Video highlights from this year’s Emmy Awards

Watch some of last night's best acceptance speeches, jokes and musical performances VIDEO

Topics: Emmy Awards, Television, TV,

Video highlights from this year's Emmy AwardsHost Jane Lynch is seen at the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)(Credit: AP)

In case you missed last night’s Primetime Emmy Awards, here are five of the ceremony’s video highlights — from Melissa McCarthy’s happy victory to the bitter exile of Ricky Gervais:

1. Host Jane Lynch lip-synchs her way through an amusing opening sequence:

2. The nominees for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series all take the stage — and winner Melissa McCarthy makes a charming acceptance speech (“I’m from Plainville, Ill., and I’m standing here, and it’s kind of amazing … Holy smokes!”)

3. The Lonely Island and Michael Bolton collaborate for an over-the-top musical performance:



4. A thoroughly thrilled-looking Margo Martindale wins the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (“Sometimes, things just take time — but with time comes great appreciation”):

5. Ricky Gervais makes a guest appearance from afar [video via TheDailyBeast]:


Emma Mustich is a Salon contributor. Follow her on Twitter: @emustich.

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