Homeland Gets Claire Danes a Win at the 2012 Emmys
Modern Family and Homeland dominated the 2012 Primetime Emmy Awards but it was the terrorist drama that had the edge. Homeland, which even US Prez Barack Obama confessed to watching with wife Michelle, picked up Outstanding Drama, Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series for Damian Lewis and Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Claire Danes, and was in the spotlight through the night.
Preggers Claire, who's expecting her first child with hubby Hugh Dancy, was among the showstealers on the red rug and off it. Dressed in a bright and citrusy Lanvin dress, which she labelled "bump-friendly", the actress was positively glowing.
On stage, Claire thanked Hugh in a gushy speech after her win, saying, "My husband, my love, my life, my baby daddy: This doesn't mean anything without you. I love you so much and I'm so grateful. Thank you."
Meanwhile, Modern Family's Eric Stonestreet (in the news for possibly being Charlize Theron's main squeeze) and Julie Bowen picked up best supporting actor and actress awards. Of course, that means the show's other stars, Sofia Vergara, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Ed O'Neill went without trophies. Stonestreet admitted that things could get weird in the future because of what happened. "We love each other. We absolutely 100 percent [do], maybe that won't always be the case, but it is the case now."
Then there was the case of the red carpet line-up, which was as stellar and stylish as expected. Even awards newbies like Two Broke Girls' Kat Dennings showed off that they're not just pretty faces, they've got a rocking GSOH too. Discussing the possibility of a wardrobe malfunction in her low-cut J Mendel dress, Kat said, [I'm] Very nervous. If I stand up too straight, there's a possibility. So if I hunch, that's why. It's not because I have terrible posture, it's from fear of things coming out."
Modern Family's Sofia Vergara sizzled in a super-clingy and sparkly Zuhair Murad gown, while Christina Hendricks worked a fab Christian Siriano dress that showed off her famous curves.
Meanwhile, the zingers came quick and fast from the funnymen at the show. Jimmy Fallon took top spot with the one liners when he took a shot at fender bender-happy Amanda Bynes, saying, "I'm just happy to be alive, I just gotta be honest— Amanda Bynes gave me a ride over. I am just happy to be here."
Parks & Recreation's Aziz Ansari talked about the inclusion of a new category at the Emmy: Outstanding Baby in a Drama or Miniseries! "I'm talkin' about when the babies are so young, they gotta use twins, because they can't work long enough. And it'll be really interesting because you could be like, ‘Well, which baby was doing those scenes? Because those scenes were great.' And then one twin wouldn't get nominated and there'd be so much drama."
During the show itself, host Jimmy Kimmel was probably a bit too oddball for most but he hung in there. Plus, it was time for the bleep alert when Louis CK took to the stage. He shocked the audience with a dirty speech that included thank yous and even a shout-out to his kids. Really!
Check out all the winners of the Emmy Awards 2012:
Outstanding Comedy Series: Modern Family
Outstanding Drama Series: Homeland
Outstanding Miniseries or Made for Television Movie: Game Change (TV)
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie: Kevin Costner for Hatfields & McCoys
Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special: Jay Roach for Game Change (TV)
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie: Julianne Moore for Game Change (TV)
Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special: Danny Strong for Game Change (TV)
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie: Tom Berenger for Hatfields & McCoys
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie: Jessica Lange for American Horror Story: Asylum
Outstanding Variety, Music Or Comedy Series: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Claire Danes for Homeland
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Damian Lewis for Homeland
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series: Timothy Van Patten for Boardwalk Empire (To the Lost)
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Maggie Smith for Downton Abbey
Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series: Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon, Gideon Raff (Pilot episode) for Homeland
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Aaron Paul for Breaking Bad
Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program: Tom Bergeron for Dancing with the Stars
Outstanding Reality Competition Program: The Amazing Race
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Julia Louis-Dreyfus for Veep
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Jon Cryer for Two and a Half Men
Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series: Steven Levitan for Modern Family (Baby on Board)
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Julie Bowen for Modern Family
Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series: Louis CK (Pregnant) for Louie
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Eric Stonestreet for Modern Family
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: Jimmy Fallon for Saturday Night Live
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: Kathy Bates for Two and a Half Men
Best Writing for a Variety Special: Louis CK Live at the Beacon Theatre
Best Directing for a Variety Special: Glenn Weiss, 65th Annual Tony Awards