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Aussies miss out on Emmy Awards

Australian actresses Nicole Kidman and Judy Davis faced tough competition in their categories and failed to scoop an award at this year's Emmys.

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  • DRAMA WINS: Homeland (4), Breaking Bad (1), Boardwalk Empire (1), Downton Abbey (1) - read here
  • MINI-SERIES or MOVIE WINS: Game Change (4), Hatfields & McCoys (2), American Horror Story (1) 
  • VARIETY WINS: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (1), The Tony Awards (1), Louis C.K. (1) - read here 
  • REALITY WINS: The Amazing Race (1), Dancing With The Stars (1) - read here
  • COMEDY WINS: Modern Family (4), Louie (1), Two and a Half Men (1), Veep (1) - read here
  • There is a great gallery of the winners with their awards here
  • And a gallery of the hits and misses on the red carpet here
  • Check out the best of Twitter in our Emmys Storify here
  • Check out our Red Carpet blog below  
  • Did we get it right? Check out our Emmy Awards predictions.

1.00pm: That's it for our Live Blog coverage of the 64th Emmy Awards. Let us know what you thought in the comments below and check out the many and varied photo galleries.

Thank you and good night / afternoon.

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Emmy Awards 2012

"I don't really believe in judging art but I showed up just in case ... it turned out alright" - Homeland's Damian Lewis. Photo: Getty

12.59pm: Well they did finish on time. That's the Emmys over for another year. A clear winner in each of the three main categories, with four awards taken by one show in each. Congrats to Homeland, Modern Family and Game Change, and thank you all for reading along.

12.57pm: "Did you guys want to stay another hour?" asks Kimmel trying to defuse a room that is harrumphing at the mic being turned off on Levitan, then with a "good night everyone and thanks for watching!" and we're out...

... at least until Emmy Goddess promotes Good Morning America on ABC over the credits that one assumes Foxtel are contractually obligated to play, so if you somehow can watch that show and choose to follow the SMH liveblog of the Emmys (a very think Venn Diagram cross over on that one) then enjoy that!

12.56pm: Steve Levitan accepts the award on behalf of the cast and crew and references the space shuttle Endeavour flying over the set. "At that moment we weren't big and important people making television anymore ... because it was super loud and our sound guy said we couldn't."

And he starts saying how lucky he feels before getting the music play off. Seriously, the LAST AWARD gets a play off?!!!

12.55pm: "Please welcome someone no one likes, Michael J Fox" says Jimmy, and Fox gets a standing ovation which he denies and adds "I'm steady as a rock" before trying to start his speech.

Outstanding Comedy Series nominees
The Big Bang Theory
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Girls
Modern Family
30 Rock
Veep

And the winner is: Modern Family

12.51pm: Emmy Goddess tries to build up the tension by referencing the Comedy Series award that is yet to come, also referencing The Big Bang Theory's ratings, but that Drama award was the big announcement, with Modern Family a lock for the final gong.

12.50pm: Just to be clear, that means Mad Men remains an EQUAL record holder, with some admittedly impressive shows, but Homeland has done VERY well to win this in its first year given the opportunity for the jury to feel they were making history.

Michael Cuesta, Homeland's creator gives the thank you speech, acknolwedging that this is Showtime's first win in this category and also thanking his wife who "reads everything I write and approved this message."

12.49pm: A HUGE cheer went round the room for that announcement, and the cast and crew argue about who is going to hold the award. "Who wants it?".

12.48pm: Jimmy announces the last two awards are coming and we slow down a fraction again so we can end in style. Here's Julianne Moore "one of two oustanding Sarah Palin impersonators in the room"

Outstanding Drama Series nominees
Boardwalk Empire
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
Homeland
Mad Men

And the winner is: Homeland

12.47pm: This guy look familiar? The EP is a certain Tom Hanks, who thanks "the founding fathers" both for the constitution and for the material they provide for drama. Nice!

12.46pm: Another award raced in...

Outstanding Miniseries or Movie nominees
American Horror Story
Game Change
Hatfields & McCoys
Hemingway & Gellhorn
Luther
Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia

And the winner is: Game Change

12.41pm: The Emmy Goddess tells us that Mad Men is tied on four Outstanding Drama wins (with Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law and The West Wing) and if it wins a fifth will set a record. That means two things: Time for an ad break; and Time to build to the big finish.

