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Emmys Winners List 2012 - Did Your Favorite Show Win?

Emmys Winners List 2012 - Did Your Favorite Show Win?

The past year in television was celebrated at the 2012 Emmy Awards held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Sunday (September 23) in Los Angeles.

The big winners of the night in the acting categories were Claire Danes and Damian Lewis, who took home the Outstanding Leading Actor and Actress in a Drama Series awards for their show Homeland. Two and a Half Men‘s Jon Cryer and Veep‘s Julia Louis-Dreyfus picked up the top comedy prizes.

Homeland helped Showtime bring home its first Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series. Modern Family won its third consecutive award for Outstanding Comedy Series. Game Change picked up the award for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie.

Click inside for the complete Emmys winners list…



Outstanding Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Modern FamilyWINNER
30 Rock

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series
GirlsLena Dunham as Hannah Horvath
Mike & MollyMelissa McCarthy as Molly Flynn
New GirlZooey Deschanel as Jess Day
Nurse JackieEdie Falco as Jackie Peyton
Parks And RecreationAmy Poehler as Leslie Knope
30 RockTina Fey as Liz Lemon
Veep Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer – WINNER

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series
The Big Bang TheoryJim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper
Curb Your EnthusiasmLarry David as Himself
House Of LiesDon Cheadle as Marty Kaan
LouieLouis C.K. as Louie
30 RockAlec Baldwin as Jack Donaghy
Two And A Half MenJon Cryer as Alan Harper – WINNER

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series
The Big Bang TheoryMayim Bialik as Amy Farrah Fowler
Desperate HousewivesKathryn Joosten as Karen McCluskey
Modern FamilyJulie Bowen as Claire Dunphy – WINNER
Modern FamilySofia Vergara as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett
Nurse JackieMerritt Wever as Zoey Barkow
Saturday Night LiveKristen Wiig as various characters

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series
Modern FamilyEd O’Neill as Jay Pritchett
Modern FamilyJesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell Pritchett
Modern FamilyTy Burrell as Phil Dunphy
Modern FamilyEric Stonestreet as Cameron Tucker – WINNER
New GirlMax Greenfield as Schmidt
Saturday Night LiveBill Hader as various characters

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series
GleeDot-Marie Jones as Coach Shannon Beiste
Saturday Night LiveMaya Rudolph, Host
Saturday Night LiveMelissa McCarthy, Host
30 RockElizabeth Banks as Avery Jessup
30 RockMargaret Cho as Kim Jong-il
Two And A Half MenKathy Bates as Charlie Harper – WINNER

Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series
Curb Your EnthusiasmMichael J. Fox as Himself
Modern FamilyGreg Kinnear as Tad
Nurse JackieBobby Cannavale as Dr. Mike Cruz
Saturday Night LiveJimmy Fallon, Host – WINNER
30 RockWill Arnett as Devon Banks
30 RockJon Hamm as Abner and David Brinkley

Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series
Curb Your Enthusiasm: “Palestinian Chicken” – Robert B. Weide, Director
Girls: “She Did” – Lena Dunham, Director
Louie: “Duckling” – Louis C.K., Director
Modern Family: “Virgin Territory” – Jason Winer, Director
Modern Family: “Baby On Board” – Steven Levitan, Director – WINNER
New Girl: “Pilot” – Jake Kasdan, Director

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
Community: “Remedial Chaos Theory” – Chris McKenna, Written by
Girls: Pilot – Lena Dunham, Written by
Louie: “Pregnant” – Louis C.K., Written by – WINNER
Parks And Recreation: “The Debate” – Amy Poehler, Written by
Parks And Recreation: “Win, Lose, Or Draw ” – Michael Schur, Written by


Outstanding Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Game Of Thrones
Mad Men

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series
DamagesGlenn Close as Patty Hewes
Downton AbbeyMichelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley
The Good WifeJulianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick
Harry’s LawKathy Bates as Harriet Korn
HomelandClaire Danes as Carrie Mathison – WINNER
Mad MenElisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series
Boardwalk EmpireSteve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson
Breaking BadBryan Cranston as Walter White
DexterMichael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan
Downton Abbey ” Hugh Bonneville as Robert, Earl of Grantham
HomelandDamian Lewis as Nicholas Brody - WINNER
Mad MenJon Hamm as Don Draper

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series
Breaking BadAnna Gunn as Skyler White
Downton AbbeyMaggie Smith as Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham – WINNER
Downton AbbeyJoanne Froggatt as Anna
The Good WifeArchie Panjabi as Kalinda Sharma
The Good WifeChristine Baranski as Diane Lockhart
Mad MenChristina Hendricks as Joan Holloway Harris

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series
Breaking BadAaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman – WINNER
Breaking BadGiancarlo Esposito as Gustavo ‘Gus’ Fring
Downton AbbeyJim Carter as Mr. Carson
Game Of ThronesPeter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister
Mad Men Jared Harris as Lane Pryce

