The Showtime series “Homeland” upset four-time Outstanding Drama Series winner “Mad Men” at the Emmy Awards on Sunday, also taking home awards for Outstanding Writing and lead actors Claire Danes and Damian Lewis. This marked the first best series win for the cable network, which has produced such shows as “Dexter” and “Nurse Jackie.” The AMC drama “Mad Men” was set to make history—no program has won Outstanding Drama five years in a row—but went home empty-handed. The timing couldn’t be better, as Showtime premieres the second season of “Homeland” on Sept. 30.
But some streaks continued—most notably, “Modern Family” won Outstanding Comedy Series for the third year in a row. “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” won its tenth consecutive award for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series while “The Amazing Race” won its ninth honor in the Outstanding Reality Competition Program category. “Modern Family” also won repeat honors in the supporting categories for Eric Stonestreet and Julie Bowen, and co-creator Steve Levitan won his second directing Emmy for the show. After winning for directing, Levitan joked backstage, "I'm praying that everybody doesn't get sick of us. This has far exceeded my expectations.”
Aaron Paul took home his second Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series on “Breaking Bad,” and Julia Louis-Dreyfus picked up her third Emmy for her lead role on the comedy “Veep.” After moving out of the miniseries category, “Downton Abbey” ended up not posing as big a threat as feared; the beloved British series scored only one win, for Maggie Smith in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. But perhaps the evening’s biggest surprise was Jon Cryer winning Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series for “Two and a Half Men” after moving from the supporting category, where he has won twice before. Besting the likes of previous winners Alec Baldwin and Jim Parsons, no one seemed more surprised than Cryer. Stepping backstage to greet reporters, the first thing Cryer said was, "I'm as shocked as you people, that's all I'm going to say."
A complete list of the evening’s winners is below.
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Eric Stonestreet, "Modern Family”
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Julie Bowen, "Modern Family”
Outstanding Directing, Comedy Series
Steven Levitan, "Modern Family"
Outstanding Writing, Comedy Series
Louis C.K., "Louie"
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 Reality Competition Program
"The Amazing Race"
Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program
“Dancing with the Stars,” Tom Bergeron
Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series
“The Daily Show With Jon Stewart"
Outstanding Writing For A Variety Special
"Louis C.K. Live At The Beacon Theatre"
Outstanding Writing, Drama Series
Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon, Gideon Raff, "Homeland"
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Maggie Smith, "Downton Abbey"
Outstanding Directing, Drama Series
Tim Van Patten, "Boardwalk Empire"
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Aaron Paul, "Breaking Bad"
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Damian Lewis, "Homeland"
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Claire Danes, "Homeland"
Outstanding Writing, Miniseries, Movie or Special
Danny Strong, "Game Change"
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Jessica Lange, "American Horror Story"
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Tom Berenger, "Hatfields & McCoys"
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Julianne Moore, "Game Change"
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Kevin Costner, "Hatefields & McCoys"
Outstanding Directing, Miniseries, Movie or Special
Jay Roach, "Game Change"
Outstanding Miniseries or Movie
Outstanding Comedy Series
Outstanding Drama Series