12.40pm: Kevin gets a dig in by pointing out that they had to go to Romania to make this "very, very American story." "And for those of you who haven't seen it, thank God for TV and re-runs." He also makes a weird gag about being reminded of the Olympics and how the Emmys don't seem like much of a sport. Okaaaay.

12.39pm: We must be behind time as they are RACING through nomination announcements before we get told

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie nominees
Game Change • Woody Harrelson as Steve Schmidt
Hatfields & McCoys • Kevin Costner as 'Devil' Anse Hatfield
Hatfields & McCoys • Bill Paxton as Randall McCoy
Hemingway & Gellhorn • Clive Owen as Ernest Hemingway
Luther • Idris Elba as John Luther
Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia (Masterpiece) • Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes

And the winner is: Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys

12.38pm: You know what the director of Game Change hasn't done, he hasn't appeared in Buffy. Ever. So he thanks people and I find myself a little let down.

12.36pm: Let's do another award!

Outstanding Directing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic Special nominees
Game Change
Hatfields & McCoys
Hemingway & Gellhorn
Luther
Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia
(Masterpiece)

And the winner is: Jay Roach, Game Change

12.35pm: Jon Stewart is caught out of his seat by Jimmy Kimmel (and duly sprints back to it) so Jimmy outs him as having thrown his Emmy in the trash back stage. "Something to remember when voting next year".

12.30pm: As Julianne is played off by music, I take the opportunity to congratulate Nicole Kidman on her nomination and refuse to even suggest that the Autralians nominated at these Emmys were robbed or have lost. They have at worst 'missed out'.

That said, Julianne Moore was outstanding as Sarah Palin and clearly channeled her spirit when she maliciously STOLE Nicole Kidman and AUSTRALIA's Emmy.

12.29pm: "I feel so validated because Sarah Palin gave me the big thumbs down."

12.28pm: Now a second award:

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie nominees
American Horror Story • Connie Britton as Vivien Harmon
Game Change • Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin
Hemingway & Gellhorn • Nicole Kidman as Martha Gellhorn
Missing • Ashley Judd as Rebecca Winstone
The Song Of Lunch (Masterpiece) • Emma Thompson as She

And the winner is: Julianne Moore, Game Change

12.27pm: He's thanking a lot of people but I just want to point out that THAT IS JONATHAN FROM BUFFY! Yes the writer of Game Change is one of the evil nerds from Buffy The Vampire Slayer

12.26pm: Lucy Liu and Kieffer Sutherland are on stage and the callibre of hosts is seriously building. They have two awards to present and no schtick.

Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special nominees
Game Change
Hatfields & McCoys
The Hour
Luther
Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia (Masterpiece)

And the winner is: Danny Strong, Game Change

12.17pm: Howard talks about growing up creatively on that show, then introduces the In Memorium to the tune of Memories:

We remember: Marvin Hamlisch, Davy Jones, Hal Kanter, Richard Dawson, Jim Paratore, Lee Rich, Sherman Hemsley, Phyllis Diller (with the line "the only thing worse than not having anything to wear, is not having anything to hang it on") William Asher, Celeste Holm, Michael Clarke Duncan, Lupe Ontiveros, James Farentino, Irving Fein, Heavy-D, Chad Everett, Don Cornelius, Robert Hegyes, Ron Palillo, Robert Easton, Andy Rooney, John Rich, Michele O'Callaghan, Steve Jobs, Gil Cates, Bob Henry, Albert Freeman Jr, Patrice O'Neal, Whitney Houston, Ben Gazzara, Donna Summer, Tony Scott, Kathryn Joosten, Paul Bogart, William Windom, Norman Felton, Frank Pierson, Mike Wallace and Ernest Borgnine. Then Harry Morgan as Colonel Potter toasts us all before Dick Clark signs off with a salute.

12.16pm: Tom gets SERIOUSLY played off by music and ... well it takes a brave conductor. Then Ron Howard appears after a clip from his childhood role as Opie on The Andy Griffith Show to remember Andy Griffith.

