BLOG: Backstage At The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards
— Jenn McBride, CBSLA.com
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — With a whopping 60 nominations – the most of any non-cable network – it’s no surprise CBS claimed some of Sunday night’s top honors at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards.
From the Amazing Race’s ninth win in 10 years for Outstanding Reality-Competition to Jon Cryer’s first lead actor trophy, the network’s stellar ratings once again translated to Emmy gold. In all, CBS scored 16 awards.
During the show and backstage at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live, stars candidly celebrated their wins.
Here are some of the night’s best quotes:
John Cryer, winner Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his role as Alan Harper on Two and a Half Men, on his first season without Charlie Sheen:
“The biggest challenge was just launching the show. That it has is amazing, and that this happened is ridiculous,” he said, later adding, “When Charlie and I were doing the show together, the show really rested on Charlie.”
Cryer won Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for the role in 2009, but starring alongside Ashton Kutcher last season afforded him his first opportunity to be nominated for Best Actor in a Comedy Series.
Bertram Van Munster, Co-Creator and Executive Producer of Outstanding Reality-Competition Program The Amazing Race, on the show’s crew from around the world:
“All these people that work with us all the time — there’s over 2,000 people — some of them have never seen a television camera.”
Eric Stonestreet, winner Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series, on beating his Modern Family castmates Ed O’Neill, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Ty Burrell:
“We love each other. We’re all pulling for each other. There’s no competition between any of us.”
Earlier in the night he quipped: “I never knew I’d be on TV as a gay man, but I love the pictures of hairy chests you guys are sending me.”
Julie Bowen, winner Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, on where she’s going to place her second consecutive Emmy Award for her role as Claire Dunphy on Modern Family:
“High out of the reach of my son, Oliver, who broke the last one,” said Bowen, who claims her role has made her a better parent. “Claire is a great mom and she’s taught me to be ballsy and not to be your kid’s best friend.”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, winner Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Selina Meyer on HBO’s Veep, on her headache:
“I’m particularly moved to get this for a third series I’ve done. I need an Advil.”
Alex Gansa, co-creator of Outstanding Drama Series Homeland, on the importance of his win:
“This is the biggest night of my career. I want to start by congratulating Showtime on its first Best Series Emmy ever. I want to congratulate Les Moonves, Matt Blank, David Nevins, and the entire Showtime family.”
Julianne Moore, winner Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for her role as Sarah Palin in Game Change, joked:
“Wow, wow. I feel so validated because Sarah Palin gave me a big thumbs down.”