Creative Arts Emmys liven up

This year's ceremony had plenty of buzzworthy moments

To some, the Creative Arts Emmys have always seemed like the annual formal meeting of Hollywood's AV Club. But this year's event officially rose above its station as Emmy's nerdy little sibling. Here are a few moments that made this year's Creative Arts, which air Friday on E! at 1 p.m., worthy of primetime love.

RICO RODRIGUEZ SHINES ON THE RED CARPET

The 12-year-old "Modern Family" star (Manny) walked the gauntlet like a pro -- giving props to his parents and sister for helping "assemble his ensemble," previewing guest stars for next season -- Nathan Lane! -- and reflecting on having a bombshell for a TV mom. "Sofia's pretty, but she's also a really nice lady," he said.

VINCE GILLIGAN DROPS THE F-BOMB -- A LOT


The "Breaking Bad" creator and all-around nice guy broke character in a scripted shtick with "Bad" star Anna Gunn during their presentation of the awards for sound editing.

OLD SPICE GUY PUMPS GOLD, PRESS ROOM GETS HOTTER

Isaiah Mustafa joined execs from Weiden + Kennedy in the press room to discuss their win for best commercial, after which Mustafa grabbed two nearby Emmys and did bicep curls before an intrigued press corp.

DAMON LINDELOF PERFORMS THE THEME SONG FROM "LOST"

The co-creator of the departed ABC drama offered a live performance on-stage of the show's non-theme opening title music at the request of his co-presenter, "Lost" star Elizabeth Mitchell. The resulting sound resembled a really out-of-tune Buddhist "om."

JOHN LITHGOW MISTAKENLY THANKS HBO AFTER HIS WIN FOR "DEXTER";
AWKWARD SILENCE FOLLOWS


The night's biggest gaffe went to Lithgow, who thanked the wrong pay cable network in his acceptance speech for winning guest actor in a drama. But few gave the penitent Lithgow much grief, considering he won for playing a seriously creepy serial killer.
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