12.15pm: Tom Berenger wants his Emmy melted down and made into mini Emmys to be given to all of his clan from the mini-series. Anyone taking bets on whether he does it? Anyone?

12.13pm: Kerry Washington is on stage to tell us about acting and to announce an award:

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie nominees
American Horror Story • Denis O'Hare as Larry Harvey
Game Change • Ed Harris as John McCain
Hatfields & McCoys • Tom Berenger as Jim Vance
Hemingway & Gellhorn • David Strathairn as John Dos Passos
Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia (Masterpiece) • Martin Freeman as Dr. John Watson

And the winner is: Tom Berenger, Hatfields & McCoys

12.11pm: So what's left? I hear you ask. The rest of this Movies or Mini-Series category, the In Memorium, the Best Drama award and ... the "just how important are the Emmys" segment. We're up to that part.

Ellen is keeping this interesting by throwing in random quips ... and wearing shorts. (See the intro video for explanation).

12.08pm: Another promise of that long anticipated In Memorium segment from Emmy Goddess means that it's time for another ad.

12.07pm: Jessica says thanks the writers and the show creator who made her "more promises than any man has before."

12.06pm: Jessica takes just long enough to take the stage for me to point out that that is one of two Australians down with Judy Davis still to be congratulated as a nominee in a show that otherwise got no attention from the jury.

12.05pm: Steve Buscemi is introduced by Jimmy Kimmel (who finds another way of saying that surname) and he quickly gives a shout out to his director who won for Boardwalk Empire before:

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or A Movie nominees
American Horror Story • Frances Conroy as Moira
American Horror Story • Jessica Lange as Constance Langdon
Game Change • Sarah Paulson as Nicolle Wallace
Hatfields & McCoys • Mare Winningham as Sally McCoy
Page Eight (Masterpiece) • Judy Davis as Jill Tankard

And the winner is: Jessica Lange, American Horror Story

12.04pm: We get another montage, and if there's one thing that doesn't work in liveblogs its montage.

12.02pm: And Jimmy introduces the Mini-Series or Movie category.

12.01pm: And it's the afternoon (here) and it's the Peter Gunn theme again (there). So Jimmy Kimmel introduces us to his parents who he is angry at because they told him he could win an Emmy and he hasn't.

Then Tracy Morgan starts grilling the Kimmels too. So Jimmy gets security to remove his parents. "Go ahead and taze them bro if you need to."

11.59am: A bit more on Ricky Gervais who really was very funny presenting those two awards. He announced that Louis C.K. would officially be the funniest comedian in the world if he won, before then hoping he did because he felt sorry for him. He also gave a nice "not again" for Jon Stewart.

The best was at the top though as he explained the only reason he agreed to do this spot was he got to drink a beer back stage and also pointed out that if this wasn't a live show, he'd have been reacting very differently to the category that he'd been given to present.

11.57am: "We were told we got a free sandwich after ten" explains Stewart. "Years from now when aliens arrive and the Earth is just a burning husk. They will find a box of these and learn just how predictable these things can be."

11.56am: Emmy Goddess informs us that Stewart's show has now won an Emmy in this category for ten consecutive years. Not bad. And I type this as EVERYONE FROM THAT SHOW DAWDLES UP ON TO STAGE.

11.53am: "Well done to everyone in that category, especially Louis, the second best comedian in the world" quips Gervais. He's been very funny here.

Outstanding Variety Series
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Real Time with Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live

And the winner is: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

11.52am: Glenn is currently directing the Emmy Awards so gives his speech from the control booth ... and I'm just saying, I think he might have had a clue this was coming. FROM THE PERSON STANDING BEHIND HIM WITH THE AWARD. "Tommy play me off!" he finishes.

11.50am: Ricky Gervais is here. He understands that people are sitting there wishing they were at the Golden Globes before complaining that he's only got this award:

Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special
84th Annual Academy Awards
54th Annual Grammy Awards
Louis C.K. Live at the Beacon Theatre
New York City Ballet
65th Annual Tony Awards

And the winner is: Glenn Weiss, 65th Annual Tony Awards

11.46am: They know their audience. The In Memorium segment gets promo'd prior to the ad break, which unsurprisingly is for Louie.

