Emmys: 'Mad Men' wins top drama show; 'Modern Family' gets top comedy award

dminty@ledger-enquirer.comSeptember 18, 2011 

The 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards show, hosted by Jane Lynch, had several surprises. Julie Bowen of "Modern Family" won best supporting actress in a comedy over heavily favored funny lady Betty White, "Hot in Cleveland." And Bowen's show husband Ty Burrell beat favorite Chris Colfer, "Glee." Kyle Chandler ("Friday Night Lights") won best actor in a drama over Jon Hamm, "Mad Men," and Steve Buscemi "Boardwalk Empire." Supporting actress in a drama series was given to Margo Martindale, "Justified," and Melissa McCarthy ("Mike & Molly") won top honors for lead actress in a comedy. PBS Masterpiece Theater series "Downton Abbey" took most of the miniseries awards including best miniseries over the highly acclaimed "Mildred Pierce."

The usual winners were represented, too, though. "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" won best variety, musical or comedy show for the ninth time and "The Amazing Race" won outstanding variety or reality show for the eighth time. And though it was his first Emmy, it was not shocking to see Martin Scorsese accept the award for best directing in a drama series for "Boardwalk Empire." "Mad Men" took top honors for best drama as it has each of its four years of eligibility. Kate Winslet won lead actress in a miniseries for her role in "Mildred Pierce."

"Modern Family" won the first four awards of the night, prompting Lynch to say, "Welcome back to the 'Modern Family' awards," after the second commercial break of the evening. Then it won the final award of the evening, best comedy.

Here are the award winners:


Outstanding drama series: "Mad Men," which has won each of its four years. Other nominees: "Dexter," "The Good Wife," "Game of Thrones," "Friday Night Lights," "Boardwalk Empire."

Outstanding lead actor in a drama series: Kyle Chandler ("Friday Night Lights"): "Thank you to the other people in this category... Outstanding actors. I knew for a fact that I would not be standing here." Other nominees: Michael C. Hall ("Dexter"), Hugh Laurie ("House"), Jon Hamm ("Mad Men"), Timothy Olyphant ("Justified"), Steve Buscemi ("Boardwalk Empire").

Outstanding lead actress in a drama: Julianna Margulies ("The Good Wife") Other nominees: Connie Britton ("Friday Night Lights"), Mariska Hargitay ("Law & Order: SVU"), Elisabeth Moss ("Mad Men"), Mireille Enos ("The Killing"), Kathy Bates ("Harry's Law").

Supporting actor in a drama: Peter Dinklage ("Game of Thrones") He thanked his dog sitter, Kitty, for watching his dog, Kevin. He also congratulated the other nominees and said, "HBO you are quite simply the greatest place to work for. You let artists create. And that's something that's rare, unfortunately." Other nominees: Josh Charles and Alan Cumming ("The Good Wife"); John Slattery ("Mad Men"); Andre Braugher ("Men of a Certain Age").

Outstanding directing in a drama series: Martin Scorsese "Boardwalk Empire."

Outstanding supporting actress in a drama series: Margo Martindale, "Justified." "Sometimes things just take time. But with time comes great appreciation... I'm so honored." She was very emotional and had a slight misstep on the stairs to the stage. Ed O'Neil and Jon Hamm quickly rose from their front row seats but not before Ashton Kutcher rushed down from the stage to help her up the final steps. Other nominees: Archie Panjabi, "The Good Wife;" Kelly MacDonald, "Boardwalk Empire;" Christine Baranski, "The Good Wife;" Michelle Forbes, "The Killing;" Christina Hendricks, "Mad Men."

Outstanding writing for a drama series: Jason Katims, "Friday Night Lights." "I will cherish this."


Outstanding comedy series: "Modern Family," which also won last year. Steve Levitan said when the cast was shooting on location last season a gay couple approached them and said, " 'You're not just making people laugh. You're making them more tolerant. And I thought to myself. Well they're right. We are showing the world that there's absolutely nothing wrong with a loving committed relationship between an old man and a hot young woman. And looking around this room tonight I can see many of you agree." He also applauded the kids in the cast for being so good. He said the show was almost animated because the producers didn't want to work with kids. Other nominees: "Glee," "The Big Bang Theory," "Parks and Recreation," "The Office," "30 Rock."

The nominees for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series all came on stage as their names were called. They stood on stage an joined hands, "Miss America" style. The winner even got a crown and an Emmy, of course. Outstanding lead actress in a comedy series: Melissa McCarthy ("Mike & Molly"): "Holy Smokes. This is my first and best pageant ever." Other nominees: Laura Linney ("The Big C"), Edie Falco ("Nurse Jackie"), Amy Poehler ("Parks and Recreation"), Tina Fey ("30 Rock"), Martha Plimpton ("Raising Hope").

