Two favorite moments from an unusual Emmys show

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LOS ANGELES — Host Neil Patrick Harris summed it up when he said, “This just in: Nobody in America is winning their Emmy office pool.”

Most expected a “Breaking Bad” sweep, but it didn’t happen, although it did win Most outstanding drama series.

The closest thing to a sweep came in the miniseries/movie categories, where the HBO film “Behind the Candelabra” won three Emmys on the night, including outstanding miniseries/movie. Also honored: director Steven Soderbergh and star Michael Douglas. The film won eight Emmys at last week’s Creative Arts Emmys, giving it wins in 11 out of its 15 nominations.

“Modern Family” took home its fourth straight Emmy for outstanding comedy series.

Merritt Wever amused many watchers and tweeters when she accepted her honor for best supporting actress in a comedy series (Nurse Jackie).

Some thought the show was boring, and didn’t like the tributes for those who had passed away in the last year.

But, there were memorable moments, like when Tina Fey and Amy Poehler heckled Harris and asked him to ‘twerk’.

Harris livened things up with some winning song-and-dance moves, including a song at the halfway mark called “The Number in the Middle of the Show.”

Other Emmy segments went for the heartstrings. Michael J. Fox gave a moving tribute to producer Gary David Goldberg, who hired the actor for “Family Ties.” Edie Falco got emotional paying homage to her “Sopranos” co-star, James Gandolfini.

And Bob Newhart, who showed up gnomishly at one point alongside Ernst & Young accountants, received a standing ovation when he was introduced by “Big Bang Theory’s” Parsons. Last week at the Creative Arts Emmys, Newhart finally won an Emmy for his guest spot on the show. It was his first Emmy in seven nominations.

“They wrote an awful good script,” Newhart said of his “Big Bang Theory” colleagues. “They gave me a lot of hanging curveballs, and I kept swinging at them.”

On this night, Emmy mostly threw knuckleballs. But in the end, “Modern Family” and ‘Breaking Bad” connected — and scored.

“The Voice” beat perennial winner “Amazing Race” for reality-competition program. It’s only the second time in 11 years “Amazing Race” hasn’t won.

“The Colbert Report” won outstanding variety series and for variety series writing, also beating a perennial winner, “The Daily Show.”

“It’s an honor to be nominated, but it’s more than that — it’s also a lie,” said “Colbert” host Stephen Colbert in accepting the variety series Emmy. He thanked “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart, who gave Colbert the opportunity to host his own show.

“Veep” took an early lead on Emmy night, winning acting honors for star Julia Louis-Dreyfus and co-star Tony Hale. Louis-Dreyfus beat “30 Rock’s” Tina Fey and “Parks and Recreation’s” Amy Poehler, among others.

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