11.45am: "Thank you, I wanted another one, so that's nice" says Louis, though its not clear if he's talking about the guy who gave him a cheer or the award.

I'd like to NOT thank Louis for confusing everyone in sub-editing and spellchecking by calling his show Louie. So selfish.

11.43am: Aziz Ansari does a nice bit as a Dick Van Dyke English actor, because he understands it will help his career to be "Bri-ish", before introducing the next award from "acros the pond".

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special
84th Annual Academy Awards
Betty White's 90th Birthday
The Kennedy Center Honors
Louis C.K. Live at the Beacon Theatre
65th Annual Tony Awards

And the winner is: Louis C.K. for Louis C.K. Live at the Beacon Theatre

11.41am: The Year in Variety video montage is a hodge podge of music, talk show and comedy.

11.40am: And we aren't going to find out the BEST DRAMA just yet. We're actually going for the Variety awards next.

11.38am: Now that's gratitude! Claire takes the stage and reminds the awards that her writers were cut off in their speech. She then thanks people, many and varied. Particularly Mandy Patinkin and "my baby daddy".

I think we should claim Claire for Australia. This might be "our" only win!

11.36am: Jon Hamm and Tina Fey are on stage and he is the perfect straight man for her "I forgot my glasses" wilful autocue mis-reads. Very nice. His "you have to do better" reprimand is wonderful as she reads out "a picture of a house?!"

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series nominees
Damages • Glenn Close as Patty Hewes
Downton Abbey • Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley
The Good Wife • Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick
Harry's Law • Kathy Bates as Harriet Korn
Homeland • Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison
Mad Men • Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson

And the winner is: Claire Danes, Homeland

11.35am: Jimmy is the consumate host. Checking if everyone is alright. "I think I hear some stomachs rumbling. Would anyone like to swap an Emmy for a hot pocket?"

11.28am: Damian is here! He comes on stage to say "sorry I'm one of those annoying Brits. I don't really believe in judging art, but I turned up just in case. Turned out alright."

He also thanks his co-stars who are "delightful and enjoyable to dine with."

"My two children at home thought I'd been nominated for an Emma. Daddy just won an Emma."

11.27am: Julianna Margulies gets a bit creepy when talking about the actors in the next category "sounds like my kind of party" and we're up for:

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series nominees
Boardwalk Empire • Steve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson
Breaking Bad • Bryan Cranston as Walter White
Dexter • Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan
Downton Abbey • Hugh Bonneville as Robert, Earl of Grantham
Homeland • Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody
Mad Men • Jon Hamm as Don Draper

And the winner is: Damian Lewis, Homeland

11.26am:  Jimmy wants to pay tribute to the life work of someone still alive, someone everyone in this room "admires, respects and loves" ... and we get an In Memorium for ... JIMMY KIMMEL. Nice.

Jimmy even sings along to his own In Memorium song "I didn't know I was beautiful" before throwing in his trademark apology to Matt Damon.

Back on stage he quips "I will be missed"

11.25am: The directors also aren't here so we go straight on ... and not with an ad, yay!

11.24am: The dramatic directors discuss if they are dramatic on video then:

Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series nominees
Boardwalk Empire • To The Lost, Tim Van Patten, Director
Breaking Bad • Face Off, Vince Gilligan, Director
Downton Abbey • Episode 7, Brian Percival, Director
Homeland • Pilot, Michael Cuesta, Director
Mad Men • The Other Woman, Phil Abraham, Director

And the winner is: Boardwalk Empire

11.23am: Giancarlo Esposito voices a VERY FAST list of the nominees for Guest Actor and Actress which went to Jeremy Davies (Justified) and Martha Plimpton (The Good Wife) who now come on stage as presenters.

11.22am: Jimmy tells us everything is ok now as Tracy Morgan is carried from the stage by four guys who probably thought they'd get a more glamorous gig when told they'd be on stage at the Emmys.

11.18am: Maggie couldn't be there to accept the award so we get an ad break instead. Gee, lucky us. So I'll just point out that Maggie won an Emmy last year for the same role in a different category (Downton Abbey was a Mini-Series last year for the purposes of the Emmys) and this is an impressive step up.

