Host Jane Lynch is seen at the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) (AP)

Video highlights from this year's Emmy Awards

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

Emma Mustich
September 19, 2011 4:30PM (UTC)

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

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