The first two Emmys of the night went to “Modern Family” supporting thesps Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell. The latter had his father in the forefront of his thoughts, both serious and comedic, as he gave his acceptance speech.
“My dad actually passed away before he ever saw me perform, and I can’t help but wonder what he would think about all this, and that I have a job where every day I go to work in full makeup” Burrell said, pausing to do “thank yous” before returning to talking about his father.
“If he were here tonight, he would say, ‘But why the makeup?'” Burrell said. “In the end, he’d feel like, ‘Couldn’t you just wear a little powder? Why do you have to look like a harlot?’
“I would say, ‘Dad, just think of me as a very masculine lady.’ And he would say, ‘I do, son. I do.’”