Even though the show was hosted by Neil Patrick Harris—who seems to be taking on one too many hosting duties—Amy Poehler and Tina Fey started the night out on a good note. They heckled NPH as part of a bit before they announced the first award, Supporting Actress in a Comedy, which went to Merritt Wever for her portrayal of Zoey Barkow on Nurse Jackie. Her award speech was the most tweetable of the night, too. “I gotta go. Bye.”
This was followed by Fey winning an award herself for Writing in a Comedy Series for 30 Rock. She shared the award with Tracey Wigfield.
The third category, Directing in a Comedy, was even more groundbreaking. For the first time in twenty years, a woman won. Gail Mancuso (Modern Family) is only the second woman to win. Betty Thomas was the first woman to win back in 1993. It was for an HBO series, Dream On, which was created by Marta Kauffman and David Crane, who would go on to create Friends.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus won her fourth Emmy in the Lead Actress in a Comedy category for Veep. Her four Emmys span three different shows. Her first was Supporting Actress for Seinfeld back in 1996, then ten years later, she won Lead Actress for The New Adventures of Old Christine. Last year, she was awarded Lead Actress for the first season of Veep.
Anna Gunn won her first Emmy for her portrayal of Skyler White on Breaking Bad (Supporting Actress in a Drama) and Claire Danes won her second Emmy for Homeland (Lead Actress.)
Ellen Burstyn was awarded Supporting Actress in a Miniseries/Movie for her work on Political Animals. She thanked creator Greg Berlanti for creating a female character over the age of 65 who was still a sexual creature. Or, as Burstyn put it, “still had some juice in her.”
Abi Morgan, the creator of the BBC America miniseries The Hour, won for Writing for a Miniseries/Movie. She was up against fellow Jane Campion for her series Top of the Lake.
The first award category to feature all male nominees (besides the acting awards) was Writing for a Drama Series.
Women who were nominated in all male categories but didn’t win include Lesli Linka Glatter (Directing for a Drama Series for Homeland) and Jane Campion (Directing for a Miniseries/Movie for Top of the Lake.)
- Emmys 2013: And the Winners Are…. (tvline.com)