There was singing; there was dancing; there were ample stars on the red carpet glittering in jewelry shinier than any star in the sky... Live from Los Angeles, there were the 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards!
Take a look at the gallery of shots of the stars as they walked the red carpet and be sure to check back periodically throughout the night for the list of winners, as announced during this evening's telecast.
(For the complete list of winners, including writing, directing, and Creative Arts Emmys, please click here.)
Julie Bowen won Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for Modern Family, beating out Jane Krakowski for 30 Rock, Jane Lynch for glee, Sofia Vergara for Modern Family, Betty White for Hot in Cleveland, and Kristen Wiig for SNL.
"I don't know what I'm going to talk about in therapy next week now because I won something," Bowen was in shock when taking the stage and promised to send gift baskets to everyone from her agents to her network. And hopefully this reporter who selected her as our winner. "I just want to thank the two most important people in my life: my two husbands. Ty Burrell who helps me manage my fear on a daily basis and makes Claire Dunphy possible. And Scott Phillips. Happy anniversary, honey."
Ty Burrell won Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for Modern Family, beating out Chris Colfer for glee, Jon Cryer for Two & A Half Men, Jesse Tyler Ferguson for Modern Family, Ed O'Neill for Modern Family, and Eric Stonestreet for Modern Family.
"My dad passed away before he ever actually got to see me perform, and I can't help but wonder what he'd have to say about all this. That every day I get to go to work in full make-up," Burrell joked before crediting all of his cast members by name as aiding his success. "If he were here tonight, I think he'd say 'But why the make-up?...Why not just a little powder? You look like a harlotte. And I would say 'Just think of me as a very masculine lady.' And he would say, 'I do'."
Jim Parsons won Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for The Big Bang Theory, beating out Alec Baldwin for 30 Rock, Steve Carell for The Office, Louis C.K. for Louie, Johnny Galecki for The Big Bang Theory, and Matt LeBlanc for Episodes.
"Oh, this is so odd for so many reasons," Parsons laughed as he eyeballed presenter Charlie Sheen after taking his statue. "Thank you. I have been so proud to be nominated with my fellow nominees, all so wonderful, but especially to me, somebody I work with every day, Johnny Galecki."
Melissa McCarthy won Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for Mike & Molly, beating out Edie Falco for Nurse Jackie, Tina Fey for 30 Rock, Laura Linney for The Big C, Martha Plimpton for Raising Hope, and Amy Poehler for Parks and Recreation.
"This is my first and best pageant ever!" McCarthy said, tearing up instantaneously as she was handed not only an Emmy but also a bouquet of flowers and crowned with a tiara. "I go to work; I show up early like a dork because I kinda can't wait to see people."
The Amazing Race won Outstanding Reality Competition, beating out American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, Project Runway, So You Think You Can Dance, and Top Chef, while The Daily Show won Outstanding Variety, Musical or Comedy Series, beating out The Colbert Report, Conan, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, Real Time with Bill Maher, and Saturday Night Live.
"I have just ridiculous respect for the other people who are in the category and for Stephen Colbert who I watch on a nightly basis," Jon Stewart said, accepting the statue for what feels like the sixty-third time.
Margo Martindale won Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for Justified, beating out Christine Baranski for The Good Wife, Michelle Forbes for The Killing, Christina Hendricks for Mad Men, Kelly Macdonald for Boardwalk Empire, and Archie Panjabi for The Good Wife.
"Sometimes things just take time," Martindale laughed. "But wth time comes great appreciation. I am so honored to have been nominated among these incredible actresses. I'm so honored to have acted with the most kick ass, amazing cast on television!"
Peter Dinklage won Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for Game of Thrones, beating out Andre Braugher for Men of a Certain Age, Josh Charles for The Good Wife, Alan Cumming for The Good Wife, Walton Goggins for Justified, and John Slattery for Mad Men.
