During the 63rd Annual Emmy Awards, host Jane Lynch joked that the viewers were watching the "Modern Family Awards…" and it wasn't that far from the truth. "Modern Family" not only repeated as Outstanding Comedy, it also swept the Outstanding Supporting Performer awards with Ty Burrell and Julie Bowen as well as Michael Spiller for directing and Steve Levitan & Jeffrey Richman for writing.
Jim Parsons also repeated as Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy for "The Big Bang Theory," but Melissa McCarthy scored one of the biggest upsets of the night when she was named Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy for the CBS series "Mike & Molly." The other nominees in the category accompanied McCarthy on stage prior to the announcement; which was staged like a beauty pageant.
As expected, "Mad Men" was named Outstanding Drama for the fourth year in a row. However, one of the more shocking moments of the night came when Jon Hamm failed to walk away with a long-awaited award for his portrayal of the lead character, Don Draper.
Instead, it was Kyle Chandler who won for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama for his role as the beloved Coach Taylor in the final season of "Friday Night Lights." For Outstanding Lead Actress, "The Good Wife" star Julianna Margulies took the award after being denied in last year's ceremony. In the supporting actor and actress categories, HBO's "Game of Thrones" picked up its lone award of the night for Peter Dinklage's acclaimed performance as Tyrion Lannister and Margo Martindale won for her season long role on "Justified" as Mags Bennett.
Jon Stewart once joked that the hip hop group Three 6 Mafia had more Oscar Awards than the legendary director Martin Scorsese. However, Scorsese not only went on to eventually win an Oscar for "The Departed," he added an Emmy Award last night for directing the pilot episode of "Boardwalk Empire." So, the new score is Martin Scorsese: 2. Three 6 Mafia: 1. AMAs don't count!
As for Stewart, the comedian's long running series "The Daily Show" picked up awards for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program as well as Outstanding Writing for the same category. Meanwhile, "The Amazing Race" avenged last year's loss to "Top Chef" and it was named Outstanding Reality Competition Program once again.
This year's Emmy Awards (with the Creative Arts Emmys included) stepped back from the previous year's cable domination and achieved something closer to parity. ABC led the way with the five wins for "Modern Family,' while HBO, PBS and CBS each had four awards. AMC was held to a single award for "Mad Men," but in winning the drama award for the fourth time in a row, it matched the mark left by "The West Wing."
A complete list of the major category winners can be found on page 2.
2011 Emmy Award winners
OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Julianna Margulies ("The Good Wife")
OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Kyle Chandler ("Friday Night Lights")
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Margo Martindale ("Justified")
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Peter Dinklage ("Game of Thrones")
OUTSTANDING WRITING IN A DRAMA
Jason Katims ("Friday Night Lights")
OUTSTANDING DIRECTION IN A DRAMA
Martin Scorsese ("Boardwalk Empire")
OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Jim Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory")
OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Melissa McCarthy ("Mike & Molly")
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Ty Burrell ("Modern Family")
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Julie Bowen ("Modern Family")
OUTSTANDING DIRECTION IN A COMEDY
Michael Spiller ("Modern Family")
OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A COMEDY
Steve Levitan and Jeffrey Richman ("Modern Family")
OUTSTANDING VARIETY, MUSIC, OR COMEDY SERIES
"The Daily Show With Jon Stewart"
OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A TV MOVIE, MINISERIES OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL
Barry Pepper (The Kennedys")
OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A TV MOVIE, MINISERIES OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL
Kate Winslet ("Mildred Pierce")
OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A TV MOVIE, MINISERIES OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL
Guy Pearce ("Mildred Pierce")
OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A TV MOVIE, MINISERIES OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL
Maggie Smith ("Mildred Pierce")
OUTSTANDING DIRECTION IN A TV MOVIE, MINISERIES OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL
Brian Percival ("Downton Abbey")
OUTSTANDING WRITING IN A TV MOVIE, MINISERIES OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL
Julian Fellowes ("Downton Abbey")
OUTSTANDING REALITY SHOW COMPETITION
"The Amazing Race"