‘Modern Family’, ‘Homeland’, Aaron Paul & More: 2012 Emmy Awards Winners

Well friends, the biggest night in television has come and gone. The 2012 Emmy Awards were a who’s who of all our favorite television stars and shows. Some of the winners were pretty predictable–I think we all knew that Modern Family would make another comedic sweep–while some winners were quite the fabulous surprise–like that crazy Homeland sweep!

Host Jimmy Kimmel was pretty entertaining. Not quite as offensive as Ricky Gervais at the Golden Globes, but not quite as funny and likable as years past when Jimmy Fallon hosted the Emmy awards. I did enjoy the opening bit with everyone from Zooey Deschanel to Martha Plimpton punching Jimmy in the face, only to end with Ellen DeGeneres giving him her pants. His introductions were amusing, but not laugh out loud funny. What were some other highlights from the show?

Perhaps one of the best moments of the night came from presenter Ricky Gervais. We can always count on him to be inappropriate and hysterical. Ricky’s banter with nominee Louis CK will soon be the stuff of award show legends. Louis himself became legendary tonight taking home two awards for his TV show and his stand-up special. Louis is often cited as the favorite comedian of our favorite comedians, so it’s amazing that he’s doing so well.

Modern Family was the clear winner this evening picking up acting awards for Julie Bowen and Eric Stonestreet as well as awards for Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series. I loved the bit they filmed with child actress Aubrey Anderson-Emmons being a terror on set.

The drama categories were another sweep for newcomer Homeland. The Showtime series took home awards for Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series. It’s stars Damian Lewis and Claire Danes were also awarded for their work. Damian joked, “I don’t believe in judging art, but I thought I’d show up just in case.” Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul scooped up the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series and thanked the writers for not killing him off. Don’t you dare kill off Jesse, ever! Also! Shout out to Maggie Smith for her award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for Downton Abbey. She’s kind of the best ever.

The miniseries and movie categories were a toss up between Game Change and Hatfields & McCoys. Julianne Moore was awarded for her role as Sarah Palin in the former, although I was too distracted by her god awful dress to hear her speech. I’m a little bit sad that Sherlock didn’t pick up any prizes. Benedict Cumberbatch is a tour de force in that show, although Kevin Costner wasn’t too shabby in Hatfields & McCoys.

The reality television and variety categories weren’t too shocking. Amazing Race picked up another win–come on, Top Chef!–while Tom Bergeron made one of the funniest acceptance speeches of the night. One of the other highlights was clearly the aisle fight between Jon Stewart, Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert after The Daily Show with Jon Stewart won for Outstanding Variety Series. I loved when Jon reached the podium and joked that he was in no physical shape to take on Jimmy. Jon also provided the f-bomb of the night with, “Years from now when the earth is just a burning husk and aliens visit, they will find a box of these and they will know just how predictable these f—ing guys can be.”

Launch the gallery to check out all the photos from the show! The one of Aaron Paul and Giancarlo Esposito hugging might be the best. What were your highlights from the evening? Love it all? Wish there was more Jon Hamm and Tina Fey? Leave us your thoughts in the comments! And check out the full list of winners below!

Outstanding Comedy Series

Modern Family • ABC

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series 

Louis C.K., Written by – Louie • Pregnant – FX Network

Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series

Steven Levitan, Director – Modern Family • Baby On Board • ABC

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series

Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer – Veep • HBO

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series

Jon Cryer as Alan Harper – Two And A Half Men • CBS

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series

Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy – Modern Family • ABC

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series

Eric Stonestreet as Cameron Tucker – Modern Family • ABC

Outstanding Drama Series

Homeland • Showtime

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series

Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon, Gideon Raff – Homeland • Pilot • Showtime

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series

Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison – Homeland • Showtime

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series

Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody – Homeland • Showtime

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series 

Maggie Smith as Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham – Downton Abbey

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series

Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman – Breaking Bad • AMC

Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series

Tim Van Patten, Director – Boardwalk Empire • To The Lost • HBO

Outstanding Miniseries or Movie

Game Change • HBO

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie

Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin - Game Change • HBO

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie

Kevin Costner as ‘Devil’ Anse Hatfield – Hatfields & McCoys • History Channel

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or A Movie

Jessica Lange as Constance Langdon – American Horror Story

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie

Tom Berenger as Jim Vance – Hatfields & McCoys • History Channel

Outstanding Variety Series

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart • Comedy Central

Outstanding Writing For A Variety Special

Louis C.K. Live At The Beacon Theatre • FX Networks

Outstanding Directing For A Variety Special

Glenn Weiss, Director – 65th Annual Tony Awards • CBS

Outstanding Reality-Competition Program

The Amazing Race • CBS

Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Program

Tom Bergeron, Host – Dancing With The Stars • ABC