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series
The Good WifeMartha Plimpton as Patti Nyholm – WINNER
Grey’s AnatomyLoretta Devine as Adele Webber
Harry’s Law Jean Smart as D.A. Roseanna Remmick
Mad MenJulia Ormond as Marie Calvet
ShamelessJoan Cusack as Sheila Jackson
SmashUma Thurman as Rebecca Duvall

Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series
Breaking Bad Mark Margolis as Tio Salamanca
The Good WifeDylan Baker as Colin Sweeney
The Good WifeMichael J. Fox as Louis Canning
Justified Jeremy Davies as Dickie Bennett – WINNER
Mad MenBen Feldman as Michael Ginsberg
ParenthoodJason Ritter as Mark Cyr

Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire: “To The Lost” – Tim Van Patten, Director – WINNER
Breaking Bad: “Face Off” – Vince Gilligan, Director
Downton Abbey: “Episode 7″ – Brian Percival, Director
Homeland: “Pilot” – Michael Cuesta, Director
Mad MenPhil Abraham, Director

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
Downton Abbey • Episode 7 – Julian Fellowes, Written by
Homeland • Pilot – Alex Gansa, Written by; Howard Gordon, Written by; Gideon Raff, Written by – WINNER
Mad Men • The Other Woman – Semi Chellas, Written by; Matthew Weiner, Written by
Mad Men • Commissions And Fees – Andre Jacquemetton, Written by; Maria Jacquemetton, Written by
Mad Men • Far Away Places – Erin Levy, Written by; Matthew Weiner, Written by


Outstanding Miniseries or Movie
American Horror Story
Game ChangeWINNER
Hatfields & McCoys
Hemingway & Gellhorn
Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia (Masterpiece)

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie
American Horror StoryConnie Britton as Vivien Harmon
Game ChangeJulianne Moore as Sarah Palin – WINNER
Hemingway & GellhornNicole Kidman as Martha Gellhorn
MissingAshley Judd as Rebecca Winstone
The Song Of Lunch (Masterpiece)Emma Thompson as She

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie
Game ChangeWoody Harrelson as Steve Schmidt
Hatfields & McCoysKevin Costner as ‘Devil’ Anse Hatfield – WINNER
Hatfields & McCoys Bill Paxton as Randall McCoy
Hemingway & GellhornClive Owen as Ernest Hemingway
LutherIdris Elba as John Luther
Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia (Masterpiece)Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or A Movie
American Horror StoryFrances Conroy as Moira
American Horror StoryJessica Lange as Constance Langdon – WINNER
Game ChangeSarah Paulson as Nicolle Wallace
Hatfields & McCoysMare Winningham as Sally McCoy
Page Eight (Masterpiece)Judy Davis as Jill Tankard

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie
American Horror StoryDenis O’Hare as Larry Harvey
Game ChangeEd Harris as John McCain
Hatfields & McCoysTom Berenger as Jim Vance – WINNER
Hemingway & GellhornDavid Strathairn as John Dos Passos
Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia (Masterpiece)Martin Freeman as Dr. John Watson

Outstanding Directing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic Special
Game ChangeJay Roach, Director – WINNER
Hatfields & McCoysKevin Reynolds, Director
Hemingway & GellhornPhilip Kaufman, Director
LutherSam Miller, Director
Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia (Masterpiece)Paul McGuigan, Director

Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special
Game ChangeDanny Strong, Written by – WINNER
Hatfields & McCoys • Part 2Ted Mann, Story and Teleplay by; Ronald Parker, Teleplay by; Bill Kerby, Story by
The HourAbi Morgan, Written by
Luther Neil Cross, Written by
Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia (Masterpiece)Steven Moffat, Written by


Outstanding Variety Series
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show with Jon StewartWINNER
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
Real Time With Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Variety Special
Betty White’s 90th Birthday: A Tribute To America’s Golden Girl
Kathy Griffin: Tired Hooker
The Kennedy Center HonorsWINNER
Mel Brooks And Dick Cavett Together Again
Tony Bennett: Duets II (Great Performances)

Outstanding Special Class Programs
84th Annual Academy Awards
The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards
The 54th Annual Grammy Awards
Herbie Hancock, Gustavo Dudamel And The LA Phil Celebrate Gershwin (Great Performances)
Louis C.K. Live At The Beacon Theatre
65th Annual Tony AwardsWINNER

Outstanding Special Class – Short-format Live-Action Entertainment Programs
Childrens HospitalWINNER
The Daily Show Correspondents Explain
Parks And Recreation: April And Andy’s Road Trip
30 Rock: The Webisodes
Web Therapy

Outstanding Writing For A Variety Series
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show With Jon StewartWINNER
Real Time With Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Animated Program
American Dad!
Bob’s Burgers
The Penguins Of Madagascar: The Return Of The Revenge Of Dr. BlowholeWINNER
The Simpsons


Outstanding Reality Program
Antiques Roadshow
Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution
Shark Tank
Undercover BossWINNER
Who Do You Think You Are?

