ABC’s “Modern Family” was the big winner of the night and AMC’s “Mad Men” continued its stranglehold on TV’s top drama prize at Sunday night’s 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards, broadcast live from Hollywood on Fox.
“Modern Family” won the Emmy for best comedy series, one of five trophies awarded to the show on the night. “Mad Men” took only one trophy, but it was a big one: best drama, which the show won for the fourth consecutive year.
Lead acting awards in the drama category went to Julianna Margulies for “The Good Wife” and Kyle Chandler for “Friday Night Lights.” "Lights" has already ended its run of original episodes.Top comedy acting honors were awarded to Jim Parsons for “The Big Bang Theory” and Melissa McCarthy for “Mike & Molly.”
On the supporting side, Margo Martindale won the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Mags Bennett in FX’s "Justified."
Peter Dinklage won the Emmy for Outstanding Suporting Actor in a Drama Series for playing Tyrion Lannister in HBO’s "Game of Thrones."
On the comedy side, the Emmys for supporting actress and actor went to the two people who play the married couple Claire and Phil Dunphy on "Modern Family," Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell.
Martin Scorsese received his first Emmy for outstanding directing for a drama series, for HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire.”
Outstanding miniseries or movie went to PBS’s “Downton Abbey.” Top acting awards in the category were won by Kate Winslet for HBO’s “Mildred Pierce” and Barry Pepper for ReelzChannel’s “The Kennedys.”