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The 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards: Live blog

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It's time for the biggest night of the year for TV stars and lovers alike - the 64th annual Primetime Emmy Awards! The best of the small screen have been nominated and will go head-to-head for one of the coveted golden statues - but who will win? Join Digital Spy live from 8/7c (1am UK time) for all the action from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles!


22:59Well, that's... it, actually. There was no real ending - the Modern Family cast was cut off with the music and Jimmy Kimmel made a smart comment about them wanting to stay another hour, and then said goodnight. Well, that was a bit rude. So I guess that's it for the Emmys. Oh, and viewers in the UK who want to see highlights from the show can catch them tomorrow (September 24) from 10pm on 5USA. Hope you had as much fun as we did!


22:56Now we're reaching the end - Michael J Fox is here to present the award for 'Outstanding Comedy Series'! He gets a standing ovation from the audience, all of whom seem in complete awe. It's between 30 Rock, The Big Bang Theory, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Modern Family, Girls and Veep. The Emmy goes to... Modern Family! Is that show just going to win every single year?!


22:50The entire cast and crew head up to the stage to accept the award, which you can tell is just a really big moment, especially for a show that may not have originally seemed like a frontrunner. Oh, I love it so much. Bring on September 30 so we can get season two going!


22:48Now we get to the good stuff. Julianne Moore is presenting the award for 'Outstanding Drama Series'. So many of them are worthy, but the winner might surprise you. It's Homeland!! Oooh, the Breaking Bad fans are going to be crying foul!


22:47Accepting the Emmy on behalf of the cast and crew is... producer Tom Hanks! "I want to thank the founding fathers for our democratic process," he starts, before going on to praise his fellow cast and crew.


22:46Here's the biggie in the category - 'Outstanding Miniseries Or Movie'. And the Emmy goes to... surprise, surprise, it's Game Change!


22:38Not wasting any time, now we're giving out the award for 'Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or Movie'. We don't even get a fancy little video, they just read the nominees in such quick succession that I can't even type them in time. What's with the rushing tonight? In any case, Kevin Costner wins for Hatfields & McCoys.


22:37Ginnifer Goodwin and Emily Van Camp are out next, presenting the 'Outstanding Directing In A Miniseries Or Movie' award. We're really scraping the bottom of the barrel here, as you can see. The Emmy goes to Jay Roach for Game Change, because of course it does.


22:29"I feel so validated because Sarah Palin gave me a big thumbs down!" she says, before going on to thank her fellow nominees, the HBO network and the cast and crew of the film. Love her.


22:29Now it's time for 'Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or Movie', which goes to... Julianne Moore for Game Change - yet again, totally predictable. I can't hate, though. Julianne Moore is a fantastic actress in general, and stunning, to boot!


22:27Up on stage next, it's Lucy Liu and Kiefer Sutherland. they're doing the awards for 'Outstanding Writing For A Miniseries Or Movie' first. Danny Strong wins for Game Change, which everyone sort of predicted, really.


22:21Whitney Houston, Steve Jobs, Tony Scott, Donna Summer, Kathryn Joosten... the list keeps going and going! :(


22:20Look - it's a rather Skeletor-looking Ron Howard (bless him). He's paying tribute to Andy Griffith, but not just to him - to all the stars we lost this year. Davy Jones, Richard Dawson, Jim Paratore and Sherman Hemsley all get a mention, along with Heavy-D, Chad Everett and Don Cornelius. We lost quite a few people, didn't we?


22:16'Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Miniseries Or Movie' is the next award to be announced. The Emmy goes to Tom Berenger for his work in Hatfields & McCoys. He gets through some names in the cast and crew like the others, but everything seems so rushed tonight that no one is getting to say much of anything (not that they all have anything of interest to say, but you know).


22:13Right, Ellen DeGeneres and Mario Lopez popped out on stage, but they were gone before I could figure out what they were there for. Instead, here comes Kerry Washington.


22:06Here comes Steve Buscemi! What's Steve Buscemi's deal? Like, just in day-to-day life? I would really love to know. Anyone, it's time for 'Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Movie Or Miniseries'. The winner? Jessica Lange for American Horror Story. Wait - since when was American Horror Story a miniseries? Isn't it just... a regular series?


22:03Right, we're moving right along to the Miniseries or Movie categories.


22:02Jimmy Kimmel has introduced his parents and is really putting me to sleep. After Tracy Morgan accuses them of lying to Jimmy when he was younger, the security officers come to "remove" them from the theatre. What is the point of this nonsense?


21:58Jon jokes that topical comedy has "the shelf life of egg salad" and feels validated that they've got an Emmy to prove to themselves that there's some longevity to what they do.


21:56The Emmy goes to The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. I love Jon Stewart, so I support this win! Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert pretend to tackle him in the aisle to keep him from reaching the stage and he eventually drags himself forward. Ha ha, these boys!


21:55Time for the 'Outstanding Variety Series' award.


