We love watching the Emmys. It’s like watching all the people you pretend are your friends hang out in the same room in pretty outfits while you hang out on your couch eating popcorn and drinking wine like you’re Olivia Pope. (That would be #AllTheWine.)
This year the show was particularly great, in part thanks to Jimmy Kimmel‘s awesome job hosting, in part thanks to so many diverse winners and in part thanks to those little water cooler moments that always make or break the night.
Well if we have anything to say about it, we believe those moments truly made the night this year. Here are all of our favourites, ranked from great to awesome.
Everyone thanking their wives
Sterling K. Brown started something when he thanked his wife for “rocking” his world. Courtney B. Vance continued the trend by giving a huge shout out to his wife, Angela Bassett. After that, it was all about the love for wives. And yes, it was the cutest.
— TV Guide (@TVGuide) September 19, 2016
Bill Cosby presents an award
Just kidding. Kimmel had the announcer record that Bill Cosby was there to present an award, but then of course nobody came out. “I just wanted to see what you guys would do,” Kimmel joked when he came out instead.
Well we don’t know what everyone did, but catching Tina Fey mouth, “You’ve got to be kidding me” was our favourite reaction of the night.
Leslie Jones makes a statement
It’s been a rough couple of months for Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones thanks to all the Twitter hate. So when the Wells Fargo people came out to talk about how they protect the Emmy secrets, Jones had a plea of her own – to help her protect her Twitter account. Naturally.
Kimmel’s mom makes sammies
Okay Kimmel proved his mom is better than Anthony Anderson’s mom when she made “oh about 7,000” peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the crowd, since most of them hadn’t “eaten since labour day.” Oh, and then he got the kids from Stranger Things to deliver them all.
To top it all off he also asked who had a gluten allergy, just so that the audience could see which of their favourite stars were “the most annoying.”
Kimmel calls out Dame Maggie Smith
Apparently the host is really upset with Maggie Smith for having never attended an Emmy Awards, despite being nominated nine times. He even went so far as using the pun “Downton Absent,” in describing her.
Even better was the fact that she actually won for best supporting actress later on in the night. “No, no, no,” Kimmel said, rushing the stage when presenter Michael Weatherly began explaining Smith couldn’t be there. “Maggie if you want this it will be in the lost and found.”
Matt Damon eats an apple
No, he really ate an apple, while asking Kimmel who won the late night category. Obviously it wasn’t Kimmel (it was John Oliver), but it was amazing to watch Damon call Kimmel “a big loser” over and over again. Heh.
— Ben Travers (@BenTTravers) September 19, 2016
Jimmy Kimmel throws Mark Burnett under the bus
Who’s to blame for Donald Trump? Well according to Jimmy Kimmel that would be “crumpet muncher” Mark Burnett—the man who put him on NBC all those years ago for The Apprentice.
“If that wall gets built Mark Burnett is the first one going over it,” he joked. Later, when Burnett’s series The Voice won for best reality show, he had something to say in retaliation:
“Hillary Clinton called me in the last few minutes and said I’ll personally thank Jimmy Kimmel for an extra free five minutes of ABC Network publicity for Donald Trump. Thanks Jimmy.”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus wins five times in a row
Remember when Bryan Cranston won all the awards for Breaking Bad and that’s all anyone could talk about? Well now we should be talking about Julia Louis-Dreyfus because she’s the one who’s knocking, guys. She won her fifth consecutive Emmy for playing Veep’s Selina Meyers and killed it with her acceptance speech. Why? Well aside from being just amazing in general, she also dedicated the win to her father—who passed away on Friday.
That made the show’s win for best comedy later on in the night even sweeter.
Montages are such a hit and miss, especially to open an awards show with. But we were total fans of Kimmel’s approach because it had everything. The Modern Family crew and “hobo magic,” Dany and her dragons, some Carpool Karaoke, a Selina Meyers cameo and even Jeb Bush as her driver. In fact, we wish it had gone on a little longer.
Okay actually scratch that – maybe we didn’t want Kimmel’s montage to go on longer, but only because his opening was sooo great. He nailed it by giving Jeffrey Tambor a trophy right away (saving 22 minutes), told Jon Snow that he’s his “freebie,” and then made a million jokes about O.J. Simpson. “If you win, are you going to thank O.J.?” he asked John Travolta.
Later, we were tickled pink when Kimmel handed juice box after juice box to David Schwimmer, simply saying, “Juice,” every single time. Obviously he was making fun of Schwimmer’s dialogue in the mini, and we loved it.
Game of Thrones is the best
When a show has more than 100 nominations, is one of the highest rated things on television and features the likes of Jon Snow, it’s obviously going to win the best drama of the year. No offence to all those other shows, but how could anything else even come close?
Tatiana Malany wins an Emmy!
If you’re a proud card-carrying member of the #CloneClub your head exploded when Tatiana Maslany‘s name was called as the best actress in a drama series. Like, seriously exploded. Orphan Black fans have been campaigning for a Maslany win for so long that we were all beginning to feel like it would never come. But it has, finally, and deservedly. No one plays multiple characters the way she does and with the show ending after next season… well it was about damned time.
Sarah Paulson brings Marcia Clark
Sarah Paulson didn’t just win an award for playing Marica Clark. She brought Marcia Clark, and gave her the kudos and apology she’s deserved for years. (And years and years.)
“The more I learned about the real Marcia Clark the more I had to recognize that I, along with the rest of the world had been superficial and careless in my judgment,” she said. “I’m glad to be able to stand here today in front of everyone and tell you I’m sorry.”
Cue. The. Tears.
— TV Guide (@TVGuide) September 19, 2016
The Oscars may suck at diversity, but the Emmys recognized tons of talent from all walks of life on Sunday night — as it should. No wonder so many people gave the organization kudos on Twitter. Now if only the Oscars would follow suit.
— Eric Deggans at NPR (@Deggans) September 19, 2016
LETS RECAP: So far a man who plays a woman, an Asian man, an Indian man, &a lesbian have all won #Emmys. In the first 30 minutes. EFF YEAH.
— Christina Bee (@ChristinaBeeMe) September 19, 2016