The 64th annual Primetime Emmy Awards were held on September 23rd in Los Angeles to honour the best of primetime television shows, movies, and miniseries that aired over the last year. With first-time host Jimmy Kimmel, many were interested to see how their favourite shows, actors, and actresses would fare in the most prestigious awards for television, with first season shows such as Veep going up against established juggernauts like Mad Men. The ceremony itself included a memorable introduction to the Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special by Ricky Gervais, a moving tribute to Andy Griffith by his The Andy Griffith Show co-star Ron Howard, and Jimmy Kimmel having his parents escorted out by security for giving him false hope and encouragement, while the latter were heckled by Tracy Morgan. In the midst of all this, some awards were also handed out, and here are some of the highlights:
– Louis C.K. took home the Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for his show Louie, as well as the Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Variety Special for Louis C.K. Live at the Beacon Theatre.
– Julia-Louis Dreyfus took home the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Selina Meyer in Veep.
– Jon Cryer won the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his work on Two and a Half Men.
– Modern Family took home four Emmys, with the show winning Outstanding Comedy Series, director Steve Levitan winning Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series, actress Julie Bowen winning Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, and actor Eric Stonestreet winning Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.
– Homeland also took four Emmys, upsetting longtime winner Mad Men to take the Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series, while leads Claire Danes and Damian Lewis took Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series respectively for their work on the Showtime series. Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon, and Gideon Raff also took the Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series for their work on the show.
– Game Change was the other big winner of the night with four Emmys of its own, including Outstanding Miniseries or Movie, Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries or Movie for director Jay Roach, Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries or Movie for writer Danny Strong, and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for actress Julianne Moore’s portrayal of 2008 US Vice-Presidential nominee Sarah Palin.
A full list of the winners can be found in an official release by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, which can be accessed here.