Homeland, Modern Family dominate 64th Emmy Awards

Homeland was the big winner at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards, taking home prizes for Outstanding Drama Series, Lead Actress (Claire Danes), Lead Actor (Damian Lewis), and Writing.

The Showtime drama deposed Mad Men, which had taken home the top prize four years running and would have racked up the most ever wins for Outstanding Drama Series should it have claimed a fifth.

Lewis also outgunned three-time winner Bryan Cranston, who had dominated the Lead Actor category since Breaking Bad first debuted.

Cranston’s co-star, Aaron Paul, did take home the Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Emmy, however. Dame Maggie Smith was crowned for her supporting turn in Downton Abbey.

There were fewer surprises in the comedy competitions. Modern Family achieved a three-peat with its latest Outstanding Comedy Series win, and former Supporting Actor victors Julie Bowen and Eric Stonestreet were awarded once more.

Jon Cryer was named best Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for Two and a Half Men (his first time in the running since graduating from Supporting Actor), while Julia Louis-Dreyfus was elected best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for Veep.

Louis C.K. walked into the event with a record seven nominations, and left with two prizes (Writing – Comedy Series, and Writing – Variety Special).

Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show was named the most Outstanding Variety Series for the 10th consecutive year.

HBO’s Game Change ruled the Miniseries/TV movie awards, picking up four accolades.

You can see the rest of the winners over at the official Emmy website.

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