The 64 annual Emmy Awards aired Sunday, Sept. 24, or as I like to call them, the third annual Modern Family Awards.
Modern Family swept the comedy categories taking home four awards including Outstanding Comedy Series for the third year in a row; Modern Family also won Directing in a Comedy Series. Julie Bowen took home her second Emmy for Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series and Eric Stonestreet took home his second Emmy for Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. The Emmys seem to love Modern Family and the comedy categories were rather predicable. However, Twitter blew up when Jon Cryer won for Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for Two and a Half-Men, people seemed to be outraged that Jim Parsons didn’t win for Big Bang Theory, which would have been his third year winning the award in a row.
More surprises in the drama categories where newcomer military drama Homeland swept drama winning four awards. In a shocking win Homeland stole the Outstanding Drama series award from Mad Men, who had won the Outstanding Drama Series four years running. Homeland had just stared its second season. Claire Danes also took home Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Homeland, as well as Damian Lewis for Lead Actor in a Drama Series for Homeland in another surprising turn. This marks four years in a row where Jon Hamm (Mad Men) has been snubbed for the coved Lead Actor Award. That means that although Mad Men has won four years in a row for Outstanding Drama Series (and tied American Horror Story for the most nominations with 17 this year) it is zero for 25 in acting wins. Bryan Cranston of meth drama, Breaking Bad had won Lead Actor in a Drama Series the last three years in a row, and was expected to win again this year. Aaron Paul managed to snag the Supporting Actor in a Drama series for the second time (first won in 2010) for Breaking Bad, a much deserved win. Supporting Actress in a Drama series went to Maggie Smith of Downton Abbey.
In the movie and mini-series categories where American Horror Story garnered its 17 nominations, got a win for legendary Jessica Lange in Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie. Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie went to Julianne Moore for HBO’s Game Change, where she plays Sarah Palin brilliantly (no pun intended). Game Change also took home the Miniseries or Movie award. There was a comeback of sorts for Kevin Costner who won Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for western Hatfields & McCoys, he hasn’t won anything since the 90s. Supporting Actor Actress in a Miniseries or Movie went again to Hatfields & McCoys when Tom Berenger won.
Awards season is officially underway and it was a night of upsets and shocks fittingly in the drama categories, where the comedy categories were safe and predictable. I’m ready for the Golden Globes!