It was a face-off between two comedy newcomers and some long-running favorites at the Primetime EMMYs in Los Angeles.
While the EMMYs kicked off with a Glee-like dance to honor the show nominated for the most EMMYs, Glee didn’t go home the big winner. Instead, Modern Family, the mockumentary about a dysfunctional funny family took home top comedy prize.
"We're so happy that you have let us into your families," said Steven Levitan of the show.
Eric Stonestreet won for Best Supporting Actor on Modern Family, but Glee didn’t go home empty-handed. The show’s director won, as did the funny but frightening cheer coach, Jane Lynch.
“I want to thank my lord and creator Brian for creating this role,” Lynch said.
Edie Falco said she couldn’t believe she won for Best Actress in a comedy for Nurse Jackie.
For a third year in a row, the HBO show Mad Med took home the prize for Best Drama.
The night’s most poignant moment came when Temple LeGrandin took the stage when HBO was receiving its fourth EMMY for the movie made about her life and struggles with autism.
George Clooney was given the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award for his work on Haiti relief. Newcomer Archie Panjabi of the CBS show The Good Wife won for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama, and he’s not a newcomer but when Jim Parsons won for Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his role in CBS The Big Bang Theory, he ended Alec Baldwin’s two-year winning streak.
“This seems dreamlike, and I mean that in the most literal sense of the word,” Parsons said.
By the end of the show it was time to celebrate. Someone said, “Party at Betty White’s”, who also won an EMMY for hosting Saturday Night Live.