ABC nearly swept the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards last night, with the network’s half-hour comedy Modern Family taking home five awards, including best comedy for the second year running. Taking home five statues, the most of any network, ABC ended HBO’s eight-year winning streak.
The night’s other big winner was AMC’s (AMCX) Mad Men, joining a very exclusive club with its fourth consecutive win for best drama. Only Hill Street Blues has won four consecutive best drama awards, between 1981 and 1984. However, Mad Men was completely shut out of the acting category, though stars Jon Hamm and Elizabeth Moss were both nominated and considered frontrunners in their respective categories.
Best lead actress in a drama series went to Julianna Margulies for her role in CBS’ The Good Wife, which was nominated in nine categories this year, while best lead actor in a drama series went Kyle Chandler of the long-neglected Friday Night Lights, which finished its run on NBC and DirecTV last season. Executive producer Jason Katims also nabbed the Emmy for writing.
While two of Modern Family‘s stars took home the best supporting actor and actress awards for a comedy series, Jim Parsons of CBS’s The Big Bang Theory took home the best lead actor in a comedy series, his second consecutive win in the category. Parsons won the Golden Globe earlier this year for his lead role in the hit series. Melissa McCarthy of CBS’s Mike and Molly took home the award for lead actress in a comedy.
Peter Dinklage took home the award for best supporting actor in a drama series for HBO’s Game of Thrones, while Barry Pepper, who played Robert Kennedy in the controversial miniseries The Kennedys, took home the award for best supporting actor in a miniseries or movie. Downton Abbey, produced by the U.K.’s ITV but airing in the U.S. on PBS , took home the awards for best supporting actress, best directing, and best writing in the combined movie and miniseries category. But HBO’s Mildred Pierce, the most-nominated program of the night, was not completely shut out of the category: Kate Winslet won the outstanding actress Emmy, while co-star Guy Pearce received the award for best supporting actor in a movie or miniseries.
While HBO also took home two Emmys for Boardwalk Empire, as the most-nominated network going into the awards, the night was a fairly big disappointment. Fox’s (FOX) Glee was also snubbed after taking home three Golden Globes earlier this year, two for its acting and one in the best comedy or musical series category.