11. The Big Bang Theory‘s Jim Parsons, Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: You believe him when he says he knows how exceedingly fortunate he is to win his third Emmy — and when he added, “It’s so silly to be emotional, isn’t it?”
12. The Hour’s Abi Morgan, Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries or TV movie: The visibly nervous surprise winner for the British period-piece series spiced up a thank-you filled speech with a promise to show her Emmy Award to the immigration agent.
13. Modern Family‘s Steve Levitan, Outstanding Comedy Series:
Levitan’s been an Emmys speech all-star in the last four years of Family domination. And he had a great Twitter-ebating opening zinger about this year’s bleak mortality obsession — “This may be the saddest Emmys of all time, but we’re happy.” From there it was all boilerplate, although you gotta enjoy anyone who thanks the bullies and gym coaches for insulting him into comedy.
14. Breaking Bad‘s Vince Gilligan, Outstanding Drama Series:
TV genius and genuine southern gentleman Gilligan gave a generous speech, name-dropping all his fellow nominees, proudly declaring the modern era as a golden age of television, and even sending a shout-out to “My sweetie, Holly.” It was a quiet speech. Maybe he’s saving the pyrotechnics for the inevitable 2014 win, when Gilligan grabs the Best Drama Emmy and explodes the dais with a piece of fulminated mercury. Vroom-vroom!
15. Saturday Night Live’s Don Roy King, Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series:
You want family shout-outs? Don Roy King has some family shout-outs. And they were pretty funny! He said hello to his 16-year-old daughter Cameron and his 93-year-old Aunt Peg. The cutest speech of the evening.
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