It was the first award of the night, and already had “Pushing Daisies” fans in tears.
Kristin Chenoweth, who played Olive Snook in the now-cancelled ABC series, almost couldn’t believe her name was called during the 61st Emmy Awards that aired on CBS Sunday night. But it had been called, and she is now the latest winner of the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series category at the Emmys.
Fighting back tears, Chenoweth still managed to be funny, using her acceptance speech as a faux resume.
“I’m unemployed now, so I’d like to be on ‘Mad Men,'” Chenoweth said, according to CNN. “I’d also like to be on ‘The Office’ and ’24.'”
Chenoweth’s win was the fourth and final win for “Pushing Daisies,” which won last year by Barry Sonnenfeld for Outstanding Director in a Comedy Series, James Dooley for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series, and Stuart Bass for Outstanding Picture Editing for a Comedy Series. The show had earned nine nominations last year, including a nod to Lee Pace for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series and Bryan Fuller for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series.
Michael Emerson also picked up an Emmy in his third try as Benjamin Linus in “Lost.” In fact, it was only the fourth major Emmy “Lost” has ever won, the most recent going to Terry O’Quinn in 2007 in the same category. The show has won a total of nine Emmys throughout its run, including a win in 2005 for Outstanding Drama Series.
Emerson described his part that grew from a guest stint to a recurring character as the “role of a lifetime.”
Unfortunately, it wasn’t a good night otherwise for the genre. Michael Rymer, who was nominated for Outstanding Director in a Drama Series for his work on the “Battlestar Galactica” series finale “Daybreak, Part 2,” had to watch as Rod Holcomb from “ER” took the prize.
Also losing out were Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof, the only writers who did not work for “Mad Men” lose out to the AMC show for their work on “Lost.”
William Shatner had to say goodbye to one last win for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his work in “Boston Legal,” instead making way for Emerson in the category.
“True Blood” got a mention winning the fan-voted “Breakthrough” performance during the broadcast.
This year’s Emmys telecast was hosted by Neil Patrick Harris from Joss Whedon’s Emmy-winning “Doctor Horrible’s Singalong Blog,” and the broadcast actually featured a comedy bit that included Harris as his popular online character, Nathan Fillion and Felicia Day from the broadcast.