Mad Men continued their streak at last night’s 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards which aired live on Fox. The AMC series took home its fourth consecutive Emmy for Best Drama while ABC’s Modern Family took home a second consecutive Emmy for Best Comedy. Those were predictable wins even though most TV fans were hoping to see a little change-up and see Parks And Recreation take home the award for Best Comedy. The series had an incredible run for their 3rd Season, but still lacks the attention of the Academy for anything more than a nomination nod.
Other predictable wins included Kate Winslet for HBO’s Milred Pierce and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (9th year straight!)! The surprising wins of the night went to a British series called Downton Abby who few have heard of, but the critics absolutely love. Most viewers expected Milred Pierce to dominate in these categories as well.
Another notable moment included Charlie Sheen taking a moment to address the writers/cast of Two And Half Men. Viewers, including myself, cringed as he walked up to the microphone not knowing what to expect, but the actor has calmed down from his past rantings. He didn’t exactly apologize – but he did say some kind words:
“I want to take a moment to get something off my chest, to say a few words to everyone here from Two And Half Men. From the bottom of my heart, I wish you nothing but the best for this upcoming season. We spent eight wonderful years together and I know you will continue to make great television.”
Jim Parsons of The Big Bang Theory won the award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series – the category presented by Sheen. Chuck Lorre, creator of Two And Half Men, is also the creator of The Big Bang Theory – not sure if anyone else picked up on a little of the awkwardness that Parsons himself even acknowledged.
We’ve got the full list of winners for you below:
- Outstanding comedy series: Modern Family
- Outstanding drama series: Mad Men
- Outstanding miniseries or movie: Downton Abbey
- Outstanding lead actress, miniseries or movie: Kate Winslet, Mildred Pierce
- Outstanding supporting actor in a miniseries or movie: Guy Pearce, Mildred Pierce
- Outstanding directing for a miniseries, movie or dramatic special: Brian Percival, Downton Abbey
- Outstanding lead actor in a miniseries or movie: Barry Pepper, The Kennedys
- Outstanding supporting actress, miniseries or movie: Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
- Outstanding writing for a miniseries or movie: Julian Fellowes, Downton Abbey
- Outstanding lead actor, drama: Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights
- Outstanding lead actress, drama: Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
- Outstanding supporting actor, drama: Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
- Outstanding directing, drama: Martin Scorsese, Boardwalk Empire
- Outstanding supporting actress, drama: Margo Martindale, Justified
- Outstanding writing, drama series: Jason Katims, Friday Night Lights
- Outstanding variety, music or comedy series: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
- Outstanding directing for a variety, music or comedy series: Don Roy King, Saturday Night Live (host: Justin Timberlake)
- Outstanding writing for a variety, music or comedy series: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
- Outstanding reality competition: The Amazing Race
- Outstanding lead actress, comedy: Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly)
- Outstanding lead actor, comedy series: Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
- Outstanding writing for a comedy: Steve Levitan, Jeffrey Richman (“Caught in the Act”), Modern Family
- Outstanding director, comedy: Michael Alan Spiller (“Halloween”), Modern Family
- Outstanding supporting actor, comedy: Ty Burrell (Modern Family)
- Outstanding supporting actress, comedy: Julie Bowen (Modern Family)
The overall entertainment value of the show from the opening act to the “Emmytones” (a singing group made up of Zachary Levi, Cobie Smulders, Taraji P. Henson, Kate Flannery, Wilmer Valderrama, and Joel McHale, and Taraji P. Henson) left viewers a little disappointed as jokes earned more rolled eyes or “mehs” than previous award shows such as this year’s Tony Awards or Golden Globes.
What were your thoughts on the skits, the wins, and the snubs at this year’s Emmy Awards? Sound off in our comment section below!