I'll also point out that I wish she was there to give us a speech.

11.17am: And that prevented any gags in the intro to the next award (thank you):

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series nominees
Breaking Bad • Anna Gunn as Skyler White
Downton Abbey • Maggie Smith as Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham
Downton Abbey • Joanne Froggatt as Anna
The Good Wife • Archie Panjabi as Kalinda Sharma
The Good Wife • Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart
Mad Men • Christina Hendricks as Joan Holloway Harris

And the winner is: Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey

11.15am: A LONG walk / music play on gives us Alex and Howard the writers who break the rules, because they were told only one of them could talk, but both of them are going to. WOAH! Steady on there guys. They are both talking but they're just thanking people ... which is why they also get PLAY OFF music. I think there's a hook coming for them now.

11.14am: The drama writers in video tell us how the handle writers block, then:

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series nominees
Downton Abbey • Episode 7
Homeland • Pilot
Mad Men • The Other Woman
Mad Men • Commissions And Fees
Mad Men • Far Away Places

And the winner is: Homeland

11.12am: A long ad break later that featured some really bizarre UK vs USA Next Top Model action, Jimmy gets Tracy Morgan on stage to help him with a bit of at-home experimenting, sending them all to Facebook and Twitter to "Post 'Oh my God! Tracy Morgan just passed out at the Emmys, turn ABC on now." Then using the five second delay he gets Tracy to lie down on the stage for "I don't know, ten minutes or so." And he lies there. Totally stealing the limelight from the next presenters. 

11.06am: Emmy Goddess tells us that Aaron used to work as an usher and he takes the stage to say he didn't prepare a speech. He gives Giancarlo a shout out. Thanks the writers with a "thank you so much for not killing me off ... that was the plan!". Finally "thank you Hollywood for allowing me to be part of your group."

11.05am: Claire doesn't give gag. Good call.

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series nominees
Breaking Bad • Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman
Breaking Bad • Giancarlo Esposito as Gustavo 'Gus' Fring
Downton Abbey • Brendan Coyle as John Bates
Downton Abbey • Jim Carter as Mr. Carson
Game Of Thrones • Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister
Mad Men • Jared Harris as Lane Pryce

And the winner is: Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad

11.04am: Drama kicks off with a montage and Jimmy announces "Wow, I gotta get out less!" before introducing a heavily pregnant Claire Danes.

10.59am: Last reality award, thankfully.

Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program
The Amazing Race • Phil Keoghan
American Idol • Ryan Seacrest
Betty White’s Off Their Rockers • Betty White
Dancing With The Stars • Tom Bergeron
So You Think You Can Dance • Cat Deeley

And the winner is: Tom Bergeron, Dancing With The Stars

10.58am: Seth Macfarlane comes out and does a microphone bit where he goes to the "wrong one" then gives a brief Stewie impersonation that he promises will go on YouTube. Errr ... in the staged unfunny gags section perhaps.

10.56am: We return to the strains of the Peter Gunn Theme and Sheldon, Leonard and Penny discussing the accountants who audit the votes. Nice moment of Sheldon doing an impersonation of The Count from Sesame Street "Two, two, TWO votes ... ah, ah, ah!". Sheldon it turns out is a fan of each of the individual accountants and this is his version of sport. They made accountants ... amusing. That's no small feat.

10.50am: James Vanderbeek and Damon Wayans kick if off with an update of the football score "instead of comedy." That certainly was an alternative to comedy.

Outstanding Reality - Competition Program 2012
The Amazing Race
Dancing with the Stars
So You Think You Can Dance
Top Chef
Project RunwaY
The Voice

And the winner is: The Amazing Race

10.49am: We've moved into the Reality Television awards, which you can tell because the lights turn off and for a moment this is that BAD kind of live television where nothing is happening.

10.48am: OOoooohh. The first person to get played off, but not before: "Lastly it says here: isn't it a shame that Amy Poehler didn't win ... what?" Cut to Amy with a pencil in her hand nodding.

