‘Modern Family,’ ‘Mad Men’ lead Emmy winners
City News Service
AMC’s “Mad Men” won a record-tying fourth consecutive Emmy award for outstanding drama Sunday night, while ABC’s ensemble comedy “Modern Family” was named best comedy series for the second year in a row and earned awards for two of its stars, along with prizes for writing and directing.
Julianna Margulies won the Emmy for best drama actress for “The Good Wife,” while Kyle Chander was named best drama actor for “Friday Night Lights.” Jim Parsons repeated last year’s win for best comedy actor for “The Big Bang Theory,” and Melissa McCarthy won her first Emmy for her work on “Mike & Molly.”
“I want to speak on behalf of AMC and Lionsgate and my incredible cast and crew, writers, directors … and say that we are so grateful to the Television Academy for recognizing this show again, recognized by our peers,” said “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner. “We want to thank the fans of the show who who support it so wholeheartedly wherever it goes and whatever happens on it. And I want to really particularly (praise) my incredible writing staff and my incredible cast … They are so talented and so gifted and we all get to go to work tomorrow and that’s all we ever want to do.”
NBC’s “Hill Street Blues” (1981-84) and “The West Wing” (2000-2003) also won four consecutive outstanding drama series Emmys. NBC’s “L.A. Law” also won four times in the category, but not consecutively.
“Modern Family” co-creator Steve Levitan praised his ensemble cast and thanked the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for honoring the show.
“To tell you the truth, there were a lot of years when a lot of people on this stage had failed pilots and shows that didn’t go, so we appreciate every single second of this,” Levitan said during the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony at the Nokia Theatre.
In praising the youthful stars on the show, Levitan quipped that “`Modern Family’ was this close to being animated. That’s how much we didn’t want to work with kids.”
“Last season we were on location and a gay couple came up to us and said, `You know, you’re not just making people laugh, you’re making them more tolerant,”’ he said. “And I thought to myself, well, they’re right, we are showing the world that there’s absolutely nothing wrong with a loving committed relationship between an old man and a hot, young woman. And looking around this room tonight, I see many of you agree.”
“Modern Family” also won supporting actor and actress awards for Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell, along with a writing Emmy for Levitan and Jeffrey Richman and a directing prize for Michael Alan Spiller.
Margulies was named outstanding actress in a drama series for her role as an attorney and wife of a disgraced politician in “The Good Wife.” She thanked CBS “for allowing us to be the show that we are and for embracing us wholeheartedly.”
“To my spectacular husband, I love being your good wife, and I’m so grateful you have no political aspirations,” she quipped. “… You handle my long hours with such grace and understanding. This, it means nothing without you.”
The Emmy was the second for Margulies, who won a supporting-actress Emmy in 1995 for “ER.”
Chandler’s win for lead actor in a drama for “Friday Night Lights” was his first in three nominations — including one in 2006 for “Grey’s Anatomy.” He heaped praise on his fellow cast members and crew.
“And let me thank also the people of Austin, Texas, who welcomed us into their home and filled those stadiums and brought the show to life while we were there.”
Parsons won a second consecutive Emmy for lead comedy actor for “The Big Bang Theory,” while McCarthy of “Mike & Molly” won the Emmy for lead comedy actress.
“I’ve been so proud since episode one to be part of `Big Bang’ and I’m so proud to get to do that show,” Parsons said. “And I just thank you for recognizing me and thank you for … recognizing the show too.”
McCarthy fought back tears as she accepted her first-ever Emmy — on her
“I work with the best cast and the best crew and I love them all,” McCarthy said. “… The cast, I love you all so much. I go to work, I show up early like a dork.”
Margo Martindale won the Emmy for best supporting actress in a drama series for her work in “Justified.”
“Sometimes things just take time,” the veteran actress said of her first win. “But with time comes great appreciation. I’m so honored to be nominated among these incredible actresses.”
The Emmy for supporting actor in a drama went to Peter Dinklage for “Game of Thrones.”
“HBO, you are quite simply the greatest place to work for,” Dinklage said. “You let artists create, which is rare, unfortunately.”
Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese earned another award for his mantle, taking home the Emmy for directing a drama series for his work on “Boardwalk Empire.”
Accepting her Emmy for supporting actress in a comedy, Julie Bowen praised her Emmy-winning co-star, Ty Burrell, saying he “helps me manage my fear on a daily basis and makes Claire Dunphy possible.”
“First of all, I’m half in love with all of our writers, without whom there is no Claire Dunphy,” Bowen said. “Most of all I want to say thank you — I can’t believe this — to (series co-producers) Chris Lloyd and Steve Levitan for having complicated wives and complicated lives and finding them funny enough to write about every day.”
While thanking his cast-mates and the show’s crew, Burrell quipped that if his father was still alive, “I can’t help but wonder what he would think about all of this, and I have a job where every day I go to work in full makeup.
“… I know that he would be in awe of my mom, who supported me enough for a dozen parents, and would love and adore my wife and daughter as much as I do. And in the end, I think he’d feel like, `You couldn’t just wear a little powder? Why do you have to look like a harlot?’ And I would say, `Dad, just think of me as a very masculine lady,’ and he would say, `I do son, I do.”’
The PBS pre-World War I period drama “Downton Abbey” also had a big
night, winning Emmys for best miniseries or movie, supporting actress for
Maggie Smith, directing for Brian Percival and writing by Julian Fellowes.
“This is really a David and Goliath story, only in this story, Goliath
was wonderful,” Fellowes said, referring to the other nominees in the
category. “… It seems perfectly extraordinary that we’ve won.”
Barry Pepper was named best actor in a miniseries or movie for “The
Kennedys, while Kate Winslet won the Emmy for lead actress in a miniseries or
movie for “Mildred Pierce.”
“This just means such a lot to me,” Winslet said. “I just wanted to
msay one thing also, which is that Mildred Pierce was capable of great acts of
love as a mother because she was an extraordinary multi-tasker. And to that end
I do want to share this with my mom. It doesn’t matter how old you are or what
you do in your life, you never stop needing your mom, and I will never stop
Her co-star, Guy Pearce, took home the Emmy for supporting actor in a miniseries or movie, and he joked about his interaction with Winslet on the set.
“This is really a delightful experience making `Mildred Pierce,”’ he said. “I got to have sex with Kate Winslet many, many times. And I didn’t realize it was going to result in this. So Kate, I share this with you.”
“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” won its ninth consecutive Emmy for outstanding variety, music or comedy series. The show also won the award for outstanding writing.
“The Amazing Race” won its eighth Emmy for outstanding reality-competition program, beating out last year’s winner, “Top Chef,” which ended “The Amazing Race’s” seven-year winning streak last year.
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