The 5 Most Awkward Moments at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards
Whether you loved them or hated them, the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards aired last night on CBS. That much we can all agree on.
What's less clear is this: Which parts of the broadcast were needlessly awkward and cringe-worthy? Some people were miffed about the absence of an opening number, but some were more disappointed by the mid-show choreography jamboree. Others found the choice of winners to be baffling, but their fans were happy to see those underdogs win. And some viewers remarked on the tired hosting of Neil Patrick Harris, but his efforts were lauded at the same time.
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Or maybe none of that stuff was that weird, because the following five moments were so awkward that they distracted from anything else. Take a look below to see what we mean.
Merrit Weaver's Speech
Merritt Wever of "Nurse Jackie" didn't look like she expected to win an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, because the didn't seem to have a speech prepared. All she managed to squeak out was, "Thank you so much. I gotta go. Bye." Backstage, she reportedly regained her composure and thanked the show's writers, producers and co-star Edie Falco.
Cutting Off Everybody Else, Mid-Speech
The telecast's producers were probably thankful for Wever's short remarks. During a number of other acceptance speeches, they queued the get-off-the-stage music noticeably early, cutting off the likes of Claire Danes, Bobby Cannavale, Stephen Colbert, Anna Gunn and Tony Hale, among others.
Don Cheadle and Carrie Underwood's JFK/Beatles Tribute
It was odd enough when Don Cheadle segued from a speech about JFK's assassination to a discussion of the Beatles (apparently, the Fab Four let America know "it was okay to experience joy again"), but Carrie Underwood's subsequent performance of "Yesterday" was a little less than stellar. She flubbed a few notes near the end, which prompted more than a few negative tweets. One of the funnier tweets on the subject goes to comedian Sean O'Connor:
Some people never forget where they were when JFK got shot, but I will never forget where I was when Carrie Underwood murdered The Beatles.
— sean oconnor (@seanoconnz) September 23, 2013
Shemar Moore's Backstage Coverage
Before commercial breaks, model and actor Shemar Moore acted as our "social media reporter" backstage, but he did little more than stand next to upcoming presenters, read from cue cards, and smile awkwardly. As Twitchy.com points out, the Twitterverse took notice. Here's a few of their best tweets concerning Moore's backstage contributions:
This Shemar Moore guy is super lifelike. Well done, engineers.
— Dan Rubenstein (@DanRubenstein) September 23, 2013
And the award for the most awkward moment of the #Emmys is any time Shemar Moore is on camera. Run away Anna Ferris!
— Sarah Chazan (@BrazenChazan) September 23, 2013
The Many 'In Memoriam' Tributes
As these awards shows often do, the entertainers who recently passed away got honored in a special segment near the end of the show. But some entertainers, like James Gandolfini and Cory Monteith, got their own expanded tributes which were spaced out during the broadcast. The creator of "Modern Family" described it as "the saddest Emmys ever," likely because there seemed to be a constant flood of somber tributes. Some people, like the son of late actor Jack Klugman, added that it seemed rather unfair to grant special segments to certain performers and not others.