The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards are currently underway at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.
This year the big winners were Modern Family and Homeland, as best Comedy and Drama, with the Sarah Palin bio Game Change dominating the Miniseries / Telemovie categories.
Emmys darling Mad Men went home empty handed while critically-acclaimed Breaking Bad picked up one award for actor Aaron Paul.
Aussies Judy Davis and Nicole Kidman both missed out to Jessica Lange and Julieanne Moore, respectively.
Aside from Jon Stewart’s F-bomb the night was well-behaved with host Jimmy Kimmel delivering a pretty safe performance. Even an appearance by Ricky Gervais went without a hitch.
Kimmel kicked things off with some well-received gags, following a video of himself with way too much botox getting smacked down by actresses in the bathroom.
“Tonight is the night we love more than anything else in Hollywood. Ourselves,” he said.
“All of you will be winners tonight but in a much more literal way most of you will be losers.
“I don’t think President Obama should be watching Homeland for the same reason Charlie Sheen shouldn’t be watching Breaking Bad.”
You should update this page to see the latest winners.
Winners in bold:
SUPPORTING COMEDY ACTOR
Ed O’Neill as Jay Pritchett in “Modern Family”
Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell Pritchett in “Modern Family”
Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy in “Modern Family”
Eric Stonestreet as Cameron Tucker in “Modern Family”
Max Greenfield as Schmidt in “New Girl”
Bill Hader as various characters in “Saturday Night Live”
“I wouldn’t be standing here without Jesse Tyler Ferguson. There is no Cam without Mitch…..we get the awesome opportunity to play these characters on TV, and show the world and America what a loving couple we can be, just like everybody else,” said Tucker.
WRITING FOR A COMEDY SERIES
Chris McKenna, “Community”
Lena Dunham, “Girls”
Louis C.K., “Louie”
Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”
Michael Schur, “Parks and Recreation”
SUPPORTING COMEDY ACTRESS
Mayim Bialik as Amy Farrah Fowler in “The Big Bang Theory”
Kathryn Joosten as Karen McCluskey in “Desperate Housewives”
Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy in “Modern Family”
Sofia Vergara as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett in “Modern Family”
Merritt Wever as Zoey Barkow in “Nurse Jackie”
Kristen Wiig as various characters in “Saturday Night Live”
“My job really amounts to me falling down and making faces while wearing lipstick and nipple covers,” said Bowen.
DIRECTING FOR A COMEDY SERIES
Robert B. Weide, “Curb Your Enthusiasm “
Lena Dunham, “Girls”
Louis C.K., “Duckling”
Jason Winer, “Modern Family”
Steven Levitan, “Modern Family”
Jake Kasdan, “New Girl”
“I want to thank me for hiring me when no-one else would,” Levitan said.
Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper in “The Big Bang Theory”
Larry David as Himself in “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
Don Cheadle as Marty Kaan in “House of Lies”
Louis C.K. as Louie in “Louie”
Alec Baldwin as Jack Donaghy in “30 Rock”
Jon Cryer as Alan Harper in “Two and a Half Men”
“Something has clearly gone terribly wrong. I’m stunned. I didn’t actually win this. This just did not happen,” said Cryer.
Lena Dunham as Hannah Horvath in “Girls”
Melissa McCarthy as Molly Flynn in “Mike & Molly”
Zooey Deschanel as Jess Day in “New Girl”
Edie Falco as Jackie Peyton in “Nurse Jackie”
Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope in “Parks and Recreation”
Tina Fey as Liz Lemon in “30 Rock”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer in “Veep”
Louis-Dreyfus began reading an acceptance speech for Parks and Recreation before saying, “It’s a bit mystifying because people say this show is a comedy and yet I don’t see anything funny about me being Vice President of the United States.”
“The Amazing Race” (CBS)
“Dancing With the Stars” (ABC)
“Project Runway” (Lifetime)
“So You Think You Can Dance” (Fox)
“Top Chef” (Bravo)
“The Voice” (NBC)
HOST FOR A REALITY OR REALITY-COMPETITION PROGRAM
Phil Keoghan, “The Amazing Race”
Ryan Seacrest, “American Idol”
Betty White, “Betty White’s Off Their Rockers”
Tom Bergeron, “Dancing With the Stars”
Cat Deeley, “So You Think You Can Dance”
Presenter Seth Macfarlane began his speech off microphone, before having to walk to another mike. But was it just a gag?
How is Jeff Probst not in this category?
SUPPORTING DRAMA ACTOR
Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman in “Breaking Bad”
Giancarlo Esposito as Gustavo ‘Gus’ Fring in “Breaking Bad”
Brendan Coyle as John Bates in “Downton Abbey”
Jim Carter as Mr. Carson in “Downton Abbey”
Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister in “Game of Thrones”
“Vince Gilligan and the rest of the writers, thankyou so much for not killing me off. That was the plan!” said Paul.
Jimmy Kimmel asked Tracy Morgan to lay on the stage and then asked the audience to tweet “OMG Tracey Morgan just fainted on stage, quit turn onto ABC now!” Morgan continued to lay there through the next awards. Nice prank (and yes I tweeted it heh, heh).
WRITING FOR A DRAMA SERIES
Julian Fellowes, “Downton Abbey”
Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon & Gideon Raff, “Homeland”
Semi Chellas & Matthew Weiner, “Mad Men”
Andre Jacquemetton & Maria Jacquemetton, “Mad Men”
Erin Levy & Matthew Weiner, “Mad Men”
SUPPORTING DRAMA ACTRESS
Anna Gunn as Skyler White in “Breaking Bad”
Maggie Smith as Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham in “Downton Abbey”
Joanne Froggatt as Anna in “Downton Abbey”
Archie Panjabi as Kalinda Sharma in “The Good Wife”
Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart in “The Good Wife”
Christina Hendricks as Joan Holloway Harris in “Mad Men”
DIRECTING FOR A DRAMA SERIES
Tim Van Patten, “Boardwalk Empire”
Vince Gilligan, “Breaking Bad”
Brian Percival, “Downton Abbey”
Michael Cuesta, “Homeland”
Phil Abraham, “Mad Men”
Aww, Maggie was a no show.
Steve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson in “Boardwalk Empire”
Bryan Cranston as Walter White in “Breaking Bad”
Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan in “Dexter”
Hugh Bonneville as Robert, Earl of Grantham in “Downton Abbey”
Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody in “Homeland”
Jon Hamm as Don Draper in “Mad Men”
First upset of the night? He beat Cranston and Hamm, who has never won.
“I’m one of those pesky Brits, apologies,” Lewis said. “I don’t really believe in judging art, but I thought I’d show up just in case. Turned out alright.”
Glenn Close as Patty Hewes in “Damages”
Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley in “Downton Abbey”
Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick in “The Good Wife”
Kathy Bates as Harriet Korn in “Harry’s Law”
Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison in “Homeland”
Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson in “Mad Men”
Well that was a shoe-in. I had it emboldened before it was even announced.
A pregnant Danes thanked Lewis “who did the magic trick of turning a villain into someone so human,” and Mandy Patinkin “one of the most beautiful generous, loving, imaginative actors I have ever come across.”
WRITING FOR A VARIETY SPECIAL
“84th Annual Academy Awards,” Jon Macks, Dave Boone & Carol Leifer, with Tim Carvell, Jeff Cesario, Billy Crystal, Ed Driscoll, Billy Martin, Ben Schwartz, Marc Shaiman, Eric Stangel, Justin Stangel, David Steinberg, Mason Steinberg & Colleen Werthmann
“Betty White’s 90th Birthday: A Tribute to America’s Golden Girl,” Jon Macks, Steve Ridgeway, Mason Steinberg & Brad Lachman
“The Kennedy Center Honors,” George Stevens, Michael M. Stevens, Sara Lukinson & Lewis Friedman
“Louis C.K. Live at the Beacon Theatre,” Louis C.K.
“65th Annual Tony Awards,” Dave Boone with Paul Greenberg
Presenter Aziz Ansara makes an amusing speech pretending to be British, which has been one of the night’s running gags. “People take you more seriously if they think you’re British.” Cut to shot of Nicole and Keith. What the?
“I’d like to thank all the people who were at the theatre laughing at my jokes,” said an oh so serious Louis CK.
Presenter Ricky Gervais said, “So much better than the Golden Globes.
“You’re all wishing you could be there. At least you could have a drink.
“They’ve flown me over for the big one, “Directing for a Variety Special.”
DIRECTING FOR A VARIETY SPECIAL
Don Mischer, “84th Annual Academy Awards”
Louis J. Horvitz, “The 54th Annual Grammy Awards”
Louis C.K, “Louis C.K. Live at the Beacon Theatre”
Alan Skog, “New York City Ballet George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker (Live From Lincoln Center)”
Glenn Weiss, “65th Annual Tony Awards”
Oh look Glenn is now directing the Emmys. He accepts from the control room. That’s either dedication or TV masturbation, I can’t decide.
