"We were starting to think that phase of our lives was over," Sherlock boss Stephen Moffat said of His Last Vow grabbing the British series' first Stateside gold. "Hopefully that will get more people watching it." Teasing what's to come for the titular sleuth, Watson et al, he said, "Our plan is devastating. We practically reduced our cast to tears, telling them the plan."
Writing in a Variety Special
Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles’ titular scribe aimed to clear the air on her red carpet pre-show appearance, where she revealed a marijuana pipe to be in her purse. “I wasn’t stoned. I had pot for later in my purse,” she explained. “I don’t drink. I like to have a puff later as a treat.”
<B>Supporting Actress in a Comedy</b><P>Allison Janney called her <I>Mom</i> mom “an amalgamation” of women she has known in her life, noting, “She’s definitely not like my mother or me. [She’s] unapologetically bold and brash and [has] no boundaries. She’s enormously fun to play.” On winning for both this and her <I>Masters of Sex </i>guest arc, she explained, “I love working in both fields… It’s messy. It’s all mixed up for me.”
<B>Best Miniseries</b><P>Among the lessons learned during Season 1 of the “chilling” TV adaptation, <I>Fargo</i> writer Noah Hawley shared of the Alberta, Canada shoot, “We all realized not to stand too close to the heaters because you will catch fire. Because you can’t feel the heat.” Emmy-winning director Colin Bucksey later concurred: “It was all fun except for the fact that it was minus-30 degrees every day. I don’t recommend [Calgary] as a vacation spot [in January].”
Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
"I’m actually looking forward to this season," subtitled Freak Show,American Horror Story vet Jessica Lange previewed. "I think it is going to be the most extraordinary that we’ve done. The potential is extraordinary. If we can keep on track, I think it’s going to be something really, really special."
On keeping The Amazing Race — now a 10-time Emmy winner (!) — fresh, EP Bertram van Munster said, “This show is real. Nothing is manufactured. There are no lines being read. We don’t know who’s going to win. We don’t know how the characters are going to develop. And that’s exciting.”
<B>Directing in a Comedy</b><P>Explaining her acceptance speech fixation on audience member Matthew McConaughey, <I>Modern Family</i>’s Gail Mancuso said, “I knew if I had to look at my cast, who I love so much, I would tear up. I thought it was next best thing. [He] is sitting right there, and he played with me, which is great.” As for a hoped-for message behind her win, Mancuso said, “When young girls see that a woman can win an Emmy [for director], I think it makes them think, ‘Maybe I can do something more than be in front of a camera.’”
Variety, Music or Comedy Series The Colbert Show's Stephen Colbert planned to celebrate the big win with a big meal – namely, "In N’ Out Burger," he said. "Because my pants are super tight. And I had celery for breakfast." Turning to the subject of succeeding David Letterman next year, Colbert was vague, promising "more of the same, but different."
Lead Actress in a Drama
Elaborating on her acceptance speech nod to the state of female TV characters, The Good Wife's Julianna Margulies said, "Look at what’s happening right now. [Viola Davis] is doing her own show. Tea Leoni is doing her own show… You just don’t see any of the characters we play in TV in film. I feel very grateful to be here." Then on a lighter note – Alicia Florrick's sex life – Margulies ventured, "It’ll probably be a while before you see her in the sack again, would be my guess."
Lead Actress in a Comedy Veep’s Julia Louis-Dreyfus was met with the million-dollar question, given how she immediately celebrated her win, by mashing with onetime Seinfeld costar/Emmy co-presenter Bryan Cranston: How was the kiss? “You tell me. You saw it on TV,” she countered. “It was pretty good, I think. He went for it. I appreciate it.”
Writing in a Comedy Series
"It’s a great thing," Louie auteur Louis CK said, quite earnestly, of his fourth Emmy win. "I didn’t grow up thinking I would get something like this. I’m proud of it. I’m happy."
Supporting Actor in a Comedy
"I know that these things don’t really last forever, so I assumed that the bloom was off the rose," Modern Family man Ty Burrell said of his second Emmy win. "I’m thrilled that Emmy voters are still enjoying the show." And for how much longer might he like to see the Dunphy-Pritchetts reign supreme? "I would like this show to last so long that Luke goes bald."
Outstanding Drama Series
"I did not think we were going to win tonight," Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan admitted. "But when Aaron [Paul] won and then when Anna [Gunn] won and Bryan [Cranston] won, I thought, 'Hell, we might have a chance.' It’s a wonderful surprise and a real honor."
Outstanding Comedy Series “We’re just fully enjoying this moment. We never thought we would get here,” Modern Family co-creator Steven Levitan said when asked about going for a sixth consecutive win, in 2015. “We are incredibly, incredibly honored to have gotten this much from the Academy.”
Lead Actor in a Drama Grabbing his fourth and final Emmy for portraying <i>Breaking Bad</i> boy Walter White, Bryan Cranston effused, “This is the answer to a wish and prayer of mine. I’ve been blessed in the past, and this show has been nominated in the past, but what I wanted, we really got – to celebrate the entire [cast and crew],” with six total wins, including Outstanding Drama Series and for costars Aaron Paul and Anna Gunn. “What a way to go out!”