Here are five standout moments from Sunday's 65th annual Primetime Emmy Awards telecast:
1. Merritt Wever, who won for best supporting actress in a comedy series, delivered what surely must be the shortest speech in Emmy history.
"Thank you so much," she said in accepting the award. "I gotta go. Bye."
It was both bizarre and humorous, prompting host Neil Patrick Harris to deem it the "best speech ever."
2. The five tributes to deceased TV standouts were as touching and emotional as expected. Among them, Rob Reiner, a cast member of "All in the Family," tenderly spoke of how Jean Stapleton brought "humor, heart and soul" to her role as Edith.
Also, a tearful Edie Falco recalled James Gandolfini as a man who was nothing like the mobster he played on "The Sopranos."
"He had tremendous warmth and heart."
3. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler proved again why they should be incorporated into every awards show from here on out. They performed a hilarious bit early in the show, in which they donned 3D glasses, munched popcorn and basically leered at Harris. (Urging him to shed his pants). It saved what was mostly a lackluster opener.
4. In a nod to Emmy history, Kerry Washington appeared with Diahann Carroll as presenters. Washington, who stars in "Scandal," was vying to become the first black performer to win for best lead actress in a drama. Carroll was the first black person, female or male, to ever be nominated for an Emmy.
Gazing out over the audience, the TV veteran cracked, "The men are much more beautiful than when I was working in television."
5. Michael Douglas nabbed a prize for his role in "Behind the Candelabra," a Liberace biopic in which he shared love scenes with Matt Damon. He delivered an innuendo-laced acceptance speech that had him insisting that the award should be shared with his co-star.
"You really deserve half of this," he told Damon. "So do you want the bottom or the top?"