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LOS ANGELES - "Mad Men" and "Modern Family" won television's top drama and comedy prizes again on Sunday but elsewhere it was out with the old and in with the new at the Primetime Emmy Awards.
On a night of surprises that brought a slew of newcomers to the Emmy podium, "Mad Men" won best drama series for a fourth straight year but the waiting got tense as the 1960s advertising drama lost out in all the acting, writing and directing races.
"I did not think that was going to happen," creator Matthew Weiner said,
accepting the best drama series trophy. "Mad Men" went home with just
two Emmys -- including one from last week's creative arts ceremony --
even though it came into the awards show with 19 nominations.
"We were shut out, but then we also won this (best drama) award so it
balances out. To me this is the prize that says people love what we are
doing," Weiner said backstage.
The story was different for "Modern Family." Along with its best comedy
win, the ABC mockumentary about three assorted couples and their
children brought first-time wins for Julie Bowen and her screen husband
Ty Burrell in the supporting acting slots, and Emmys for directing and
Creator Steve Levitan called the wins "an embarrassment of riches" while
actor Ed O'Neill said "it was better than the first time. To repeat is
difficult. I am relieved."
"Welcome back to the 'Modern Family' awards!" Emmy ceremony host Jane Lynch quipped early in the evening.
Oscar-winning actress Kate Winslet won her first Emmy for her lead role
in the HBO miniseries "Mildred Pierce." But the British period show
"Downton Abbey," shown on PBS, was the miniseries winner, giving it a
total of six Emmys overall.
"I didn't think we were going to win anything!" Winslet said.
Elsewhere, a host of new faces took home Emmys in a night that defied most predictions.
The little-seen but critically admired football drama "Friday Night
Lights" won for best writing and its star Kyle Chandler beat favorites
Jon Hamm and Steve Buscemi for best dramatic actor.
Melissa McCarthy won lead comedy actress at her first shot for the CBS
romantic comedy "Mike & Molly," in which she plays an overweight
Emmy rookie Peter Dinklage won for his turn as the clever but rude
Tyrion in HBO's popular medieval fantasy series "Game of Thrones," while
Margo Martindale was an emotional first-time winner for her supporting
actress role in FX drama "Justified," which came to the veteran actress
after more than 20 years in the business.
Julianna Margulies, star of "The Good Wife" on CBS, won the race for
best dramatic actress. Jim Parsons was a rare repeat winner for comedy
"The Big Bang Theory" in a category that most pundits had thought would
finally go to departing "The Office" star Steve Carell.
"I am really flabbergasted. I am more shocked this year," Parsons told reporters backstage.
Jaw-dropping moments were not only reserved for the winners.
Fox musical comedy "Glee" -- one of the most talked about shows of the
last two years -- won just two Emmys, both in creative arts categories,
while HBO's lavish "Boardwalk Empire" won seven of its eight total Emmys
in last week's technical awards section. Its only win on Sunday night
went to director Martin Scorsese.
HBO was the biggest network winner with 19 Emmys, followed by 14 for
PBS, 11 for CBS, nine for Fox, eight for ABC and six for NBC.
Among the show's highlights was a smiling and apparently sincere Charlie
Sheen, on the comeback trail after months of erratic behavior that
resulted in his firing from CBS hit "Two and A Half Men." He was a last
minute addition as a presenter.
"From the bottom of my heart, I wish you nothing but the best for this
upcoming season," Sheen said of his former program that previously this
year he had sharply criticized.
"American Idol" -- the most-watched show on US television for the past
seven years -- was left empty-handed again in the reality competition
show race, which was won by long-running Emmy favorite "The Amazing