‘Homeland’ Takes Top Drama Honors At 2012 Emmy Awards

AMC's "Mad Men" is shut out and "Modern Family" dominates the comedy awards... again.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Showtime has officially arrived.

At last night's 64th Annual Emmy Awards, the premium cable network scored its first Outstanding Drama award as "Homeland" unseated the reigning champion "Mad Men," ending its winning streak at four straight. "Homeland" also picked up the Outstanding Lead Actor and Actress awards for Damien Lewis and Clare Danes, respectively. Additionally, "Homeland" added an award for Outstanding Drama Writing as well.

To the surprise of most observers, AMC's "Mad Men" was completely shut out, while critical favorite, "Breaking Bad" only received an Outstanding Supporting Actor nod for Aaron Paul, his second award for playing Jesse Pinkman. Maggie Smith of "Downton Abby" took home the Outstanding Supporting Actress award in her first year of eligibility in that category. Last year, Smith won the same award in the TV Miniseries/Movie category.

For comedy, the night largely belonged to "Modern Family," as the ABC series won for the third time in a row and it once again swept the supporting actress and actor categories with Julie Bowen repeating and Eric Stonestreet winning his first. Jon Cryer of "Two and a Half Men" was named Outstanding Actor in a Comedy, while Julia Louis-Dreyfus won Outstanding Actress in a Comedy for her HBO series, "Veep."  The other big winner in comedy was Louis C.K., who won a comedy writing Emmy for his FX series, "Louie" and another writing award for his comedy special, "Louis C.K. Live At The Bacon Theatre."

In the TV Miniseries and Movie category, HBO's Game Change won the top award and added a lead actress nod for Julianne Moore as well as a writing award for Danny Strong. "American Horror Story's" Jessica Lange took home the supporting actress award while Kevin Costner and Tom Berenger from History's "Hatfields & McCoys" won for Outstanding Actor and Outstanding Supporting Actor, respectively. 

A complete list of this year's winners can be found below:

 


2012 Emmy Award winners


OUTSTANDING DRAMA
"Homeland"

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Claire Danes ("Homeland")

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Damian Lewis ("Homeland")

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Maggie Smith ("Downton Abbey")

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Aaron Paul ("Breaking Bad")

OUTSTANDING WRITING IN A DRAMA
Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff ("Homeland")

OUTSTANDING DIRECTION IN A DRAMA
Tim Van Patten ("Boardwalk Empire")

OUTSTANDING COMEDY
"Modern Family"

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Jon Cryer ("Two And A Half Men")

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Julia Louis-Dreyfus ("Veep")

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Eric Stonestreet ("Modern Family")

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Julie Bowen ("Modern Family")

OUTSTANDING DIRECTION IN A COMEDY
Steven Levitan ("Modern Family")

OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A COMEDY
Louis C.K. ("Louie")

OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A VARIETY SPECIAL
Louis C.K. ("Louis C.K. Live At The Bacon Theatre")

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR FOR A VARIETY SPECIAL

Glenn Weiss ("65th Annual Tony Awards")

OUTSTANDING VARIETY, MUSIC, OR COMEDY SERIES
"The Daily Show With Jon Stewart"

OUTSTANDING TV MOVIE/MINISERIES
Game Change

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A TV MOVIE, MINISERIES OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL
Kevin Costner ("Hatfields & McCoys")

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A TV MOVIE, MINISERIES OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL
Julianne Moore (Game Change)

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A TV MOVIE, MINISERIES OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL
Tom Berenger ("Hatfields & McCoys")

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A TV MOVIE, MINISERIES OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL
Jessica Lange ("American Horror Story")

OUTSTANDING DIRECTION IN A TV MOVIE, MINISERIES OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL
Brian Percival ("Downton Abbey")

OUTSTANDING WRITING IN A TV MOVIE, MINISERIES OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL
Danny Strong (Game Change)

OUTSTANDING REALITY SHOW COMPETITION
"The Amazing Race"

OUTSTANDING HOST FOR A REALITY OR REALITY-COMPETITION PROGRAM
Tom Bergeron ("Dancing With The Stars")