21:53Well, well, here's Ricky Gervais. "So much better than the Golden Globes, isn't it?" is the first thing out of his mouth. He's giving out the 'Outstanding Directing For A Variety Special' award, and jokes that they really held out to give him the big presentation. Half the nominees in this category are actually working on tonight's broadcast, as we see from the camera flashing to them. Hilarious. Glen Weiss wins for The 65th Annual Tony Awards. He's busy directing tonight's Emmys... so meta. Help!


21:45Aziz Ansari and Jane Levy are heading out, and Aziz doesn't even bother to walk with her, which is a bit rude. Aziz! He pretends to do a little English accent (pretty terrible one, I might add). Best Variety Programme nominees are - the 84th Annual Academy Awards, some Betty White roast, The Kennedy Centre Honours, Louis CK Live at the Beacon Theatre and the 65th Annual Tony Awards. And the Emmy goes to... Louis CK Live at the Beacon Theatre!


21:41Moving on, it's time for awards in the Variety category! God, we're really speeding through tonight!


21:41Claire thanks her fellow cast and crew (giving lots of love to Mandy Patinkin, who seems to be nowhere to be found) and also her husband, Hugh Dancy - her "baby daddy". Her words, not ours!


21:38Of course, Claire Danes rightfully gets the Emmy. She so, so deserved it - and I don't think anyone could argue that one.


21:38The nominees are Claire Danes for Homeland, Kathy Bates for Harry's Law, Julianna Margulies for The Good Wife, Michelle Dockery for Downton Abbey, Elisabeth Moss for Mad Men and Glenn Close for Damages.


21:37It's Tina Fey and Jon Hamm out next - are those two always hanging out? I mean, I wouldn't be averse to it, but you know. They're presenting the award for 'Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series', and Tina Fey's dress is gorgeous. She pretends that she can't see the prompter and says a lot of nonsense and everyone laughs because it's Tina Fey and everyone loves her.


21:29Damian Lewis picks up the Emmy for 'Outstanding Actor In A Drama Series' for Homeland! Brilliant, and totally deserved. (Hold your commentary, Breaking Bad freaks!)


21:27Ha - it's a fake 'In Memoriam' and Josh Groban is on hand to sing a piano version of One Direction's 'What Makes You Beautiful' as a reel of Jimmy Kimmel's past moments are played on screen. I'm not sure what the point of that was, really. "I will be missed," Jimmy says, before introducing Julianna Margulies. Huh.


21:26The award for 'Outstanding Directing In A Drama Series' goes to Tim Van Patten for Boardwalk Empire. Tim couldn't be arsed to show up tonight, so they'll accept it on his behalf.


21:24Giancarlo Esposito (who I'll always think of as The Mirror from Once Upon A Time, though of course he's done much more), is out to tell us who won for 'Guest Actress In A Drama Series' and 'Guest Actor In A Drama Series' earlier this week. It was Jeremy Davies (Justified) and Martha Plimpton (The Good Wife), if you didn't already know. They'll present the next award.


21:18Hayden and Connie are still there, and now they're giving out the award for 'Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series'. Maggie Smith takes home the prize for her work as the formidable (and hilarious) Dowager Countess on Downton Abbey! YAY! And hey, that's Dame Maggie Smith to you.


21:17Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon, Gideon Raff pick up the trophy for their work on Homeland. Yes! They've all been writing together for ages, and give some thanks to people at the network and various other business partners. They don't get too far, though, before being played out by the music. Ouch.


21:15Next up, Hayden Panettiere and Connie Britton are giving out the award for 'Outstanding Writing In A Drama Series'.


21:13Jimmy Kimmel is back on stage, and he needs help to pull a prank on people who aren't watching the show. Tracy Morgan volunteers. Jimmy tells everyone to go on Facebook and Twitter to say that Tracy Morgan just passed out on stage. Tracy immediately lies down, as asked, and just stays there. Ha!


21:07Aaron is nearly in tears and thanks Vince Gilligan and the writers for not killing his character and his parents for kicking him out of the house and pushing him to pursue his dreams. His fiancée Lauren also gets a sweet shout out. Aww, good for him - well deserved!


21:05Claire Danes is presenting the first Emmy in this category - and she'd better win later tonight, that's for sure. Homeland is easily one of the best dramas I've ever seen, and hands down in the top three that are on TV now. But we're doing 'Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series' at the moment. And the winner is... Aaron Paul from Breaking Bad!


21:02Moving right along - we're really getting into the meat of the show. It's time for the drama awards!


21:01Tom Bergeron scoops the award for Dancing with the Stars. Deepest thoughts and prayers go out to whichever unfortunate colleague of mine will become immersed in the All-Stars season beginning tomorrow.


21:00Here we are - it's Seth MacFarlane, who fails to walk over to the microphone and spends a bit of time speaking quietly into the open air before heading over to the mic where we can hear him. He's going to present the award for 'Outstanding Reality Show Host'. Hmm...


