The 2012 Emmys opened with a bizarre opening that featured host Jimmy Kimmel having a breakdown because he wasn't able to host because of a botched botox procedure and had to be beaten back to normal by Kathy Bates, Mindy Kaling, Martha Plimpton and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
Once the night finally kicked in, it was a big one for "Modern Family" in comedy, “Homeland" in drama and Louis C.K. for just being awesome. In addition to winning Outstanding Comedy Series, “Modern Family” won a couple of acting awards. Ditto for “Homeland”, which won Outstanding Drama Series in addition to its acting trophies.
Louis C.K. and Amy Poehler presented the first award of the night, the Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Award to Kansas City native, Eric Stonestreet. It was his second Emmy win in his third year as a nominee. That would be the first of many for "Modern Family". Julie Bowen won Best Supporting Actress on the women's side. A little later, Steve Levitan won for Outstanding Directing.
In the acting categories, Jon Cryer won his second Emmy in the Best Actor category, probably being rewarded for years of putting up with that troublemaker on "Two and a Half Men". What's that guy's name? Oh right, Chuck Lorre. In the women's category, Julia Louis-Dreyfus went home with her third career Emmy Award.
Aaron Paul kicked off the Drama segment of the 2012 Emmys by winning his second Best Supporting Actor trophy for “Breaking Bad”, while Maggie Smith won for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama for “Downton Abbey”. Damien Lewis, a first time nominee also became a first time winner, taking home the Best Actor in a Drama Award for his role on “Homeland”. His co-star, Claire Danes won for Best Actress in a Drama.
Of course, because the host was Jimmy Kimmel, he had to find a way to work in a “sorry, Matt Damon, we ran out of time” gag. So he produced a faux “in Memoriam” tribute to himself.
Ron Howard came out and introduced the actual In Memoriam segment, which featured Andy Griffith, Michael Clarke Duncan, Harry Morgan, Dick Clark, Don Cornelius, Steve Jobs and Tony Scott among many, many other men and women from the world of entertainment who lost their lives over the past year.
For the tenth consecutive year, “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” won the Emmy for Outstanding Variety Series.
On the Reality TV side of things, Seth McFarlane provided one of the funnier moments of the night, first when he came out and started talking before realizing he had no idea where the microphone was. "American Race" won for Best Reality TV Series.
Check out the complete list of 2012 Emmy winners:
Best Drama Series
Best Actor in a Drama Series
Damien Lewis, “Homeland”
Best Actress in a Drama Series
Claire Danes, “Homeland”
Best Supporting Actress in a Drama
Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey”
Best Supporting Actor in a Drama
Aaron Paul, “Breaking Bad”
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama
Martha Plimpton, “The Good Wife”
Outstanding Guest Actor in A Drama Series
Jeremy Davies, “Justified ”
Outstanding Writing for a Drama
Alex Gansa, Gideon Raff, Howard Gordon, “Homeland”
Outstanding Directing for a Drama
Tim Van Patten, “Boardwalk Empire”
“Modern Family” (ABC)
Best Actress in a Comedy Series
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
Best Actor in a Comedy Series
Jon Cryer,” Two and A Half Men”
Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy
Julie Bowen, “Modern Family”
Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy
Eric Stonestreet, “Modern Family”
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy
Kathy Bates, “Two and a Half Men”
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy
Michael J. Fox, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
Outstanding Writing for a Comedy
Louis C.K., “Louie”
Outstanding Directing for a Comedy
Steve Levitan, "Modern Family"
Best Mini-Series or Movie
Best Lead Actress in a Mini-Series or Movie
Julianne Moore, “Game Change”
Best Lead Actor in a Mini-Series or Movie
Kevin Costner, “Hatfields & McCoys”
Best Supporting Actress in a Mini-Series or Movie
Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story”
Best Supporting Actor in a Mini-Series or Movie
Tom Berenger, “Hatfields & McCoys”
Best Competition Reality Show
“The Amazing Race”
Outstanding Variety Series
“The Daily Show With Jon Stewart ”
Outstanding Animated Program
“The Penguins Of Madagascar”
Outstanding Reality Show Host: Tom Bergeron, “Dancing With The Stars ”
For a complete list of every single 2012 Emmy winner, visit Emmy.com.
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