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Emmys honor 'Mad Men,' 'Modern Family,' 'Temple Grandin'

Dale Roe

As expected, AMC's retro drama "Mad Men" and ABC's freshman comedy "Modern Family" claimed top honors at the 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday night.

One of the night's other top winners has strong Central Texas ties: HBO's "Temple Grandin," shot in and around Austin, took home the award for Outstanding TV Movie. Claire Danes won the lead actress Emmy for a miniseries or movie for her role as the animal behavior expert who has autism. Julia Ormond and David Strathairn took supporting acting honors for their roles in "Temple Grandin." Director Mick Jackson claimed another trophy for the film. "Temple Grandin" also picked up wins for music composition and picture editing, which were not presented on-air.

Grandin herself was at the Emmys celebrating the movie's richly deserved wins — as well as her own birthday.


In a sign of things to come later in the telecast, "Mad Men" picked up the writing Emmy for show creator Matthew Weiner and Erin Levy . But other shows scooped up the rest of the top drama honors.

Bryan Cranston of AMC's "Breaking Bad" won another trophy (his third) for lead actor, emerging from a strong field that included Jon Hamm of "Mad Men" (who popped up in the telecast's opening number) and Kyle Chandler of the Austin-filmed "Friday Night Lights." Chandler's "Friday Night Lights" co-star Connie Britton lost out in the best actress category to first-time winner Kyra Sedgwick of TNT's "The Closer." Chandler's and Britton's losses garnered boos from fans who posted their disappointment via Twitter: "Oh, Mr. and Mrs. Coach. We love you," one user wrote. "It's ok Coach Kyle. You're still hot," wrote another.

Aaron Paul of "Breaking Bad" won for supporting actor, coming out ahead of "Lost" standout Terry O'Quinn. The ABC show went home empty-handed for its final season.

Supporting actress Archie Panjabi of "The Good Wife" gave CBS one of the few broadcast wins in the drama categories.

The guest-acting Emmys went to John Lithgow for Showtime's "Dexter" and Ann-Margret for NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit."

Steve Shill won directing honors for "Dexter."


Eventual winner "Modern Family" and Fox's "Glee" traded off wins. Jane Lynch, who plays acerbic Coach Sue Sylvester on "Glee," won well-deserved supporting actress honors. It was her first Emmy (the awards' producers should keep her in mind as a future host, too), and the show's creator, Ryan Murphy, took the directing award. "How I Met Your Mother's" Neil Patrick Harris lost supporting actor honors to Eric Stonestreet of "Modern Family" but won for his guest spot on "Glee."

"Modern Family's" Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd won for writing.

Despite her protest of "I'm not funny!" Edie Falco won best actress for Showtime's "Nurse Jackie."

Jim Parsons' well-crafted character on CBS's "The Big Bang Theory" earned him the best actor award. The award for guest actress went to the ubiquitous Betty White for "Saturday Night Live."

More categories

Bravo's "Top Chef" knocked off perennial favorite "The Amazing Race" to win the Emmy for reality competition series. Longtime "Survivor" host Jeff Probst was also a winner, and ABC's "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution" won for outstanding reality program.

The 63rd Annual Tony Awards won for writing in a variety, music or comedy special, and Bucky Gunts (presenter Ricky Gervais loved Gunts' name) won the directing honor for his work on the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics. Comedy Central's "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" won for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series, depriving us of an acceptance speech from ousted "Tonight Show" host Conan O'Brien .

Al Pacino won the leading actor honor for a miniseries or movie with HBO's "You Don't Know Jack," and Adam Mazer won writing honors for the same film. The movie's subject, Jack Kevorkian, was in the audience at the ceremony. HBO's "The Pacific" won the miniseries Emmy.

The host

As host, "Late Night's" Jimmy Fallon strummed and sang his way through a snappily paced ceremony. His stint had its ups and downs, though. The opening number that had Fallon joining up with the "Glee" cast, Tina Fey and Jon Hamm, among others, to sing "Born to Run" had social media buzzing (find a link to the video at, but the tweets from fans he was saddled with reading throughout the show didn't work. Fallon dressed up as Elton John, Boyz II Men and Green Day to perform song-parody farewells to departing series, most memorably "The island, it was mythical/And in the end they died/I didn't understand it, but I tried" about "Lost."