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Jeremy Piven and Megan Mullally were among the first winners at Sunday night's 58th annual Emmy Awards.
An effusive Piven took the Emmy in the comedy category for his supporting role as agent Ari Gold on HBO's Entourage. Earlier on the red carpet, the ascot-wearing actor announced his date for the evening: "I'm the only straight man here who's brought his mother two years in a row."
Mullally, picking up her second comedic supporting actress Emmy for her role as Will & Grace's boozy Karen Walker, said, "Here come the waterworks – I never cried on national television. I think I like it." (She won her first Emmy in 2000, for the show's first season.)
Alan Alda won best dramatic supporting actor for his role as Arnold Vinick, nabbing the record-setting 26th Emmy for The West Wing, which closed up shop in May. (Alda was not present at the ceremony.) The White House drama has now surpassed the 25 Emmys won by Hill Street Blues and L.A. Law.
The supporting actress in a drama winner was Blythe Danner, for Showtime's Huff. She said she'll miss the show, which has been cancelled.
The awards show opened with a satiric film in which host Conan O'Brien struggles to make his way to the Emmys after surviving a plane crash, landing on an island, and asking another castaway if he'd like to escape with him to the Emmys.
"It's not as if we were invited," replied the castaway – Jorge Garcia, who plays Hurley on last year's dramatic series winner, Lost (which was virtually shut out of the major categories this year).
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"It's hot as H," said nominee Jon Voight, up for his leading role in the TV movie Pope John Paul II. Asked by NBC's Maria Menounos if he were proud of daughter Angelina Jolie's many accomplishments, Voight, who is estranged from Jolie, said, "You bet, you bet. I send my love her way, to the kids, to she and Brad."
The Office comedy series nominee Steve Carrell said he was sweating, but that it really didn't matter. "I've come here to lose," he said as he embraced his fellow arrival, American Idol judge Randy Jackson – who, despite the weather, sported a three-piece tux.