Washington: ‘Modern Family’, ABC’s ensemble hit about a loving, dysfunctional family, won the Emmy for best comedy series for the third consecutive year, along with awards for directing, supporting actor and supporting actress.
Other big winners on Sunday night — each also earning four trophies apiece — were ‘Game Change’ and ‘Homeland’, Los Angeles Times reported.
HBO’s ‘Game Change’, which is about then-Alaska Gov. turned Republican vice presidential nominee, won for best miniseries or movie, director, writing and best actress for Julianne Moore, who played Sarah Palin.
Meanwhile, Showtime made history with its freshman political thriller ‘Homeland’.
It is the first time one of the cable network’s series won an Emmy for dramatic series. In doing so, it edged AMC’s ‘Mad Men’” which had a seeming lock on the category, having won it for four years running.
Besides best dramatic series, ‘Homeland’ earned trophies for lead actress Claire Danes, lead actor for Damian Lewis, and for writing. It’s also the first time that a Showtimes series has captured awards in those categories.
CBS’ reality competition ‘The Amazing Race’ won its ninth Emmy. The show that sends competitors racing around the world in pursuit of a million dollars has dominated this category ever since it was introduced in 2003 and has won every year except one, when Bravo’s ‘Top Chef’ shoved it out of the way.
In other top comedy awards, Jon Cryer won lead actor in a comedy series for the CBS sitcom, ‘Two and a Half Men’. He had previously won for supporting actor, but he was given a promotion of sorts and was nominated for lead actor.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus won lead actress in a comedy for playing the vice president of the United States in HBO’s ‘Veep’.
In other awards, Jessica Lange won supporting actress in a miniseries or movie for ‘American Horror Story’. Maggie Smith won supporting actress in a drama series for PBS’ ‘Downton Abbey’.
Tom Bergeron won his first for hosting a reality or reality competition series for ABC’s ‘Dancing with the Stars’, while Aaron Paul won for supporting actor in a drama series for AMC’s ‘Breaking Bad’.
The Emmy award winners for 2012 were:
Drama Series - Homeland
Actress - Claire Danes (Homeland)
Actor - Damian Lewis (Homeland)
Supporting Actor - Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad)
Supporting Actress - Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey)
Writing - Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon, Gideon Raff (Homeland)
Directing - Tim Van Patten (Boardwalk Empire)
Comedy Series - Modern Family
Actor (Comedy Series) - Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men)
Actress (Comedy Series) - Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep)
Supporting Actress (Comedy Series) - Julie Bowen (Modern Family)
Supporting Actor (Comedy Series) - Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family)
Writing (Comedy Series) - Louis C.K (Louie)
Directing (Comedy Series) - Steven Levitan (Modern Family)
Miniseries or Movie - Game Change
Actress (Miniseries or Movie) - Julianne Moore (Game Change)
Actor (Miniseries or Movie) - Kevin Costner (Hatfields and McCoys)
Supporting Actress (Miniseries or Movie) - Jessica Lange (American Horror)
Supporting Actor (Miniseries or Movie) - Tom Berenger (Hatfields and McCoys)
Directing (Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special) - Jay Roach (Game Change)
Writing (Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special) - Danny Strong (Game Change)
Reality-Competition Program - The Amazing Race
Host (Reality-Competition Program) - Tom Bergeron (Dancing With the Stars)
Variety (Music or Comedy Series) - The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
Writing for a Variety Special - Louis C.K., (Louis C.K. Live at the Beacon Theatre)
Directing, Variety, Music or Comedy Special - Glenn Weiss (65th Annual Tony Awards)