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Emmys 2006:

'24', HBO, O'Brien Win Big

8/28/2006 9:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Conan O'BrienTV's annual festival of self-congratulation passed into history last night for the 58th time, and history will note that Fox's "24" finally got the recognition it deserved, that Conan O'Brien ought to be given the hosting gig for life, and that HBO just can't lose the movie/miniseries category.

What's more, backstage, Tina Fey actually did go "arse-over-tits," in Helen Mirren's charming phraseology, "The Office"'s Rainn Wilson just had to kiss his castmates, and Martin and Charlie Sheen shared a nice filial cigarette.



"24," of course, took home the big hardware, winning the Emmy for best drama over tough competition that included "The Sopranos" and "Grey's Anatomy," the latter of which was shut out altogether after being favored to win. NBC's "The Office" took home the top prize in the comedy category, and Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" won for the fourth time for best comedy, music, or variety series, and "The Amazing Race" once again beat out "American Idol" for best reality show. And HBO ended up with a tally of 26 total Emmys, good enough to make it the most-feted network for six years in a row; its historical drama "Elizabeth I" won a total of nine Emmys, making it the biggest winner amongst all shows.

Meanwhile, the individual winners were a mix of veteran Emmy favorites and total newcomers. In fact, for some time, it looked as though the acting winners were all going to be from shows that had been cancelled. Whereas Megan Mullaly, Blythe Danner, and Alan Alda all took home supporting trophies for their respective shows, all cancelled, as Danner rather wryly pointed out about "Huff" on Showtime, Kiefer Sutherland finally got a golden girl for playing Jack Bauer, Mariska Hargitay won a rare Emmy for a procedural drama, and Scottish actress Kelly MacDonald won for best supporting actress in a movie or miniseries over a remarkably strong group of nominees, including Oscar winners Cloris Leachman and Ellen Burstyn.

The critical reception to Conan O'Brien as host (as of the morning) was as positive as could be expected for a gig that essentially ends once the opening monologue is over, and the much-ballyhooed tribute to Aaron Spelling went off without a hitch (though Farrah Fawcett seemed dangerously close to having another public meltdown) -- Candy and Tori Spelling were both shown on the telecast, though sitting obviously quite far away from one another. And, perhaps most relieving of all, Barry Manilow managed to get through his performance celebrating a stricken Dick Clark with both hips intact.

And as for the backstage action, several sources note that Tina Fey fell down a flight of stairs, invoking the phrase of the night, "going arse-over-tits," while "The Office's" Rainn Wilson smooched all of his castmates on the lips after their win. Also, the Sheens -- pere et fils -- were seen sharing a smoke, and Jeremy Piven was highly emotional when talking to the press about his first Emmy.
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1.

D&G    

Jeremy Piven!! Yaaaaa!!

I was glad to see him win.

2985 days ago
2.

LaLa    

what was up with eva longoria's dress??

paula abdul looked better even w her shower curtain outfit !!!

2985 days ago
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bogart4017    

A sstricken dick clark? Whats wrong with him?

2985 days ago
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Doctorsofpopculture    

The Emmy's were better than the Teen Choice Awards, but the bar was set pretty low. We love Conan- he did a good job. Calista Flockheart is not funny.

2985 days ago
5.

Dr Manhattan    

But what was up with Bradley Whitford who presented with Matthew Perry? He seemingly went off the teleprompter, praising how they all come together on a night like this or something. At first I was uncertain of whether it was a sketch or not, but when it all ended it sure seemed like it was some sort of drug fueled improv. Didn't anybody else see this?!

2985 days ago
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sherri    

mitch

dick clark had a stroke a while ago.

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2985 days ago
7.

Travis Bickle    

How ironic that the elite of hollywood that ridicule how the Bush Administration is fighting the war on terror and claim we torture honor a show that chronicles a guy who tortures and uses questionable tactics to fight terrorism. Gotta love the idiots of hollywood.

2985 days ago
8.

cheryl    

"But what was up with Bradley Whitford who presented with Matthew Perry? He seemingly went off the teleprompter.."

It was clearly scripted, as evidenced by Perry's deadpan rebuttal.

LOVED the show!! Thought Conan was magnificent with just the right degree of humor and irreverence. The Newhart sketch was genius, as was the Stewart/Colbert interplay.

The only let-down was that Steve Carrell did not win for best actor in a comedy. He is without peer in the category of rnale comedic leads. Ther is no excuse for his not winning.

2985 days ago
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get a life people    

Denis Leary should have won....I demand a recount......

2985 days ago
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mike    

i think the awards were good alot of people in an uproar over the opening skit about the plane crash. They thought it was a little distasteful with the recent crash in kentucky but I personally do not think so.

2985 days ago
11.

Tom Cruise has landed    

Conan did a great job. Way better than the teen choice. He was way funnier than Dane Cook and ofcourse more entertaining than Jessica Simpson (who isn't though?).

Really happy about Jeremy Piven and Tony Shaloub. They are both perfect in their part. I would have liked to see Weeds win for something. It is great!

2985 days ago
12.

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Didn't really watch but the 3 or 4 times I flipped over from the 100's of commercials during the Pirates movie, I saw only 3 things that interested me this year. Yea, for '24' & Mr. Sutherland as well as Mr. Monk.

2985 days ago
13.

RiverRat    

I was amazed that the Office was even nominated. What a stupid, uninteresting show that is. Does anyone even understand the jokes or am I right and it is not funny at all?

2985 days ago
14.

mike    

HOW ABOUT NIP TUCK. did they get any nominations. I really like that show.

2985 days ago
15.

Jennifer    

Kyra, i'm sorry you lost, it was clearly a booper??!! I'll still watch your show!!!!!

2985 days ago
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