Modern Family Wins Big At Emmys

Television's hottest talent turns out for awards show
Monday , 19 September 2011
Modern Family Wins Big At Emmys
Modern Family scoops the prize pool

Modern Family came full circle at the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday (18 September), winning the very first honours of the night and closing the show by topping the prestigious Comedy Series category.

Mad Men looked set to dominate the night, going in with 19 top nominations, and it continued its winning streak for the best drama title for the fourth year in a row.

But the stars of the period drama didn’t fair so well. Jon Hamm lost out on the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series which went to Kyle Chandler who claimed that prize for his role in Friday Night Lights. While Julianna Margulies beat the likes of Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men), Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) and Kathy Bates (Harry’s Law) to take home the female equivalent for her turn in The Good Wife.

Meanwhile, Modern Family started the Emmys as they planned to go on – TV husband and wife Ty Burrell and Julie Bowen kicked off the celebrations by walking away with the acting honours for Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Comedy Series. The hit programme went on to earn accolades for writing and directing before being crowned best comedy at the end of the event.

It was a good night for the Brits too – Kate Winslet was named Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for Mildred Pierce, while Downton Abbey’s Dame Maggie Smith claimed the Best Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie title.

Justin Timberlake (Saturday Night Live) and Gwyneth Paltrow (Glee) were already winners before the red carpet at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre was even rolled out – they were honoured at the Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards last weekend (10 September) in the Outstanding Guest Performance in a Comedy Series category.

Awards host Jane Lynch opened the show with a song-and-dance sequence featuring Star Trek’s Leonard Nimoy and the cast of Mad Men, while Andy Samberg’s comedy rap trio The Lonely Island, featuring crooner Michael Bolton and R'n'B singer Akon, and rapper and actor LL Cool J, were among the musical acts providing the entertainment in between awards at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre.

The main list of winners at the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards is as follows:

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series: Jim Parsons – The Big Bang Theory

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series: Melissa McCarthy – Mike & Molly

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series: Kyle Chandler – Friday Night Lights

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series: Julianna Marguiles – The Good Wife

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie: Barry Pepper – The Kennedys

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie: Kate Winslet – Mildred Pierce

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series: Ty Burrell – Modern Family

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series: Julie Bowen – Modern Family

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series: Peter Dinklage – Game Of Thrones

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series: Margo Martindale – Justified Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie: Guy Pearce – Mildred Pierce

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie: Maggie Smith – Downton Abbey

Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series: Justin Timberlake – Saturday Night Live (Host)

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series: Gwyneth Paltrow – Glee

Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series: Paul McCrane – Harry’s Law

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series: Loretta Devine – Grey’s Anatomy

Outstanding Comedy Series: Modern Family

Outstanding Drama Series: Mad Men

Outstanding Miniseries Or Movie: Downton Abbey (Masterpiece)

Outstanding Variety, Music Or Comedy Series: The Daily Show With Jon Stewart

Outstanding Animated Programme: Futurama

Outstanding Variety, Music Or Comedy Special: The Kennedy Center Honors

Outstanding Reality Programme: Deadliest Catch

Outstanding Reality-Competition Programme: The Amazing Race