64th Primetime Emmy Award Winners

64th primetime emmy awards winners

Tonight, the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards air live on ABC at 4pm PST hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. For those of you who cannot make it at the beginning or have no interest in watching the Emmys and would like to know the winners later on, I will be bringing you live updates during the event.

The biggest names on the small screen come together tonight in the biggest stage of the year for television. The Emmys practically mark the beginning of awards and this is a great way to start building your endurance for whats to come in film.

Some of the biggest awards this year with heavy nominees are best comedy series and drama series. The Emmy nominations were announced this past summer and there weren’t too many surprises. Community got snubbed again of course, but whatever. The rest I’m not too terribly worried about who’s going to win. Most of the time the Emmy will go to exactly who you think.

So let’s get started shall we. Below are all the Emmy categories, the winners will be updated as they are announced.

Winners:

Jimmy Kimmel started off with a decently funny skit and montage. Louis C.K. and Amy Poehler are up on stage to present some winners. Amy Poehler is hilariously unfunny in her bit before announcing the winner.

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

  • Ed O’Neill as Jay Pritchett in “Modern Family”
  • Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell Pritchett in “Modern Family”
  • Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy in “Modern Family”
  • Eric Stonestreet as Cameron Tucker in “Modern Family” (WINNER)
  • Max Greenfield as Schmidt in “New Girl”
  • Bill Hader as various characters in “Saturday Night Live”

Who knew Modern Family would win this category… Jim Parsons and Zooey Deschanel come on stage to present best comedy writing.

WRITING FOR A COMEDY SERIES

  • Chris McKenna, “Community”
  • Lena Dunham, “Girls”
  • Louis C.K., “Louie” (WINNER)
  • Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”
  • Michael Schur, “Parks and Recreation”

A nice little Breaking Bad skitwith Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston plays to a parody of The Andy Griffith Show.

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

  • Mayim Bialik as Amy Farrah Fowler in “The Big Bang Theory”
  • Kathryn Joosten as Karen McCluskey in “Desperate Housewives”
  • Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy in “Modern Family” (WINNER)
  • Sofia Vergara as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett in “Modern Family”
  • Merritt Wever as Zoey Barkow in “Nurse Jackie”
  • Kristen Wiig as various characters in “Saturday Night Live”

Modern Family takes the win over Kristen Wiig who is at her last leg of Saturday Night Live.

GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

  • Dot-Marie Jones as Coach Shannon Beiste in “Glee”
  • Maya Rudolph, host in “Saturday Night Live”
  • Melissa McCarthy, host in “Saturday Night Live”
  • Elizabeth Banks as Avery Jessup in “30 Rock”
  • Margaret Cho as Kim Jong-il in “30 Rock”
  • Kathy Bates as Charlie Harper in “Two and a Half Men” (WINNER)

GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

  • Michael J. Fox as Himself in “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
  • Greg Kinnear as Tad in “Modern Family”
  • Bobby Cannavale as Dr. Mike Cruz in “Nurse Jackie”
  • Jimmy Fallon, host in “Saturday Night Live” (WINNER)
  • Will Arnett as Devon Banks in “30 Rock”
  • Jon Hamm as Abner and David Brinkley in “30 Rock”

Cathy Bates and Jimmy Fallon appear on stage to present best comedy direction.

BEST DIRECTION IN A COMEDY SERIES

  • Robert B. Weide, “Curb Your Enthusiasm “
  • Lena Dunham, “Girls”
  • Louis C.K., “Duckling”
  • Jason Winer, “Modern Family”
  • Steven Levitan, “Modern Family” (WINNER)
  • Jake Kasdan, “New Girl”

Steven Levitan wins for his episode “Baby on Board.” Once again Modern Family wins again. Ken Jeong appears in a Modern Family skit. Mindy Kaling and Melissa McCarthy are the next presenters.

BEST COMEDY ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

  • Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper in “The Big Bang Theory”
  • Larry David as Himself in “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
  • Don Cheadle as Marty Kaan in “House of Lies”
  • Louis C.K. as Louie in “Louie”
  • Alec Baldwin as Jack Donaghy in “30 Rock”
  • Jon Cryer as Alan Harper in “Two and a Half Men” (WINNER)

Oh boo hoo, Jim Parsons didn’t win. Jon Cryer gets up on stage and basically says everyone but him should have won, he’s probably right. Good speech… As Jimmy Kimmel puts it, the next giver-outer is Stephen Colbert who delivers a swell monologue.

