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Emmys 2011: Amy Poehler, Actress Nominees Rush Stage (VIDEO)


First Posted: 09/19/11 10:54 AM ET Updated: 11/19/11 05:12 AM ET

Melissa McCarthy's heartfelt acceptance of her surprising Outstanding Leading Actress in a Comedy trophy delighted viewers and left few wanting a recount. But had the winner been chosen right then and there, there's a good chance that Amy Poehler would have taken the prize.

The "Parks and Recreation" star and nominee in the category was the first contender to have her named announced by presenters Rob Lowe and Sofia Vergara; immediately following her name being called, she sprang up and ran onto the stage. Unfazed, the presenters -- hilarious in their own right -- continued to name the nominees, with each star popping up and joining Poehler on stage.

Together, the six leading ladies -- Poehler, McCarthy, Tina Fey, Edie Falco, Laura Linney and Martha Plimpton -- came together on stage and received a resounding round of applause.

While it all seemed spontaneous, it was apparently a scripted moment. Mike Shoemaker, executive producer of "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," tweeted, "My brilliant friend Amy Poehler pulled that whole thing together. What a great moment."

Scripted or not, it certainly was one of the show's highlights.

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