Top series: 'Homeland,' 'Family'
Posted September 23, 2012
11:20: Backstage, Kevin Costner was one of the very last to receive his statuette -- he won for lead actor in a TV movie/miniseries for his role in History's Hatfields and McCoys -- but when he got to the table where the winners picked them up there were none. "They told me you had them but now you're out," Costner said, but then suddenly, from the side, an Emmy appeared for him.
11:00: And that's it for the live show.
10:55: AWARD: Michael J. Fox presents the final Emmy of the night, outstanding comedy series, which goes to Modern Family for the third time. Creator Steven Levitan retells the story of the space shuttle flying over the ABC series' set. "We didn't feel like big important people making TV ... Because the sound guy said it was too loud and we couldn't."
10:49: AWARD: Showtime makes history with its first Emmy-winning series, Homeland. Sorry, Mad Men, no history for you.
10:46: AWARD: Game Change claims the TV movie/miniseries Emmy. Producer Tom Hanks thanks the "founding fathers for the democratic process." He goes on to say that the quality of TV movies and miniseries is "better than ever." As the producer of John Adams, Band of Brothers and The Pacific, he deserves a lot of the credit.
10:45: There was a run on Emmy statuettes when The Daily Show's large staff came backstage to pick up their awards. The show won for Outstanding Variety Series. It took a few minutes for more than a dozen winners to sign for the awards as the happy recipients took pictures of each other. Anchor Jon Stewart brought up the rear asking the TV academy rep if they still ship the pointy-winged statuettes to winners. "I have two children with me," he explained.
10:38: AWARD: The History folks must be partying tonight, as Hatfields and McCoys star Kevin Costner picks up the Emmy for lead actor in a TV movie/miniseries.
10:36: AWARD: "Everyone talks about politics, but it's so freaking hard to get films made about politics," points out TV movie/miniseries directing winner Jay Roach, who wins for Game Change.
10:35: Tattle tale: Jimmy Kimmel calls out Jon Stewart, telling the audience. "Jon Stewart is not in his seat and I saw him backstage throwing out his Emmy. Something to think about when voting next year."
10:28: AWARD: "I feel so validated because Sarah Palin gave me a big thumbs down!" Julianne Moore says with a laugh after winning the TV movie/miniseries lead actress trophy for Game Change.
10:16: AWARD: Tom Berenger, winner of the Emmy for supporting actor in a movie/miniseries, relates how his Hatfields and McCoys character was described to him: "A cross between a raccoon with rabies and a demented garden gnome."
9:57: AWARD: "We were told we got a free sandwich after 10," Daily Show host Jon Stewart inquires after winning the variety category for a decade straight.
9:45: AWARD: "You know, I said I wanted another one, so that's nice," cracks Louis C.K. as he returns to the stage to pick up another prize, this time for writing a variety special.
9:39: AWARD: Now we have a new streak going: Homeland's. Claire Danes follows up Lewis' win with her own for lead actress. And she strings together three words you've probably never heard connected: "Mandy. Patinkin. Holla!"
9:30: AWARD: Damian Lewis wins his first Emmy for Homeland and probably shocks a lot of people by speaking in his own London accent. "I don't really believe in judging art but I thought I'd show up just in case," he cracks'. "Turned out all right." Before heading offstage, he adds, "My two children at home thought I was nominated for an Emma. Well, I won an Emma."
9:18: AWARD: Maggie Smith wins the supporting dramatic actress Emmy for Downton Abbey and then disappoints the crowd by not showing up to insult everyone to their faces.
9:15: AWARD: Homeland earns its first Emmy for writing and we get a little history from scribes Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon: "Thirty years ago, we drove out to L.A. together and we were writing partners for eight years and then we split up. And fifteen years later we got back together. And Homeland is the result of that, so we have a lot of people to thank."
9:05: AWARD:Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul keeps up the streak of repeat winners when he picks up his second supporting drama actor Emmy. He seems more surprised than anyone -- perhaps he believed USA TODAY critic Robert Bianco when he predicted Paul's co-star Giancarlo Esposito would win. However, Bianco also said Paul should win.
9:00: AWARD: Dancing With the Stars host Tom Bergeron wins on his fifth try. "This is particularly satisfying because Betty White always kicks my ass in our mixed martial arts class."
8:50: AWARD: The Amazing Race adds to its streak of reality series Emmy wins.
8:48: AWARD: Julia Louis-Dreyfus wins the lead comedy actress Emmy for Veep. "Our show is a comedy," she admits, "but I don't see anything funny about me being vice president."
8:39: AWARD: "Don't panic, people," says lead comedy actor winner and Two and a Half Men star Jon Cryer. "Something has clearly gone wrong."
8:35 More Modern Family jokes: A filmed bit revealing the little girl who plays Lily as the cast's biggest diva. "We've replaced Lily before," says a conspiratorial Ed O'Neill. "Nobody will notice," he tells Ken Jeong, sporting a wig done in pigtails. "This sounds a bit racist. I'm in!"
8:30: AWARD: Modern Family creator Steven Levitan earns his fourth Emmy for directing. "I want to thank me for hiring me as a director when no one else would," he quips. He goes on to say that someone once told him that with his show's writers and cast, anyone could direct an episode of Modern Family. "I think we're proven that today."
8:09: AWARD: The Emmy for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series will be going home with Eric Stonestreet. It's his second win for Modern Family. "There is no Cam without Mitch," he tells co-star and fellow nominee Jesse Tyler Ferguson. "I never knew I'd be on TV as a gay man," says the straight Stonestreet, "but I love the hairy chest photos you guys have been sending me." He also gives a shoutout to "all the guys who have to go to auditions at 5 a.m. tomorrow morning ... I'm proof you can be standing up here."
8:06: Notes from the monologue: "Downton Abbey gives us an idea of what it's like to live in Mitt Romney's house. ... Jon Hamm, I am shocked you didn't win tonight. Too soon? ... I don't think the president should watch Homeland for the same reason Charlie Sheen shouldn't watch Breaking Bad. ..."
8:01: The opening sketch: A weepy, overly botoxed Jimmy Kimmel runs into the ladies room. After mistakenly opening a stall door on a naked, cake-chomping Lena Dunham, Kathy Bates breaks into his stall. Then Zoey Deschanel, Connie Britton, Christina Hendricks, Mindy Kaling and Martha Plimpton psych him up -- well, Bates and Julia Louis- Dreyfus punch him and send him on his way ... until he realizes he's not wearing pants. Gamely, Ellen DeGeneres offers hers up. And we're off.
7:59: Welcome to USA TODAY's coverage of the 2012 Emmys.
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