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64th annual Emmys another success

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Published: Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Updated: Tuesday, October 2, 2012 08:10


Jimmy Kimmel hosted the 2012 Primetime Emmys on Sun., Sept. 23 live on ABC from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.  The late-night talk show host got some decent laughs in his opening monologue when he joked about and poked fun at Honey Boo Boo (as expected) and even talked politics.

Michael J. Fox brought the crowd to its feet while presenting the award for Best Comedy Series. “Modern Family’s” reign continued: the ABC heavyweight won best comedy series for the third year in a row. As with most winners of the night, the walk off music cut off creator Steve Levitan’s acceptance speech.

Connie Britton and Hayden Panttiere presented next for the Best Drama Series. Freshman drama “Homeland” knocked the reigning champion “Mad Men” off its mantle. The cast and crew took the stage to accept the best drama series Emmy, the first in Showtime’s history, making it the sixth Emmy for “Homeland.” Showtime’s hit drama follows Marine Sgt. Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) and his journey. Is he a traitor or a hero? He is finally coming home. CIA officer Carrie Mathison, played by Emmy winner Claire Daines, believes he has been turned and become part of a plot to be carried out on American soil. But the volatile Carrie has some demons of her own. Nothing is as it seems in “Homeland.” It’s an edge-of-your-seat thriller that also stars Emmy winner Mandy Patinkin of Criminal Minds.

“Game Change” was also a big winner of the evening taking home three Emmys for Best Miniseries or Movie, Best Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie (Julianne Moore), and Best Directing for a Miniseries or Movie (Jay Roach). “Game Change” is a 2012 American HBO political drama film based on events of the 2008 United States presidential election campaign. Directed by Jay Roach and written by Danny Strong, the film follows political journalists Mark Halperin and John Heilemann as they document the 2008 campaign. The film starred Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin, Woody Harrelson as Steve Schmidt and Ed Harris as John McCain. 

“The Amazing Race” took home an Emmy for Best Reality-Competition Program, beating out “Top Chef” from 2011.  Ricky Gervais, creator of “The Office” presented “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” an award for Best Writing in a Variety, Music or Comedy Series. Stewart accepted the award by holding hands with competitor Stephen Colbert, kissing it gently and then going to the stage with a grin on his face. 

Seth McFarlane, creator of “Family Guy” presented the award for Best Reality TV Show Host. He made the crowd laugh out loud by speaking into the wrong microphone, therefore rendering the audience unable to hear him, he saved the moment nicely by switching out the microphones so he could present the award to Tom Bergerson of “Dancing With The Stars.”

The most wins of the night went to HBO, who took home six Emmys. ABC had a total of five, as did CBS. Showtime and FX took home four Emmys. All in all, a great night of awards, some fabulous dresses. Kimmel did a great job hosting, and though his wit and humor may have been lost on some, what it lacked in attentiveness it more than made up for in humor and poise. 

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