Here we go. It's time for the 65th annual Primetime Emmy Awards -- stand by for the winners and other key moments from the ceremony (which was delayed four minutes by the late end of CBS' coverage of the Buffalo Bills-New York Jets NFL game):
Jim Parsons of "The Big Bang Theory" won his third lead comedy acting Emmy, following kudos in 2010 and 2011. Parsons is now one away from tying Carroll O'Connor, Michael J. Fox and Kelsey Grammer for the most career wins in the category.
"I want you to know I'm very aware of how exceedingly fortunate I am," Parsons said. "It's so silly to be emotional, isn't it?"
Julia Louis-Dreyfus won her second consecutive lead comedy actress Emmy, for "Veep."
"This is so much good fortune, it's almost too much to bear," Louis-Dreyfus said, as supporting comedy actor winner Tony Hale hung in the background, feeding her lines for her speech very much in character for his own "Veep" part. "I'm very grateful for the opportunity to make people laugh."
Louis-Dreyfus last year became the first actress to win lead or supporting comedy acting Emmys for three different shows, but she added backstage that this award means a lot.
"I've actually lost many more times than I've won," she said. "I've lost 10 times. It was delicious to win."
Earlier, Hale beat out a trifecta of "Modern Family" nominees to win the comedy supporting actor Emmy -- as for Wever, a first career win. "Even to be on a list with those guys is crazy humbling," Hale said.
Immediately after Hale's win came the first of the Emmys' special tributes to key talent who passed away in the previous year. "His riffs on our show were like epic movie categories," Robin Williams said of Jonathan Winters. "Jamming with Jonathan was like dancing with Fred Astaire. ... The beauty of Jonathan was that he was a big, brilliant kid who never grew up."
The night's first award, for comedy supporting actress, went in something of a surprise to Merritt Wever of "Nurse Jackie." After saying "Thank you so much" twice, she immediately wrapped up her acceptance speech (and became the producers' best friend ever) by saying, "I gotta go -- bye."
Helping to crown the farewell season of "30 Rock," Tina Fey and Tracey Wigfield won for the "Last Lunch" finale episode. "I share this award with my partner of seven years, Robert Carlock," Fey said. "There are not many people in this world who make me feel lazy and stupid, but you made me feel like that every day." It was Fey's eighth career Emmy, counting series awards for exec producing the show.
Gail Mancuso, who helmed the "Modern Family" episode "Arrested," won her first Emmy -- the second ever by a woman for comedy directing.
"I was very fortunate as a child," Mancuso said. "My parents let me watch as much TV as I wanted."
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