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