ALL THE O.J. SIMPSON JOKES
From asking the real-life Marcia Clark what it’s like to root for O.J. Simpson to wondering if it was actually Cuba Gooding Jr. who did it.
JIMMY KIMMEL CALLING MAGGIE SMITH OUT FOR NEVER SHOWING UP
The Downton Abbey star is nominated practically every year (and has won three times!), but never bothers to actually show up. So this year, Kimmel wasn’t having any of it: “She treats us like the People’s Choice Awards,” he said. When she won, Kimmel hit the stage to confiscate her trophy, announcing she could find it in the lost and found.
KATE MCKINNON'S SHEER JOY AND SURPRISE WHEN SHE WON
She’s had a pretty amazing year, but McKinnon was still shocked when her name was announced for outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series for SNL. “I’m really crying,” she said when she got up on stage, before proceeding to let out a number of bleep-filled phrases. “I’m not making it up.” And at the end, she thanked the inspiration for her best-known impersonation: Hillary Clinton!
JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS HONORING HER FATHER
THE KIDS FROM STRANGER THINGS HANDING OUT PB&JS
Award shows are long. You get hungry. As the host, it’s your job to remedy that. So Jimmy Kimmel enlisted his mom to make 7,000 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and the kids from Stranger Things to pass them out (on bikes!) to the audience.
JEFFREY TAMBOR CALLING FOR HOLLYWOOD TO CAST TRANS ACTORS
Tambor, who won his second Emmy for playing a trans woman on Transparent, called on the entertainment industry to give trans actors a chance while accepting his award. “I would not be unhappy were I the last cis gender male to play a female gender on television,” he said. “We have work to do.” Later, while presenting, trans Orange Is the New Black star Laverne Cox echoed his call.
SARAH PAULSON FINALLY WINS
She’s been nominated six times, but Paulson had never taken home the trophy – until now. She thanked her “boss man” Ryan Murphy for believing in her, and gave a sweet shout-out to girlfriend Holland Taylor.
COURTNEY B. VANCE PULLS AN OBAMA
When he collected his trophy for outstanding actor in a limited series, Vance ended the same way President Obama did back at the White House Correspondents Dinner in April: “Obama out!” followed by a mic drop.
MATT DAMON TRIES, ONCE AGAIN, TO MAKE IT ON KIMMEL
We know there’s some tension between these two. So when Damon hopped on stage, right after Kimmel lost out on the outstanding variety series prize, he couldn’t help but rub it in. “You probably just want to go home and curl up and cry,” he said. “You’re a pretty big loser.”
SOFIA VERGARA LOOKS SO CONFUSED WHEN KIMMEL MAKES A JOKE ABOUT SOMEONE HITTING ON HER
Bruce Rosenblum, the CEO of the Emmy governing body the Television Academy, is retiring this year. And as Kimmel reminded him, it’s his last chance to hit on Sofia Vergara at an after-party – a note that Vergara herself was epically confused by.
RAMI MALEK PAYS TRIBUTE TO HIS CHARACTER
While he admitted that most people wouldn’t want to “hang out” with Elliot, his Mr. Robot character, Malek took a moment amid his thank-yous to remind the crowd that there’s a little Elliot – one who’s isolated – in everyone.
JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS TRIPS – AND OWNS IT
Because when you have seven Emmys, you can do anything and you’ll still look like a total star.