20:57Time for the next skit - it's The Big Bang Theory's turn this time around. The characters are watching the Emmys on TV and it's all too meta for me to even process, so I'll leave it at that.


20:52Oooh, look! It's James Van Der Beek and Damon Wayans Jr! More Happy Endings love (it's such a good show, guys). Outstanding reality programme award time - there are far too many nominees and they're talking way too fast. All you need to know is that the award has gone to The Amazing Race. Humph. It is a good one, though, so I don't know what I'm complaining about.


20:50Right, there's no time to lose here, people. It's time for some Reality TV awards! Personally, I think we should give all the awards to Survivor because it's the best, but that's just me.


20:47"I don't want to jinx it, but so far we've had a winner in every category!" quips Jimmy. Ugh, it's going to be a long night. But here's salvation - Stephen Colbert! He's presenting the award for 'Outstanding Actress In A Comedy Series'. There are some great nominees in this category - Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Edie Falco, Lena Dunham... what a great group! And... Julia Louis-Dreyfus takes it for Veep!


20:39Up next, Melissa McCarthy and Mindy Kaling are up to present the award for 'Outstanding Actor In A Comedy Series'. It's between Don Cheadle, Louis CK, Jim Parsons, Jon Cryer, Larry David and Alec Baldwin. It goes to Jon Cryer for Two and a Half Men. Ugh, gag me. Why is that show still on the air? How did it ever get there to begin with?


20:37Skit time again! The Modern Family cast is chatting about how much they love each other... except for the child actor Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, who is a total monster. Ha! She pulls pranks on the cast, eats their lunch, insults their appearance... it's pretty adorable. Eventually they try to replace her with Ken Jeong. Ha!


20:34The winner is, of course, Steven Levitan for Modern Family. This is the fourth win for him. Listen, I'm sure it's a great show and all, but is it so good that it needs to be dominating the show for this many years? Ay carumba!


20:33Hey, look - it's Matthew Perry! He's here to announce the winners for 'Guest Actress In A Comedy Series' and 'Guest Actor In A Comedy Series'. Well, sorta - the winners were actually announced last Saturday, but he's going to announce them again. He jokes that he doesn't normally agree to do things like this, but he then realised he loves attention. Ha! So who picked up the awards? Well, it was Kathy Bates (Two and a Half Men) and Jimmy Fallon (Saturday Night Live)... and they're here to present an award of their own!


20:24Instead, it's a win for Modern Family's Julie Bowen. Eh. Hilariously, Sofia Vergara lets out an "OWWWW!" of support from the audience upon the announcement. Ha!


20:24Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men) and Kat Dennings (2 Broke Girls) are up next, presenting for 'Best Supporting Actress In A Comedy'. There's Mayim Bialik, the late Kathryn Joosten, Julie Bowen, Sofia Vergara, Merritt Wever and Kristen Wiig. You know Kristen should get this, don't you?


20:22Jimmy's sat down between Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, now, as we are introduced to another skit about what Breaking Bad would have been like before cable. It's a black and white affair which also stars Don Knotts, and features The Andy Griffith Show theme playing over the background.


20:21Right, and we're back from the first ad break. Time for the next award, this time given out by Zooey Deschanel and Jim Parsons. Hi, Zooey! Love your purple dress, girl. In any case, they're presenting for 'Outstanding Writer In A Comedy Series', and there's a rightful winner if ever there was one - Louis CK takes it. Michael Shur from Parks and Recreation would have been another good pick, but I can't complain about this.


20:13Eric Stonestreet from Modern Family picks up the Emmy for 'Outstanding Supporting Actor in A Comedy Series'. To be honest, I've never watched the show, but I've always meant to, so that must count, right?


20:11We're starting off with the comedy categories tonight, and are being shown a nice little sitcom reel. Amy Poehler and Louis CK are presenting the first award tonight. What a combo!


20:08"Tonight is a night to to honour what we in Hollywood love more than anything else - ourselves," Jimmy says. He jokes that the actors will have to play their most challenging role to date - actors who are happy for their fellow thespians who beat them in their respective categories. On with the first award!


20:05I'm already yawning as Jimmy gets on stage to give a monologue about the evolution of TV (even name-checking Here Comes Honey Boo Boo - which is a hilarious show, albeit awful). He also comments on how a large percentage of the nominees tonight are British. Naturally!


20:03Jimmy's out of pants, too, but guess who comes to the rescue? It's Ellen DeGeneres! Who doesn't love Ellen?


20:03What better way to start off the show than with a skit? Zooey Deschanel, Mindy Kaling and Christina Hendricks are practicing their "shocked award acceptance" faces in front of a communal bathroom mirror when Jimmy Kimmel comes in crying about how he got bad Botox. Luckily, a naked Lena Dunham and a superhuman Kathy Bates and Julia Louis-Dreyfus are on hand to punch his face back to normal and get him on stage.


19:59Right, we're just about ready to get started. Who are you hoping will take home a prize tonight? I'd like to see Amy Poehler and Claire Danes be recognised in their respective categories, for sure!

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