WRITING FOR A VARIETY SERIES
“The Colbert Report,” Barry Julien (head writer), Stephen Colbert, Tom Purcell, Richard Dahm, Michael Brumm, Rob Dubbin, Opus Moreschi, Peter Gwinn, Jay Katsir, Frank Lesser, Glenn Eichler, Meredith Scardino, Max Werner, Eric Drysdale, Scott Sherman, Dan Guterman & Paul Dinello
“The Daily Show With Jon Stewart,” Tim Carvell (head writer), Rory Albanese, Kevin Bleyer, Rich Blomquist, Steve Bodow, Wyatt Cenac, Hallie Haglund, JR Havlan, Elliott Kalan, Dan McCoy, Jo Miller, John Oliver, Zhubin Parang, Daniel Radosh, Jason Ross, & Jon Stewart
“Portlandia,” Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, Jonathan Krisel & Karey Dornetto
“Real Time With Bill Maher,” Adam Felber, Matt Gunn, Brian Jacobsmeyer, Jay Jaroch, Chris Kelly, Mike Larsen, Bill Maher, Billy Martin & Scott Carter
“Saturday Night Live,” James Anderson, Alex Baze, Jessica Conrad, James Downey, Shelly Gossman, Steve Higgins, Zach Kanin, Chris Kelly, Colin Jost, Erik Kenward, Rob Klein, Seth Meyers, Lorne Michaels, John Mulaney, Christine Nangle, Michael Patrick O’Brien, Paula Pell, Marika Sawyer, Sarah Schneider, Pete Schultz, John Solomon, Kent Sublette, Bryan Tucker & Emily Spivey
So many writers on stage, Jon. “Years from now when the earth is just a burning husk and aliens visit they will find a box of these and they will know, just how predictable these f***in things can be.”
And there’s the F bomb!
SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Frances Conroy as Moira in “American Horror Story”
Jessica Lange as Constance Langdon in “American Horror Story”
Sarah Paulson as Nicolle Wallace “Game Change”
Mare Winningham as Sally McCoy in “Hatfields & McCoys”
Judy Davis as Jill Tankard in “Page Eight”
Saw that one coming, but alas Judy Davis misses out.
“It’s been a wild ride. I got a call out of the blue from Ryan Murphy, a man I’d never met who made me, I have to admit, more promises than any man I’d ever met before. And they all came to pass,” said Lange.
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Denis O’Hare as Larry Harvey in “American Horror Story”
Ed Harris as John McCain in “Game Change”
Tom Berenger as Jim Vance in “Hatfields & McCoys”
David Strathairn as John Dos Passos in “Hemingway & Gellhorn”
Martin Freeman as Dr. John Watson in “Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia”
Ron Howard introduced the In Memoriam section, paying tribute to Andy Griffiths. The Emmys remembered Marvin Hamlisch, Davy Jones, Richard Dawson, Sherman Hemsley, Phyllis Diller, Celeste Holm, Michael Clarke Duncan, James Farentino, Chad Everett, Robert Hegyes, Ron Palillo, Steve Jobs, Gil Cates, Whitney Houston, Ben Gazzara, Donna Summer, Tony Scott, Kathryn Joosten, William Windon, Mike Wallace, Ernest Borgnine, Harry Morgan and Dick Clark.
WRITING FOR A MINISERIES, MOVIE OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL
Danny Strong, “Game Change”
Ted Mann, Ronald Parker & Bill Kerby, “Hatfields & McCoys”
Abi Morgan, “The Hour”
Neil Cross, “Luther”
Steven Moffat, “Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia”
LEAD ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Connie Britton as Vivien Harmon in “American Horror Story”
Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin in “Game Change”
Nicole Kidman as Martha Gellhorn in “Hemingway & Gellhorn”
Ashley Judd as Rebecca Winstone in “Missing”
Emma Thompson as She in “The Song of Lunch”
Sorry Nicole, this was another no-brainer.
“Wow, I feel so validated because Sarah Palin gave me a big thumbs down!” said Moore.
DIRECTING FOR A MINISERIES, MOVIE OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL
Jay Roach, “Game Change”
Kevin Reynolds, “Hatfields & McCoys”
Philip Kaufman, “Hemingway & Gellhorn”
Sam Miller, “Luther”
Paul McGuigan, “Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia”
LEAD ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Woody Harrelson as Steve Schmidt in “Game Change”
Kevin Costner as ‘Devil’ Anse Hatfield in “Hatfields & McCoys”
Bill Paxton as Randall McCoy in “Hatfields & McCoys”
Clive Owen as Ernest Hemingway in “Hemingway & Gellhorn”
Idris Elba as John Luther in “Luther”
Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes in “Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia”
Costner’s first Emmy. Guess his films haven’t exactly been on fire. He likens the award to an Olympic trophy. Riiiiight.
MINISERIES OR TV MOVIE
“American Horror Story”
“Hatfields & McCoys”
“Hemingway & Gellhorn”
“Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia”
Producer Tom Hanks makes a speedy acceptance speech. “We’d like to thank our founding fathers for the democratic process that they came up with.” And thanks to the Greeks?
“Game of Thrones”
Mad Men finally loses? It was the toughest category of the night.
Producer Alex Gansa said, “I want to thank Showtime for winning its first Best Series Emmy ever.”
Presenter Michael J. Fox gets a standing ovation. The only one I can remember all night.
“The Big Bang Theory”
“Curb Your Enthusiasm”
Modern Family was always going to win this. Producer Steve Levitan said, “We are so grateful and feel so lucky. Not only to have jobs in these challenging times but to have jobs that we love with people that we love.”
Even after winning the Comedy gone Levitan’s speech is wound up, so that the show can finish on time. On time.
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