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The view from inside the Emmy Awards

2010-08-30 02:30:12 GMT2010-08-30 10:30:12 (Beijing Time)

Jane Lynch accepts the award for outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series for her work in 'Glee' during the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards Sunday, Aug. 29, 2010, in Los Angeles.(AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Eric Stonestreet accepts the award for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series for "Modern Family" at the 62nd annual Primetime EmmyAwards in Los Angeles, California August 29, 2010. (REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson)

Jim Parsons (C) of 'The Big Bang Theory' accepts the Emmy for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series from presenters LL Cool J (L) and actress Eva Longoria Parker, at the 62nd annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California, August 29, 2010. (REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson)

Here's what one Emmy watcher was seeing from his vantage point inside the lobby, and later from seat 215, Row AA of the Nokia Theatre, at the 62nd Annual Emmy Awards.

Inside the Nokia Theatre lobby, it's minutes to show time and its chaos. You can't hear the audio being piped in from the red carpet outside because of the crush of chatty attendees schmoozing. "Please make your way into the theater!" a security guard finally barks over the din.


Last minute libations are still available from the concession stands just minutes before the show is to begin. It's $10.75 for a premium draft beer, $9 for a glass of wine. Any celebrity worried about their stomach starting to growl as they make their Emmy acceptance speech can grab a $5 hot dog to tide them over until the Governor's Ball dinner after the show.


Just outside, the men's room, "The Amazing Race" host Phil Keoghan is wolfing down a bag of popcorn while Seth Meyers of "Saturday Night Live" is fidgeting with his smartphone. Across the way, Lauren Graham fiddles with her hexagon-shaped purse as she mingles with the crowd while Kevin McHale from "Glee" chats with "Dexter" co-stars James Remar and C.S. Lee.


Inside the theatre, Terry O'Quinn from "Lost" and Kate Gosslin from "Kate Plus 8" are heading toward their seats while red carpet coverage from outside is still being broadcast on large screens inside. "Turn that prompter towards me. Thank you," Billy Bush can be heard barking during a commercial break. "Ladies and gentleman, the show is starting shortly. Please make your way to your seats," an announcer coos politely.


The house lights begin flashing, then dim completely as the announcer introduces executive producer Don Mischer, who reminds everyone winners have just 40 seconds to make their acceptance speeches. He also plays hall monitor: "We have to have these aisles clear in about six and a half minutes."


Jimmy Fallon's opening number slayed the crowd, which went wild as his makeshift "Glee" club explosively appeared on stage, with a special cameo by guitar-playing "American Idol" judge Randy Jackson to perform an amped-up parody of Bruce Springsteen's "Born to Run." Then came a little bump in the road when Fallon's next comedy bit, reading what were supposed to be funny tweets delivered by Twitter-using viewers, kept the audience sitting on its hands. Fortunately, he picked up the guitar again later in the show.


After Eric Stonestreet won the supporting actor in a comedy, his "Modern Family" co-stars Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ty Burrell and Julie Bowen were there to reward him with a group hug in the aisle during a commercial break. Jane Lynch and Stephen Colbert experienced a different kind of physicality, however, after Colbert presented Lynch with her Emmy for supporting actress in a comedy. The pair had to be chased down and grabbed by a statuesque Emmy wrangler when they exited the stage the wrong way.


The surprise of the night as far as the Nokia Theatre audience was concerned was when the Bravo channel's "Top Chef" wrestled the best reality show Emmy away from "The Amazing Race," which had won it seven years in a row. The most surprised people in the audience? Perhaps the show's co-host Padma Lakshmi and judge Gail Simmons, who went running through the audience to meet their colleagues on stage.


Bryan Cranston and his "Breaking Bad" co-star Aaron Paul may have pulled a one-two sweep of the best actor and best supporting actor awards for drama series, but they still have just about the worst seats in the house. The two are seated at the far right end of the stage, directly in front of the orchestra. The cast members of "Glee" have the best seats, center stage.


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