BEST COMEDY ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

  • Lena Dunham as Hannah Horvath in “Girls”
  • Melissa McCarthy as Molly Flynn in “Mike & Molly”
  • Zooey Deschanel as Jess Day in “New Girl”
  • Edie Falco as Jackie Peyton in “Nurse Jackie”
  • Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope in “Parks and Recreation”
  • Tina Fey as Liz Lemon in “30 Rock”
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer in “Veep” (WINNER)

It goes without saying, what the hell is Veep? And shocker, Modern Family isn’t nominated here. Amy Poehler comes up on stage to give a tissue to Julia for her emotional acceptance speech. And oh boy, the reality series category is about to begin… James Van Der Beek and Damon Wayons, Jr. announce the best reality show:

OUTSTANDING REALITY COMPETITION PROGRAM

  • “The Amazing Race” (CBS) (WINNER)
  • “Dancing With the Stars” (ABC)
  • “Project Runway” (Lifetime)
  • “So You Think You Can Dance” (Fox)
  • “Top Chef” (Bravo)
  • “The Voice” (NBC)

The Amazing Race has a total of seven nominations this year. Cool? This The Big Bang Theory skit really puts the nail in the coffin as to why I won’t watch The Big Bang Theory. Thanks for making that decision easy for me Jim Parsons! Seth MacFarlene comes on stage to speak into the wrong microphone to announce the winner of reality show host.

HOST FOR A REALITY OR REALITY-COMPETITION PROGRAM

  • Phil Keoghan, “The Amazing Race”
  • Ryan Seacrest, “American Idol”
  • Betty White, “Betty White’s Off Their Rockers”
  • Tom Bergeron, “Dancing With the Stars” (WINNER)
  • Cat Deeley, “So You Think You Can Dance”

Wait, Tom Bergeron didn’t win for America’s Funniest Home Videos? Now that we got through the two “most important” reality show awards, we can move onto some Drama awards. The overly happy, epic music for the “Year in Drama” montage was very out of place for the scenes they were showing.

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

  • Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman in “Breaking Bad” (WINNER)
  • Giancarlo Esposito as Gustavo ‘Gus’ Fring in “Breaking Bad”
  • Brendan Coyle as John Bates in “Downton Abbey”
  • Jim Carter as Mr. Carson in “Downton Abbey”
  • Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister in “Game of Thrones”
  • Jared Harris as Lane Pryce “Mad Men”

Aaron Paul FTW Bitch! This is his second win, and he’ll probably win again next year. Unfortunately no shout out for magnets. Shame.

Tracy Morgan has volunteered to be the butt of a joke on stage. Connie Britton and Hayden Panetierre come on stage to a passed out Tracy Morgan.

BEST WRITING FOR A DRAMA SERIES

  • Julian Fellowes, “Downton Abbey”
  • Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon & Gideon Raff, “Homeland” (WINNER)
  • Semi Chellas & Matthew Weiner, “Mad Men”
  • Andre Jacquemetton & Maria Jacquemetton, “Mad Men”
  • Erin Levy & Matthew Weiner, “Mad Men”

Wow, I cannot believe Mad Men lost this one. Yes the odds were stacked in their favor, but they still should have won regardless. I’m actually surprised Breaking Bad wasn’t nominated for this category. Does this mean Mad Men won’t win best drama series this year?

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

  • Anna Gunn as Skyler White in “Breaking Bad”
  • Maggie Smith as Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham in “Downton Abbey” (WINNER)
  • Joanne Froggatt as Anna in “Downton Abbey”
  • Archie Panjabi as Kalinda Sharma in “The Good Wife”
  • Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart in “The Good Wife”
  • Christina Hendricks as Joan Holloway Harris in “Mad Men”

The Chicken Man himself, Giancarlo Esposito comes on stage to present.

GUEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

  • Martha Plimpton as Patti Nyholm in “The Good Wife” (WINNER)
  • Loretta Devine as Adele Webber in “Grey’s Anatomy”
  • Jean Smart as D.A. Roseanna Remmick in “Harry’s Law”
  • Julia Ormond as Marie Calvet in “Mad Men”
  • Joan Cusack as Sheila Jackson in “Shameless”
  • Uma Thurman as Rebecca Duvall in “Smash”

GUEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

  • Mark Margolis as Tio Salamanca in “Breaking Bad”
  • Dylan Baker as Colin Sweeney in “The Good Wife”
  • Michael J. Fox as Louis Canning in “The Good Wife”
  • Jeremy Davies as Dickie Bennett in “Justified” (WINNER)
  • Ben Feldman as Michael Ginsberg in “Mad Men”
  • Jason Ritter as Mark Cyr in “Parenthood”

DIRECTING FOR A DRAMA SERIES

  • Tim Van Patten, “Boardwalk Empire” (WINNER)
  • Vince Gilligan, “Breaking Bad”
  • Brian Percival, “Downton Abbey”
  • Michael Cuesta, “Homeland”
  • Phil Abraham, “Mad Men”

Another loss for Mad Men and Breaking Bad. A Memoriam of Jimmy Kimmel plays with a piano tribute with Josh Groban? Julianna Margulies is on stage to present.

BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

  • Steve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson in “Boardwalk Empire”
  • Bryan Cranston as Walter White in “Breaking Bad”
  • Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan in “Dexter”
  • Hugh Bonneville as Robert, Earl of Grantham in “Downton Abbey”
  • Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody in “Homeland” (WINNER)
  • Jon Hamm as Don Draper in “Mad Men”

Jon Hamm has still not been awarded for Mad Men and Bryan Cranston was definitely snubbed, but then again I should probably start watching Homeland. And why is Michael C. Hall continually nominated, he hasn’t really changed or evolved his character since we started Dexter.

Tina Fey and Jon Hamm are goofs on stage.

BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

  • Glenn Close as Patty Hewes in “Damages”
  • Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley in “Downton Abbey”
  • Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick in “The Good Wife”
  • Kathy Bates as Harriet Korn in “Harry’s Law”
  • Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison in “Homeland” (WINNER)
  • Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson in “Mad Men”

Homeland seems to be getting a lot of recognition. We move on to the Variety show recognition. If we can all agree, the 2012 Summer Olympics should just win all the awards in this category right? Aziz Ansari with a British accent and Jane Levy come on to present.

BEST WRITING FOR A VARIETY SPECIAL

  • “84th Annual Academy Awards,” Jon Macks, Dave Boone & Carol Leifer, with Tim Carvell, Jeff Cesario, Billy Crystal, Ed Driscoll, Billy Martin, Ben Schwartz, Marc Shaiman, Eric Stangel, Justin Stangel, David Steinberg, Mason Steinberg & Colleen Werthmann
  • “Betty White’s 90th Birthday: A Tribute to America’s Golden Girl,” Jon Macks, Steve Ridgeway, Mason Steinberg & Brad Lachman
  • “The Kennedy Center Honors,” George Stevens, Michael M. Stevens, Sara Lukinson & Lewis Friedman
  • “Louis C.K. Live at the Beacon Theatre,” Louis C.K. (WINNER)
  • “65th Annual Tony Awards,” Dave Boone with Paul Greenberg

Ricky Gervais is on stage making fun of the Golden Globe Awards of course.

OUTSTANDING DIRECTION FOR A VARIETY SPECIAL

  • Don Mischer, “84th Annual Academy Awards”
  • Louis J. Horvitz, “The 54th Annual Grammy Awards”
  • Louis C.K, “Louis C.K. Live at the Beacon Theatre”
  • Alan Skog, “New York City Ballet George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker (Live From Lincoln Center)”
  • Glenn Weiss, “65th Annual Tony Awards” (WINNER)

OUTSTANDING VARIETY SERIES

  • “The Colbert Report” (Comedy Central)
  • “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” (Comedy Central) (WINNER)
  • “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC)
  • “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” (NBC)
  • “Real Time With Bill Maher” (HBO)
  • “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)

Ten consecutive years for The Daily Show, whoa. Jon Stewart says what we are all thinking, this show is pretty predictable? Tracy Morgan’s cousins from Brooklyn, Pancake and Kool-Aid fill in for Jimmy Kimmel’s parent’s seats.
Let’s begin the Miniseries or Movies category. Steve Buscemi needs to eat a sandwich as he comes on stage prepping his Halloween costume early as the Cryptkeeper.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE

  • Frances Conroy as Moira in “American Horror Story
  • Jessica Lange as Constance Langdon in “American Horror Story” (WINNER)
  • Sarah Paulson as Nicolle Wallace “Game Change”
  • Mare Winningham as Sally McCoy in “Hatfields & McCoys”
  • Judy Davis as Jill Tankard in “Page Eight”

Frances Conroy should have won. Jessica Lange just had to show up and act weird. Conroy had more depth and a better emotional range. Kerry Washington appears to present.

