This was a no-brainer and so, so deserved: America Ferrera just won the Emmy for best actress in a comedy series to go along with her Golden Globe and SAG awards.
“It is truly an amazing wonderful thing that happens when your dreams come true. I just wish for everybody that they get to do what inspires them.
She paid tribute to the cast and crew and creators and writers and directors etc: “This is such an amazing wonderful acheivement and the award is getting to wake up and go to work tomorrow and see all your faces.”
BREAKING NEWS: Al Gore just told us that he isn’t running for president and congratulated the Academy for going green this year.
OK, back to the show: Sally Field has just won the Emmy for outstanding lead actress in a drama series for “Brothers & Sisters.” She plays Nora Walker on the ABC show, the mother of five adult children, including a son sent to serve in Iraq. Field was giving a terrific speech about motherswhen that damned orchestra ruined her flow. But she collected herself to finish strong: “Let’s face it, if mothers ruled the world, there wouldn’t be any goddamed wars in the first place!”
This is Field’s third Emmy.
Robert Duvall is sitting about five feet from me right now – waiting to face the press – and has placed his two Emmys on the ground. I feel like crawling over there, picking one up and sprinting to the men’s room and making a pretend speech. C’mon, you know you all have wanted to do that.
Helen Mirren has just left the press room with her second Emmy in two years – this time for “Prime Suspect.” She also won the Oscar this year and she’ll take it all: “Other years, I’ve sat out there and not won so I’m very familiar with that feeling as well.”
Miiren was asked if she has m et Queen Elizabeth yet, who she played in “The Queen” and won the Oscar for. the answer is no. The Queen had invited Mirren to the White House State Dinner this year but the actress was busy filming the sequel to “National Treasure.”
“It’s embarrassing. I felt mortified and very, very bad about it but there was nothing I could do.”
I love Elaine Stritch, showbiz legend. She won the Emmy last weekend for her guest role on “30 Rock” and presented with Stanley Tucci. But as she struggled with the teleprompter she confessed: “I’m not faking this. I really don’t know what the hell I’m doing!”
Brought the house down.
As for Brad Garrett, his humore was more controversial.
He complimented co-presenter and “Til Death” co-star Joley Fisher on her revealing dress then said, as he towered over his much-shorter partner: “You should see it from up here! Note to self: ‘Buy milk.’ I think you just made Charlie Sheen’s ‘to do’ list.”
The camera panned to Sheen. He was not laughing
They came back here and I had to know, what did they think of this year’s crop of nominees in the miniseries category?
Ben Vereen turned the question around and said to me: “What do YOU think?”
I didn’t say. Thankfully, they had taken the mic away from me by then.
They paid tribute to Alex Haley who wrote “Roots” based on his own family history.
This is what I found sad: while Mischa Barton works in film after film, the great Cicely Tyson told us: “I’m looking for a job! I feel like Bette Davis who put an ad in the newspaper…do you remember that? I’m presently unemployed – for most of my career I’ve been unemployed.”
She laughed when she said that. But this great actress, an Emmy winner and former Oscar nominee, still looks great and has that incredible voice.
Somebody hire this woman!
Funny moment: Tyson emphatically proclaimed that “Roots” was the first mini-series – ever. Burton tried to correct her by mentioning 1975′s “Rich Man, Poor Man,” but she would not budge. She was Miss Jane Pittman after all. But, I think she was wrong on this count.
Uggams seemed to sum it all best: “Alex Haley’s writing, i have yet to see anything that tops it.”
The audience is being treated to a medley of Four Seasons songs by the cast of the Tony-winning Broadway show “Jersey Boys” as they show clips from the show. Just an inspiring idea.
Now, the ENTIRE cast of the show has walked out and are getting the night’s first standing ovation. They weren’t presenting or anything…just stood there and basked in the ovation.
I think I’m gonna cry.
This wasn’t too hard to predict…
OK, Jon Stewart was juat getting warmed up and the damned orchestra started playing. OK, I know ya gotta stay on schedule but… Let. The. Man. Speak!
“Tony Bennett: An American Classic” just won for outstanding variety or comedy special.
I love what Bennett’s son, who produced, said: “Dad, because of you, I’m going to be reaching for the moon for the rest of my life.”
Then the orchestra starts to play as Tony himself takes the mic but for him, they stop. So what did he say? He just wanted to introduce his wife in the audience!
Well, when you’re an 80-year-old national treasure, you can do things like that.
I’ve made fun of “The Starter Wife” tonight but really, it’s biggest saving grace was the performance of Judy Davis who elevates anything she is in. She won best supporting actress in a miniseries or movie. Presenter Marcia Cross said to the audience: “She’s not walking down te aisle.”
Davis did not show up. Probably home in Australia.
I suggest you rent “The Ref” if you want to see one of the best performances by Judy Davis and I also loved her in “A Cooler Climate” opposite Sally Field.
Out just walked John Amos. Louis Gosset Jr., Ed Asner, Cicely Tyson, Ben Vereen, Ivar Burton and Leslie Uggams. Wow! They starred in “Roots” 30 years ago and all look and sound great after all these years. It was classic TV that aired for eight nights in a row on ABC and had more than 60 percent of the TV audience.
Said Amos: “Let us all work to honor the legacy of ‘Roots’ not just tonight but in all that we do.”
“Roots” won many well-deserved Emmys including outstanding miniseires.
This year? Among the nominees in the miniseries category this year is the fluff: “The Starter Wife.”
Well, at least “Broken Trail” won the award.
A week ago tonight, Robert Duvall and I chatted outside a pre-Emy party honoring nominated producers. He told me that, yes, he did want to win. He hadn’t won anything in a long time. Well, he just WON best actor in a miniseries of movie for the Western “Broken Trail.”
He told the audience that “I knew it was going to be a hit” and that “the western is here to stay.”
He’s made some dandies from “Lonesome Dove” to “Open Range.”
This is cool.
Duvall, about to be p;layed off-stage by the orchestra, added: “I’m very proud to be an actor in this business.”
There have been all kinds of rumors for days that Britney Spears was going to appear on the Emmy telecast to apologize for her horrendous performance at the VMAs a week ago. I doubt it will happen because, well, it’s a stupid idea!
Meanwhile, we see the way things could have gone for Spears in the performance tonight of her former “Mickey Mouse Club” cast member Christina Aguilera who was lovely and in wonderful voice in a duet of “Steppin’ Out With My Baby” with the amazing Tony Bennett.
It’s called being a professional.