Last night’s Emmy Awards showed a major shift in the industry as, for the first time ever, an online video distributor, Netflix, took home an Emmy for its series “House of Cards.” The awards also showed the strong competition by cable networks, as last night was a big win for Showtime that took home awards for Homeland, including for Claire Danes in the best-actress category, and HBO for Veep, The Newsroom, and the Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra. Behind the Candelabra took home Best Miniseries or Movie while Michael Douglas won Best Actor for his portrayal of Liberace and thanked his co-star Matt Damon. “This is a two hander,” Douglas said. “And Matt, you’re only as good as your other hand. You’re magnificent, and the only reason I’m standing here is because of you. You really deserve half of this. So… you want the bottom or the top?” Liberace took center stage again during the night when Elton John performed Home Again, a song he wrote for the late-singer Liberace. “This guy played a mean piano . . . I was keenly aware of his enormous talent and his impact on the musical world – and my dress sense, of course. What I wasn’t aware of until years later was his lifestyle–yeah, right–which, due to the tenor of the times, had to be concealed,” John said when he began, obviously making fun of Emmy writers who included something about “his lifestyle.”
Openly gay actor Jim Parsons once again took home Best Actor in a Comedy and while on stage thanked his boyfriend calling him his favorite person on the planet. Another beautiful moment occurred when openly gay Jane Lynch paid tribute to her fellow Glee star Corey Monteith who died earlier this year.