Claire Danes, Damian Lewis Take Home Lead Actor Emmys for Showtime's 'Homeland'

President Obama is a fan. Now Showtime's freshman hit that revolves around America's ongoing war on terror can boast a shelf full of Emmys.  Claire Danes and Damian Lewis took home awards for lead actress and actor in a drama for Homeland, while series co-creators  Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon earned the Emmy for outstanding writing. 

Accepting the Emmy for lead actor, Lewis, who plays a Marine sergeant who was held for eight years by Al-Qaeda, said: "I don’t really believe in judging art, but I thought I’d show up just in case."

 

He then asked for a round of applause for his fellow nominees which included Mad Men’s Jon Hamm, who has now been nominated in the category five times without winning.

Danes, who was considered a shoo-in for the Emmy for her searing portrayal of an emotionally unstable CIA officer, complimented Lewis for achieving the "magic trick of turning a villain into someone human, and someone we feel so deeply about." And she called co-star Mandy Patinkin the most "beautiful, generous, loving, imaginative actors I’ve ever come across."

Modern Family kicked off the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards with three statues; for supporting actor and actress for Eric Stonestreet and Julie Bowen and directing for series co-creator and executive producer Steve Levitan.

They were the second consecutive Emmys for the Modern Family stars.

The Emmys for lead actor and actress in a comedy series were something of a surprise with Jon Cryer ("This is crazy," he said) snagging only his second Emmy for CBS' long-runing Two And a Half Men. Cryer won his first Emmy for Men in 2009 when he was playing Charlie Sheen's foil. 

LIVE BLOG: Emmys 2012

Julia Louis-Dreyfus took home the Emmy for outstanding lead actress in a comedy for her portrayal of a bungling vice president of the United States in HBO's Veep. She teamed with oft-nominated Parks and Recreation star Amy Poehler to poke a little fun at the Television Academy's track record of snubbing Poehler by pretending to mix up her acceptance speech with Poehler's.

"I would like to thank NBC, Parks and Rec...," said Louis-Drefuss. As she trailed off, Poehler got up from her seat to switch speeches with Louis-Dreyfus.

"It really is in fact tremendous to be in the same category with these women who are so powerful and wonderful and know what they’re doing," said Louis-Dreyfus, before adding, "Lastly, isn't it a shame that Amy Poehler didn't win."

PHOTOS: Emmys Red Carpet Arrivals

Stonestreet beat out three of his co-stars - Ed O'Neill, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Ty Burrell - as well as Saturday Night Live's Bill Hader and New Girl's Max Greenfield

He thanked his fellow nominees and noted that he "wouldn't be here without Jesse Tyler Ferguson," who plays his husband on the ABC comedy.

"There is no Mitch without Cam," he said from the podium, adding that he's honored to "show America and the world what a loving couple can be."

And he added that he never thought his breakthrough role would come playing a gay but, "but i love the pictures or hairy chests you guys are sending me."

Bowen also beat our her co-star Sofia Vergara, as well as the late Kathryn Joosten (Desperate Housewives), Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory), Merritt Wever, (Nurse Jackie) and Kristen Wiig (Saturday Night Live).

STORY: Complete Emmys Winners List

Bowen thanked Modern Family co-creators Levitan and Chris Lloyd and self-depricaitngly suggested that her performance amounts to "me falling down while making faces and wearing nipple covers."

Levitan also struck a modest tone noting that one of the show's guest directors once said to him: "With your cast and your crew and your writers, a complete idiot could direct an episode of Modern Family."

Louis CK took home the Emmy for writing for his FX comedy Louis

The reality competition category saw yet another win for CBS' Amazing Race. But Tom Bergeron snagged the Emmy for best reality host for his work on Dancing with the Stars. A satisfied Bergeron thanked Survivor host Jeff Probst "for not being nominated. That helped," he said. 

Aaron Paul won his second supporting actor Emmy for AMC's Breaking Bad beating out multiple actors for PBS' Downton Abbey, competing in the drama series category for the first time this year. But Maggie Smith - who was not in attendance - earned the supporting actress Emmy for her tart portrayal of Downton's dowager countess.  