10.46am: Still no love for Amy Poehler who is the queen of unrequited nominations. Which is ok, because she takes the stage after it turns out that she and J L-D had accidentally swapped speeches. Julia thanks Amy's kids. Then thanks the other "powerful" women in the category.

"People say this show is a comedy but I don't see anything funny about me being Vice President of the United States."

10.44am: Surprisingly Colbert takes the tone political and decries the "war on women" which he wants to end. Except "Some women are awful. Murderers and stuff." Of the seven women nominated tonight "five of them are just great, the other two ... I'm told I'm out of time."

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series nominees
Girls • Lena Dunham as Hannah Horvath
Mike & Molly • Melissa McCarthy as Molly Flynn
New Girl • Zooey Deschanel as Jess Day
Nurse Jackie • Edie Falco as Jackie Peyton
Parks And Recreation • Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope
30 Rock • Tina Fey as Liz Lemon
Veep • Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer

And the winner is: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

10.43am: We're back and Jimmy points out that "so far we have had a winner in every category" which is the sort of astute commentary we normally provide online. Then he introduces Steven Colbert.

10.40am: Emmy Goddess tells us that you are now allowed to tweet the winners of the awards. Previously you were not and those who went early are now being hunted down.

10.39am: A bit of a surprise for all there, including Cryer who begins "Something has clearly gone terribly wrong. I did not win this. This did not just happen." Parsons and C.K. were the favourites for this award and one suspects that Jon Cryer didn't write a speech. Of course that just means his thanks are sincere and all the better for it.

10.37am: Another award ... the outstanding actor in a comedy category. We learn about the chest hair of the various nominees from Melissa McCarthy and Mindy Kaling. Basically its Melissa hitting on ALL OF THEM.

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series nominees
The Big Bang Theory • Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper
Curb Your Enthusiasm • Larry David as Himself
House Of Lies • Don Cheadle as Marty Kaan
Louie • Louis C.K. as Louie
30 Rock • Alec Baldwin as Jack Donaghy
Two And A Half Men • Jon Cryer as Alan Harper

And the winner is: Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men

10.35am: And now a behind the scenes video of the little monster Aubrey Anderson-Emmons on Modern Family. Very nice. Particularly when Ken Jeong turns up!

10.34am: "First of all I want to thank me for hiring me when no one else would. I wouldn't be standing here if it weren't for the faith I had in myself." Hey, this guy's funny! Then he thanks people before acknowledging that with his writers, crew and cast a complete idiot could direct an episode of Modern Family.

10.33am: It's the directors award, which gets a quirky video intro, then... 

Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series nominees
Curb Your Enthusiasm • Palestinian Chicken
Girls • She Did
Louie • Duckling
Modern Family • Virgin Territory
Modern Family • Baby On Board
New Girl • Pilot

And the winner is: Steve Levitan, Modern Family

10.31am: Matthew Perry is here to re-announce the winners of the Guest Actors and Actress in a Comedy Series (presented last weekend) Award "because I like attention" - they were won by Kathy Bates (Two and a Half Men) and Jimmy Fallon (Saturday Night Live) and their prize is they get to introduce the next award.

10.25am: As Julie takes the stage she gets a very literal shout out from co-star and co-nominee Sofia Vergara and responds with "I know you're younger than me, but when I grow up I want to be you." The rest of the speech is mostly about nipple covers. OK!

10.24am: Another award!

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series nominees
The Big Bang Theory • Mayim Bialik as Amy Farrah Fowler
Desperate Housewives • Kathryn Joosten as Karen McCluskey
Modern Family • Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy
Modern Family • Sofia Vergara as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett
Nurse Jackie • Merritt Wever as Zoey Barkow
Saturday Night Live • Kristen Wiig as various characters

And the winner is: Julie Bowen, Modern Family

10.23am: Another great video bit as Breaking Bad is reimagined as The Andy Griffith show (Prompted by the question: What would happen if your show existed before cable?)

10.21am: "So I won an Emmy just now" ... and that's what you get when an observational stand up gives an acceptance speech.

10.19am: Two "VERY white people" are here to present the next award. And here is Zooey Deschanel and Jim Parsons. Zooey explains that Jess is actually based on the real Jim Parsons, Jim bases Sheldon on the real Zooey, a hobby physicist.

