Seth Meyers started out the night with a few gentle jabs at the television industry, pointing out that the Emmys airing on a Monday night in August was probably a good sign they were about to be canceled. Anyone familiar with his "Weekend Update" and "Late Night" knew what to expect: witty but not mean. He even willingly brought up the specter of Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, whose Golden Globes hosting has been widely praised, saying they responded to his text about help writing jokes with "New number. Who dis?"
Meyers also had some fun with the shifting cast on "Game of Thrones," pointing out that the actors had the worst job security in television: "You wait for next week's script the way normal people wait for biopsy results."
The night headed along a familiar path in the early going, with regular winners "Modern Family" and "Big Bang Theory" taking home trophies for directing, supporting actor in a comedy series and best actor in a comedy. Gail Mancuso, winning for the second time in a row for direction for "Modern Family," took the opportunity to address her speech to Matthew McConaughey, who was seated in the front row.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Bryan Cranston presented together, having a little fun with the fact that Cranston once played a dentist on "Seinfeld" who converts to Judaism. Louis-Dreyfus swore she didn't remember him, even though he pointed out that they made out on the show. The joke payoff came just a few minutes later, when Louis-Dreyfus won best actress in a comedy series on "Veep" for the third year in a row, and paused on her way up to the stage to furiously make out with Cranston. When she got up to the stage, the first thing she said was "Yeah, he was on 'Seinfeld.'
We're sad Poehler didn't win, but pleased that she apparently chose to be introduced for her presenter gig as Beyonce. Not a bad choice! And besides, she's got one more year to win, as "Parks and Recreation" wraps up its final season. [embedgallery id= 448270]
One upset? Kathy Bates beat out bonafide movie star Julia Roberts for best actress in a miniseries for "American Horror Story: Coven."
List of winners Outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series Ty Burrell, "Modern Family"
Writing in a comedy series Louis C.K., "Louie"
Outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series Allison Janney, "Mom"
Best direction in a comedy series Gail Mancuso, "Modern Family"
Outstanding lead actor in a comedy Jim Parsons, "Big Bang Theory"
Outstanding lead actress in a comedy series Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "Veep"
Outstanding Reality Competition Program "The Amazing Race"
Outstanding writing in a miniseries Stephen Moffat, "Sherlock"
Outstanding supporting actress in a miniseries or movie Kathy Bates, "American Horror Story: Coven"
Outstanding supporting actor in a miniseries or movie Martin Freeman, "Sherlock"
Outstanding directing for a miniseries, movie, or dramatic special Colin Bucksey, "Fargo"
Outstanding actor in a miniseries or movie Benedict Cumberbatch, "Sherlock"
Outstanding lead actress in a miniseries Jessica Lange, "American Horror Story: Coven"
Outstanding Miniseries "Fargo"
Outstanding writing for a variety series Sarah Silverman, "We are Miracles"
Outstanding directing, variety special The Tonys
Outstanding supporting actor in a drama Aaron Paul, "Breaking Bad"
Outstanding direction, drama series Cary Joji Fukunaka, "True Detective"
Outstanding supporting actress in a drama Anna Gunn, "Breaking Bad"
Writing in a drama series "Breaking Bad", Moira Walley-Becket, "Ozymandias"
Outstanding lead actress in a drama series Juliana Margulies, The Good Wife"
Outstanding lead actor in a drama series Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad"