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  • "Nurse Jackie" star Merritt Wever charmed millions of people around the world when she gave what was instantly hailed as the best Emmys acceptance speech ever.

    A huge underdog, Wever stunned — and delighted — pundits by winning the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series over favorites Julie Bowen ("Modern Family"), Sofia Vergara ("Modern Family"), Jane Krakowski ("30 Rock"), and Mayim Bialik ("Big Bang Theory").

    [Related: Was Merritt Wever's Emmys Acceptance Speech the Shortest in History?]

    Nervous and flustered, Wever stammered, "Thank you so very much. Um, I gotta go. Bye." Then, she fled the stage, to hearty applause.

    While her win was a surprise, it was a pleasant surprise. Wever is a veteran working actress with credits in both TV and film, and she gives a lovable, heartwarming performance on "Nurse Jackie."

    See Wever on "Nurse Jackie":

    Still, the Emmys audience can be forgiven if Wever's win made them wonder, "Who's that?" After all, "Nurse Jackie" is on Showtime, not on network TV, and averages only around 3 million viewers. So, we've got a handy little guide to this year's Emmys darling:

    1. She Was Raised by Her Mom

    Wever — whose real first name is Siobhán — was conceived with a sperm donor!

    2. You've Probably Seen Her Before

    While Wever isn't a household name (yet), she's been around the acting block. Recently, she's romanced Schmidt on Fox's "New Girl." And before that, she was Matthew Perry's assistant on NBC's "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip." She's also had small roles in Lena Dunham's "Tiny Furniture," "Greenberg," "Michael Clayton," and "Signs."

    Check out Wever in "New Girl":

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  • It's 2013, and that means cameras are everywhere! If a photograph can speak a thousand words, the accidental ones can speak a million. They're cringeworthy, they're bizarre, but they're always hilarious. Here are the best photobombs and videobombs from the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards.

    [Photos: The Best of Celebrity Photobombs]

    1. Worst nightmare alert! This guy in the background, ID'ed by comedian Paul F. Tompkins as producer Paul Greenberg, was in the wrong place (behind Emmys host Neil Patrick Harris) at the wrong time (live TV). Can't you just see the wheels turning in his head? Once the look of terror started to dissipate from his face, he gracefully (kind of) inched out of the shot. But don't feel too bad for Greenberg; it was actually a planned part of the show. Emmy Awards Producer Ken Ehrlich admitted that it was staged. "He was one of our writers," said Ehrlich. "It was one of those moments we put in there so someone would ask, 'What was that all about?'" Nonetheless, the

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  • Photos: Epic Dean Norris/Derek Hough Dance Battle Breaks Out at Emmys Afterparty

    They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but we would disagree because these images from the AMC, IFC, Sundance Channel Emmy Afterparty last night are absolutely priceless. Who knew ASAC Schrader had these kind of moves? Credit John Shearer/Invision for AMC/AP Images for these photos of him going toe-to-toe with Outstanding Choreography Emmy winner Derek Hough of "Dancing With The Stars."

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  • Kaley Cuoco attends the Governors Ball during the 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 22, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.The first party stop after the Emmys is obviously the Governors Ball down the street, but the real first stop is the smoking patio on the way in.

    Damian Lewis, January Jones, and Melissa Leo are just a few of the beautiful people who broke away from the pack to take a breather outside in between functions.

    We watched as Jones grabbed Leo on her way in and gave her a huge hug. "I was looking for you earlier!" the "Mad Men" actress exclaimed as she excitedly gave her pal a kiss on the cheek.

    Leo, 53, (who, by the way, sewed those diamond buttons on her coat herself), went over to chat with Jones and a few others from the "Mad Men" cast.

    [Photos: 2013 Emmys Afterparties]

    Scooting inside at the same time was Kaley Cuoco, who made a red carpet appearance with boyfriend Ryan Sweeting earlier in the evening. The "Big Bang Theory" actress and her tennis beau, who were first spotted together in early August, didn't hold back any PDA.

    At one point, Cuoco even tripped a bit while walking

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    Let's face it, with 26 categories doled out at last night's 65th Primetime Emmy Awards, the losers outnumbered the winners by more than four to one.

    That's a lot of loss. Nobody knows the agony of Emmy defeat better than Jon Hamm and Amy Poehler — they have collectively been passed over 20 times in seven different categories.

    But instead of feeling sorry for themselves, they decided to celebrate their failure. Hence their private, no-trophies-allowed Losers Lounge Emmys afterparty. 

    [Related: Stars Let Loose at the Emmy Afterparties]

    Also-rans and never-weres like Bill Hader, January Jones, Jane Lynch, Jimmy Kimmel, Zachary Quinto, Peter Dinklage, Damian Lewis, Zooey Deschanel, Aziz Ansari, Adam Scott, Rashida Jones, Aubrey Plaza, and David Spade were all spotted letting loose at the party, which lasted until 1:30 a.m. at the Soho House.

    (Michael Kovac/WireImage)(Michael Kovac/WireImage)To make it fair — seriously, getting snubbed by the Emmys is no fun — any nominee who failed to secure an award was admitted to the party for free, while stars (like Julia Louis-Dreyfus) who did nab a statue were required to make a $1,000 donation to Worldwide Orphans Foundation. Their reward for their charitable act was an engraved bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue Label to commemorate their win and contribution.

    "I wanted a place where everyone can celebrate, because win or lose it's about moving forward and having fun while doing it," Poehler said of her fete, which was attended by her nearest and dearest, including her boyfriend Nick Kroll, and close pal and Emmy winner Tina Fey.

    [Related: No One Won Their Emmys Pool: The Night's 8 Most Shocking Upsets]

    According to Hamm, the

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  • Jeff Daniels

    Any awards show leaves behind more losers than winners, but Sunday night so one especially big gorilla take the fall – America’s Emmy pundits.

    The 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, we were told by Billy Bush (among others), was "weird." In less than an hour in the hashtag #weirdemmys was already catching fire on Twitter. There was the song-and-dance opening number that host Neil Patrick Harris performed in the middle of the show. There was the unmistakable pall of death. And there was Jeff Daniels winning Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for "Newsroom."

    Wait, wasn't Bryan Cranston from "Breaking Bad" a lock? And wasn't Kevin Spacey supposed to step to the stage for "House of Cards" in the event Cranston didn't take the statuette? Jeff Daniels?! For the widely mocked but little seen "Newsoom"?! Where'd that come from?

    In the world of punditry, the pick came from nowhere. At the awards-show mecca, not one of its 18 experts—and, no, we're not going to be rude, and

    Read More »from Emmys 2013 Aftermath: How Did the Pundits (and Twitter) Get It So Wrong?
  • Lena Dunham and Jon Hamm at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards (Getty Images)

    Put it this way: Without the Emmys, some of the best shows on television would have remained undiscovered by, you know, actual TV viewers. And some of the most iconic actors and characters of the 20th century would have faded into anonymity, too.

    Take one of the very people honored last night: Jean Stapleton. Her seminal show with Carroll O'Connor, the bitterly funny Norman Lear series "All in the Family," debuted in January, 1971.

    [Related: 2013 Emmys: The Best and Worst Moments]

    "It wasn't even in the Top 20 shows" at the time, notes Ron Simon of the Paley Center for Media. But all that changed when the show won an Emmy that year, in a category called Outstanding New Series. The show went to No. 1 and even changed time slots to accompany demand, moving from Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m. to Saturday nights at 8 p.m. (Seriously, that was an honor back then, Simon tells me.)

    TV historians also credit the Emmys for saving shows ranging from the1980s drama "Hill Street Blues" to the quirky 1990s series "Picket Fences," the iconic "Cheers" and, more recently, "The Amazing Race" and "30 Rock."

    Other signs of Emmy's impact are more subtle. And maybe a little more annoying. 

    Read More »from Burning Question: Does Winning an Emmy Actually Make a Difference for a Show or Actor?
  • Sofia Vergara Twerks It Up at HBO's Emmys Afterparty

    Sofia Vergara twerks it at the HBO party. Credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

    Whether your show is on the network or not, no star can resist HBO's annual Emmys afterparty. The soiree, held at the Pacific Design Center, played host to some of the biggest stars in television on Sunday night.

    The network's big Emmy winners Jeff Daniels, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Tony Hale were of course belles of the ball, but other celebrities including Kerry Washington, Michelle Dockery, Claire Danes, and Sofia Vergara also made cameos.

    Vergara put her $7 million assets on display (we're talking jewels here, people) and lit up the room as she made her way inside the bash. The "Modern Family" actress was clearly thrilled to celebrate her win in the Outstanding Comedy Series category and much to the delight of guests, twerked out her feelings on the dance floor.

    No, really. Surrounded by family and friends, the 41-year-old Colombian stunner busted move after move in the middle of HBO's bash.

    [Photos: 2013 Emmys Afterparties]

    "Miley cyrus this is where the twerk was invented.

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