• Night of the Dead

    Edie Falco presents a tribute to James Gandolfini during the 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

    There were a lot of directions tonight's Emmy's show could've gone in, but by the midpoint it was clear the night had coalesced around a theme few had expected: The Night of the Dead.
     
    And not the Living Dead, not the bleary-eyed audience members hanging in there as yet another dance number began; nor the ghosts of Jon Stewart's 10-year winning streak. But the in-the-ground dead. Emmy's fallen were out in more force tonight than off the shoulder gowns or spray on tans.
     
    Every time the show got a little spring in its step, it took a sudden turn for the morbid.

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    The first and biggest problem was the decision to split up the In Memoriam tributes throughout the show. Rather than doing them all at once, in the one giant let's-pause-to-remember moment that awards shows typically use, the Emmycast returned to the dead theme over and over with heartfelt tributes from Jane Lynch, Edie Falco and others to their lost colleagues of the last year.
     
    And on top

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  • Bob Newhart, comedy icon. Emmy also-ran.

    Despite seven nominations spanning 52 years and four TV series, the one glaring hole in Newhart's résumé was an Emmy. Until this year, when he finally won Best Comedy Guest Actor for his turn as former children's show host Professor Proton on "The Big Bang Theory."

    Newhart collected his statuette to a standing ovation at last week's Creative Arts portion of the Emmys. Tonight, he got his due on live television at the Primetime awards.

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    Newhart popped up throughout the show, first in a backstage look-in with host Shemar Moore. Then sneaking in as one of the Ernst and Young accountants charged with delivering the results. ("Bob Newhart — also an accountant. Who knew?" quipped host Neil Patrick Harris after the bit.)

    And finally as co-presenter of the Writing and Directing awards for Variety Series with another Emmy winner from "Big Bang Theory," Jim Parsons (by contrast, Parsons has won three Emmys

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  • Has Kerry Washington made Emmy history? (No.) Does "Mad Men" break its actor shutout streak? (No.) Do the 18,000 members of the Academy give "Breaking Bad" the sweep, or do they save their tributes for the AMC show's final season? (Kind of sort of both.)

    Count the wins and the losses in the 65th annual Emmy Awards with us.




    Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

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  • If your Emmys pool ballot made it through the evening unscathed — congratulations, you're definitely psychic. The 2013 Emmys was perhaps the most predictions-busting ceremony in recent history.

    Here are the eight big, shocking upsets of the night:

    8. Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy: Tony Hale over the "Modern Family" guys

    An

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  • Nope. Not even in Emmy history.

    For the record, Merritt Wever's speech, uttered in reaction to her win for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for "Nurse Jackie," was one of the shortest on record, at merely nine words, not including an "um."

    "Thank you so very much," she said. "Um, I gotta go, bye."

     [Video: Merritt Wever's "Best. Emmy Speech. EVER.]

    But if you’re covering a bet with friends on this, I’ve got bad news, and his name is Phil Lathrop. Back in 1987, the cinematographer won an Emmy in the miniseries or special category for NBC's "Christmas Snow." It was not a good Emmy telecast; it was documented as the longest in the history of the awards thus far. The Los Angeles Times huffed that many winners "simply rambled on, thanking everyone they have ever known."

    But not ol' Phil.

    "This is the shortest speech," he said at the podium.

    Then he took off.

    If you’re curious about other awards, Joe Pesci offered a roughly two-second Oscar speech for "Goodfellas" back in 1991: Read More »from Burning Question: Was Merritt Wever's Emmy Acceptance Speech the Shortest in History?

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