"Wow, I followed Martin Scorsese, oh my god, my heart is pounding...HBO, you are quite simply the greatest place to work for; you let artists create, and that is quite rare, unfortunately." And then Dinklage thanked his dog-sitter completely unironically. And that is why we love him.
Julianna Margulies won Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for The Good Wife, beating out Kathy Bates for Harry's Law, Connie Britton for Friday Night Lights, Mireille Enos for The Killing, Mariska Hargitay for Law & Order: SVU, and Elisabeth Moss for Mad Men.
"To the other women in this category, it's a privilege to be among you, truly, but I wouldn't be standing here without Robert and Michelle King. Thank you for your vision, your intelligent words, and for trusting me to tell your story," Margulies teared up. "I thank you from thebottom of my heart for your talent. And to everyone at CBS, Les Moonves and Nina Tassler, thank you for letting us be the show that we are."
Kyle Chandler won Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for Friday Night Lights, beating out Steve Buschemi for Boardwalk Empire, Michael C. Hall for Dexter, Jon Hamm for Mad Men, Hugh Laurie for House, and Timothy Olyphant for Justified.
"Wow," Chandler paused. "I knew for a fact that I would not be standing here, so I didn't write anything, and now I'm starting to worry. Jason Katims called it out with thanking the right people...Let me thank also the people of Austin, Texas, who welcomed us into their home and filled those stadiums and brought us to life while we were there."
Barry Pepper won Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for The Kennedys, beating out Idris Elba for Luther, Laurence Fishburne for Thurgood, William Hurt for Too Big To Fail, Greg Kinnear for The Kennedys, and Edgar Ramirez for Carlos, while Kate Winslet won Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for Mildred Pierce, beating out Taraji P. Henson for Taken from Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story, Diane Lane for Cinema Verite, Jean Marsh for Upstairs Downstairs, and Elizabeth McGovern for Downtown Abbey.
"Oh, I didn't think we were going to win anything!" Winslet was perhaps the most excited winner we have ever seen. "This means such a great deal to all of us because I feel like it had nothing to do with me. It was all you, Charles; it was all you. It was all HBO, our wonderful producers, cast, Guy, Evan, our beautiful girls...I just want to say one thing also: MIldred Pierce was capable of extraordinary acts as a mother, but she was a great multi-tasker, so I want to share this with my mum. It doesn't matter what you do in your life, you'll never stop needing your mum, and I'll never stop needing mine. So thanks, mum."
Downtown Abbey won Outstanding Miniseries or Movie, beating out Cinema Verite, The Kennedys, Mildred Pierce, The Pillars of the Earth, and Too Big To Fail.
"This is really a David and Goliath story," the producers of Downtown Abbey may have been surprised they won but so many fans and critics had it pegged all along. "We make these shows, but we don't know if it will come right. This evening is such a marvelous moment in all of our lives because this evening it came right."
Mad Men won Outstanding Drama Series, beating out Boardwalk Empire, Dexter, Friday Night Lights, Game of Thrones, and The Good Wife.
"I didn't think that was going to happen," Matthew Weiner tried his best to be humble after being on that very same stage so many times before. "We want to thank the fans of the show who support it so whole-heartedly and follow it wherever it goes...And I want to single out my incredibly talented writing staff and cast. We get to go to work tomorrow, and for us, that's all we ever wanted to do. It's an incredible dream."
Modern Family won Outstanding Comedy Series, beating out The Big Bang Theory, Glee, The Office, Parks and Recreation, and 30 Rock.
"We are so very honored to be in this room, to tell you the truth. Thre were a lot of years when a lot of people on this stage had failed pilots and shows that didn't go, so we appreciate every single second of this. We're especially honored in light of the other nominees in the category; we're all fans of yours," Steven Levitan said. "Modern Family was thisclose to being animated-- that's how much we didn't want to work with kids, but these guys bring it, and they are very much the caliber of everyone else."
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