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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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jennifer    

Tori Spelling ......what a mutt. She looked like a very tough, unfeeling person last night, while her dad was being honored.

2914 days ago
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Shirley    

The most entertaining moment last night was Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart presenting and, River Rat, The Office is the best half hour comedy show on TV. You should give it a try, it will grow on you.

2914 days ago
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get a life people    

I felt sorry for the spelling family...They didn't even sit on the same row...Can you imagine your loved one dieing and having to be in the spot light...Very sad...I hope they patch things up soon..........

2914 days ago
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Kitty    

I would like to know if I was the only one who thought Farrah Fawcett was on drugs or something! I mean, she really didn't seem to be there mentally. Her hands kept wandering all over her body only for her to realize and bring them down to her sides slowly. It was quite a show to see!

2914 days ago
20.

Stefanie    

Did anyone see the interview with Paula Abdul? She was definitely on something. She's a nut case.

2914 days ago
21.

Debbie    

Helen Mirren...thank Gods she won!!!! And didn't she look stellar...even if she did almost go arse-over-tits on the stairs!

2914 days ago
22.

Michele    

Oh, please give me a break. Candy Spelling was crying 500 million dollar tears. She did not look at all upset. And where was she young stud. She brought him to other award shows.

Tori showed more class in her baby finger that Candy did in that wrinkled face.

Tori, remember your father loved you and Mother cannot take that away from you. Who's knows, she could be jealous of you. Keep showing you are better than her and your money hungry brother.

The best thing about this, is I never even like Tori Spelling until her father died.

2914 days ago
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