The 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards are over. The show was hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, and let’s be honest, it wasn’t his best. As a whole, the ceremony left a lot to be desired but we’re staying positive. Despite the gloomy tone and multiple song and dance numbers, the Emmys had some bright spots. Here are five things that made this year’s show worth watching.

Kevin Spacey


Kevin Spacey didn’t have to do much to steal the show. His appearance during the drawn-out opening skit was its saving grace. A few lines of dialogue and he turned the tedious intro into a highlight. Not only that but he kept it playful throughout the evening. At one point, he swatted a camera that was giving him too much attention during a presentation. Oh Kevin, don’t you ever change.

Multiple surprise winners

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Even though there were a few safe bets, variety was king at this year’s show. We got several surprises including a win for The Newsroom’s Jeff Daniels (Lead Actor in a Drama Series), Nurse Jackie’s Merritt Wever (Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series), Veep’s Tony Hale (Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series) and The Colbert Report for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series. Colbert broke a decade-long winning streak belonging to its Comedy Central companion, The Daily Show. It was an amazing moment and well-deserved. We get the feeling voters actually watched the shows this year.

James Gandolfini’s Tribute


There’s no doubt about it, this was the saddest Emmys yet. There were posthumous tributes given to stars Jonathan Winters, Jean Stapleton, Cory Monteith and Gary David Goldberg, while Elton John payed respect to Liberace. This was all on top of the regular In Memoriam segment. The most tear-inducing tribute belonged to James Gandolfini, who was honored by former TV wife Edie Falco. Of her Soprano’s co-star she said, “You all knew James Gandolfini the actor. I was lucky enough to know Jim the man for 10 years as his close colleague and his pretend life partner and for many more years as his friend. And it’s Jim the man, the very dear man, that I will miss most of all.” Tissues anyone?

The Veep crew


Julia Louis-Dreyfus won Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Selina Meyer on Veep. As she approached the stage, co-star Tony Hale rushed to meet her at the mic. On the show he plays her right-hand man Gary. He’s always there to hold her bag and whisper much-needed info in her ear. He did just that as she stumbled through her speech reminding her to thank the cast, crew and her family — whom she’d nearly forgotten. In the audience, Anna Chlumsky, who plays Amy on Veep, was also in character with her eyes glued to her phone. Way to commit guys.

Michael Douglas’s speech


Behind the Candelabra was a big winner tonight. While director Steven Soderbergh kept his speech short and sweet, Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie winner Michael Douglas got down and dirty. He made a few racy jokes referencing co-star and fellow nominee Matt Damon. He said, “Thank you to the great performances by all the other nominees, but obviously there’s one nominee in particular that I have to really thank. This was a two-hander. Matt, you’re only as good as [laughs] you’re only as good as your other hand. I can’t tell you — you were 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? [laughs] Top? I figured that.”

What was your most memorable Emmy moment?