Viola Davis became the first African-American actress to win Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.
Mad Men won the award for Outstanding Drama Series it's fourth time, tying the record with Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law, and The West Wing.
Bryan Cranston won Outstanding Lead Actor in A Drama Series for Breaking Bad for his 3rd, consecutive, time. The only other actor to do that was Bill Cosby for I Spy.
The show with the most nominations was The Pacific with 24. Glee was second with 19.
The network with the most nominations was HBO with 101.
Odd Credits of Award Presenters and Awardees:
• Tina Fey - Additional Voices in Deer Avengers 2: Deer in the City
• Jon Hamm - Buzz in The Hughleys episode
• Jon Cryer - Teenage Herbert in Noon Wine; Lenny in Superman IV: The Quest for Peace
• Toni Collette - lead singer of Toni Collette & the Finish band
• Rob Lowe - Charles Elderberry in ABC Afterschool Specials episodes
• Hayden Panettiere - Fairy Princess Willow in Scooby-Doo and the Goblin King
• Kate Walsh - Pressie Brooks in Night of the Lawyers
• Chandra Wilson - Gloria in CBS Schoolbreak Special episode "Sexual Considerations"
• Jennifer Love Hewitt - Andrea Kurtz in Munchie
• Patricia Arquette - Stephanie in CBS Schoolbreak Special episode "The Girl with the Crazy Brother"
• Jimmy Fallon - Photographer #1 in Spin City episode No.42
• Simon Baker - Rétaux de Vilette in The Affair of the Necklace
Names Included in "In Memoriam Tribute":
Edie Adams, Gale Storm, Van Johnson, Eartha Kitt, Neal Hefti, Patrick McGoohan, Morton Lachman, Karl Malden, James Whitmore, Sam Cohn, Henry Gibson, Bill Melendez, Pat Hingle, Paul Benedict, Bernie Hamilton, Dom DeLuise, Dominick Dunne, Robert Prosky, Fred Travalena, Irving R. Levine, Ron Silver, Natasha Richardson, David Carradine, Nora O'Brien, Michael Crichton, Beatrice Arthur, Ricardo Montalban, Ed McMahon, Army Archerd, Larry Gelbart, Paul Newman, Pierre Cossette, Michael Jackson, Patrick Swayze, Don Hewitt, Farrah Fawcett, and Walter Cronkite.
The finalists for this year's TV Breakthrough Performance were scenes from Gossip Girl, True Blood, and Grey's Anatomy. The winner, as voted by the fans, was the scene from True Blood where Bill Compton meets waitress Sookie Stackhouse for the first time.
Goof: Neil Patrick Harris misread the teleprompter when he said award presenter Tina Fey did additional voices for Deer Hunter 2: Deer in the City. The 1999 video game is entitled Deer Avengers 2: Deer in the City.
Goof: Tina Fey mistakenly calls Family Guy's Seth MacFarlane as Seth MacFarland when she joked about him being "pretty drunk".
The 22 nominations that 30 Rock got this year is the most number of nominations a comedy show has ever received in a single year. They beat the previous record of 17 they set the previous year.
With the sixth straight Emmy for both The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Amazing Race in the outstanding variety, music or comedy series and outstanding reality-competition program categories, respectively, they set a new record for most consecutive wins for a show in a single category. The record of five consecutive years was previously held by Frasier (outstanding comedy series) and The Late Show with David Letterman (outstanding variety, music or comedy series).
The 17 nominations that 30 Rock got this year is the most nominations a comedy show has ever received in a single year.
When the nominees for "Outstanding Writing For A Variety, Music Or Comedy Program" were shown, and the writers of Late Night With Conan O'Brien were named, O'Brien appeared in bed with Angelina Jolie and a bunch of foreign babies.
When the nominees for "Outstanding Writing For A Variety, Music Or Comedy Program" were shown, and the writers of The Late Show With David Letterman were named, Dr. Phil McGraw appeared insulting each one.
When the nominees for "Outstanding Writing For A Variety, Music Or Comedy Program" were shown, and the writers of Saturday Night Live were named, they appeared as MIIs, which are characters you can create in the video game console WII. Even the music is the same.
When the nominees for "Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series" were named, scenes from the nominated episodes were shown through iPhones.
The show went to commercials in the middle of Kirk Ellis' (scriptwriter of John Adams) speech.