THE 2011 EMMY AWARDS
























FROM THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Since the fashion roundup was not extensive this time out, I decided to enfold those photos into this post.

Looking immensely glamorous are:

JANE KRAKOWSKI
HUGH LAURIE
MELISSA McCARTHY
GRETCHEN MOL

In the press room:

JIM PARSONS
MARGO MARTINDALE
MARTIN SCORSESE
KATE WINSLET
GUY PEARCE

I did watch some of the telecast last night. It was rather sad to see STEVE CARELL and CHRISTINA HENDRICKS lose. But the people that took the honours in their categories were JIM PARSONS and MARGO MARTINDALE.

So at least they were eminently deserving.

JANE LYNCH was, of course, a class act and completely hilarious. I’m ecstatic that KATE and GUY emerged victorious.

And any awards ceremony that bestows an honour on the legendary MARTIN SCORSESE is my kind of party.

The EMMYS keep buying what MAD MEN is selling. The 1960s Madison Avenue saga won its fourth consecutive BEST DRAMA SERIES award Sunday, while big hearted romp MODERN FAMILY claimed its second BEST COMEDY trophy.

MODERN FAMILY producer STEVE LEVITAN, whose picture of the American family today includes gay partners and interracial families, told of being approached during shooting by a real life gay pair who wanted to say thanks.

“They said, ‘You’re not just making people laugh. You’re making them more tolerant.”’ His show received a total of five awards.

KYLE CHANDLER was the surprise winner in the BEST ACTOR (DRAMA) category for the last season of Texas football drama FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, blocking odds on favourites among the other nominees.

“I knew for a fact I would not be standing here. I did not write anything and now I’m starting to worry.”

It was a fitting victory for KYLE CHANDLER and FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, which was critically acclaimed but struggled for an audience and whose high school football team’s motto was clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.

JULIANNA MARGULIES won top drama acting honours for THE GOOD WIFE. JULIANNA, who navigates politics, law and family in the show, added to her EMMY stash. As part of the ER medical drama cast, she won a SUPPORTING ACTRESS EMMY in 1995.

MELISSA McCARTHY of MIKE & MOLLY was honoured as BEST ACTRESS (COMEDY) with an EMMY and a glitzy prom queen’s crown, while JIM PARSONS of THE BIG BANG THEORY earned his second trophy in the BEST ACTOR (C0MEDY) category.

“Holy smokes. Wow, it’s my first and best pageant ever,” said a beaming MELISSA.

“I’m from Plainfield, Illinois and I’m standing here and it’s kind of amazing.”

She thanked her parents “who supported me forever – and shouldn’t have – and just said keep doing what you’re doing.”

Moments earlier, she and the other nominees in her category had broken with tradition by jumping up on stage as their names were called, led by AMY POEHLER of PARKS & RECREATION.

They earned a standing ovation from many in the audience, which seemed fitting in a year in which TV shows and movies are giving women edgier leading roles.

JIM PARSONS seemed genuinely surprised at his victory.

“This is so odd for so many reasons. I was assured by many people in my life that this wasn’t happening.”

MARGO MARTINDALE was named BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS (DRAMA) for the show JUSTIFIED.

“Sometimes, things just take time. But with time comes great appreciation.”

PETER DINKLAGE, the victorious actor in the category for sci fi fantasy GAME OF THRONES was awed by another winner, filmmaker MARTIN SCORSESE, who received a directing trophy for BOARDWALK EMPIRE.

“Thanks. Wow. Wow. I followed Martin Scorsese. My heart is pounding. You are a legend.”

Mr. Scorsese’s directing trophy was the sole award Sunday for BOARDWALK EMPIRE, HBO’S lavishly produced tale of Prohibition era mobsters and crooked politicos on the make in freewheeling Atlantic City, N.J.

CHARLIE SHEEN presented the ACTOR (C0MEDY) award, using his time on stage to be gracious with his former TWO & A HALF MEN colleagues.

“From the bottom of my heart, I wish you nothing but the best for this upcoming season. I know you will continue to make great television.”

JULIE BOWEN and TY BURRELL, who play husband and wife on MODERN FAMILY, won SUPPORTING ACTOR (C0MEDY) AWARDS.

“Oh, my God. I don’t know what I’m going to talk about in therapy next week,” said a shocked looking JULIE. “I won something.”

TY BURRELL spoke of his own father in accepting his BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR award.

“I actually got kind of a late start in acting. My dad actually passed away before he ever saw me perform and I can’t help but wonder what he would think about all this…going to work in full makeup.”

“Why do you have to look like a harlot?” he imagined his father wondering about his decision to go into acting, where he frequently has to wear makeup. “I would say, ‘Dad, just think of me as a very masculine lady.”’

A new category, which combines the previously separate BEST MINISERIES and made for TV movie nominees, included the miniseries MILDRED PIERCE, with KATE WINSLET nominated in the role of an embattled mother and the movie TOO BIG TO FAIL about the U.S. fiscal crisis in 2008.

KATE WINSLET, an OSCAR winner, captured the trophy for BEST ACTRESS, while her costar GUY PEARCE won the award for BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR.

“I’m thrilled. I had a crush on Guy Pearce since I was 11 years old. So just to stand in the same room as him was really thrilling for me.”

MAGGIE SMITH won SUPPORTING ACTRESS honours for the miniseries DOWNTON ABBEY, which also was named best in its category.

HBO had a leading 19 awards, including trophies given Sunday and at last week’s CREATIVE ARTS AWARDS for technical and other achievements. PBS, which had a hit with DOWNTON ABBEY, earned 14 to shoulder past the commercial networks and came in second, ahead of CBS with 11, FOX with nine, ABC with eight and NBC with six.

WINNERS IN SELECTED CATEGORIES

COMEDY SERIES: MODERN FAMILY

DRAMA SERIES: MAD MEN

VARIETY SERIES (MUSIC/COMEDY): THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART

MINISERIES/MOVIE: DOWNTON ABBEY

ACTRESS (COMEDY): MELISSA McCARTHY – MIKE & MOLLY

ACTOR (C0MEDY): JIM PARSONS – THE BIG BANG THEORY

SUPPORTING ACTRESS (COMEDY): JULIE BOWEN – MODERN FAMILY

SUPPORTING ACTOR (COMEDY): TY BURRELL – MODERN FAMILY

DIRECTING (DRAMA SERIES): MARTIN SCORSESE – BOARDWALK EMPIRE

ACTRESS (DRAMA): JULIANNA MARGULIES – THE GOOD WIFE

ACTOR (DRAMA): KYLE CHANDLER – FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS

SUPPORTING ACTRESS (DRAMA): MARGO MARTINDALE – JUSTIFIED

ACTRESS (MINISERIES/MOVIE): KATE WINSLET – MILDRED PIERCE

ACTOR (MINISERIES/MOVIE): BARRY PEPPER – THE KENNEDYS

SUPPORTING ACTRESS (MINISERIES/MOVIE): MAGGIE SMITH – DOWNTON ABBEY

SUPPORTING ACTOR (MINISERIES/MOVIE): GUY PEARCE – MILDRED PIERCE

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