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The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards are now history. The annual show honoring the best in primetime television programming from June 1, 2011 until May 31, 2012, was held on September 23, 2012 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles (CA). Mad Men did not get a fifth consecutive crown, but there was no earth shattering surprise. The winners were, just like the list of nominees, pretty much in the great Academy tradition. Homeland dominated the drama category and Modern Family crushed the competition in the comedy category. A personal favorite was Martha Plimpton, winner of Oustanding Guest Actress in a Drama (The Good Wife). Here is an excerpt of the list with the winners in red.
Outstanding Drama Series
Game of Thrones
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey
Damian Lewis, Homeland
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Claire Danes, Homeland
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
Glenn Close, Damages
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Kathy Bates, Harry's Law
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Giancarlo Esposito, Breaking Bad
Brendan Coyle, Downton Abbey
Jim Carter, Downton Abbey
Jared Harris, Mad Men
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey
Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama
Mark Margolis, Breaking Bad
Jeremy Davies, Justified
Jason Ritter, Parenthood
Ben Feldman, Mad Men
Dylan Baker, The Good Wife
Michael J. Fox, The Good Wife
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama
Joan Cusack, Shameless
Uma Thurman, Smash
Julia Ormond, Mad Men
Loretta Devine, Grey's Anatomy
Jean Smart, Harry's Law
Martha Plimpton, The Good Wife
Outstanding Directing, Drama
Tim Van Patten, Boardwalk Empire "To The Lost"
Vince Gilligan, Breaking Bad "Face Off"
Brian Percival, Downton Abbey "Episode 7"
Phil Abraham, Mad Men "The Other Woman"
Michael Cuesta, Homeland "Pilot"
Outstanding Writing, Drama
Julian Fellowes, Downton Abbey "Episode 7"
Semi Chellas and Matthew Weiner, Mad Men "The Other Woman"
Andre Jacquemetton and Maria Jacquemetton, Mad Men "Commissions and Fees"
Semi Chellas and Matthew Weiner, Mad Men "Far Away Places"
Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon, and Gideon Raff, Homeland "Pilot"
Outstanding Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men
Louis C.K., Louie
Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
Lena Dunham, Girls
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
Ed O'Neill, Modern Family
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Max Greenfield, New Girl
Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live
Kathryn Joosten, Desperate Housewives
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy
Michael J. Fox, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Jimmy Fallon, Saturday Night Live
Will Arnett, 30 Rock
Greg Kinnear, Modern Family
Jon Hamm, 30 Rock
Bobby Cannavale, Nurse Jackie
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy
Kathy Bates, Two and a Half Men
Maya Rudolph, Saturday Night Live
Elizabeth Banks, 30 Rock
Melissa McCarthy, Saturday Night Live
Margaret Cho, 30 Rock
Dot-Marie Jones, Glee
Outstanding Directing, Comedy
Robert B. Weide, Curb Your Enthusiasm "Palestinian Chicken"
Lena Dunham, Girls "Pilot"
Jake Kasdan, New Girl "Pilot"
Louis C.K., Louie "Duckling"
Jason Winer, Modern Family "Virgin Territory"
Steve Levitan, Modern Family "Baby On Board"
Outstanding Writing, Comedy
Louis C.K., Louie "Pregnant"
Lena Dunham, Girls "Pilot"
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation "The Debate"
Michael Schur, Parks and Recreation "Win Lose or Draw"
Chris McKenna, Community "Remedial Chaos Theory"
Outstanding Reality Competition Program
So You Think You Can Dance
Dancing with the Stars
The Amazing Race
Outstanding Reality Host
Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance
Tom Bergeron, Dancing with the Stars
Ryan Seacrest, American Idol
Phil Keoghan, The Amazing Race
Betty White, Betty White's Off Their Rockers
Outstanding Variety Series
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
The Colbert Report
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Real Time with Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Outstanding Miniseries or Movie
Game Change, HBO
American Horror Story, FX
Hemingway & Gellhorn, HBO
Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia, PBS
Luther, BBC America
Hatfields & McCoys, History
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Woody Harrelson, Game Change
Clive Owen, Hemingway & Gellhorn
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia
Idris Elba, Luther
Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys
Bill Paxton, Hatfields & McCoys
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Julianne Moore, Game Change
Connie Britton, American Horror Story
Nicole Kidman, Hemingway & Gellhorn
Emma Thompson, The Song of Lunch (Masterpiece)
Ashley Judd, Missing
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Ed Harris, Game Change
Denis O'Hare, American Horror Story
David Strathairn, Hemingway & Gellhorn
Martin Freeman, Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia
Tom Berenger, Hatfields & McCoys
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Sarah Paulson, Game Change
Frances Conroy, American Horror Story
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story
Judy Davis, Page Eight
Mare Winningham, Hatfields & McCoys