The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences awards show still took on a political tone with award winners having their say, especially those who scored statues for the political mini-series John Adams and Recount.
*Tom Hanks, who produced the award winning mini-series John Adams commented from the podium:
The election between Jefferson and Adams was filled with innuendo, lies, bitter partisan press and disinformation. How great we’ve come so far since then.
*At the end of her acceptance speech for outstanding actress in a mini-series, Laura Linney drove home a point, saying, "I am extremely grateful to those community organizers who founded this country."
*Recount director Jay Roach won for best director of movie or a dramatic special. His speech stressed the importance of voting:
I just want to say it’s going to get close again this election.Keep your local officials honest. And please vote. Vote, vote, vote.
*Martin Sheen also urged viewers to vote for "the candidate of your choice, at least once."
*Howie Mandel was pessimistic but drew laughs:
We are like on Sarah Palin’s bridge to nowhere, that’s where we are right now. The government can’t even bail us out of this. We have nothing
While Emmy winners Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert promised they’d avoid politics, Jon Stewart couldn’t resist this zinger:
I am really look forward to the next administration whoever it is. I have nothing to follow that up with. I’m just saying I really look forward to the next administration whoever it is” –
And he and Stephen Colbert shared this exchange:
Colbert(eating from a bag of dried plums): Right now, America needs a prune. It may not be a young, sexy plum. Granted, it is shriveled and at times hard to swallow. But this dried-up old fruit has the experience we need.
Stewart: You know after eight years of prunes, you would think …
Colbert: Never enough. What could possibly go wrong?