Memorable past Emmy moments
Published: Friday, September 20, 2013
Updated: Friday, September 20, 2013 00:09
It may not be the Oscars, but the Emmys always manage to turn some heads. The Sixty Fifth Emmy Awards are premiering this Sunday night, and will be hosted by Michael Douglas and Matt Damon. While most eyes are on who wins what, millions of TV viewers will be tuning in just to see what this year’s top Emmy moment will end up being. Every year, this ceremony, like the Oscars, has its share of funny, inappropriate, or just plain noteworthy happenings. In honor of that, let’s take a quick look back at some of the ceremony’s best moments of the recent past.
Kicking off with the best of the best, who can forget Jon Stewart’s 2005 spoof of a profanity-doctored speech, in which he ranted about the government’s response to Hurricane Katrina, in a satire of the major TV network’s fear of government intervention?
Or how about the famous kiss between Garry Shandling and Brad Garret in 2003, as a parody of the infamous kiss between Britney Spears and Madonna at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards?
Of course, it’s hard to beat Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert’s hilarious diatribe during the 2006 awards, in which the comedic duo lampooned religion, Democrats, Republicans, the Emmy awards and reality television, in a speech that lasted less than two minutes, before presenting the category’s nominees.
My personal favorite was in 2011, where we were treated to characters from all different Emmy nominated shows appearing on the set of “The Office” in a brief, pre-recorded sketch, including Mariska Hargitay (Law and Order: SVU) describing her distaste of rapists but happiness with being able to walk to work, Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) selling crystal meth to Creed, or Ashton Kutcher (Two and a Half Men) taking Michael’s position as manager in a parody of his recent casting as lead of Two and a Half Men.
Of course, not every Emmy moment is a winner for those involved. I’m sure Seth McFarlane didn’t come away too happy in 2012 when, after spending ten seconds presenting one of the awards, realized he wasn’t actually standing in front of a microphone. Although the Family Guy creator laughed it off, and managed to get some laughs by doing Stewie from the show, it really just ended up feeling kind of awkward.
No matter what, there’s sure to be something interesting happening this year, so make sure you stay tuned to find out what it is. It could be something as major as Janet Jackson’s ‘wardrobe malfunction’ at the 2004 Super Bowl, which will likely be remembered forever by all who watched it (I was out of the room, personally, and still hate myself for that) or something as minor as Susan Lucci’s award speech at the 1999 Daytime Emmy awards. Whatever it is, you’re not going to want to miss it.