2010 Emmy Award Winners: ‘Modern Family’ and ‘Mad Men’ Take Top Honors

The 2010 Emmy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Fallon, are over now, and here are all the winners. Mad Men and Modern Family took the top honors for Outstanding Drama and Comedy, respectively, and the latter scored two other Emmys, including the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy for Eric Stonestreet. Glee only took home two awards, including the expected Outstanding Supporing Actress in a Comedy for Jane Lynch, while Breaking Bad also nabbed two acting wins for Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul. Archie Panjabi of ‘The Good Wife’ won for Supporting Actress in a Drama, while Kyra Sedgwick of ‘The Closer’ took lead actress honors. Edie Falco of ‘Nurse Jackie’ won Outstanding Lead Actress for a Comedy, while Jim Parsons of ‘The Big Bang Theory’ took home the male prize.

Outstanding Comedy Series

WINNER: Modern Family
Curb Your Enthusiasm
The Office
30 Rock
Nurse Jackie

Steven Levitan accepted the award for everybody on ‘Modern Family.’ “I want to thank this amazing cast who makes us forget how much we hate writing every day,” he said. “I want to thank our incredible writing staff. Chris (Lloyd) and I get so much credit for what is often their amazing work, and I just want to say ‘that’s Hollywood, dudes.'” He closed with “Finally, to our fans, we are so grateful. We are thrilled that families are sitting down together to watch a television show. We just wanted to say we are so happy that you have let us into your families. Thank you very, very much.”

Outstanding Drama Series

True Blood
The Good Wife
Breaking Bad

Matthew Weiner accepted the award on behalf of the whole ‘Mad Men’ team, after being rudely cut off during his earlier writing win. “So where was I?” he asked, then pretended to continue his earlier speech with “My lovely wife Linda, who weighs in on all the scripts, my children Ellis, Arlo, Charlie, Martin. Did I get everybody? I think so.” Then he got earnest. “I can’t believe we’re here. I wanted to thank the Academy for recognizing us again, and my incredible cast. This incredible assemblage of actors, I can’t believe I get to work with them all the time.” Later, he said “I want to thank the people at AMC and at Lionsgate for taking a huge risk on this show and supporting it. We’re now in our fourth season, and I didn’t think we’d get through half of one.”

Outstanding Made for Television Movie

WINNER: Temple Grandin
Georgia O’Keeffe
The Special Relationship
You Don’t Know Jack

Emily Gerson Saines accepted the award for the crew. “Autism has reached epidemic proportions, so on behalf of all the parents like myself who have a child with autism, Temple Grandin, you are our hero.” The real Grandin was on stage to hug her, and she called for her mother to stand up in the audience to be recognized. She referred to Claire Danes, her star, as “bottomlessly talented.”

Outstanding Miniseries

WINNER: The Pacific
Return to Cranford

Tom Hanks came on stage to accept for the whole team, including Steven Spielberg who is busy filming in England. “There is no economic model that says you should put on a 10-part miniseries and make cash on it, and yet somehow they have faith in us in order to do so,” he said in thanking HBO. “Our magnificent cast of actors, who themselves went through an old brand of hell across the Pacific in order to portray the stories of an entire generation of men and women who did the same – some who did not come home, but all who helped save the world, which has to be done every now and again. Thank you very much.”

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie

WINNER: Al Pacino, ‘You Don’t Know Jack’
Ian McKellen, ‘The Prisoner’
Dennis Quaid, ‘The Special Relationship’
Jeff Bridges, ‘A Dog Year’
Michael Sheen, ‘The Special Relationship’

Hoo-ah! Pacino smiled oddly at the audience, which elicited some small chuckling, and he said “I haven’t even started yet and you’re laughing.” His speech was slow and soft-spoken, saying it was a pleasure to know “someone as brilliant and interesting and unique as Dr. Jack Kevorkian. Just asking him things to hear his spin on it. It was quite an honor for me.” He thanked his director, Barry Levinson, who “sort of made the movie like it was floating, you know? I wouldn’t be here without Barry.” Once he got the ‘wrap up’ signal, he just said “HBO is just a leader.”

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Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie

WINNER: Claire Danes, ‘Temple Grandin’
Judi Dench, ‘Return to Cranford’
Hope Davis, ‘The Special Relationship’
Joan Allen, ‘Georgia O’Keeffe’
Maggie Smith, ‘Capturing Mary’

“Thank you, HBO. Like, for serious,” Danes said. “Thank you for existing and helping make television so vital and electric. I really don’t know if this movie would have been made if you hadn’t fronted the bill and nurtured us.” The real Temple Grandin stood up when Danes said “I need to thank, of course, Temple. Temple herself. You are the most brave, intrepid person I’ve ever known, and you have dedicated your life to helping those who are misunderstood and under-represented, and this is in service of your work. Thank you.”

Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special

WINNER: Adam Mazer, ‘You Don’t Know Jack’
The Pacific – “Part Eight”
‘The Special Relationship’
The Pacific – “Part Ten”
‘Temple Grandin’

Mazer opened by telling his kids they could change to the Disney Channel in 37 seconds. “The end of life debate is not going away, so please let’s keep talking about it,” he said about his film. “Dr. Jack Kevorkian, I’m so grateful that you’re my friend, but I’m even more grateful that you’re not my physician.”

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie

WINNER: David Strathairn, ‘Temple Grandin’
Michael Gambon, ‘Emma’
Patrick Stewart, ‘Hamlet’
Jonathan Pryce, ‘Return to Cranford’
John Goodman, ‘You Don’t Know Jack’

Strathairn opened by saying “This doesn’t really make much sense in many ways, considering Michael and Jonathan and John and Sir Patrick’s work, but it does make sense when you think about one thing. In many ways, we are teachers. All of us have had teachers in our lives, more than once sometimes, who have recognized something in us and opened the door. It was an honor to be that teacher who opened the door for a person as extraordinary as Temple Grandin.” He closed with “Here’s to teachers, and here’s to HBO for pushing the envelope in this way, dispelling the mystery and including all of those people who have this very special and mysterious thing we call autism,” and the real Temple Grandin stood up and waved to the crowd.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie

WINNER: Julia Ormond, ‘Temple Grandin’
Susan Sarandon, ‘You Don’t Know Jack’
Catherine O’Hara, ‘Temple Grandin’
Kathy Bates, ‘Alice’
Brenda Vaccaro, ‘You Don’t Know Jack’

Ormond scored her first win on her first nomination, and she brought up a list because she apparently told her mother “I was eminated for a Nommy!” She joked a little with her co-star and co-nominee Catherine O’Hara, pretending to forget her name before saying “I love you.” Her words seemed incredibly heartfelt when she said “Claire Danes, you are the most phenomenal talent. You are just a raw, soaring talent and you match it with courage that is just phenomenal.” She also thanked the real life Eustacia Grandin, whom she portrayed in the film. “This is yours as much as it is mine – in fact, probably more yours.” She ended by saying “HBO, thank you from the bottom of my heart for trusting and understanding that there is an audience for a chick flick with bull’s balls.”

Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series

WINNER: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
The Colbert Report
The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien
Saturday Night Live
Real Time with Bill Maher

Alas, the moment everyone was waiting for was not to be, as Conan O’Brien lost out on his ‘Tonight Show’ nomination. Jon Stewart couldn’t be there for their eighth win in this category, so guest Emmy credential announcer John Hodgman, also a ‘Daily Show’ cast member, said that he was too busy “resting in his bed of melted Emmys.” Rory Albanese accepted the award and assured us it was not because Stewart was on ‘Celebrity Rehab.’ “This is crazy. Colbert went to Iraq, Conan, everybody… the category is insane and we keep winning it,” Albanese said, sounding a little too cocky for his own good. “It’s tough to feel bad. We work really hard. The competition is fierce, but our crew, our cast, everybody at the show, our producers are really talented. I’m going just to say this to Hollywood: if you see ‘Daily Show’ on someone’s resume, you should hire them. Not now! When we’re done with them!”

Cheers to the Winners! Ricky Gervais Serves Beer to the Audience

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Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

WINNER: Kyra Sedgwick, ‘The Closer’
January Jones, ‘Mad Men’
Mariska Hargitay, ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’
Glenn Close, ‘Damages’
Julianna Margulies, ‘The Good Wife’
Connie Britton, ‘Friday Night Lights’

Sedgwick was obsessed with how low the microphone was set up until she realized she didn’t have to bend over to speak directly into it. She brought a list to read from, and she even slipped on a pair of thick-rimmed glasses to read it. She thanked everyone behind the scenes, and a whole slew of other people. “I want to thank my kids, who let me fly away when I needed to, and who are now flying away themselves,” she said to her college-aged children. She closed by thanking her husband Kevin Bacon. “My one and only love, Kev, and to quote him, let’s all be good to each other. Thank you so so much.”

