The winners for the 62nd annual Primetime Emmy Awards were presented on Aug. 29 in Los Angeles. Jimmy Fallon hosted the awards show, which was telecast live in all time zones by NBC.
Modern Family was the first ABC comedy in over 20 years to receive the Emmy for outstanding comedy series. With the victory, “Modern Family” broke the three-year winning streak of NBC’s “30 Rock.”
“Glee” (comedy) and “The Good Wife” (drama) were also first-years nominated in the field. The outstanding drama, for the third year in a row, was “Mad Men.”
In other areas, HBO’s “Pacific” won the category for best mini-series. The academy saw fit to bestow just two nominations in the best mini-series slot, for “The Pacific” and the “Masterpiece Classic” installment “Return to Cranford.”
“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” became the show with the longest winning streak on television when it picked up the Emmy for best variety, music or comedy series for an eighth year Sunday, beating among other shows the short-lived Conan O’Brien version of “The Tonight Show.”
In a remarkable jab at Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien’s version of “The Tonight Show” on NBC had been nominated in the category, but Mr. Leno’s version had not.
In two other nods for cable, Kyra Sedgwick won lead actress in a drama for “The Closer” and Edie Falco won lead actress in a comedy for “Nurse Jackie.”
The night’s one big upset occurred when “Top Chef” took home an Emmy in the reality-competition category after seven straight years of wins by CBS’s “Amazing Race,” stunning people at its parent cable channel, Bravo.
As expected, much of the drama at the award show revolved around the competition between “Glee,” a high school musical, and “Modern Family,” a multigenerational sitcom.
Though the family took top prize, “Glee” picked up four Emmys overall, for Jane Lynch in the supporting-actress category, Ryan Murphy for directing, guest actor Neil Patrick, as well as one earlier in the week for its sound mixing.
The complete list of winners at Sunday’s 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards presented by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences:
— Drama Series: “Mad Men,” AMC.
— Comedy Series: “Modern Family,” ABC.
— Actor, Drama Series: Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad,” AMC.
— Actress, Drama Series: Kyra Sedgwick, “The Closer,” TNT.
— Actor, Comedy Series: Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS.
— Actress, Comedy Series: Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie,” Showtime.
— Supporting Actor, Drama Series: Aaron Paul, “Breaking Bad,” AMC.
— Supporting Actress, Drama Series: Archie Panjabi, “The Good Wife,” CBS.
— Supporting Actor, Comedy Series: Eric Stonestreet, “Modern Family,” ABC.
— Supporting Actress, Comedy Series: Jane Lynch, “Glee,” Fox.
— Miniseries: “The Pacific,” HBO.
— Made-for-TV Movie: “Temple Grandin,” HBO.
— Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Al Pacino, “You Don’t Know Jack,” HBO.
— Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Claire Danes, “Temple Grandin,” HBO.
— Supporting Actor, Miniseries or Movie: David Strathairn, “Temple Grandin,” HBO.
— Supporting Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Julia Ormond, “Temple Grandin,” HBO.
— Directing for a Comedy Series: Ryan Murphy, “Glee,” Fox.
— Directing, Drama Series: Steve Shill, “Dexter,” Showtime.
— Directing, Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special: Mick Jackson, “Temple Grandin,” HBO.
— Directing, Variety, Music or Comedy Special: Bucky Gunts, “Vancouver 2010 Winter Games Opening Ceremony,” NBC.
— Variety, Music or Comedy Series: “The Daily Show,” Comedy Central.
— Reality Competition Program: “Top Chef,” Bravo.
— Writing for Comedy Series: Steven Levitan, Christopher Lloyd, “Modern Family,” ABC.
— Writing, Drama Series: Matthew Weiner and Erin Levy, “Mad Men,” AMC.
— Writing, Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special: Adam Mazer, “You Don’t Know Jack,” HBO.
— Writing, Variety, Music or Comedy Special: 63rd Annual Tony Awards, CBS. [via NY Times]