Top 5 reasons to have watched the Emmys

September 19, 2005|By Stephen Kiehl | Stephen Kiehl,Sun Reporter

1. Most Groan-Inducing Red Carpet Line

So many contenders for this award. Carson Kressley, the Queer Eye for the Straight Guy star, was firing quips like personal assistants. To Cynthia Nixon, dressed in brown, he said, "I think you look delicious in it - chocolately delicious." But his shining moment came when interviewing Project Runway's Heidi Klum, who was wearing a Christian Dior floral dress. Kressley said, "It's Dior, and it's Diorable."

2. Best Revenge on the Red Carpet

Desperate Housewife Eva Longoria was snubbed in the awards last night (three of her co-stars were nominated), but she outclassed them all fashion-wise. Longoria wore a shimmering coral gown with a jeweled neck and a highly revealing keyhole opening. Felicity Huffman took home the Emmy for best comedic actress, but Longoria made the biggest splash.

3. Best Slap at the Government

Jon Stewart's taped message offering heavily bleeped commentary on the government's response to Hurricane Katrina: "To FEMA head Michael Brown: He didn't know people were stranded at the convention center. Turn on the television and watch ... Two and a Half Men." After graphically suggesting the Democrats get some, um, courage, he added, "Oh, and George Bush hates Black ... Sabbath."

4. Best Reason to Believe It's All Hooey

Everybody Loves Raymond, the limp comedy that was finally put out of its misery after nine uninspired seasons, picked up three Emmys last night - supporting acting wins for Brad Garrett and Doris Roberts and, stunningly, best comedy overall. Raymond beat out the ABC phenom Desperate Housewives and Fox's sly, superb Arrested Development - evidence Emmy voters will always go for sappy sentimentality over smart or original.

5. Most Uncalled for Reference to Katrina Victims

Emmy Awards host Ellen DeGeneres, in her opening monologue, said, "This is the second time I've hosted the Emmys after a disaster, and I'm honored. It's times like this that we really, really need laughter." Yeah, try rebuilding your flooded home with that. Who needs FEMA when we have TV? Thanks, Ellen!

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