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The Emmy Awards: A Night of Surprises

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Going into the ceremony, even the other nominees expected Desperate Housewives to be the evening’s big Emmy winner. “You could hear the audience clap real loud when they mentioned Desperate Housewives,” said Ray Romano backstage. “Then we won and felt guilty about it.”


When Felicity Huffman said “I would like to thank the incomparable William H. Macy for taking a chunky 22-year-old with a bad perm and glasses out into a cow pasture and kissing me and making me his wife” during her acceptance speech, she wasn’t kidding. In 1985, while acting in plays in Vermont, the pair took their fateful walk to a field outside Plainfield. “What she said is all true, except for the bad perm and not being a babe. She’s always been an incredible babe,” said Macy. “I’ve been in love with that broad from the second I laid eyes on her.”


Eva Longoria lamented the absence of boyfriend Tony Parker, who was in France playing basketball. “I talked to Tony this morning, but the time difference is hard, so I’ll talk to him tomorrow,” she said wistfully. Her TV husband, Ricardo Antonio Chavira, also in need of an Emmy companion, auctioned off his extra ticket—for $11,000—to benefit Hurricane Katrina relief. The lucky winner: D.C. attorney and Desperate fan Hope Cooper. Mean while, a not-so-lucky Marcia Cross tripped and fell on her face backstage after the cast had presented their award. “They had the ice pack on her and everything,” said one onlooker.


Yes, Kiefer Sutherland really did babysit a wee Gwyneth Paltrow and her brother Jake, as Paltrow’s mom, Blythe Danner, revealed in her Emmy speech. “He was an apprentice at the Williamstown Theatre Festival and he would hang out with them,” Danner explained at Showtime’s post-Emmy party. “They adored him. He was so sweet to them.”


American Idol Carrie Underwood, who got gussied up in a low-cut black gown for the occasion (“I wanted to be a little more grown-up,” she said), channeled her inner Simon Cowell while watching the Emmy Idol contestants. “I would have voted for William Shatner,” she said. “He’s just funny. He could stand up there and do nothing, and he’s hilarious.” As for winner Donald Trump, “I don’t think he should quit his day job.”


MARCIA CROSS (BREE VAN DE KAMP): “She would probably be a little above it all. She would think they should be watching PBS! But inside, she’d probably be secretly envious.”

TERI HATCHER (SUSAN MAYER): “She would have tripped on the floor with a ripped dress. In that way, Susan and I are similar—you feel grateful and special, but sort of like a fish out of water, and did they really mean to invite me?”

EVA LONGORIA (GABRIELLE SOLIS): “My character would have expected to win every category even if she wasn’t nominated. As long as we’re the richest people there, we’d have a good time. And she would be fabulously dressed.”

FELICITY HUFFMAN (LYNETTE SCAVO): “I think she’d dread having to take a shower.”

NICOLLETTE SHERIDAN (EDIE BRITT): “She’d make a big splash.”

BRENDA STRONG (MARY ALICE YOUNG): “I think Mary Alice would be very embarrassed and she wouldn’t want any attention. She’d want to stand behind her friends and give them the limelight. She’d be very uncomfortable in this environment.”

JESSE METCALFE (JOHN ROWLAND): “I don’t think my character cares about the Emmys.”

JAMES DENTON (MIKE DELFINO): “He would never in a million years have been here. Not when football is on. Mike and I are enough alike that it’s just not for me. I’m not big on awards.”

KATHRYN JOOSTEN (MRS. McCLUSKEY): “Lot of froufrou about nothing. Big waste of money.”

RICARDO ANTONIO CHAVIRA (CARLOS SOLIS): “He would have thought it was a really huge pain. He would have thought all these people were completely beneath him. But if he was making money off it, he would definitely be applauding.”

STEVEN CULP (REX VAN DE KAMP): “Rex would be looking for anybody dressed in leather. He’d have his eye out.”

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