The 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards honored old and new alike Sunday, as Mad Menscored a three-peat as the best drama and freshman breakout Modern Family ended 30 Rock's three-year streak as best comedy series.
The biggest winner of the night was Temple Grandin with five awards. It swept the TV movie/miniseries awards, with wins for best TV movie, best lead actress for Claire Danes, best supporting actress for Julia Ormond, best supporting actor for David Strathairn and best directing for Mick Jackson.Eric Stonestreet, who prevailed over two of his co-stars, Ty Burrell and Jesse Tyler Ferguson, to claim best supporting actor in a comedy series. Modern Family also won best comedy writing for its pilot.The sitcom's win for best comedy series marks ABC's first triumph in the category since 1988, when The Wonder Years won. It is the 10th show to win best comedy series for its freshman season.Fellow freshman hit Gleeearned two statuettes for Jane Lynch in the best supporting actress and best comedy directing categories.Top Chef ended Amazing Race's seven-year win streak in the best reality-competition series, while The Daily Show with Jon Stewart won its eighth straight Emmy for variety, comedy or music series.Breaking Bad'sBryan Cranston picked up his third straight Emmy for best lead drama actor, becoming the sixth actor to win three Emmys in the category. His co-star, Aaron Paul, won best supporting actor.
Edie Falco and Jim Parsons, meanwhile, won for best actress and actor in a comedy series for their roles on Nurse Jackie and The Big Bang Theory. Falco, who won three Emmys for The Sopranos, is the second person to win lead statuettes in comedy and drama, following Carroll O'Connor (All in the Family and In the Heat of the Night).
After five nominations, Kyra Sedgwick won her first lead drama actress Emmy for The Closer, beating heavy favorite Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife). Margulies' co-star, Archie Panjabi, took one home for the legal drama, nabbing best supporting actress in a drama.
Al Pacino won his second TV movie/miniseries lead actor Emmy for his turn as Jack Kevorkian in HBO's You Don't Know Jack.
Margulies presented the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award to her ER co-star, George Clooney.
Check out the list of winners below:
Drama Series: Mad Men
Lead Actor in a Drama Series:
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Lead Actress in a Drama Series:
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer
Supporting Actor in a Drama Series:
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Supporting Actress in a Drama Series:
Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife
Lead Actor in a Comedy Series:
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Lead Actress in a Comedy Series:
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series:
Jane Lynch, Glee
Directing for a Drama Series: Steve Shill, Dexter ("The Getaway")
Writing for a Drama Series: Matthew Weiner & Erin Levy, Mad Men ("Shut the Door. Have a Seat.")
Directing for a Comedy Series: Ryan Murphy, Glee ("Pilot")
Writing for a Comedy Series: Steven Levitan & Christopher Lloyd, Modern Family ("Pilot")
TV Miniseries: The Pacific
Lead Actor in a TV Movie/Miniseries: Al Pacino, You Don't Know Jack
Lead Actress in a TV Movie/Miniseries: Claire Danes, Temple Grandin
Supporting Actor in a TV Movie/Miniseries: David Strathairn, Temple Grandin
Supporting Actress in a TV Movie/Miniseries: Julia Ormond, Temple Grandin
Directing for a TV Movie/Miniseries: Mick Jackson, Temple Grandin
Writing for a TV Movie/Miniseries: Adam Mazer, You Don't Know Jack
Variety, Music or Comedy Series: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Directing for a Variety Special:
Bucky Gunts, Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony
Writing for a Variety Special: 63rd Annual Tony Awards