Then its a fake out from Emmy Goddess as we get a different award.

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series nominees
Community • Remedial Chaos Theory
Girls • Pilot
Louie • Pregnant
Parks And Recreation • The Debate
Parks And Recreation • Win, Lose, Or Draw

And the winner is: Louis C.K. for Louie

10.18am: We're back with Jimmy explaining what happens during the ad breaks - "try to imagine all of your favourite television stars in one room ... looking at their phones and ignoring one another"

10.14am: Emmy Goddess tells us that the next award is the Supporting Actress in a Comedy to ensure that we come back after the ads built in to this ceremony - c'mon it's TV awards, of course there are ad breaks built in.

10.13am: Eric isn't allowed to do anything without us being reminded that he used to be a pig farmer so the Emmy Goddess duly informs us as he walks up on stage to thank Jesse Tyler Bradford and the fans who keep sending him pictures of "hairy, hairy chests."

"I want to share this with every actor who has an audition tomorrow at 5 o'clock."

10.12am: We kick off with the MODERN FAMILY category

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series nominees
Modern Family • Ed O'Neill as Jay Pritchett
Modern Family • Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell Pritchett
Modern Family • Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy
Modern Family • Eric Stonestreet as Cameron Tucker
New Girl • Max Greenfield as Schmidt
Saturday Night Live • Bill Hader as various characters

And the winner is: Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

10.11am: Amy is introducing her chance to change the world and ... Louis says she looks nice. Gosh, funny people being vaguely funny ... that's actually an improvement on the usual.

10.10am: Here to present the first of 800 awards tonight, Amy Poehler and Louis C.K.

10.09am: It's a montage of the Year in Comedy and ... well this is fun. Alex Baldwin compliments his brother, a 1960s Tina Fey gets told to "shut up and let a man tell us what is happening" and we're off. It's always nice when comedies are funny, but that's ok, here's MIke & Molly to make up the balance.

10.08am: "In a way all of you are winners tonight, in a far more literal way most of you will be losers"

10.07am: "Tonight is a night is a night on which we honour the thing we love about anything else - ourselves"

10.05am: Jimmy starts his bit on Downton Abbey and is interupted rudely by genuine applause (sheesh) before explaing that Downton is a good view of life in Mit Romney's house growing up. He then does a shout out to the 40 republicans in the room and the rest of the "godless liberal homosexuals"

10.04am: Jimmy describes television as "the only American product the Chinese haven't worked out how to make" and that's an intriguing place to start.

10.03am: Jimmy is possibly going to become the first pants free Emmys host until ... yes Ellen steps in and offers him hers! Ellen saves the Emmys!!! "They fit great" says Jimmy and the seductive Voice of the Emmys Goddess kicks in to introduce our host (pants-included) Jimmy Kimmel.

10.00am: And we are underway - Giles here - with a prerecorded clip of Christina Hendricks and Zooey Deschanel practicing their winner faces in the mirror. Shortly we hear Jimmy Kimmel crying in the stalls and Kathy Bates to the rescue, the door is ripped form its hinges. Jimmy got botox it seems and now has eyebrows that look like ... possibly a code. And now the actresses queue to "punch it back in" and now he's ready to host...

9:57am: Wow, it's been a sizzling red carpet - quick mention to Edie Falco in Stella McCartney - but time now to hand over to our entertainment man-at-large, Giles Hardie. Over to you Giles.

9:55am: @VanityFair has made its call on some of the dominant fashion trends of the red carpet so far:

"Early trends: canary yellow (Julie Bowen, Julianne Moore, Hannah Simone) and mermaid-y gowns (Sofia Vergara and Julianne Hough)."

9:52am: And the latest pics, for your viewing pleasure... January Jones in Zac Posen, Kathy Griffin in Oscar de la Renta and Sofia Vergara n Zuhair Murad:

January

 

Kathy

 

Sofia

9:47am: We can't heap enough praise on Bowen's choice. Perfectly playful and at once fantastically sexy. A gutsy bombshell. Meanwhile, January Jones is being called a 'goth' by E! online. Hmmm.