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE

  • Denis O’Hare as Larry Harvey in “American Horror Story”
  • Ed Harris as John McCain in “Game Change”
  • Tom Berenger as Jim Vance in “Hatfields & McCoys” (WINNER)
  • David Strathairn as John Dos Passos in “Hemingway & Gellhorn”
  • Martin Freeman as Dr. John Watson in “Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia”

Ron Howard is on stage to talk about Andy Griffith. Davy Jones, Richard Dawson (Family Feud), Sherman Hemsley, Phyllis Diller, Michael Clarke Duncan, Robert Easton, Andy Rooney, Steve Jobs, Whitney Houston, Tony Scott, Mike Wallace, Ernest Borgnine, and Dick Clark along with producers, writers, directors, and other big influencers in the television industry are also presented In Memorium.

Lucy Liu and Keifer Sutherland come to present two awards.

WRITING FOR A MINISERIES, MOVIE OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL

  • Danny Strong, “Game Change” (WINNER)
  • Ted Mann, Ronald Parker & Bill Kerby, “Hatfields & McCoys”
  • Abi Morgan, “The Hour”
  • Neil Cross, “Luther”
  • Steven Moffat, “Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia”

LEAD ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE

  • Connie Britton as Vivien Harmon in “American Horror Story”
  • Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin in “Game Change” (WINNER)
  • Nicole Kidman as Martha Gellhorn in “Hemingway & Gellhorn”
  • Ashley Judd as Rebecca Winstone in “Missing”
  • Emma Thompson as She in “The Song of Lunch”

Ginnifer Goodwin and Emily VanCamp present.

OUTSTANDING DIRECTION FOR A MINISERIES, MOVIE OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL

  • Jay Roach, “Game Change” (WINNER)
  • Kevin Reynolds, “Hatfields & McCoys”
  • Philip Kaufman, “Hemingway & Gellhorn”
  • Sam Miller, “Luther”
  • Paul McGuigan, “Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia”

Hilariously, Jay Roach is also the director of films such as The Campaign, Meet The Parents, Dinner for Schmucks, and Austin Powers.

LEAD ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE

  • Woody Harrelson as Steve Schmidt in “Game Change”
  • Kevin Costner as ‘Devil’ Anse Hatfield in “Hatfields & McCoys” (WINNER)
  • Bill Paxton as Randall McCoy in “Hatfields & McCoys”
  • Clive Owen as Ernest Hemingway in “Hemingway & Gellhorn”
  • Idris Elba as John Luther in “Luther”
  • Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes in “Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia”

Kevin Costner, out of nowhere, compared winning an Emmy to the feeling you would get to winning an Olympic Gold Medal. Really?

MINISERIES OR TV MOVIE

  • “American Horror Story” (FX)
  • “Game Change” (HBO) (WINNER)
  • “Hatfields & McCoys” (History)
  • “Hemingway & Gellhorn” (HBO)
  • “Luther” (BBC America)
  • “Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia” (PBS)

Tom Hanks accepts the award on behalf of everyone involved with Game Change with a lot of self-tanner and a dirty molestache. Julianne Moore comes on to present the biggest award of the night.

BEST DRAMA SERIES

  • “Boardwalk Empire” (HBO)
  • “Breaking Bad” (AMC)
  • “Downton Abbey” (PBS)
  • “Game of Thrones” (HBO)
  • “Homeland” (Showtime) (WINNER)
  • “Mad Men” (AMC)

Homeland has dethroned Mad Men on their four-year long best drama series streak. I’m not too shocked, but it’s kind of a downer. Looks like I’ll have to start watching Homeland now along with Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire. I wonder how mad Vince Gilligan and Matthew Weiner are. I wonder how mad AMC is for these losses tonight.

Michael J. Fox surprises the crowd to present the final award of the night.

COMEDY SERIES

  • “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)
  • “Curb Your Enthusiasm” (HBO)
  • “Girls” (HBO)
  • “Modern Family” (ABC) (WINNER)
  • “30 Rock” (NBC)
  • “Veep” (HBO)

Not surprised at all. Weak. I guess it’s better than having The Big Bang Theory win.

And that’s that. Good show. The big winners were definitely Homeland, Game Change, and Modern Family. It was great to see Aaron Paul win for best supporting actor in a drama series for Breaking Bad. Other than that, the Emmys were very boring. See you next year…

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