The Emmy Awards have been fuelling water cooler conversations for more than six decades now. And with good reason: the stars rarely disappoint. Whether they’re outrageously dressed, showing off their latest squeeze or – gasp – thanking the wrong person, our favourite celebs always provide plenty of great gossip fodder on Emmy night.

With the 64th Primetime Emmys just around the corner, we relive some of the most memorable Emmy moments of all time, including the snubs, the gaffes, the feel-good moments and the downright terrible jokes (yes, Kirstie – we’re looking at you!)

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  • Lily Tomlin's Acceptance Speech - 1974

    Instead of giving a boring acceptance speech thanking everyone she's ever met, Lily Tomlin cracked a hilarious quip when she won for her TV special, Lily, in 1974: "This is not the greatest moment in my life, because on Friday I had a really great baked potato at Niblick's on Wilshire." You've gotta love her for not taking the awards show oh-so-seriously. <br> <em>Actress Lily Tomlin attends at The Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences Presents 'An Evening Honoring Carl Reiner' at the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre on October 13, 2011 in North Hollywood, California. (Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images)</em>

  • Lucille Ball Forgets Her Specs - 1975

    Lovable presenter Lucille Ball couldn't read the winner's name because she forgot her reading glasses in 1975. Luckily Milton Berle stepped in to "help" by giving her a wine glass to read through. Once she was able to see properly, she had a lovely moment presenting the award to her heir-apparent, Mary Tyler Moore. <br> <em>In this Oct. 14, 1979 file photo, actress Lucille Ball is shown in Los Angeles. Ball, who died on April 26, 1989, would have celebrated her 100th birthday on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, file)</em>

  • Alan Alda's Gymnastics - 1979

    Before Roberto Benigni climbed over impeccably dressed A-listers at the Oscars in 1999, Alan Alda gleefully cart-wheeled to the stage when he won a writing Emmy for M*A*S*H in 1979. <br><em>UNDATED FILE PHOTO: Actor Alan Alda. (photo by Newsmakers)</em>

  • Candice Bergen Tells It Like It Is - 1989

    Candice Bergen eschewed the infuriating cliché, "it was an honor just to be nominated" when she candidly admitted to reporters that she had been "dying to win" following her Best Actress in a Comedy nod for Murphy Brown in 1989. How refreshing! <br> <em>Actors Joe Regalbuto, Faith Ford, Candice Bergen, Charles Kimbrough, creator/executive producer Diane English and actor Grant Shaud of Murphy Brown are honored during the TV Land Awards, Saturday, April 14, 2012 in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)</em>

  • Ted Danson Breaks His Streak - 1989

    After a seemingly endless losing streak, Ted Danson proved he wasn't the "Susan Lucci of the Primetime Emmys" after all when he finally took home an Emmy for Cheers in 1990 following eight fruitless nominations. Too bad he was wearing such dorky glasses for the occasion. <br> <em>U.S. actor Ted Danson poses during a photocall at the 2012 Monte Carlo Television Festival, Monaco, Wednesday, June 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)</em>

  • Kirstie Alley Thanks Her Hubby - 1991

    Before the world realized just how, um, zany Kirstie Alley is, she shocked audiences in 1991 during her acceptance speech for Best Actress in a Comedy (Cheers) when she thanked her husband Parker Stevenson, calling him "the man who has given me the big one for the last eight years." Not to be outdone, Burt Reynolds later used his acceptance speech for Best Actor in a Comedy (Evening Shade) to thank his then-wife Loni Anderson for giving him "two big ones." Hey-o! <br> <em>Kirstie Alley attends Maksim Chmerkovskiy's Ballroom Birthday Bash at the Hammerstein Ballroom on January 27, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)</em>

  • Ellen DeGeneres And Anne Heche's Red Carpet Misstep - 1997

    Ellen Degeneres walked the Emmy red carpet with then-girlfriend Anne Heche shortly after coming out in 1997. Unfortunately, both were hideously dressed for the momentous occasion. Ellen sported an ill-fitting, shiny suit, while Anne wore a matching dress that looked more cocktail waitress than Hollywood star. (not shown here)<br> <em>UNDATED FILE PHOTO: Anne Heche and Ellen DeGeneres. (Photo by Diane Freed)</em>

  • Brad Garrett Is The Britney To Garry Shandling''s Madonna - 2003

    At the 2003 Emmys, Everybody Loves Raymond star Brad Garrett had tongues wagging after he locked lips with Garry Shandling in a nod to Madonna and Britney's sex-ay kiss at that year's MTV Video Music Awards.

  • Kristin Davis Clinches It - 2004

    After years of being an Emmy bridesmaid while all of her costars racked up nods, Sex and the City star Kristin Davis finally snagged an Emmy nomination in 2004 for the beloved show's last season. (Her newfound recognition may have felt short-lived, though, when her co-star Cynthia Nixon wound up taking home the trophy for Best Supporting Actress, Comedy.)

