As we noted when making our annual predictions and proclamations, “This year the Emmy Awards will likely be a night filled with laughter and tears.” Billy Crystal will lead the Robin Williams tribute, and Seth Meyers will host. Will True Detective beat out Breaking Bad for the top prize? We’ve still gotta wait a while to find out; the ceremony kicks off on NBC at 8 p.m. EST tonight. Join Paste editors and writers as we live-blog all the proceedings, offering up reactions and real-time results.
Be sure to follow @Paste_TV as we live-tweet, read our predictions one more time before you place any last-minute bets, and check back here beginning at 8 p.m.
10:59 p.m.: “Only four days till the weekend” kind of sums up that Emmys pretty well, huh?
10:57 p.m.: Outstanding Drama Series goes to Breaking Bad.
10:52 p.m.: Modern Family cannot be killed with conventional weapons.—Chris Morgan
10:51 p.m.: Outstanding Comedy Series goes to Modern Family.
10:48 p.m.: Julia Roberts and Jimmy Kimmel jinxed it by preemptively saying “alright alright alright.”
10:47 p.m.: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama goes to Bryan Cranston for Breaking Bad.
10:40 p.m.: Fantastic season of The Good Wife. Happy she won.—Amy Amatangelo
10:39 p.m.: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series goes to Juliana Margulies for The Good Wife.
10:36 p.m.: Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series goes to Moira Walley-Beckett for Breaking Bad for “Ozymandias.”
10:28 pm.: One last middle finger to the Skyler haters.—Chris Morgan
10:28 p.m.: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama goes to Anna Gunn for Breaking Bad.
10:24 p.m.: Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series goes to Cary Fukunaga for True Detective.
10:18 p.m.: “It’s very hard to talk about him in the past because he was so present in all of our lives.”
10:15 p.m.: “He made us laugh. Hard.”-Billy Crystal kicking off the Robin Williams tribute.
10:11 p.m.: Reminder that Mad Men has never won an acting Emmy unless it happened tonight or something I’m not watching I’m writing about the TurboGrafx.—Garrett Martin
10:10 p.m.: It’s a good thing Aaron Paul won because A) he was the most deserving and B) if Ray Donovan had one, there would’ve been a long Twitter rant.—Ross Bonaime
10:08 p.m.: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series goes to Aaron Paul for Breaking Bad. “I feel like I’m going to throw up,” he says.
10:05 p.m.: “LOL LOOK AT SOFIA VERGARA. SHE HAS BOOBS AND AN ACCENT”-Every Sofia Vergara awards show appearance ever
9:58 p.m. Outstanding Variety Series goes to The Colbert Report, “The Colbol Repair,” as Gwen Stefani pronounced it.
9:55 p.m.: Outstanding Directing on a Variety Special goes to Glenn Weiss for the Tonys.
9:47 p.m.: I was wondering why this award was on TV, until Sarah Silverman won.—Chris Morgan.
9:46 p.m.: Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special goes to Sarah Silverman for We are Miracles.
9:43 p.m.: “Well done to Jim Parsons. I would have preferred to have won it.”-Ricky Gervais
9:40 p.m.: Outstanding Television Movie goes to The Normal Heart.
9:33 p.m.: Outstanding Miniseries goes to Fargo.
9:32 p.m.: Lena Hedley is not having Samberg’s King Joffrey.—Ross Bonaime
9:29 p.m.: Andy and Seth love when music and TV come together, which gives me an idea for a TV channel…—Chris Morgan
9:27 p.m.: Kind of stunned by the lack of Fargo love.—Amy Amatangelo.
9:26 p.m.: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie goes to Jessica Lange for American Horror Story: Coven.
9;25 p.m.: What’s the point of anything? You’re Billy Bob Thornton, you play classic Billy Bob, don’t win an Emmy. But that’s life if you ask me.—Tyler Kane
9:22 p.m.: Man, Sherlock is surprisingly sweeping up tonight.—Ross Bonaime
9:21 p.m.: Matthew and Woody took a few moments to make the show theirs, and may just keep Cumberbatch’s Emmy for themselves.—Chris Morgan
9:21 p.m.: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie goes to Benedict Cumberbatch for Sherlock.
9:19 p.m.: TWIST, WOODY SAID IT.
9:17 p.m.: “One’s named after a disciple of Jesus, the other’s named for a boner.”
9:11 p.m.: Outstanding Directing in a Miniseries or Movie goes to Colin Bucksey for Fargo.
9:08 p.m.: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie goes to Martin Freeman for Sherlock.
9:02 p.m.: Wow, Coven shouldn’t win for anything. So many of the problems of Ryan Murphy’s writing boiled down to one character.—Ross Bonaime
9:00 p.m.: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie goes to Kathy Bates for American Horror Story: Coven.
8:59 p.m.: Outstanding Writing in a Miniseries, Movie or Special goes to Steven Moffat for Sherlock.
8:56 p.m.: OK, so this SNL-style Q-and-A session is the strongest bit of the show so far.
8:47 p.m.: Outstanding Reality Series goes to The Amazing Race. Again.
8:46 p.m.: ELAINE AND TIM WHATLEY ARE MAKING OUT.
8:45 p.m.: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series goes to Julia Louis-Dreyfus for Veep.
8:41 p.m.: Jim Parsons’ acceptance speech was basically “Look, I know. Sorry.”
8:38 p.m.: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series goes to Jim Parsons for The Big Bang Theory. Again. Sigh.
8:36 p.m.: Billy Eicher to host everything ever, please.
8:34 p.m.: So I guess Matthew McConaughey is the Jack Nicholson of this Emmys telecast.—Chrissie Moore
8:33 p.m.: I know it sounds like hyperbole, but I literally want Billy Eichner on every single show I watch.—Ross Bonaime
8:32 p.m.: Is it really that hard to direct Modern Family? Don’t you just copy The Office, but do it in a suburban house?—Ross Bonaime
8:30 p.m.: Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series goes to Gail Mancuso for Modern Family.
8:25 p.m.: OK, so Allison Janney accepted her award draped in velvet and reminded us it’s number six for her. Badass.
8:21 p.m.: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy goes to Allison Janney for Mom.
8:20 p.m.: Honestly I could look at Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson giggling together for hours.
8:17 p.m.: Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series goes to Louis C.K. for Louie.
8:16 p.m.: Are we still live-blogging Two Broke Girls tonight?—Tyler Kane
8:13 p.m.: Been a fan of Ty Burrell for a long time—since Out of Practice—but I was really rooting for Andre Braugher.—Amy Amatangelo
8:12 p.m.: Hey Emmys, get over your love affair with Modern Family.—Ross Bonaime
8:09: Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy goes to Ty Burrell for Modern Family.
8:09: Amy Poehler will save us all.
8:05 p.m.: “Congratulations to HBO. They have 99 nominations, the most of any network. Not to be outdone, NBC is also a network.”
8:03 p.m.: “”We had comedies that made you laugh and comedies that made you cry because they were dramas submitted as comedies.” Looking at you, OITNB.
8:02 p.m.: “Jokes are like nominees. They can’t all be winners.”-Seth Meyers
8 p.m.: And we’re off!