When Charlie Sheen came on stage to present lead actor in a comedy series, there were a few pockets of applause. He joked about this being his former topic but then said to the cast and crew of "Two and Half Men:" "From the bottom of my heart I wish you nothing but the best for this upcoming season." Outstanding lead actor in a comedy series: Jim Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory"). Other nominees: Johnny Galecki ("The Big Bang Theory"), Steve Carell ("The Office"), Alec Baldwin ("30 Rock"), Louis C.K. ("Louie"), Matt LeBlanc ("Episodes").

Outstanding writing for a comedy: "Modern Family" Steve Levitan and Jeffrey Richman accepted.

Best director for a comedy: Michael Spiller ("Modern Family"): He thanked his real modern family, his wife and kids.

Supporting actress in comedy: Julie Bowen ("Modern Family"): "Oh my God. Oh My God. Are you Kidding Me? I don't know what I'm going to talk about in therapy next week. I won something." Other nominees were Jane Lynch ("Glee"); Betty White ("Hot in Cleveland"); Sofia Vergara ("Modern Family"); Kristen Wiig ("Saturday Night Live"); Jane Krakowski ("30 Rock").

Best supporting actor in comedy: Ty Burrell ("Modern Family"):"Wow... My dad actually passed away before he ever saw me perform... I have a job where everyday I go to work in full makeup... If he were here tonight, I think he'd say 'but why the makeup?'... 'Couldn't you just wear a little powder. Why do you have to look like a harlot'." Other nominees were Chris Colfer ("Glee"); Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ed O'Neill, Eric Stonestreet ("Modern Family"); and Jon Cryer ("Two and a Half Men").


Outstanding TV Miniseries or Movie: "Downton Abbey." "None of us know what's going to be a hit... This evening is such a marvelous moment in all of our lives," Julian Fellowes said. Other nominees: "Cinema Verite," "The Kennedys," "Mildred Pierce," "The Pillars of the Earth," "Too Big To Fail"

Outstanding Leading Actress in a Miniseries or Movie: Kate Winslet, "Mildred Pierce." "This means such a great deal to all of us... I do have to share this with my mum... You never stop needing your mum." This is Winslet's first Emmy. Other nominees: Elizabeth McGovern, "Downton Abbey;" Diane Lane, "Cinema Verite;" Taraji P. Henson, "Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story;" Jean Marsh, "Upstairs Downstairs"

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie: Guy Pearce, "Mildred Pierce." After several jokes about how lucky he was to have sex with Kate Winslet's character on the show, he thanked his wife. Other nominees: Bryan F. O'Byrne, "Mildred Pierce;" Tom Wilkinson, "The Kennedys;" Paul Giamatti, "Too Big to Fail;" James Woods, "Too Big to Fail."

Directing for a miniseries: Brian Percival, "Downton Abbey"

Lead actor in a miniseries: Barry Pepper, "The Kennedys." Other nominees: Greg Kinnear, "The Kennedys;" Edgar Ramirez, "Carlos;" William Hurt, "Too Big To Fail;" Idris Elba, "Luther;" Laurence Fishburne, "Thurgood"

Supporting actress in a miniseries or movie: Maggie Smith, "Downton Abbey." Other nominees: Evan Rachel Wood, "Mildred Pierce;" Melissa Leo, "Mildred Pierce;" Mare Winningham, "Mildred Pierce;" Eileen Atkins, "Upstairs Downstairs."

Best writing in a miniseries, movie or dramatic special: Julian Fellowes, "Downton Abbey" (PBS).


Variety, musical or comedy series: "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" wins for the ninth time. Other nominees: "Conan," "The Colbert Report," "Real Time with Bill Maher" and "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon."

Outstanding directing for a musical or comedy series: Don Roy King of "Saturday Night Live." He thanked his 13-year-old daughter who keeps him laughing.

Outstanding variety or reality show: "Amazing Race." And, no, the show hasn't won every year. They didn't win last year, remember? The 2010 award went to "Top Chef." But, yes, they have won every other year since the category was created. Other nominees: "Top Chef" "So You Think You Can Dance," "Project Runway," "American Idol," "Dancing with the Stars."

Outstanding writing for variety, reality or comedy series: "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart." Other nominees: "The Colbert Report," "Saturday Night Live," "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," "Conan."

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