Emmy Awards Gather Brightest Stars

Emmy Awards Gather Brightest Stars

Reporting from above the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles for TV's biggest night, the primetime Emmy Awards, INSIDE EDITION caught up with all the big winners on the red carpet.

It was celebrity gridlock with stars like Homeland's Claire Danes, Girls' Lena Dunham and Modern Family's Julie Bowen. We even spotted Julie Bowen telling Lena Dunham, "I want food!"

Sofia Vergara's fiance got tripped up on her gown, leaving some to question if Vergara gave him a dirty look.

We spotted another of TV's sexiest stars, Mad Men's Christina Hendricks, who said, "We're all happy to see each other because we've been away for a while, so it's going to be fun to see everyone tonight."

INSIDE EDITION's Jim Moret caught up with Newsroom star Jeff Daniels to ask, "You must be so excited that people have embraced the show."

Daniels said, "Yeah, the show, it matters. It says something. People talk about it for days afterwards, good and bad, love and hate, which we love."

Jeff Daniels took home his first Emmy, beating out Bryan Cranston. But Breaking Bad won big with the award for Best Dramatic series.

INSIDE EDITION's Deborah Norville asked Byran Cranston on the red carpet, "So, it's the end of the line. What would you like to say to the viewers who have been watching you for the last six years?"

"Well, without the viewers, our little show about a depressed man who has terminal lung cancer and cooks crystal meth and becomes a horrible person—who would follow that? If it wasn't for you fans, we would have never made it this far. So, thank you."

Best Actor winner Michael Douglas acknowledged his wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones, despite their separation.   

Douglas said in his acceptance speech, "I want to thank my wife, Catherine, for her support, my kids Dylan and Carys. And a shout out to my oldest son, Cameron, and hoping that they'll allow me to see him soon."

Cameron Douglas has been in solitary confinement for almost two years. He's serving a 10-year sentence in a federal penitentiary on drug charges.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus' won for Best Comedy actress after 14 nominations, beating the record of 13 set by Lucille Ball.

Louis-Dreyfus told Norville on the red carpet, "My family is here tonight. I brought my boys, and my husband, of course. But I brought both boys, so I'm really excited to have them here."

Julia earned big laughs for her speech, thanks to a little back-up from co-star, Tony Hale, who stayed in character playing her ever-present assistant.

Hale told INSIDE EDITION, "She's not only the kindest person, she's normal. Her family is her first priority, not this business. She's a team player. It's a dream situation."

Hale took home his own Emmy for Best Supporting Actor. 

Jim Parsons won his third Emmy for The Big Bang Theory, but before he did, he told Norville he still gets nervous hearing his name called.

"I find it funny that never goes away," said Parsons.

Nurse Jackie's Merritt Weaver won for Best Supporting Actress and gave what may have been the shortest speech in Emmy history, saying, "Thank you so much. I gotta go. Bye."

Yep, it was only 10 seconds.

Emmy host Neil Patrick Harris said, "Merritt Weaver, best speech ever."

There was a stunning and very pregnant Morena Baccarin from Homeland. INSIDE EDITION's Jim Moret asked, "I heard that if you go into labor, you are not leaving until you find out."

"Are you kidding? This is my first nomination. I'm staying there. I'm crossing my legs. I'm doing Lamaze, or whatever it is you do to breathe and get through it."

Alec Baldwin left his baby at home with wife, Hilaria and took 17-year-old daughter Ireland as his date. At one point, the proud dad stood back to admire the beautiful up-and-coming model.

There were moving tributes to the stars we lost this year. But before the show, the planned segment for Glee star Cory Monteith stirred a little controversy. Jane Lynch remembered her former co-star, who died of a drug overdose.

Meanwhile, legends, like The Odd Couple's Jack Klugman and Dallas' Larry Hagman were mentioned only in passing, in the traditional In Memoriam segment.

"I think it's criminal," said Jack Klugman's son.

James Gandolfini was memorialized by his TV wife, Edie Falco. Falco told INSIDE EDITION's Deborah Norville, "Everybody gets a little bit sad, but it also feels very important."

But now all the tributes may have backfired, with a headline from Yahoo! News reading: "Emmy's Night Of The Dead."

Modern Family creator Steven Levitan had this to say when the show won Best Comedy.

"This may be saddest Emmys of all time, but we could not be happier," said Levitan.

Viewers seemed to enjoy it big time. The Emmys drew its higest ratings in seven years.

Handling the hosting duties was the multi-talented Neil Patrick Harris. How did he do? Her certainly showed off his talent for song and dance.

And no one got bigger laughs than those golden girls of comedy, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, who shouted some suggestions from the front row.

Poehler shouted, "Take your pants off and twerk it! It might be degrading, but we would be degrateful."

Julianne Hough left little to the the imagination in her seafoam green Jenny Packham dress with an off-the-shoulder bodice and sheer skirt.

A glowing Claire Danes joked about how she would tell her nine-month-old son about her second consecutive Best Actress win, talking in baby talk.

And the Breaking Bad cast celebrated their win backstage as the 'Thank You" cam rolled. Things got a little crazy as they broke out a mini-bottle of whiskey.