The I-Can’t-Read-the-Prompter-and-My-Finger-Is-Stuck-in-the-Envelope-and- I’m-Awfully-Disoriented-and-What-the-Hey-Only-60-Billion-People-Are- Watching Awards for 1992 go to:
MOST LIKELY TO REST ON HIS LAURELS: Kristoff St. John
He swings! He connects! Wrapping up a post-Emmy interview backstage, this handsome star of The Young and the Restless and winner of the Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series award walked off swinging his winged statue — and stabbed himself where the sun don’t shine. ”I think I’m hurt here,” he reportedly told several makeup artists who were backstage at the time.
STRONGEST SHOW OF SUPPORT: Jack Palance
After telling the Oscar audience, ”Billy Crystal… I crap bigger than him” (taking off from a line he delivered in 1991’s City Slickers), the 72-year-old Best Supporting Actor winner dropped to the stage for three one-armed push-ups. He later asserted that keeping in shape that way was ”a helluva lot less expensive” than paying a woman.
SLEEPER OF THE YEAR: Amy Grant
Performing her nominated hit single ”Baby, Baby” on the Grammy Awards in February, Grant sang the last chorus to her sleepy 3-year-old daughter, who was schlepped on stage in her nightgown, holding a rose and rubbing her eyes. The audience applauded, sort of. They didn’t know what else to do.
LESS IS MORE AWARD: Emmy’s Best Miniseries Voters
Although 18 panelists were slated to judge this category, 12 of them dropped out when faced with screening more than 20 hours of competing miniseries over one summer weekend. The award was given to A Woman Named Jackie. The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is considering plans to alter its voting system.
BIGGEST HEADBANGER: Chris Novoselic
After Nirvana performed ”Lithium” at the MTV Video Music Awards, bassist Novoselic tossed his guitar into the air and watched it come crashing down — on his head. He lay on the stage apparently unconscious for a few moments while band members Kurt Cobain and Dave Grohl, undeterred, proceeded to trash their equipment in solidarity.