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

WINNER: Bryan Cranston, ‘Breaking Bad’
Jon Hamm, ‘Mad Men’
Kyle Chandler, ‘Friday Night Lights’
Hugh Laurie, ‘House’
Michael C. Hall, ‘Dexter’
Matthew Fox, ‘Lost’

“First thought: during the time it took me to walk up here, I’m venturing that there were 200 text messages to my fellow nominees saying ‘you were robbed,’ and I cannot argue with that,” Cranston said. “I’m so humbled and amazed to be in your company. You’re only as good as the company you keep, and I’m honored to be there with you guys.” He declared he loved his family “more than baseball.” He also thanked Vince Gilligan just like Aaron Paul did when he won.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

WINNER: Archie Panjabi, ‘The Good Wife’
Christina Hendricks, ‘Mad Men’
Rose Byrne, ‘Damages’
Sharon Gless, ‘Burn Notice’
Elisabeth Moss, ‘Mad Men’
Christine Baranski, ‘The Good Wife’

Panjabi described working on ‘The Good Wife’ as ‘a dream come true.’ She shared the award with Christine Baranski, who was also nominated for the same award. She was perhaps the most honest of the night. “To everybody who voted for me, this is just amazing for career. Thank you so much.”

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

WINNER: Aaron Paul, ‘Breaking Bad’
John Slattery, ‘Mad Men’
Martin Short, ‘Damages’
Terry O’Quinn, ‘Lost’
Andre Braugher, ‘Men of a Certain Age’
Michael Emerson, ‘Lost’

Paul marveled at how many people he was addressing before making with the thank yous. “I’m part of a show that I’m so unbelievably thankful for. I’m up here for one reason, and that is because of Vince Gilligan, our creator and showrunner. What he does and what the rest of our brilliant staff of writers do every week is mind-blowing.” He comforted his mother who he knew was crying at home. “Bryan Cranston, to work with you every single day is a dream! I love you, brother, you have no idea!”

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series

WINNER: Mad Men – “Shut The Door. Have a Seat.”
The Good Wife – “Pilot”
‘Modern Family’ – “The Son”
Mad Men – “Guy Walks Into an Avertising Agency”
Lost – “The End”

Matthew Weiner and Erin Levy accepted the award for the team. Levy thanked Weiner for giving her a shot when she was a writer’s assistants. Weiner was in the middle of setting up a joke, saying “Everyone who works on this show reads the scripts and gives me notes and I appreciate it. I’m so insecure I seem open-minded,” but they didn’t even get the benefit of a nice soft music cue to wrap up. They slammed the lights down and went right back to Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni to present the next award, who had to power through that awkward moment with the power of their smiles.

Outstanding Reality/Competition Program

WINNER: Top Chef
American Idol
Dancing with the Stars
The Amazing Race
Project Runway

It was a surprise to the team, spoken for by Dan Cutforth. “This is something that we never expected, and I think a lot of people come up here and say this, but I really mean it: I really have nothing prepared at all to say.” He did manage to come up with a string of thanks, however, to his “amazing team of magical elves,” incuding his partner Jane Lipsitz. “This is really hilarious. She’s not here tonight, and this is the first time in six years she hasn’t been. She’s watching in New York.” Despite having nothing prepared, he was the first one to have the music cue come in to play the speech to a close.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

WINNER: Edie Falco, ‘Nurse Jackie’
Amy Poehler, ‘Parks and Recreation’
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, ‘The New Adventures of Old Christine’
Lea Michele, ‘Glee’
Toni Collette, ‘United States of Tara’
Tina Fey, ’30 Rock’

Falco just said “This is just the most ridiculous thing that has ever, ever happened in the history of this lovely awards show. Thank you so much. I’m not funny!” She started with the thank yous, including her 94-year-old grandmother who just moved to Florida to start a new chapter in her life, and she seemed to be reaching for things to say and was desperate to be given the ‘wrap it up’ signal. Obviously, this was unexpected for her.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

WINNER: Jim Parsons, ‘The Big Bang Theory’
Larry David, ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’
Tony Shalhoub, ‘Monk’
Steve Carell, ‘The Office’
Matthew Morrison, ‘Glee’
Alec Baldwin, ’30 Rock’

Parsons was caught by surprise. “Thank all of you, apparently some of you voted for me, that was very sweet, thank you.” He gave props to his cast, his director and lots and lots of other people. “I feel so lucky to be working at all, but to get to work on this character is really beyond fortunate.”

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

WINNER: Jane Lynch, ‘Glee’
Jane Krakowski, ’30 Rock’
Kristen Wiig, ‘Saturday Night Live’
Sofia Vergara, ‘Modern Family’
Julie Bowen, ‘Modern Family’
Holland Taylor, ‘Two and a Half Men’

Lynch was the odd-son favorite, but the first thing she said was “This is outlandish.” After a shout out to the South Side of Chicago, she praised her parents for being “so unintentionally hilarious.” She was very gracious. “I want to share this with my fellow nominees. I am a fan of all of you and I love being an actor. I love being an actor among actors. I love being in an ensemble, and although I rarely identify myself as anything – I’m very Buddhist in that way, although I’m not Buddhist, they do seem like a very calm people – but I am an actor.” She thanked “my Lord and creator, Ryan Murphy, for creating this role of a lifetime,” and addressed her cast. “I love you. You’re young, you’re wonderful, you’re fresh-faced and when I’m not seething with jealousy, I’m so proud of you.”

