Modern Family swept the board at the Emmy Awards last night, September 23 (September 24) winning four prizes.
The U.S. sitcom took home the top Comedy Series prize as well as gongs 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.
Psychological thriller Homeland upstaged some of the more established programs by winning four drama series honors; including the main prize for the category and Series Actor and Actress in a Drama prizes 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.
Speaking to CNN backstage, he said: "I was quite convinced that he’d be walking up again tonight."
Dame Maggie Smith took home the Supporting Actress prize for her role in 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 the Best Actor prize for starring in a Miniseries or Movie for his part in Civil War drama miniseries Hatfields and McCoys, and 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."
List of winners at the 64th annual Primetime Emmy Awards:
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 variety series: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Outstanding directing for a variety special: Glenn Weiss, 65th Annual Tony Awards
Outstanding writing for a variety special: Louis C.K., Louie C.K. Live at the Beacon Theatre
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 writing for a drama series: Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon, Gideon Raff, Homeland
Outstanding supporting actor in a drama series: Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Outstanding host for a reality show: Tom Bergeron, Dancing with the Stars
Outstanding reality-competition program: The Amazing Race
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 writing for a comedy series: Louis C.K., Louie
Outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series: Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family