On Sunday night (September 18), TV's biggest stars turned up at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles to see who would go home with hardware and who would leave empty-handed.
The night's hostess, "Glee" star Jane Lynch, opened the show with a musical number that featured "Star Trek" star Leonard Nimoy and a slew of other stars, like Randy Jackson and Jon Hamm, along with his "Mad Men" crew, singing about the glories of TV and the perils of awards shows. "I know this feels stupid and schlocky and already feels overly long," Lynch joked in song.
Lynch's "Glee" alter ego Sue Sylvester, in her signature tracksuit, eventually made an appearance, and the hostess did something the show's fans have been waiting for: She slushied Coach Sylvester.
During the comedy portion of the night, "Modern Family" owned, starting with Julie Bowen beating out co-star Sofia Vergara for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. "I don't know what I'm going to talk about in therapy now; I won something!" she joked. The Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy category was filled with "Modern Family" actors, but it was Bowen's TV husband Ty Burrell who took it home, joking, "I have a job where every day I go to work in full makeup."
"Welcome back to the 'Modern Family' Awards!" Lynch joked when the show came back from break. "We decided to throw them into the drama category just to see what happens."
Charlie Sheen presented Outstanding Lead Actor In a Comedy Series to "Big Bang Theory" star Jim Parsons. After all the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy nominees got onstage and received a standing ovation, the Emmy went to Melissa McCarthy for her work on "Mike and Molly." In addition to an Emmy, she got a bouquet of roses and a tiara. She told the room, "Wow, it's my first and best pageant ever."
"The Amazing Race" won for Outstanding Reality Competition right before the Lonely Island crew took to the stage, along with a number of A-listers like Michael Bolton, Akon, John Stamos, Ed Helms and Maya Rudolph, for a medley of their tunes like "I Just Had Sex," "3-Way" and "Jack Sparrow."
"Glee" star Lea Michele and "Vampire Diaries" star Ian Somerhalder then presented Outstanding Directing in a Variety, Music or Comedy Series to Don Roy King for "Saturday Night Live." The vampy Anna Paquin and Scott Caan presented the Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy series award to "The Daily Show," which won for the ninth year in a row.
As the night turned more dramatic, more and more shows got in the winning mix. Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama went to Margo Martindale for her turn on the FX series "Justified." Martin Scorsese took home his first-ever Emmy, winning Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for "Boardwalk Empire."
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series went to Peter Dinklage for his work on "Game of Thrones." "Wow, I followed Martin Scorsese," he gushed. "My heart is pounding; you are a legend. ... I would like to thank my dog sitter, whose name is Kitty," he later joked.
Julianna Margulies won Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her turn on "The Good Wife." Drew Barrymore passed the torch to the new "Charlie's Angels" as they handed out the award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series to Kyle Chandler for the final season of "Friday Night Lights." Chandler thanked "the people of Austin, Texas, who welcomed us into their homes."
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Mini Series or Movie went to Maggie Smith for "Dowager Countess of Grantham," while Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie went to "The Kennedys" star Barry Pepper. Both Smith and Pepper weren't there to accept their awards.
It was all about "Mildred Pierce" in the remaining Mini Series or Movie categories. Outstanding Supporting Actor went to Guy Pearce, who teased, "This was really a delightful experience making 'Mildred Pierce': I got to have sex with Kate Winslet many, many times and I didn't know it would result in this," he said holding his trophy.
It was a delightful night for Kate Winslet as well, who won Outstanding Lead Actress for "Mildred Pierce. She seemed pretty stunned as she took the stage, saying, "This means such a great deal to all of us!"
Next, Outstanding Mini Series or Movie went to "Downton Abbey (Masterpiece)," while Outstanding Drama Series went to "Mad Men." "I did not think that was going to happen," "Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner said. "We are so grateful. For us and our families, this is an incredible dream." The show has won for each of its four seasons.
"Modern Family" capped its big night by winning Outstanding Comedy Series, its second year in a row. Show creator Steve Levitan said, "We are so very honored to be in this room. We appreciate every single second of this. I want to thank this amazing cast," with a special shout-out to the show's kid cast.
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