It was a cruel irony that the year with the best Emmy nominations yielded one of the worst awards ceremonies in recent memory. Jimmy Kimmel was affable, but not particularly funny. With very few exceptions, the skits and gags were disastrous. (Should we really be encouraging Tracy Morgan these days?) And the winners were so bad, especially in the comedy categories, that we suggest the Academy consider outsourcing those decisions to real comedians for 2013. (Jon Cryer wins for Two and a Half Men?!) And yet, there were a few redeeming moments, thanks to perennial favorites like Breaking Bad, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Amy Poehler, and Jon Stewart. If you DVR’d the ceremony to watch tonight, we recommend you skip it; we’ve rounded up the only ten moments worth talking about below.
Lena Dunham opens the Emmys naked, on the toilet, eating cake
The ladies kicked off this year’s ceremony with a few actresses who didn’t end up winning anything — Christina Hendricks, Zooey Deschanel, and Mindy Kaling — dressed in bathrobes, practicing their “I can’t believe I won” faces in the bathroom mirror. The sketch gets old after a while, but the moment when Kathy Bates busts in on Lena Dunham naked and cross-legged on a toilet, digging into a birthday cake, is perfect.