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart won its tenth consecutive Emmy for outstanding variety show. Announcing the award, Ricky Gervais sighed, "not again." And Jimmy Fallon tried to physically restrain Stewart from reaching the stage. 

"We make topical comedy which has the shelf life of egg salad," said Stewart.

 

 

 

 

Loading...

Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • Ringo Starr among 2015 inductees into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
    Ringo Starr among 2015 inductees into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr was set on Saturday to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist by onetime band mate Paul McCartney as part of a ceremony in Cleveland celebrating some of the biggest stars of rock music. Among the 2015 inductees joining Starr, a Hall member since 1988 as a part of the Beatles, will be singer Bill Withers, punk-pop band Green Day and Lou Reed, the primary force behind the Velvet Underground who was …

  • Usher, Gwen Stefani among headliners for Earth Day rally
    Usher, Gwen Stefani among headliners for Earth Day rally

    WASHINGTON (AP) — An all-day Earth Day rally and concert Saturday drew some big names to the National Mall and into the world of politics to confront the dual issues of climate change and poverty. …

  • 'Star Wars' design team teases 'Force Awakens' themes
    'Star Wars' design team teases 'Force Awakens' themes

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is about a generational transfer in more ways than one. Set 30 years after the events in "Return of the Jedi" and coming to theaters just over 30 years after the film first debuted, that idea remained top of mind for the film's brand new production design team, fans learned at Star Wars Celebration on Saturday. …

  • Scarlett O'Hara outfit fetches $137,000 at auction
    Scarlett O'Hara outfit fetches $137,000 at auction

    DALLAS (AP) — An outfit Vivien Leigh wore when she played Scarlett O'Hara in the 1939 film "Gone With the Wind" has fetched $137,000 at auction. …

  • Pete Rose hired as Fox as special guest studio analyst
    Pete Rose hired as Fox as special guest studio analyst

    NEW YORK (AP) — Pete Rose is getting back in baseball while he awaits a ruling on his reinstatement request — as a television analyst. …

  • Chelsea Handler Gets Cheeky With Harry Styles
    Chelsea Handler Gets Cheeky With Harry Styles

    Harry Styles and Chelsea Handler? We ship it. …

  • 'Once Upon A Time': Cruella Story Preview
    'Once Upon A Time': Cruella Story Preview

    Victoria Smurfit's glamourous bad gal is kidnapping young Henry in an effort to get Regina (Lana Parrilla) and Emma (Jennifer Morrison) to do her evil bidding. "Cruella, in this episode, does not mess around," Victoria told Access Hollywood . Sunday night's episode, "Sympathy for the De Vil," will also flashback to 1920s England for the long awaited Cruella origin story, and Victoria previewed some of the wickedly wonderful drama on the way. …

  • Beyonce's unretouched L'Oreal photos only latest in her long history of Photoshop controvers …

    Beyonce's unretouched L'Oreal photos only latest in her long history of Photoshop controvers …

    Celebrity News - Fri, Feb 20, 2015 1:47 AM PHT
    Beyonce's unretouched L'Oreal photos only latest in her long history of Photoshop controvers …

    Beyonce’s #Flawless image is embroiled in controversy once again. On Wednesday, a web site called The Beyonce World leaked 224 allegedly raw photos of the musician. The images showed Bey in full makeup for the 2013 L’Oreal ad campaign — but with the kinds of “imperfections” we all have — beauty marks, bumps, creases. In the wake of Cindy Crawford’s unretouched photos, the images have been praised by critics of a beauty industry that sets impossibly high standards, standards that Queen Bey …

  • Taylor Swift reveals ‘Style’ video

    Taylor Swift reveals ‘Style’ video

    omg - Sat, Feb 14, 2015 12:14 AM PHT
    Taylor Swift reveals ‘Style’ video

    The 25-year-old released the video for her third cut from platinum selling album 1989. …

  • My mother-in-law’s personal encounter with the pope

    My mother-in-law’s personal encounter with the pope

    Write Away - Wed, Jan 28, 2015 2:29 PM PHT
    My mother-in-law’s personal encounter with the pope

    For my mother-in-law Mrs. Elsa Yrastorza Yuzon, flying and soaring in the skies is part of her normal routine. But it reached new heights when Pope Francis boarded Shepherd One. …