Homeland swept the Emmys, winning four awards last night and two technical awards earlier this month for a total of six. The psychological thriller upstaged some of the more established programs by winning Best Drama Series and Series Actor and Actress in a Drama for Damian Lewis and Claire Danes respectively. Damian introduced himself to the audience as "one of those pesky Brits" and later admitted he thought Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston, who has won the accolade three times, would be victorious in the category again this year. Sitcom Modern Family took home five in total, receiving top Comedy Series as well as Emmys for Supporting Actress and Supporting Actor in a Comedy for Julie Bowen and Eric Stonestreet, while the ABC show's helmer Steven Levitan won the Director award.

Dame Maggie Smith took home Supporting Actress for her role in the British drama Downton Abbey and Jimmy Fallon won the Guest Actor in a Comedy prize for his cameo on Saturday Night Live. Two and a Half Men picked up two prizes thanks to Jon Cryer and Kathy Bates winning the Lead Actor and Guest Actress in a Comedy accolades.

Kevin Costner won Best Actor for starring in a Miniseries or Movie for his part in Civil War drama miniseries Hatfields & McCoys, while Julianne Moore won the respective Best Actress accolade for Game Change.

The ceremony - which was hosted by Jimmy Kimmel at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles - ended with a touching moment as Michael J. Fox, who has been battling Parkinson's disease for several years, receiving a standing ovation when he went up to present the final award of the night. He said: "I'm steady as a rock."

Selected list of winners at the 64th annual Primetime Emmy Awards:

Drama Series: Homeland

Actress, Drama Series: Claire Danes, Homeland

Actor, Drama Series: Damian Lewis, Homeland

Supporting Actor, Drama Series: Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad

Supporting Actress, Drama Series: Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey

Writing, Drama Series: Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon, Gideon Raff, Homeland

Directing, Drama Series: 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 & McCoys

Supporting Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Jessica Lange, American Horror Story

Supporting Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Tom Berenger, Hatfields & 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

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4 Comments so far

  1. Steve on September 24, 2012 3:57 PM

    I was so upset. Homeland did NOT deserve all those awards. There are SOO many better dramas out there!!!!!

  2. Rockwell on September 24, 2012 4:18 PM

    Are you crazy Steve?! Homeland is a great show!! Modern Family on the other hand...I'd beg to differ

  3. C-Dub on September 24, 2012 9:05 PM

    Homeland looks interesting and I like that it's a white guy who apparently is in with Al Qaeda. Scares Americans into believing anyone could be a potential terrorist and stop thinking it's just guys with darker skin colours. Let's be scared of everyone. I mean be extra vigilant in accusing anyone and everyone..I mean just enjoy the TV show and don't take it too seriously.
    Modern Family (was) unique, not other shows are trying to emulate the odd pairings of couples or family. It will die out, but at least it's the originator and it really is funny.

  4. Jo on September 25, 2012 8:29 PM

    Looking forward to seeing this series but was hoping Cranston would get the award. Enjoyed Aaron Pauls win and humble non too lengthy acceptance speech. As usually happens, most winners droned on ad nauseum even thanking their Baby Daddy...groan...

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