Lynette Rice
August 29, 2010 AT 12:00 PM EDT

Modern Family triumphed with trophies for best comedy, best supporting actor and writing, while Mad Men won its third consecutive Emmy for best drama at the 62nd Primetime Emmys, held Sunday in Los Angeles and broadcast on NBC.

HBO, as usual, ruled in the movies categories, with multiple wins for Temple Grandin and the miniseries The Pacific. Al Pacino also won for You Don’t Know Jack.

Wins for ABC’s freshman comedy began early with trophies for creators Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd for writing, and co-star Eric Stonestreet (Cameron Tucker), who accepted the prize for supporting actor by saying “all I wanted to be was a clown in the circus when I was a kid growing up.” When accepting the Emmy for best comedy, Levitan gave a shout-out to all the show’s fans, big and small. “We are so thrilled that families are sitting down together to watch a television show, and we just wanted to say we are so happy that you have let us into your families,” he said on stage, with the full cast behind him.

In contrast, the creator of Mad Men behaved as if he never left the stage when accepting the Emmy for best drama. Having already won the gold earlier in the night for writing, Matthew Weiner took the stage at ceremony’s end by saying “So where was I?” Remarkably, the actors on the drama have never won an Emmy, though castmembers like Jon Hamm, John Slattery and Elisabeth Moss have received multiple nominations.

Though Glee was a huge favorite going into tonight’s Emmys, the only prizes given to the Fox dramedy went to co-star Jane Lynch (Sue Sylvester) and creator Ryan Murphy, who won for directing the pilot that first aired last May but ran again — as a director’s cut — at the start of the 2009-10 season.

Edie Falco, an Emmy favorite because of her work on The Sopranos, won for starring in Showtime’s Nurse Jackie. Falco was a critic pick but clearly, she wasn’t expecting to take home another statue and as a result, is now the first woman in Emmy history to post wins for a comedy and a drama. “Oh, this is the most ridiculous thing that has ever, ever happened in the history of this lovely award show,” she said on stage. “I’m not funny.”

Jim Parsons earned a statue for Big Bang Theory while Kyra Sedgwick finally took home her first Emmy for The Closer. And Breaking Bad ruled in the male actor categories, with nods for star Bryan Cranston – his third consecutive win – and co-star Aaron Paul.

Other surprises for the night included Archie Panjabi, who was awarded the supporting actor prize for The Good Wife, and Bravo’s Top Chef for winning in the best reality category. The show’s producers were so convinced they weren’t going to win (probably because The Amazing Race has dominated the category for the last seven years) that executive producer Dan Cutworth said on stage that “this is something that we never expected, and I think a lot of people come up here and say this. I really mean it.”

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart won again in the variety show category – a well-deserved honor, even though there was some sentiment for a win for The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien. In the days leading up to the telecast, there was lots of speculation over what the ex-NBC employee would and wouldn’t say if he were to win an Emmy. O’Brien starts his TBS late show in November.

The three-hour show began with host Jimmy Fallon kicking off an inspired riff on Glee, with celebrities like Tina Fey, Jorge Garcia, Joel McHale and Jon Hamm joining in on a sing-along of “Born to Run.”  The gang — which included a surprise appearance by Kate Gosselin — ended up on stage and was met with huge cheers from the audience inside the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. Other highlights included Ricky Gervais distributing bottles of beer and Fallon impersonating Elton John and Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, while crooning a genius redux of songs like “Candle in the Wind” and Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) as a way to say goodbye to 24, Law & Order and Lost. See below for list of winners:

OUTSTANDING COMEDY

WINNER: Modern Family

Glee

Curb Your Enthusiasm

Nurse Jackie

30 Rock

The Office

OUTSTANDING DRAMA

WINNER: Mad Men

Lost

Breaking Bad

Dexter

True Blood

The Good Wife

OUTSTANDING MOVIE

WINNER: Temple Grandin

OUTSTANDING MINISERIES

WINNER: The Pacific

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A MOVIE

WINNER: Al Pacino, You Don’t Know Jack

OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A MOVIE

WINNER: Mick Jackson, Temple Grandin

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A MOVIE

WINNER: Claire Danes, Temple Grandin

OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A MOVIE

WINNER: Adam Mazer, You Don’t Know Jack

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MOVIE

WINNER: David Strathairn, Temple Grandin

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MOVIE

WINNER: Julia Ormond, Temple Grandin

OUTSTANDING VARIETY, MUSIC, OR COMEDY SERIES

WINNER: The Daily Show With Jon Stewart

The Colbert Report

Real Time With Bill Maher

Saturday Night Live

The Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien

OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A VARIETY, MUSIC OR COMEDY SPECIAL

