"Mad Men" and "Modern Family" Take Top Series Awards at Emmys
2010 Emmy Awards (Lawrence K. Ho / Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times / August 29, 2010)
"Man Men" and "Modern Family" took home the top draws for best Drama and Comedy Series respectively. "Mad Men" is the third year incumbent winner, while freshman comedy "Modern Family" beat out "30 Rock," ending its winning streak for the award.
"To our fans, we are so grateful, we are so thrilled that families are sitting down together to watch a television show, and we're so happy that you have let us into your families," said Steven Levitan, "Modern Family" executive producer.
Bryan Cranston of "Breaking Bad" has won his third Emmy Award for best drama series actor, while his co-star Aaron Paul received his first award for best supporting actor.
"During the time it took me to walk up here, I venture there were 200 text messages to the other nominees saying, `You were robbed.' I cannot argue with that," Cranston said.
Eric Stonestreet of "Modern Family" and Jane Lynch of "Glee" were honored at Sunday's Emmy Awards for their comedy-series supporting roles.
Stonestreet thanked his parents for their support and promised to send his trophy home with them.
Lynch also thanked her parents in her speech, along with Glee's executive producer. "This is outlandish. ... I want to thank my lord and creator, Ryan Murphy, for creating this role of a lifetime," Lynch said.
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Clinching her fourth Emmy win was Edie Falco, who took home the award for Best Lead Actress for her work in Nurse Jackie.
"Oh, this is the most ridiculous thing that has ever happened in the history of this awards show. I'm not funny!" Falco said.
George Clooney accepted the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award from his former "ER" co-star, Julianna Margulies, who lauded his fundraising efforts for victims of this year's earthquake in Haiti, the 2004 tsunami in Indonesia and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Others defending their title included Bryan Cranston of "Breaking Bad" and Glenn Close of "Damages," who claimed drama series acting honors last year, and, on the comedy side, Toni Collette of "The United States of Tara" and Alec Baldwin of "30 Rock."
The new hit musical-comedy show "Glee" went into the awards with the most nominations, including a bid for best comedy series.
Other Emmy contenders included Conan O'Brien's short-lived "Tonight," which was nominated as best variety, music or comedy series while the show with Jay Leno back in charge was snubbed. David Letterman's "Late Show" also missed out on a nod, but 2009 winner "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" was nominated.
As iterated by many celebrity attendees on the red carpet, ratings for the awards have increased importance this year: the TV academy's contract is up for renewal with the four major networks that had been airing the show in rotation for eight years, and the academy hopes last year's 8 percent audience increase is a trend after an all-time low in 2008.
The 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy awards were broadcast live coast-to-coast for the first time in more than three decades.