Thanks to hosts Neil Patrick Harris and Sarah Chalke (getting cheeky at right), we've already gotten in one good gag about SAG and AFTRA reps beating each other up. And we have our first winners: FX's "Damages," for drama series casting; NBC's "30 Rock" for comedy series casting, and HBO's "John Adams," for longform casting.
Sarah Silverman presented the casting nods. She looks good, very low-key in a off-white tutu-ish frock.
Thesp Glynn Turman (pictured left) just won the guest actor in a drama series for his turn on "In Treatment." He looked surprised, and joked about how he can't read during the day because he went to night school. Backstage, Turman just told us that his wife has nixed his idea of "welding (the award) to the front of my car."
"Pushing Daisies" star Lee Pace, who's up for lead comedy actor honors at next week's main event, has handed out the costume awards: "John Adams" took the longform trophy, while Showtime's "Tudors" won for series. Lead "Tudors" costume maven Joan Bergin admitted "I'm gobsmacked at how much I wanted to win again."
Whoo-hoo, Showtime's "Tracey Ullman's State of the Union" has won for non-prosthetic makeup for a single-camera series. They surely earned it for their work on the comedienne of 1000 faces.
After the "Tudors" and "State of the Union" wins, Showtime prexy Robert Greenblatt led the on-stage exec shout-out derby early on with three mentions from winners, but HBO's Sheila Nevins pulled it out in the end with at least four (after about three hours I lost track).
Everyone in the backstage area is excited because Tom Hanks is in the house. He's pictured here in the green room with "Grey's Anatomy's" James Pickens Jr. Hanks is going to present the Governors kudo to National Geographic Channel.
"Mad Men" just picked up its first-ever Emmy win, hairstyling for a single-camera series. Just think of the work that goes into Joan's beehive alone. And this just in: "Mad Men" also wins for main title design.
Thankfully, the buzzed-about "Jimmy Kimmel Live" video "I'm F---ing Matt Damon" won't go home empty-handed. It's just won the honor for picture editing of clip packages for talk, performance, award or reality-competition program, in a tie with "American Idol." And for what it's worth, Sarah Silverman's "I'm F---ing Matt Damon" beat out her former beau's "I'm F---ing Ben Affleck" in the category.
In the cutter competish, the series editing nods have gone to "Pushing Daisies," for its "Pie-lette," and to AMC's "Breaking Bad." Bravo's "Top Chef" prevailed in the cutting for reality programming. HBO's "Autism: The Musical" won for editing for nonfiction programming.
OK -- I've got nothing against Jim Dooley, who just won the music composition for a series award for his work on "Pushing Daisies" -- really I don't. I liked "Pushing Daisies." But week in and week out there's no better series score on TV than the work Michael Giacchino does for ABC's "Lost," who was also nommed in the category. Oh well.
Ooh. Big political moment at the ceremony from Jeff Beal, who won for longform music composition for his work on TNT's Cold War era miniseries "The Company." Noting that the mini was about political shenanigans of an earlier era, he said: "After eight years of eight years of insanity, violations of human rights, censorship and unprovoked war, it is my hope that in November we'll move toward being a country that will be worthy of (lofty) aspirations again." Of course, the orchestra was furiously trying to play him off, but Beal got a big round of applause from the room.
Oh how cool. Sarah Silverman's willingness to sacrifice a Saturday to be a presenter today has really paid off. Her "I'm F---ing Matt Damon" vid from ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" won a second award, this time for original music and lyrics. Silverman couldn't resist a reference to her ex, Kimmel, as she reeled off a list of thank yous.
"And to the person for which this whole video was made -- Jimmy Kimmel -- who broke my heart, um, who'll always have a place in my heart," Silverman said with a grin. Good for her. (Sarah's pictured at right, accepting with her fellow tunesmiths.)
Very classy: Seth Green has just delivered a nice tribute to two giants who recently passed: animator Bill Melendez and voice over titan Don LaFontaine. And then Green handed out the animation awards. Fox's "The Simpsons" added another one to its trophy case, for the seg "Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind," in the category of animated programming under an hour. Comedy Central's "South Park" won in the hour-or-more category for the seg "Imaginationland."
More class: Tom Hanks is saluting National Geographic for its "Preserve Our Planet" eco-initiative in presenting the Governors Award.
"With National Geographic's help our planet will be a better place for our kids," Hanks assured.
Kind of a funny juxtaposition and many hundreds of years difference in the f/x competish. Sci Fi Channel's "Battlestar Galactica" got the win for series f/x, no surprise there. In the longform heat, it was HBO's "John Adams."
"Galactica" later captured the award for short-form live-action entertainment program (whatever that is) for Sci Fi Channel.com's "Razor Featurette No. 4." "Well, frak me," "Galactica" captain Ron Moore said in accepting his gold.
Jenna Fischer looked great as she presented a slew of sound mixing awards -- all of them with three-line category names. "Wow, I wish they would give me this many lines on my show," Fischer quipped, sounding every bit like her "Office" alter-ego Pam.
It was also nice to see a bit of proud L.A. TV history on stage, as Klaus Landsberg won as part of the sound mixing team for variety, music series or special, for his work on the 50th annual Grammycast. Landsberg is the son of a genuine TV legend (with the same name), Klaus Landsberg, the genius behind KTLA-TV, back in the mid-'40s when it was a futuristic experiment housed in a closet on the Paramount lot.
"Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner got a burst of applause and he wasn't even on stage. But when the series picked up another trophy, for cinematography for a one-hour series, d.p. Phil Abraham gave him a shout-out, call him "my great friend and fantastic boss, whose passion is completely infectious and made us all rise to the occasion and do the best we possibly could." Abraham won for the "Mad Men" pilot, which marked his first victory after five noms.
Awwww, good for Kathy Griffin. She bags the reality program award for the second year in a row for Bravo's "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List." (There's still the reality-competish category to come next week on the main event, don't forget.)
And Tim Conway closes our three-and-a-half-hour Emmy extravaganza on a goofy note as he wins comedy series guest star (his sixth career Emmy, btw) for his visit to NBC's "30 Rock."