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

WINNER: Eric Stonestreet, ‘Modern Family’
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, ‘Modern Family’
Chris Colfer, ‘Glee’
Jon Cryer, ‘Two and a Half Men’
Ty Burrell, ‘Modern Family’
Neil Patrick Harris, ‘How I Met Your Mother’

Stonestreet was very enthused by his win, and he marveled at being presented his award by Betty White. Jesse Tyler Ferguson was shown in the audience crying for his on-screen life partner. “All I wanted to be was a clown in the circus when I was a kid growing up,” Stonestreet said. “A lot of people say ‘don’t pursue this as a career because it’s difficult’ and it is, but I’m most proud of all the people that I’ve met in this business. I get to work with Ed O’Neill every day. I get to work with Ty Burrell and Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Julie Bowen. It’s incredible.” Then he focused on his parents. “My mom i sitting right there. I would not be here without my parents. I’m the product of supportive parents. I love you, mom. I love you, dad, you’re watching at home right now. This is going home with you so you can wake up every day and go to bed every night and see what you made possible for myself.”

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series

WINNER: Modern Family – “Pilot”
The Office – “Niagra”
30 Rock – “Anna Howard Shaw Day”
Glee – “Pilot: Director’s Cut”
30 Rock – “Lee Marvin vs. Derek Jeter”

Steven Levitan accepted the award. “I want to thank our amazing, amazing cast. You guys are a writer’s dream. You make everything so brilliant. You are so lovable on screen and off.” Then, the best joke. “And finally, a big thanks to our wives, without whom, well, we’d probably be dating around a lot. I mean, I just won an Emmy, that’s a pretty good opening line.” He closed with saying that ‘Modern Family’ is a love letter to his wife.

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series

WINNER: Ryan Murphy, ‘Glee’ ‘Pilot’
Don Scardino, 30 Rock
Allen Coulter, Nurse Jackie
Paris Barclay, Glee ‘Wheels’
Jason Winer, Modern Family

Murphy came up and said that ”Glee’ is about the importance of arts education, so I would like to dedicate this to all my teachers who taught me to sing and fingerpaint.”

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series

WINNER: Steve Shill, ‘Dexter’
Michelle MacLaren, Breaking Bad
Jack Bender, Lost
Lesli Linka Glatter, Mad Men
Agnieszka Holland, Treme

Shill was presented the award by John Lithgow, who won last week for his guest role on ‘Dexter.’ “I can’t believe I got to work with you,” Shill said to Lithgow after praising his star Michael C. Hall. “Thank you, Michael, for your brilliant central performance.”

Outstanding Directing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special

WINNER: Bucky Gunts, Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony
Louis J. Horvitz, The Kennedy Center Honors
Joel Gallen, The 25th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concert
Glenn Weiss, The 62nd Annual Tony Awards
Ron de Moraes, In Performance At The White House: A Celebration Of Music From The Civil Rights Movement

Ricky Gervais presented the award and before he read the winner, he said “I hope it’s Bucky Gunts, because I didn’t know you could say that on television. Let’s face it, we’re all Bucky Gunts here.” Then he read the name, and shouted “Bucky Gunts” with glee. Gunts was very low-key, however, and simply claimed it was an honor to cover the Olympics and “to direct David Atkins’ beautiful opening ceremony was the icing on the cake for me.”

Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries or Movie

WINNER: Mick Jackson, ‘Temple Grandin’
Barry Levinson, ‘You Don’t Know Jack’
David Nutter, The Pacific Part Eight
Tim Van Patten, The Pacific Part Nine
Bob Balaban, ‘Georgia O’Keeffe’

Once again, Jackson addrssed the real Grandin. “I tried to make your movie like you – spunky, smart, honest, vivid, sometimes crazily emotional, never sentimental. We wanted to make a movie that was worthy of you, and if we did that in some small respect, Temple, it was the least we could do. Thank you.”

Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special

WINNER: The 63rd Annual Tony Awards
Bill Maher… But I’m Not Wrong
Wanda Sykes: I’ma Be Me
The Kennedy Center Honors
The 82nd Annual Academy Awards

Dave Boon accepted the award. “My mom and dad gave me an amazing life,” he said. “This is proof that if you believe in yourself, other people will believe in you, too.” He also thanked “Jay Leno, who has written more checks to comedy writers than anybody I know.” He also thanked “the Mickey Mantle of comedy, Billy Crystal, who taught me how to conduct an award show with class, with grace, with humor and to never overstay my welcome.” He ended with “Go to New York, see a Broadway show, it will change your life forever.”

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