WINNER: Bucky Gunts, Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony

In Performance At The White House

The Kennedy Center Honors

63rd Annual Tony Awards

The 25th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concert

Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony

OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A VARIETY, MUSIC OR COMEDY SPECIAL

WINNER: 63rd Annual Tony Awards

82nd Annual Academy Awards

Bill Maher “But …I’m Not Wrong”

The Kennedy Cener Honors

Wanda Sykes: I’ma Be Me

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA

WINNER: Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer)

Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife)

Mariska Hargitay (Special Victims Unit)

Glenn Close (Damages)

January Jones (Mad Men)

Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights)

OUTSTANDING DIRECTING IN A DRAMA SERIES

WINNER: Dexter (The Getaway): Steve Shill

Breaking Bad (One Minute): Michelle MacLaren

Lost (The End): Jack Bender

Mad Men (Guy Walks into the advertising agency): Lesli Linka Glatter

Treme (Pilot): Agnieszka Holland

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A DRAMA

WINNER: Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)

Jon Hamm (Mad Men)

Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights)

Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)

Hugh Laurie (House M.D.)

Michael C. Hall (Dexter)

Matthew Fox (Lost)

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA

WINNER: Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife)

Sharon Gless (Burn Notice)

Christine Baranski (The Good Wife)

Christina Hendricks (Mad Men)

Rose Byrne (Damages)

Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife)

Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men)

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA

WINNER: Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad)

John Slattery (Mad Men)

Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad)

Martin Short (Damages)

Terry O’ Quinn (Lost)

Michael Emerson (Lost)

Andre Braugher (Men of a Certain Age)

OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A DRAMA SERIES

WINNER: Mad Men (Shut the door.  Have a Seat): Matthew Weiner, Erin Levy

Friday Night Lights (The Son): Rolin Jones

The Good Wife (pilot): Michelle King, Robert King

Lost (The End): Damon Lindelof, Carlton Cuse

Mad Men (Guy Walks into a advertising agency): Robin Veith, Matthew Weiner

OUTSTANDING REALITY SHOW COMPETITION

WINNER: Top Chef

Project Runway

Top Chef

The Amazing Race

Dancing with the Stars

American Idol

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

WINNER: Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie)

Lea Michele (Glee)

Tina Fey (30 Rock)

Toni Collette (The United States of Tara)

Julia Louis-Dreyfus (The New Adventures of Old Christine)

Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation)

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A COMEDY

WINNER: Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)

Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm)

Alec Baldwin (30 Rock)

Matthew Morrison (Glee)

Steve Carell (The Office)

Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)

Tony Shalhoub (Monk)

OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A COMEDY SERIES

WINNER: Glee (pilot): Ryan Murphy

Glee (Wheels): Paris Barclay

Modern Family (pilot): Jason Winer

Nurse Jackie (pilot): Allen Coulter

30 Rock (I do I do): Don Scardino

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY

WINNER: Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family)

Chris Colfer (Glee)

Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother)

Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family)

Jon Cryer (Two and A Half Men)

Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family)

Ty Burrell (Modern Family)

OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A COMEDY SERIES

WINNER: Modern Family (pilot): Steven Levitan, Christopher Lloyd

Glee (pilot): Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Ian Brennan

The Office (Niagra): Greg Daniels, Mindy Kaling

30 Rock (Anna Howard Shaw Day): Matt Hubbard

30 Rock (Lee Marvin vs. Derek Jeter) Tina Fey, Kay Cannon

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

WINNER: Jane Lynch (Glee)

Kristen Wiig (Saturday Night Live)

Jane Krakowski (30 Rock)

Julie Bowen (Modern Family)

Sofia Vergara (Modern Family)

Holland Taylor (Two and A Half Men)

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