The female leads of ABC's "Desperate Housewives" (Dana Delany, Marcia Cross, Terri Hatcher, Eva Langoria-Parker, Felicity Huffman and Nicollette Sheridan) present best supporting actor in a drama.
Zeljko Ivanek wins for his role as Ray Fiske on "Damages." This is a bit of a surprise as either Ted Danson ("Damages") or John Slattery ("Mad Men") were favored to win.
He gives the standard acceptance speech thanking all involved.
Ricky Gervais is up next.
"I couldn't come last year but I still won. Do you remember? Thanks for that. The press called it a major upset, which means they didn't think I should have won. They've asked me to give some pointers on how to make a good acceptance speech. I don't know why. I've never made one. I wasn't here, still won though. Keep it short. Please keep it short.
Particularly if you're not on-screen talent. No one wants to hear from a producer. Don't cry. It's pathetic. It's just an award."
"I sat through 'Evan Almighty. Gimme my Emmy," he tells Steve Carrel (who accepted his award last year and apparently never gave it to Gervais). After much prodding, he finally gets the Emmy from him.
Ironically, Gervais ran so long, Louis J. Horvitz, who is also directing tonight's Emmy show, had to cut his acceptance speech for best direction of a variety, music or comedy program for the "80th Annual Academy Awards."
Conan O'Brien presents supporting actress in a drama. Another upset? Dianne Wiest wins for her role as Dr. Gina Toll on HBO's "In Treatment." Most (myself included) had thougth Chandra Wilson would win for "Grey's Anatomy."
Best writing for a variety, music or comedy program goes to "The Colbert Report."
Mandel and Probst are up next. Making a joke about accountants. zzzzzzz.
Don't call it the idiot box. Steve Martin came on to present a commemorative Emmy to Tom Smothers ("The Smothers Brothers Show") and used some mighty big words:
"His passion and his intelligence guided us writers, resulting in a controversial show that was perspicacious (having a keen mental perception and understanding), multifarious (having many different parts, elements, etc.) and only some times placatory (tending to placate). And believe me, I only used those words to see how closed caption would spell them."
Not surprisingly, Smothers' acceptance speech had some political bite. "The Emmy is given may not so much for writing as for attitude because freedom of expression and freedom of speech aren't really important. Unless they're heard. So, the freedom I'm hearing is just about as important as the freedom of speaking. It's hard for me to stay silent when I keep hearing that peace is only obtainable through war. There's nothing more scary than watching ignorance in action. I dedicate this Emmy to all people who feel compelled to speak out, not afraid to speak to power, and won't shut up and refuse to be silenced."