  • John Lithgow's Network Boo Boo - 2010

    Which network am I on again? John Lithgow accidentally thanked HBO when he won the Best Guest Actor in a Drama Emmy in 2010 for his bone-chilling stint on Dexter. The problem, of course, was that Dexter airs on Showtime, not HBO. Whoops. <br> <em>Actor John Lithgow at Film Independent's 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival opening night premiere for 'Bernie'</em>

  • Kurt Sutter's Infamous Emmy Twitter Rant - 2011

    When the 2011 Emmy nominations were announced and Sons of Anarchy was conspicuously absent from all categories, the show's creator Kurt Sutter memorably unleashed his fury on Twitter, tweeting, "My very classy, ever grateful and humble wife forbade me from using the word C*** today, so I'll wait til midnight to address the Emmy noms." He later explained that he was joking around more than anything, and that his tweet tirade was taken out of context in the blogosphere. <br> <em>Actor Kurt Sutter arrives at the Screening of FX's 'Sons Of Anarchy' Season 4 Premiere at ArcLight Cinemas Cinerama Dome on August 30, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)</em>

1. Instead of giving a boring acceptance speech thanking everyone she’s ever met, Lily Tomlin cracked a hilarious quip when she won for her TV special, Lily, in 1974: "This is not the greatest moment in my life, because on Friday I had a really great baked potato at Niblick's on Wilshire." You’ve gotta love her for not taking the awards show oh-so-seriously.

2. Lovable presenter Lucille Ball couldn’t read the winner’s name because she forgot her reading glasses in 1975. Luckily Milton Berle stepped in to “help” by giving her a wine glass to read through. Once she was able to see properly, she had a lovely moment presenting the award to her heir-apparent, Mary Tyler Moore.

3. Before Roberto Benigni climbed over impeccably dressed A-listers at the Oscars in 1999, Alan Alda gleefully cart-wheeled to the stage when he won a writing Emmy for M*A*S*H in 1979.

4. Proving that awards actually do mean something (well, sometimes, anyway), Hill Street Blues narrowly escaped cancellation after racking up a record-setting eight Emmy wins in 1981.

5. Candice Bergen eschewed the infuriating cliché, “it was an honor just to be nominated” when she candidly admitted to reporters that she had been “dying to win” following her Best Actress in a Comedy nod for Murphy Brown in 1989. How refreshing!

6. After a seemingly endless losing streak, Ted Danson proved he wasn’t the “Susan Lucci of the Primetime Emmys” after all when he finally took home an Emmy for Cheers in 1990 following eight fruitless nominations. Too bad he was wearing such dorky glasses for the occasion.

7. Before the world realized just how, um, zany Kirstie Alley is, she shocked audiences in 1991 during her acceptance speech for Best Actress in a Comedy (Cheers) when she thanked her husband Parker Stevenson, calling him “the man who has given me the big one for the last eight years.” Not to be outdone, Burt Reynolds later used his acceptance speech for Best Actor in a Comedy (Evening Shade) to thank his then-wife Loni Anderson for giving him “two big ones.” Hey-o!

8. Ellen Degeneres walked the Emmy red carpet with then-girlfriend Anne Heche shortly after coming out in 1997. Unfortunately, both were hideously dressed for the momentous occasion. Ellen sported an ill-fitting, shiny suit, while Anne wore a matching dress that looked more cocktail waitress than Hollywood star.

9. At the 2003 Emmys, Everybody Loves Raymond star Brad Garrett had tongues wagging after he locked lips with Garry Shandling in a nod to Madonna and Britney’s sex-ay kiss at that year’s MTV Video Music Awards.

10. After years of being an Emmy bridesmaid while all of her costars racked up nods, Sex and the City star Kristin Davis finally snagged an Emmy nomination in 2004 for the beloved show’s last season. (Her newfound recognition may have felt short-lived, though, when her co-star Cynthia Nixon wound up taking home the trophy for Best Supporting Actress, Comedy.)

11. Which network am I on again? John Lithgow accidentally thanked HBO when he won the Best Guest Actor in a Drama Emmy in 2010 for his bone-chilling stint on Dexter. The problem, of course, was that Dexter airs on Showtime, not HBO. Whoops.

12. When the 2011 Emmy nominations were announced and Sons of Anarchy was conspicuously absent from all categories, the show’s creator Kurt Sutter memorably unleashed his fury on Twitter, tweeting, “My very classy, ever grateful and humble wife forbade me from using the word C*** today, so I’ll wait til midnight to address the Emmy noms.” He later explained that he was joking around more than anything, and that his tweet tirade was taken out of context in the blogosphere.

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