Emmy Awards: Mid-ceremony report

Posted on 20 Sep 2009 at 7:42pm

When Neil Patrick Harris first came out a few years ago, he seemed miffed that he wasn’t given as much credit as an icon as, say, T.R. Knight. But his performance on the Emmys tonight — following his hosting duties on the Tony Awards this summer — show he finally “gets” it. In his opening number, he made a jokes about how Christina Hendricks from Mad Men could “turn a gay man straight…” before noting, “no, wait, there’s Jon Hamm.” And he’s been entertaining, too.

There have been some upsets tonight, including best actress in a comedy (Toni Collette for The United States of Tara) and best supporting actor in a comedy (Jon Cryer for Two and a Half Men). Another surprise, but a real good one, was an obviously overwhelmed Kristin Chenoweth for the canceled (and very gay) Pushing Daisies for supporting actress in a comedy.

Best director of a miniseries went to Irish lesbian Dearbhla Walsh for Little Dorrit, who thanked her partner in her acceptance speech. “It looks like there’s three of us in the bed tonight,” she said. My!

Less surprising — and interesting — was The Amazing Race winning its seventh consecutive award for best reality competition series; it has won every year the category has been in existence. Really? No better reality series in all this time? C’mon…

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