2012 Primetime Emmy Awards: The Show, The Winners

Posted Monday September 24, 2012 9:00 AM GMT

Each year, the Primetime Emmy Awards are a highlight of the entertainment industry’s fall season, and Sunday evening's (September 23) ceremony definitely didn’t disappoint.

With Jimmy Kimmel tending to hosting duties, the 64th incarnation of the Emmy’s had plenty of memorable moments and appearances, with a bevy of trophies being handed out.

As for the big winners, "Homeland" nabbed the Outstanding Drama Series trophy by edging out four-time winner "Mad Men" while "Modern Family" scooped up its third straight Outstanding Comedy Series accolade.

When it comes to individual triumphs, "Homeland" co-stars Claire Danes and Damien Lewis won the categories of Best Actress and Best Actor in a Drama Series, respectively, while "Modern Family" castmates Eric Stonestreet and Julie Bowen won the categories of Best Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.

With celebrity presenters taking the stage including Kerry Washington, Zooey Deschanel, Julianna Margulies, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Melissa McCarthy, Alec Baldwin and the beautiful Julianne Moore, the show also saw Jon Stewart get tackled by Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon during a profanity-laden acceptance speech for Outstanding Variety, Music Or Comedy Series.

A complete list of the 2012 Primetime Emmy Awards winners is as follows, with plenty of photos and video from the event below, as well!

Best Comedy
The Big Bang Theory
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Girls
WINNER: Modern Family
30 Rock
Veep

Best Drama
Boardwalk Empire
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
WINNER: Homeland
Mad Men

Best Actress (Drama)
Kathy Bates, Harry’s Law
Glenn Close, Damages
WINNER: Claire Danes, Homeland
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men

Best Actor (Drama)
Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
WINNER: Damien Lewis, Homeland
Michael C. Hall, Dexter

Best Competition Reality Show
WINNER: The Amazing Race
Dancing with the Stars
Project Runway
So You Think You Can Dance
The Voice
Top Chef

Best Actress (Comedy)
Zoey Deschanel, New Girl
Lena Dunham, Girls
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
WINNER: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Melissa McCarthy, Mike and Molly
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Best Actor (Comedy)
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Louic C.K., Louie
WINNER: Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men
Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Best Supporting Actress (Comedy)
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
Kathryn Joosten, Desperate Housewives
WINNER: Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie
Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live

Best Supporting Actor (Comedy)
Ed O’Neill, Modern Family
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
WINNER: Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
Max Greenfield, The New Girl
Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live

Best Supporting Actress (Drama)
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
WINNER: Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey
Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men

Best Supporting Actor (Drama)
WINNER: Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Giancarlo Esposito, Breaking Bad
Brendan Coyle, Downton Abbey
Jim Carter, Downton Abbey
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Jared Harris, Mad Men

Best Miniseries or Movie
WINNER: Game Change
American Horror Story
Hatfield and McCoys
Hemingway and Gellhorn
Luther
Sherlock

Best Variety Series
The Colbert Report
WINNER: The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
Real Time With Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live

Best Reality Show Host
Phil Keoghan, The Amazing Race
Ryan Seacrest, American Idol
Betty White, Betty White’s Off Their Rockers
WINNER: Tom Bergeron, Dancing With The Stars
Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance

Best Guest Actress (Comedy)
Dot-Marie Jones, Glee
Maya Rudolph, Saturday Night Live
Melissa McCarthy, Saturday Night Live
Elizabeth Banks, 30 Rock
Margaret Cho, 30 Rock
WINNER: Kathy Bates, Two and a Half Men

Best Guest Actor (Comedy)
Michael J. Fox, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Greg Kinnear, Modern Family
Bobby Cannavale, Nurse Jackie
WINNER: Jimmy Fallon, Saturday Night Live
Will Arnett, 30 Rock
Jon Hamm, 30 Rock

Best Guest Actress (Drama)
WINNER: Martha Plimpton, The Good Wife
Loretta Devine, Grey’s Anatomy
Jean Smart, Harry’s Law
Julia Ormond, Mad Men
Joan Cusack, Shameless
Uma Thurman, Smash

Best Guest Actor (Drama)
Mark Margolis, Breaking Bad
Dylan Baker, The Good Wife
Michael J. Fox, The Good Wife
Dickie Bennett, Justified
Ben Feldman, Mad Men
Jason Ritter, Parenthood
WINNER: Jeremy Davies, Justified

Best Writing (Comedy)
Chris McKenna, Community
Lena Dunham, Girls
WINNER: Louis C.K., Louie
Amy Poehler, Parks And Recreation
Michael Schur, Parks and Recreation

Best Writing (Drama)
Julian Fellowes, Downton Abbey
WINNER: Alex Gansa, Gideon Raff, Howard Gordon, Homeland
Semi Chellas, Matthew Weiner, Mad Men
Andre and Maria Jacquemetton, Mad Men
Erin Levy, Matthew Weiner, Mad Men






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