Outstanding Reality-Competition Program
The Amazing RaceWINNER
Dancing With The Stars
Project Runway
So You Think You Can Dance
Top Chef
The Voice

Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Program
The Amazing RacePhil Keoghan, Host
American IdolRyan Seacrest, Host
Betty White’s Off Their RockersBetty White, Host
Dancing With The StarsTom Bergeron, Host – WINNER
So You Think You Can DanceCat Deeley, Host

Outstanding Nonfiction Series
American Masters
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations
Frozen PlanetWINNER
Inside The Actors Studio
The Weight Of The Nation

Outstanding Nonfiction Special
Bobby Fischer Against The World
George Harrison: Living In The Material World - WINNER
Gloria: In Her Own Words
Paul Simon’s Graceland Journey: Under African Skies
6 Days To Air: The Making Of South Park

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  • Tina

    Queen Julianne Moore, THAT IS ALL!

  • Walter white will get revenge

    Um, Bryan Cranston not winning again was a joke, his season 4 acting was the best he’s done on the show, and they give it to some joke fro homeland,

  • Julia

    So happy for Aaron Paul :)

  • katie

    Aaron Paul, yes.

  • Josh

    Am I the only one that is very disappointed that Connie Britton didn’t win? In my opinion, she is by far one of the most underrated actresses in Hollywood and doesn’t get the recognition she deserves. Here’s to hoping she gets an Emmy next year!

  • krix

    Jon Cryer, one of the funniest men on tv (crazy talent) – Congratulations!

  • elizabeth

    Not only did my favorite show not win, it did not receive a single nomination, which makes me furious. (Fringe is my favorite, although I think Parenthood should’ve been nominated too.) Of the shows that did receive nominations, the ones I liked won too few b/c the awards were handed out over and over again to the same programs. Not that they aren’t deserving, but geez, spread the wealth! And set a freaking limit on repeat wins. When the Daily Show wins the same category 10 years in a row, you have a case for setting a damn limit. (And for the record, I love the Daily Show. But I also love the other guys nominated.)

  • Gilmore

    Ugh, can we just get over modern family now?

  • maevy


    No they will not stop until Modern Family series ends. Now we know who are the one whose going to win next year.

    The Emmy is becoming redundant and boring as hell

  • KissThis

    Congrats to Claire Daines!! Love her!

  • Ruta

    Delighted about the Homeland win and the awards to Clare and Damien who give absolutely brilliant performances. It is an outstanding drama series which thoroughly deserves this recognition.

    Personally I’m also sorry that The Killing wasn’t nominated for anything because that was also an excellent series with great performances.

  • ruta is slow


    ruta you must be slow.

  • Peapo

    Because you disagree with Ruta’s choices you call her slow? Who died and made you Queen -itch.

  • eil

    Conratulations!! Jessica Lange!

  • MadMenFan

    Did my favorite show win? No !!!!!! Can’t believe Mad Men was a complete shutout at the awards ceremony this year. At least they could have awarded Jon Hamm with the best actor in a drama award, since it’s eluded him all these years. In fact, Christina and Liz both got ignored. But I guess the show producers thought they were doing something by uncharacteristically getting through all of those categories earlier in the show, building up the suspense somewhat.
    I found it cruel. A bunch of nobodies won major categories from shows that harly anyone watches !! What happened to the newbies like Revenge, Once Upon a Time, Grimm? . Not fair. Don’t think I’ll waste my time watching next time unless my shows are at least nominated. And on top of that, the whow was dull and boring too. Not funny at all. They certainly don’t need to ask Kimmel back as host again. And I’m sick and embarassed by that clown Tracey Morgan. They added nothing but strange moments.

  • Julia

    Thanks God Homeland won! So tired of Mad Men or Breaking Bad.
    The only thing I am disappointing is Modern Family. Seriously? Give me a break, there are now thousands of better comedy shows AND better performances than Modern Family.

  • cheri

    All of the actors were very deserving of those awards. Homeland is a great show and deserved all those awards they received. I completely forgot that the Emmys were on last night, so when I got home from working at DISH, I was so happy that my Hopper automatically records the primetime shows. It was nice that I didn’t have to worry about missing it since it recorded the shows for me on the PrimeTime Anytime feature. Jon Cryer did deserve the best actor in a comedy series. I have always thought he was the better actor in Two in a Half Men.


    Jon Cryer winning is a joke, right???? First of all, Two and A Half Men sucks big time now and is going down hill fast to were it belong after Kutcher was brought in. Jon’s role is a winner if you like whinny, self loathing, annoying, smoochers which he plays so well is probably why he won, otherwise the show is not funny & horrible now. I only watch reruns of the old shows and even then Jon aka Alan is annoying as hell.

  • the_boyfriend

    Christina Hendricks was Robbed!

  • Frida

    Homeland heck yes!

  • Jerry

    The good:
    Aaron Paul wins again! Pity it was at the expense of his co-star Giancarlo who won’t have another chance for his role :(
    Damian Lewis’ win was well deserved
    Yay for Julianne Moore and Jessica Lange

    The bad:
    All the Modern Family wins are getting tired now
    Jon Cryer? Ugh please
    And Amy Poehler really needs to win an Emmy already!