Highlights from the red carpet, surprise winners and acceptance speeches from the 64th annual award show.
Jimmy Kimmel's debut as trophy show host has come to an end. "Mad Men's" reign of terror over the best-drama derby has come to an end. "Game Change" scuttled "American Horror Story's" hopes of mopping up at the Emmys by re-casting itself as a miniseries. And Jon Stewart totally dissed the TV academy for giving his "The Daily Show" a 10th consecutive Emmy for best variety series.
For a closer look at the highs and lows, the surprises and the snubs at the 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, check the TV Column/Blog in the morning. Let us hear your thoughts on this year's Emmycast, Kimmel's job hosting, etc.
Best Comedy Series nominees:
The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
Modern Family (ABC)
30 Rock (NBC)
Michael J. Fox, who's returning to series TV on NBC soon, gets the night's first standing ovation as he takes the stage to announce winner of Best Comedy Series Emmy. That's the end of the drama for the final category, because the win goes to...."Modern Family" -- for the third consecutive time.
Co-creator Steve Levitan gives a heartfelt speech and gets as far as telling the show's millions of viewers, over the wrap-it-up music, how lucky everyone on the show feels -- "lucky not only have jobs in these challenging times, but jobs we love, with people we love -- "
At that point, his microphone is cut off. "You want to stay here another hour?" Kimmel jokes lamely. And with that, the Primetime Emmy Awards limps to an end. Badly done, ABC.
Best Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
Breaking Bad (AMC)
Downton Abbey (PBS)
Game of Thrones (HBO)
Mad Men (AMC)
"Mad Men's" streak is ended! Showtime's "Homeland" has been named best drama series and "Mad Men" will have to settle for keeping company with "The West Wing," "Hill St. Blues" and "LA Law" with four consecutive best-drama wins.
"Homeland" also beat "Downton Abbey," which many trophy show wonks had expected to win this derby, based on Emmy voters' long-running love affair with crunchy gravel dramas populated by actors delivering their lines with proper British accents.
This is Showtime's first best-series Emmy ever. Here's where we should mention Showtime's owner: CBS.
Best Miniseries or Movie nominees:
American Horror Story (FX)
Game Change (HBO)
Hatfields & McCoys (History)
Hemingway & Gellhorn (HBO)
Luther (BBC America)
Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia (Masterpiece) (PBS)
Winner: 'Game Change.' Okay, never mind about "American Horror Story" strategy of competing as a miniseries paying off. A really rushed Tom Hanks -- giver of great acceptance speeches -- only had time to thank "our founding fathers for the democratic process they came up with" -- and HBO big cats.
Outstanding Directing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic Special nominees:
Game Change (HBO) Jay Roach
Hatfields & McCoys (History) Kevin Reynolds
Hemingway & Gellhorn (History) Philip Kaufman
Luther (BBC America) Sam Miller
Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia (Masterpiece) Paul McGuigan
Winner: Jay Roach, who praised HBO for having the guts to make "Game Change." "Everybody talks about politics, but it's so hard to get a movie made about politics."
Best Leading Actor in a Miniseries or Movie nominees:
Woody Harrelson, Game Change (HBO)
Clive Owen, Hemingway & Gellhorn (HBO)
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia (Masterpiece) (PBS)
Idris Elba, Luther (BBC America)
Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys (History)
Bill Paxton, Hatfields & McCoys (History)
Winner: Kevin Costner, who seemed to be chastising Hollywood when he said they "had to go all the way to Romania to make this very American story." Well, yeah -- on a History channel budget.
While accepting his 10th consecutive award for Best Variety Program, Jon Stewart got tackled, then bleeped. In the middle of the miniseries award category, Stewart randomly got up and started running around while holding what appeared to be a water bottle and a banana.
"Jon Stewart is not in his seat," Jimmy Kimmel noted as Stewart sprinted, adding, "I saw him throw his Emmy out into the garbage. Something to remember when voting next year."
[caption id="attachment_1880" align="alignleft" width="1024"] Jon Stewart carries water and a banana as he runs back to his seat during a commercial break at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards. (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)[/caption]
Best Leading Actress in a Miniseries or Movie nominees:
Julianne Moore, Game Change (HBO)
Connie Britton, American Horror Story (FX)
Nicole Kidman, Hemingway & Gellhorn (HBO)
Emma Thompson, The Song of Lunch (Masterpiece)(PBS)
Ashley Judd, Missing (ABC)
Winner: Julianne Moore: "I feel so validated because Sarah Palin gave me a big Thumbs Down!" she enthused. Which you will hear dissected, savaged, and ruminated over on countless cable news programs and morning infotainment shows on Monday....sigh.... Anyway, then she thanked "Game Changes" hair and makeup artists and her dialect coach for "transforming me" into Palin for the project.
Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special nominees:
Game Change (HBO) Danny Strong
Hatfields & McCoys - Part 2 (History) Ted Mann, Story and Teleplay by
Ronald Parker, Teleplay by Bill Kerby
The Hour (BBC America) Abi Morgan
Luther (BBC America) Neil Cross
Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia (PBS) Steven Moffat
Winner: Danny Strong
[caption id="attachment_1884" align="alignleft" width="1024"] Danny Strong accepts the award for outstanding writing for a miniseries or movie for "Game Change" from presenter Lucy Liu. (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)[/caption]
Treacle-tune "The Way We Were" should never ever be played during a trophy show In Memoriam. And, did they bleep out the applause? There is a total lack of the traditional applause-o-meter, in which some of the dead get wild applause, but others just a polite smattering. It becomes a ghoulish popularity contest. We miss that. It's so Hollywood.
Meanwhile, the publicist for FX network just tweeted: "Most Emmy wins ever for FX." When Jessica Lange picked up her Emmy, the tally came to three.
Not only did they finally come up with a way to make the on-stage parade of Ernst&Young suits fun, they made appearance of TV Academy president, well, better anyway -- adding Ellen DeGeneres without her pants (See show opening taped bit).
Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie nominees:
Ed Harris, Game Change (HBO)
Denis O'Hare, American Horror Story (FX)
David Strathairn, Hemingway & Gellhorn (HBO)
Martin Freeman, Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia (Masterpiece)(PBS)
Tom Berenger, Hatfields & McCoys (History)
Winner: Tom Berenger -- his first ever Emmy win. Wish they hadn't cut off his acceptance speech just when he was getting to the raccoon with rabies/garden gnome bit -- would have liked to have heard more on that front.