O’Brien, who reprised the role after hosting four years ago. The show opened with a series of spoofs, in which O’Brien found himself in the middle of the plots of nominated shows. My favorite part of the intro had Conan on the set of “The Office,” in which he shared a perfectly parodied moment of laughter and sexual tension with Pam, the receptionist.

As for the winners of the night, Kiefer Sutherland finally got his hands on an Emmy for best actor in a drama series, after five years of critical acclaim and developing a cult-like following of loyal viewers of “24.” Of his award, Sutherland said:

“Every once in a while you’ll have an evening that just reminds you that you’re given too much, and this is that evening…This experience that has been `24′ has been nothing short of remarkable for me.”

However, my favorite speech of the night was given by Greg Garcia, creator of “My Name Is Earl,” when he went onstage to accept his award for best writing/comedy award. He decided to start off his speech with a list of people he didn’t want to thank, and gave a shout-out to his days as a production assistant, and opted to put God on his don’t-thank list because of taking away his hair prematurely. It was almost enough for me to forgive him for “Yes, Dear,” but not quite.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus won for “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” and had this to say onstage:

“Well, I’m not somebody who really believes in curses — but curse this, baby.”

And did anyone else notice crazy-faced and haired Barry Manilow’s really bad impression of humility when he went onstage to accept his award? I swear, nothing on that man moves from the neck up. It was terrifying, watching him speak, as if his overly taut skin would snap at any moment, revealing some really scary-looking cheek implants.

One little red carpet moment I found amusing and worth mentioning was Tim Gunn telling Maria Menounos that the big trend this season was (and I believe I’m quoting this correctly), “simplicity and aubergine.”

All in all, everyone on stage seemed to be having a good time and really, isn’t that what matters?

So, I’ll just be here, holding my breath until my nomination, turning a very fashionable shade of “aubergine.”

For a real article on the Emmys, click here.

Many more photos of the Emmy winners are after the jump.

Written by Lisa Timmons

A full list of Emmy winners is here.

(Image source and source and AP)

By Miu von Furstenberg

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