In the sweltering heat—it was 125 degrees on the red carpet—TV’s biggest stars came out to celebrate the best in television for the 64th Annual Emmy Awards. Or maybe it was instead, as host Jimmy Kimmel explained, a night for the actors in attendance to really show their chops by feigning excitement when another actor wins. Though he did have some comforting words for all the losers out there, “We’ll make this quick so you can go home and put on your fat pants.”
The glamorous night saw Modern Family win practically everything, Jon Stewart keep his winning streak alive and Josh Groban sing One Direction’s “You Don’t Know You’re Beautiful” in tribute to Kimmel.
The speeches were kept short and sweet with Eric Stonestreet, who plays Cameron on Modern Family, thanking his onscreen counterpart Jesse Tyler Ferguson for helping him complete TV’s favorite gay couple when accepting the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.
Fellow Modern Family castmember Julie Bowen, who won for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy, talked about how lucky she was to make her living by falling down, making faces and wearing lipstick. Oh, and don’t forget about the nipple covers, which Bowen felt also played a part in her success.
Some of the best moments were those that seemed spontaneous like Kimmel trying to up the ratings by having Tracy Morgan pretend to pass out on stage. While Morgan lay there, Kimmel asked those at home to tweet about the incident to spike some interest in the show. No word yet if it helped.
Later on in the broadcast when Julia Louis-Dreyfus won for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series she mistakenly started reading fellow nominee Amy Poehler’s speech thanking NBC, Parks and Recreation along with Poehler’s two little boys, Archie and Abel. When Dreyfus hugged Poehler right before getting up on stage the two pretended to switch speeches and got some of the biggest laughs of the night.
The night held a few other surprises like comedian Louis C.K. taking home two awards and Aaron Paul earning himself another supporting actor trophy for Breaking Bad. Paul even seemed surprised about his win, but managed to thank his parents for getting him out of the house, the writers for not killing his character, and his fiancée who he thanked for “looking at me the way you do.”
Maybe the best story of all though was Homeland, the little show that could. The Showtime series managed to beat Mad Men, who was looking to make history with their 5th consecutive win for Outstanding Drama Series. It also marked the first time the network has won for both lead actor (Damian Lewis) and actress (Claire Danes) in a drama category.
A pregnant Danes managed to thank everyone she knew during her acceptance speech, but saved the sweetest thanks for her hubby actor Hugh Dancy who she sweetly called “my love, my life, baby daddy.”
Check below to see who won some of the biggest awards of the night.
Outstanding Comedy Series: Modern Family
Outstanding Drama Series: Homeland
Outstanding Miniseries or Movie: Game Change
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie: Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys
Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries or Movie: Jay Roach, Game Change
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie: Julianne Moore, Game Change
Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries or Movie: Danny Strong, Game Change
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie: Tom Berenger, Hatfields & McCoys
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie: Jessica Lange, American Horror Story
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Claire Danes, Homeland
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Damian Lewis, Homeland
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series: Tim Van Patten, Boardwalk Empire
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama: Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series: Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon, Gideon Raff, Homeland
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men
Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series: Steve Levitan, Modern Family
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series: Louis C.K., Louie
Outstanding Variety Series: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special: Louis C.K., Louie C.K. Live at the Beacon Theatre
Outstanding Host for a Reality Show: Tom Bergeron, Dancing with the Stars
Outstanding Reality-Competition Program: The Amazing Race
– Shannon Carlin, CBS Local