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As the star of the groundbreaking The Sopranos, James Gandolfini helped to usher in a new golden age of television.
So his tragic loss had to be honored at the 2013 Emmy Awards.
Ch-ch-check out the video (above) to see Nurse Jackie star Edie Falco fight to hold back the tears as she says goodbye to her longtime TV husband.
So, so sad.
If you've never heard of Merritt Wever, you probably do now!
She was the actress who won the first award at the Emmy Awards tonight, winning Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role in Nurse Jackie.
Shortest speech in Emmy history??
That's too bad because she did look lovely in her high-waisted satin black and white gown, deep red lipstick, drop earrings, and a shoulder-length wavy bob.
Here's hoping we hear more insightful Merritt Wever speeches in the future!
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She did it!!! She's the funniest gal in the land!
Julia Louis-Dreyfus just won the Emmy for being the most Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series!
The win is even more impressive considering this year's stellar cast of nominees!
With a little help from her left-hand-man/ Emmy winner Tony Hale, Julie's speech reminded us why she's still one of the funniest gals in the biz! (above)
Congratz, gurl! You should be proud your hard and HIGHlarious work has paid off!
Nurse Jackie changed out of her signature scrubs to go completely glam at the Emmy Awards!
The actress paired the seksi look with silver accents, including a fierce cuff and strappy sandals!
Forget about being addicted to pain killers, Jackie! We can't quit this hot look!
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There's been some controversy over this, so allow us to clear the air…
"We've come up with this idea – five different people that we chose sort of from different areas of television are being spoken about by people who were important to them, not in a pitying way, but I think in a respectful, classy way that will make you remember their life in a positive, forward-momentum kind of style."
Cory and James will be remembered by their costars, along with three other TV legends- All In The Family's Jean Stapleton, Mork & Mindy star Jonathan Winters, and Family Ties producer Gary David Goldberg.
But the new special honors have sparked some controversy. Not everyone is happy with the choice of stars being honored. Jack Klugman's son Adam says:
It has been an unusually sad year considering all the great men and women in the industry that we've lost.
We already reported on how Cory Monteith would receive a special tribute in the In Memoriam section of this year's Emmys, but now that we've heard that Jane Lynch will be offering her words of remembrance, we know it's going to an especially emotional night.
Likewise, who better to send off the late, great James Gandolfini on Sunday night than his onscreen wife and co-star from The Sopranos, Edie Falco?
Also honored on this weekend's telecast will be All in the Family's Jean Stapleton, Family Ties' producer Gary David Goldberg, and Mork and Mindy's Jonathan Winters.
Sunday is just going to be just too much to handle. We miss all of these fine people so, so much.
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James Gandolfini will forever be remembered for his layered performance as Tony Soprano. He brought the character to life with unrivaled emotional depth for eight years.
And it wasn't just the audiences that felt close to him. The cast and crew of The Sopranos became a kind of family, and they have been hit hard by the news of his passing.
Edie Falco's reaction was understandably heartbreaking. She said: