The 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards are upon us, and with that we are going to constantly update this page with the latest winners, reaction, and memorable speeches.
This year, the show began by focusing on the comedies, and handed out trophies to the dramas later in the evening.
Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy – Julie Bowen, “Modern Family.” The show started with a surprise, as just about everyone thought that Sofia Vergara and host Jane Lynch were the only two contenders. Bowen had been an unsung hero on the show for a long tie, though, and was actually the most deserving choice.
Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy – Ty Burrell, “Modern Family.” Another surprise! Ty is one of the most humble guys on TV, but his speech about trying to get his late father to understand stage makeup was all about getting a quick laugh. This award made “Modern Family” 2-for-2 when it came to picking up trophies.
Directing in a Comedy Series – Michael Spiller, “Modern Family.” Yes, so far it is the “Modern Family” show.
Writing in a Comedy Series – “Modern Family.” The trend continues.
Best Actor in a Comedy Series – Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory.” While there have been some surprises, this was the biggest travesty of the night to this point. This is not meant to be a slam against Jim (who does some great work), but Steve Carell deserved this after all these years without a win.
Best Actress in a Comedy Series – Melissa McCarthy, “Mike & Molly.” This was hilarious. The nominees were introduced as if they were in a pageant, and Melissa’s win was yet another surprise in a category that Amy Poehler was the projected champ.
Best Reality Competition – “The Amazing Race.” It wins again! After a one-year layoff for “Top Chef,” the “Race” is back on top.
Writing for a Variety Show – “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” In once again continuing with a familiar tradition, “The Daily Show” won yet again. After some early surprises, we are now sinking into familiar territory.
Directing for a Variety Show – Jon Stewart can’t win everything, and this trophy for “Saturday Night Live” proved it.
Outstanding Variety Show – “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” This is the ninth straight year for the show, but it’s hard to say that it is undeserving.
Writing in a Drama Series – “Friday Night Lights.” For those of you who thought that “FNL” would go home empty-handed, here’s a shocker! After so many years, it is much-deserved.
Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series – Margo Martindale, “Justified.” This is another case of someone being due. Margo has done such fine work for so long, this honor is truly well-deserved.
Directing in a Drama Series – Martin Scorcese, “Boardwalk Empire.” The moment he was nominated, we pretty much knew he was going to win. Is anyone that surprising?
Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series – Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones.” This was as satisfying an award in many ways as “Friday Night Lights” for one primary reason — it was seeing someone end up victorious for a show that is often labeled as “genre” by voters.
Best Actress in a Drama Series – Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife.” This was an expected victory, but still very much deserved.
Best Actor in a Drama Series – Kyle Chandler, “Friday Night Lights.” This was far less expected, but still a joy to see.
Outstanding Drama Series – “Mad Men.” Unfortunately for “Friday Night Lights” fans, the series could not continue its improbable run by taking the top prize. “Mad Men” did have one of its best season ever, and continues its run of taking the trophy every season that it has aired.
Outstanding Comedy Series – “Modern Family.” In a night with some surprises, the final two awards ended up being a bit of a yawner when it comes to surprises. “Modern Family” dominated all night, and without the Emmys recognizing a rival soon (perhaps “Parks and Recreation” or “Community”), it could remain this way for a while.
What do you think of the winners?