It was a star-studded night of unexpected surprises and old favorites. The sixties-centric “Mad Men” won its fourth best drama award Sunday but couldn’t pull honors for stars Jon Hamm or Elisabeth Moss.
Kyle Chandler was the surprise winner in the best drama actor category for the last season of Texas football drama “Friday Night Lights,” blocking odds-on favorites among his fellow nominees, including Hamm. And then there was “Modern Family,” the Emmy winner for Best Comedy. Early on, the ABC comedy won two comedy acting categories with wins from Julie Bowen for Supporting Actress and Ty Burrell for Supporting Actor.
In addition, Michael Alan Spiller also won an outstanding comedy directing award for the episode “Halloween,” while Jeffrey Richman and Steve Levitan won for best comedy writing. The one moment that could have provided some real fireworks was when Charlie Sheen came out to present the award for best lead actor in a comedy series. The audience seemed to hold its collected breath when Sheen stepped to the microphone.
But Sheen, who must have cut back on the tiger’s blood, seemed sincere when he talked about his former show Two and a Half Men: “From the bottom of my heart, I wish you nothing but the best for this upcoming season.” Overall the Emmy’s were… over the top and cheesy, yet again.
Below are the complete list of winners:
Drama Series: “Mad Men,” AMC.
Comedy Series: “Modern Family” ABC.
Actor, Drama Series: Kyle Chandler, “Friday Night Lights,” DirecTV.
Actress, Drama Series: Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife” CBS.
Actor, Comedy Series: Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory” CBS.
Actress, Comedy Series: Melissa McCarthy, “Mike & Molly,” CBS.
Supporting Actor, Drama Series: Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones,” HBO.
Supporting Actress, Drama Series: Margo Martindale, “Justified” FX.
Supporting Actor, Comedy Series: Ty Burrell, “Modern Family,” ABC.
Supporting Actress, Comedy Series: Julie Bowen, “Modern Family,” ABC.
Miniseries/TV Movie: “Downton Abbey (Masterpiece)”, PBS.
Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Barry Pepper, “The Kennedys,” Starz.
Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Kate Winslet, “Mildred Pierce,” HBO.
Supporting Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Guy Pearce, Mildred Pierce.
Supporting Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey,” PBS.
Directing for a Comedy Series: Michael Allen Spiller, “Modern Family,” ABC.
Directing, Drama Series: Martin Scorsese, “Boardwalk Empire,” HBO.
Directing, Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special: Brian Percival “Downtown Abbey” PBS.
Directing, Variety, Music or Comedy Series: Don Roy King, “SNL” NBC.
Variety, Music or Comedy Series: “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” Comedy Central.
Reality Competition Program: “The Amazing Race,” CBS.
Writing for Comedy Series: Steven Levitan, Jeffery Richmond, “Modern Family” ABC.
Writing, Drama Series: Jason Katims “Friday Night Lights” DirecTV.
Writing, Variety, Music or Comedy Series: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Comedy Central.
Writing, Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special: Julian Fellowes “Downtown Abbey” PBS.