9:45am: Julie Bowen is stealing the limelight in neon lime green. Wow. A very modern Modern Family star, Bowen picked up a gong last year for the hit show.

9:42am: Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban are chatting with E!: "I got to play this woman who existed and I got to play her looking back on her life, which was really fascinating" says the first time Emmy nominee, Kidman, of her role in Hemingway and Gellhorn.

9:40am: Hollywood stalwarts Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson know how to pass the time on the way to an awards show.

9:38am: E! online guessed that Zooey Deschanel, Sofia Vergara, Lea Michele and January Jones would rule the red carpet. We beg to differ and have to add Lucy Liu to that list.

9:36am: We have just been watching agog at a stunning Lucy Liu. LA is hosting is a sleek, shining, mirrored beauty. Mirrored disks coat her gown, as if poured from mercury. "It's pretty heavy" she says of the Versace creation.

9:33am: Ricky Gervais: "I was the most hated man in America" - looking suitably A-list in sunglasses and an open-buttoned black shirt with suit combination. Oh, the men have it easy.

9:30am: Claire Danes, nominated for her role in Homeland, has proved that you can be pregnant and pull off red carpet high glamour in style. Double thumbs up to her sunshine yellow Lanvin gown - spot on, and extra points for giving the bright colour trend a solid run for its money.

9:27am: We've spotted Nicole Kidman making a statuesque entrance. We caught a glimpse of straight hair and sparkling blue sequins... uber chic and sharply modern.

9:23am: We know we're not alone when we say this, but we heart Christina Hendricks. Last year she absolutely smouldered in a gold creation by Aussie designer Johanna Johnson. We hear it was a close run this year and the Mad Men actress almost wore Johnson again, but she has chosen Christian Siriano - who she also wore in 2010.

9:22am: We're keeping an eye on tweets... And this gem from Modern Family actress Julie Bowen, who is a nominee in the outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series, shows the Emmys aren’t all glitz and glamour!

9:19am: Julianna Marguiles, on her ninth Emmy nomination, has her hair pulled back into a chignon and is wearing floral Giambattista Valli.

9:17am: Our red carpet gallery is looking fittingly glamorous - check out the latest looks, above.

 

Ginnifer

9:13am: Ginnifer Goodwin is the most tweeted red carpet star so far - and so she should be: a brilliant choice of Monique Lhuillier is giving the Once Upon a Time presenter and bona fide fashion girl a brighter-than-bright spin in floral and nude orange. She ain't no wallflower!

Hayden

9:10am: Hayden Panetierre, above, wearing Marchesa.

9:09am: Zooey Deschanel, who is nominated for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series (New Girl), has even dressed up her fingernails.

9:08am: Everyone's favourite Mad woman, January Jones, has chosen Zac Posen.

9:05am: Sofia Vergara - a woman who can rock the red carpet better than many - is wearing sparkling green Zuhair Murad with a peephole back.

9:03am: Heidi Klum has tweeted about getting ready before the show - we wonder if she'll wear something more popular than last year's ruffled, over-the-top number by Christian Siriano.

9:01am: 30 Rock star Tina Fey is resplendent in burgundy Vivienne Westwood with gold bustier detailing. Elegant to the end - a far cry from her TV alter-ego.

9:00am: Ginnifer Goodwin has also chosen Monique Lhuillier - a great year for the designer.

Padma

8:56am: Another fab look, above, from Padma Lakshmi who, following her slinky gold creation by Armani Prive last year, has chosen frothing organge Monique Lhuillier this time round. A brilliant choice against her tanned skin - sizzling!

Kelly

8:52am: We've seen a bevvy of actresses arrive in full regalia, one of our favourite looks so far has been Kelly Osborne - who coordinated her lavender hairdo with her assymetric gown. She has chosen Marchesa, a firm red-carpet favourite.

8:48am: Hayden Panettiere, wearing Marchesa, is speaking to Giulina Rancic. She's chosen a navy and gold lace creation, intricately detailed and opulent.

8:38am: The 64th Emmy Awards red carpet is well and truly open for business – and the annual awards extravaganza is proving to be as much about the outfits as it is about the gongs, or for the next hour or so, at least.