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64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards – The Results

Updated on September 23, 2012
Many people took me home tonight--but maybe not the people you think.  Unless you think Modern Family, in which case you're absolutely right.
Many people took me home tonight--but maybe not the people you think. Unless you think Modern Family, in which case you're absolutely right. | Source

The 2012 Emmys are over, all gone away until next September. Jimmy Kimmel's hosting was fine, though nothing to write home about. There were a few surprises, a few repeats, a lot of pretty dresses (Julianna Margulies you are lovely!), and some strange antics involving Tracy Morgan. All these things are nice, but let's get down to what really matters: how did my predictions for Drama, Comedy, Miniseries and Movies, and Reality and Everything Else turn out?

Well, like the Emmys themselves, it’s rather hit or miss.


Let’s start out with the biggest miss of the night: everything comedy. With seven categories up for awards in the Comedy section, I predicted a whopping zero correctly. Zero. Not one. That’ll teach me to bet against Modern Family, oh my. The powerhouse took home four of the seven awards, with each supporting acting award (for Eric Stonestreet and Julie Bowen) alongside directing and of course the big one, Outstanding Comedy Series.

Emmy Award winners Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men) and Julie Bowen (Modern Family).  Funny people.
Emmy Award winners Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men) and Julie Bowen (Modern Family). Funny people. | Source

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Louie C.K., and a surprise Jon Cryer made off with lead acting, directing, and lead acting awards, respectively. The closest I came to calling any of this was saying Louis C.K. should clean up in his nominated categories; I just picked directing instead of writing. Whoops. I suppose I was blinded by what I wanted to win (see: Amy Poehler, Max Greenfield, Community) instead of what was actually most likely to win. I hate to say it, but this one was just a big flat miss for me.

Let’s move on.

Reality and Variety

My Reality and Everything Else Hub is floating away in “Duplicate Material” Purgatory, and with the awards over it doesn’t seem all that worth it to fight that title again. Instead, I’ll just sum things up a bit (using all new words and phrases, I promise!)

I picked The Colbert Report for the big Variety, Music, or Comedy Series winner; instead, it went to The Daily Show. Again. Some more. The Colbert Report was fresher this year, especially in its coverage of Super-Pacs, but the Emmys love an old favorite. It was startling to hear Jon Stewart say his show was in its fifteenth year, but it’s true: the show began with Craig Kilborn hosting through 1998, with Stewart taking the reins in 1999. The More You Know!

Betty White did not win any Emmys this evening, but don't rule the Golden Girl out: she's already won seven times, with twenty nominations.  America's Sweetheart, truly.
Betty White did not win any Emmys this evening, but don't rule the Golden Girl out: she's already won seven times, with twenty nominations. America's Sweetheart, truly. | Source

Another perennial favorite, The Amazing Race, took the Outstanding Reality-Competition Program, because of course it did. It has won every year but one, after all. I thought they might shake things up a bit with So You Think You Can Dance, but that was just silly, wishful thinking.

That same silly, wishful thinking went for Cat Deeley’s winning Outstanding Host. She didn’t, though Jimmy Kimmel even mentioned early in his opening monologue that “everyone” wanted to see her win it. It’s hard not to. I’m not a So You Think You Can Dance fan but I can’t help but get caught in her charm. Emmy voters can, though: the award went to Tom Bergeron for Dancing with the Stars.

I did hit a few notes correctly, though: Louis C.K. pulled in another award for his writing for Live at the Beacon Theater while Glenn Weiss took top directing honors for the 65th Tony Awards.

Overall score: two for six. Not great, but still an improvement over the whiff in comedy.

Miniseries and Movies

Miniseries and Movies came up and once again, my prognostications suffered because I chose what I wanted to win, instead of what really stood the best chance. It turns out Sherlock wasn’t the best horse to bet on, though it’s certainly one of my personal favorites. Game Change would have been a better way to go, all in all. It took the top award (prediction: wrong) along with Outstanding Lead Actress for Julianne Moore (prediction: right!), directing (prediction: wrong) and writing (prediction: right!).

Both Outstanding Actor awards went to Hatfields and McCoys, instead of the Sherlock I’d hoped for. Jessica Lange’s Outstanding Supporting Actress award for American Horror Story kept the miniseries from a total shutout: though the show was the most heavily nominated of the entire awards, Lange’s win was its only trophy. Apparently its gamble to get itself put up miniseries as opposed to drama only partly paid off. Lange’s win also puts one more checkmark in my “correct” predictions, putting me three for seven in the category.

Claire Danes (Homeland) now has two Emmys to her name.  Way to go, Angela Chase!
Claire Danes (Homeland) now has two Emmys to her name. Way to go, Angela Chase! | Source

Emmy Award Winning TV Shows

Emmy Award Winning TV Shows


I won’t lie. Out of all these four big genres of Emmys, the dramas are my favorite. I enjoy sitcoms well enough, but I often find that the shows I find funniest are among the least popular—at least, ratings-wise. In the drama category, however, I’m more in my element.

At least, I’m supposed to be.

We’ll start with the acting awards. Homeland took both lead spots, with Damien Lewis’s win coming with a bit more surprise than Claire Danes’s. Not only did Lewis break Bryan Cranston’s winning streak, he beat out perennial nominee Jon Hamm, who has never taken the statue himself. Sounds like somebody needs to advertise himself better!

I’m sorry. I couldn’t resist.

I’d expected Supporting Actor to go to Giancarlo Esposito of Breaking Bad, but I certainly won’t complain that his co-star Aaron Paul got the trophy instead. Cranston may absolutely be the lead of the show, but Paul gives it a real heart, and the Emmys recognized that for a second time.

Supporting Actress went, as expected, to Maggie Smith for Downton Abbey, giving the show its only win of the night—luckily the BBC transplant took home a few Creative Arts Emmys last week!

Boardwalk Empire similarly pulled its only award of the night with a directing statue, while writing and Outstanding Drama Series both went to freshman drama Homeland. If the Showtime show can keep up its reputation as well as its quality, it will be a force to be reckoned with.

Biggest surprise of the night? Mad Men, with its seventeen nominations in total (including several Creative Arts Emmys) does as well as I did betting comedies: nada. Nothing. The Emmy darling did not take home a single trophy.

By calling the wins for Danes, Smith, and Homeland’s writers, I once again went three for seven, bringing my overall total to eight for twenty-six—not exactly numbers to write home about. Next year I’ll just put it all on Modern Family!

Looking for more Emmys? Check out their official press release.


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