Anticipations were high as to whether Mad Men would make history by winning the fifth consecutive Emmy but their hopes were dashed when Showtimes' Homeland took the golden statuette home for the first time for the best Drama category. Not only that, both protagonists of the show - Claire Danes and Damian Lewis won the best actress and actor award for the drama series.
Modern Family, however did rise to the occasion and proved it for the third time that where comedy was concerned no one was better than Claire, Cam, Mitchell, Phill and the rest. They not only took home the comedy series award but Julie Bowden better known as Claire Dunfry in the show and Eric Stonestreet better known as Cam won the Best Supporting actress in the Comedy series and the best supporting actor in the Comedy Series respectively.
Modern Family also was honoured for directing by Steven Levitan as well. The lead actor award however went to Jon Cryer for Two and a half men and the lead actress award in comedy series was taken by Julia Louis-Dreyfus for Veep.
Game Change, an HBO production was awarded the best miniseries of the night and with Julianne Moore, the star of the show also bagged the best actress for the mini series award. Kevin Costner won the best actor award for the same category for Hatfields and McCoys.
List of other winners:
Supporting Actor, Drama Series: Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad, AMC.
Supporting Actress, Drama Series: Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey, PBS.
Writing, Drama Series: Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon, Gideon Raff, Homeland, Showtime.
Directing, Drama Series: Tim Van Patten, Boardwalk Empire, HBO.
Supporting Actress, miniseries or Movie: Jessica Lange, American Horror Story, FX Networks.
Supporting Actor, miniseries or Movie: Tom Berenger, Hatfields & McCoys, History.
Directing, miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special: Jay Roach, Game Change, HBO.
Writing, miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special: Danny Strong, Game Change, HBO.
Reality-Competition Program: The Amazing Race, CBS.
Host, Reality-Competition Program: Tom Bergeron, Dancing With the Stars, ABC.
Variety, Music or Comedy Series: The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, Comedy Central.
Writing for a Variety Special: Louis C.K., Louis C.K. Live at the Beacon Theatre, FX Networks.
Directing, Variety, Music or Comedy Special: Glenn Weiss. CBS