The 2010 Emmy Awards: Recap

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The 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards took place in Los Angeles this past Sunday, August 29th, and the stars were in rare form—all glitzed up, glammed out,and gunning for those little golden trophies. While some celebrities left the ceremony touting a few extra pounds of metal along for the ride, others were empty-handed—and just who those “others” were might surprise you. So whether you missed the fashion and the frenzy or you just want a little refresher, the San Diego Entertainer has you covered.

Funnyman and Late Night host Jimmy Fallon kicked the festivities off with a hilarious musical sketch featuring Tina Fey, the talented cast of Glee, Jon Hamm, Joel McHale, Jorge Garcia, Nina Dobrev, and—get this—Kate Gosselin. Complete with fist-pumping dance numbers, a cameo from Betty White, and a “guitar solo” a la Fallon, the opening number was a huge crowd pleaser and set a playful, energetic tone for the remainder of the night.

But while Glee undoubtedly played a large part in the actual ceremony, the musical dramedy didn’t fare well as far as awards go—of its 19 nominations, the show only snagged two: Jane Lynch for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series and Ryan Murphy for Directing a Comedy Series. Rather, it was fellow breakout hit Modern Family that dominated the comedy category, snagging awards left and right for a grand total of six trophies (including the Emmy for Best Comedy Series) and unseating Tina Fey’s 30 Rock for the first time in three years.

Another surprising and long-anticipated upset occurred in the category for Best Reality Competition Program, when the 7-year reigning champ, The Amazing Race, was toppled by another series—and not by reality powerhouses American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, or Project Runway. Instead, a more, shall we say flavorful, show snagged the trophy: Bravo’s Top Chef.

And while many were hoping that the jilted Conan O’Brien would take the win for the Variety category (giving NBC a nice kick in the gut in the process), The Daily Show with Jon Stewart continued its winning streak with its 8th consecutive Emmy.

Other surprises included a musical ditty performed by Kim Kardashian, a moving humanitarian speech from George Clooney, and Temple Grandin’s (extremely well-deserved) seven Emmy wins.

For a full list of winners, visit the official site of the Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at

Photo from Deanna via flickr

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