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With the 65th Emmy Awards airing Sunday (8 p.m. ET, CBS), everyone is making predictions about television's soon-to-be-named trophy winners. TV critics are championing the year's best performances. Super fans are lamenting the biggest snubs. And we're wishing Leslie Knope's wedding dress made out of newspaper clippings would get a little recognition.
In our fantasy world, all of the best moments from the 2012-13 TV season would be nominated for awards -- even if those scenes or performances or episodes don't quite fit into the categories the Academy recognizes. Here are our Top 5 totally statue-worthy TV moments from last year and the (admittedly unorthodox) categories they would win.
Best DIY Wedding
Parks and Recreation
Pawnee, Ind. City Councilwoman Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) is a planner. (Someone surely was making binder jokes about Leslie's organizational flair way before Mitt Romney made a punchline out of the office product.) So of course she was carefully crafting the details of her wedding to Ben Wyatt (Adam Scott). But when these two realized the joy of an already-in-progress town gala they were attending felt exactly how they imagined their big day playing out, they decided to get hitched on the spot. It didn't go quite according to their last-minute plan (sorry, Leslie!), but it still ended up being one of the most beautiful, memorable weddings on television. And we weren't joking about Leslie's impromptu wedding dress made of "meaningful bills, pictures, documents and memos" from her career -- her bestie Ann Perkins (Rashida Jones), who made the gown, would be one fierce Project Runway competitor.
Best Most-Anticipated First Kiss
From Episode 1, you knew it would happen: Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and Nick (Jake Johnson) would definitely hook up... eventually. But the New Girl writers didn't prematurely force them into anything; in fact, when Nick and Jess finally did share their first kiss, it was the result of Nick's stubbornness to wait until the moment would be meaningful. Not only did the long, passionate, wholly fulfilling kiss leave Jess speechless, it left viewers swooning, too.
Best Sentimental, Blink-and-You-Missed-It Reunion
Steve Carell had said he wouldn't be returning for the series finale of The Office because he didn't want to overshadow the other cast members who had carried the show after his departure. But Carell’s Michael Scott was the good-intentioned heart and misguided soul of the beloved NBC comedy for seven seasons -- how could he not return? He did come back for one last hurrah, and though brief -- he only uttered two lines -- he made them count.
At Dwight (Rainn Wilson) and Angela’s (Angela Kinsey) wedding, Jim (John Krasinski) "backed out" of his best man duties at the last minute -- so Michael could step in. (Best prank ever.) "I can't believe you came," Dwight said. Michael replied, naturally, "That’s what she said." Check out the touching moment here.
Best Oh-No-They-Didn’t Scene
Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones fans who read A Song of Fire and Ice, the book series upon which the HBO series is based, knew what was coming, and they did a good job whipping those who hadn’t read the George R.R. Martin novels into a fury of anticipation: What is this Red Wedding all about? And then the episode, titled The Rains of Castamere, aired, and everyone rightfully freaked out, as you do when pretty much every hero in a series is murdered within minutes. But any event that completely resets a series while simultaneously leaving those who watched it desperate for the next season to air is damn good television. For the full why (and there were a lot of "whys" hurled at TV screens during that episode), read this interview with the author discussing why he wrote the scene.
Best Use of Repeats
The lack of a proper Emmy nomination for actress Tatiana Maslany in the underdog BBC America drama Orphan Black had critics and fans in an uproar, and rightfully so: How can a woman who plays numerous clones of herself, as well as a character pretending to be different people, not receive Academy recognition? The sci-fi soap is sexy, thrilling and yeah, a little crazy. What’s not to love about that?