The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards did not disappoint this year! HBO was the night’s biggest winner, taking home six Emmys. ABC came in second, with five wins, including Modern Family’s third consecutive win for Outstanding Comedy Series. Homeland blew away favored to win Mad Men for Outstanding Drama Series, as well as took home the top prizes in acting and writing.
Jimmy Kimmel was a great host, providing just enough comic relief to keep the show moving. The bit with his parents was especially hilarious! Plus who couldn’t love a man who opens the show with a freak out prompted by a botched Botox treatment? However, not all Kimmel’s jokes were a hit. The late night host fell flat with a failed Tracy Morgan passing out on stage bit as well as a mock “In Memoriam” section of the show.
There were lots of memorable moments this year. One of the favorite moments of the night was when Jimmy Kimmel asked the cast of Breaking Bad if they had ever thought about what their show would have been like before it was on cable. Kimmel then showed an Andy Griffith themed clip in black and white, featuring Don Knotts, Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul. In addition, the actor took home Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, which produced the first tear inducing moment of the night. Paul’s acceptance speech was honest and so humble and the accolade was extremely well deserved.
Claire Danes provided one of the best acceptance speeches of the night when she accepted for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (Homeland). The pregnant Danes ended her diplomatic speech with a shout out to her “Baby Daddy”, Hugh Dancy. Another great moment was the Modern Family bit featuring the cast taking about what a nightmare little Lily was to work with and their reactions to her diva-like behavior. It was proof that their best comedy win was no mistake.
Missing this year were the montages featuring each actor in the category they were nominated. The clips are always a favorite part of the show and show the audience individually why the nominees are so fabulous! Let’s hope they bring them back next year!
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The full list of winners are as follows:
Drama Series: Homeland
Comedy Series: Modern Family
Miniseries or Movie: Game Change
Variety, Comedy or Musical Series: The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
Reality-Competition Program: The Amazing Race
Host, Reality or Reality-Competition Program: Tom Bergeron, Dancing With the Stars
Supporting Actor, Comedy: Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
Supporting Actress, Comedy: Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Guest Actor, Comedy: Jimmy Fallon, Saturday Night Live
Guest Actress, Comedy: Kathy Bates, Two and a Half Men
Lead Actor, Comedy: Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men
Lead Actress, Comedy: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Supporting Actor, Drama: Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Supporting Actress, Drama: Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Guest Actress, Drama: Martha Plimpton, The Good Wife
Guest Actor, Drama: Jeremy Davies, Justified
Lead Actor, Drama: Damian Lewis, Homeland
Lead Actress, Drama: Claire Danes, Homeland
Supporting Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Jessica Lange, American Horror Story
Supporting Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Tom Berenger, Hatfields & McCoys
Lead Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Julianne Moore, Game Change
Lead Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys
Directing, Comedy: Steve Levitan, Modern Family
Directing, Drama: Tim Van Patten, Boardwalk Empire
Directing, Variety Special: Glenn Weiss, 65th Annual Tony Awards
Directing, Miniseries or Movie: Jay Roach, Game Change
Writing, Comedy: Louis C.K., Louie
Writing, Drama: Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff, Homeland
Writing, Variety, Music or Comedy Special: Louis C.K., Louis C.K. Live at the Beacon Theatre
Writing, Miniseries or Movie: Danny Strong, Game Change