'30 Rock,' 'Mad Men' take top Emmys
PBS' 'Little Dorrit' led all winners with seven trophies
The BBC/PBS miniseries "Little Dorrit" led all shows with a combined seven trophies, including last week's Creative Arts Emmy Awards.
"Mad Men" main man Matthew Weiner accepted the show's second consecutive outstanding drama series award by saying they had "worked very hard to have it not stink the second year."
The first drama series from AMC only won one other award out of 16 nominations. In accepting that award for writing a drama series -- he was named in four of the five nominations -- Weiner thanked AMC and producer Lionsgate for letting him be "the only person in this room on some level who has complete creative freedom."
Although "30 Rock" managed only five wins out among its 16 nominations, it moved into rarefied company by winning outstanding comedy series for the third year in a row: Only "Taxi," "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," "All in the Family" and "Frasier" have turned the trick. "Frasier" holds with record with five wins, all consecutive; "Family" and "Cheers" each earned four nonconsecutive Emmys for outstanding comedy.
As widely anticipated, Alec Baldwin won the lead actor in a comedy Emmy for "30 Rock," his second in a row. Baldwin dedicated his win to producer Lorne Michaels, who he said is "the greatest boss and has believed in me all these years."
"Little Dorrit," the British drama that was the top winner last week at the Creative Arts Emmys, continued to perform, picking up three more awards Sunday for outstanding miniseries, directing and writing.
The most honored TV movie was HBO's "Grey Gardens," which won outstanding made-for-TV movie, a supporting nod for Ken Howard and one for lead actress Jessica Lange. "This part was a gift," said an emotional Lange, "and they don't come around that often for me any more." She thanked co-star Drew Barrymore, calling her "the other half" for her "great, great heart, which made it all possible."
It was the first Emmy nomination for veteran actor Howard. The SAG presidential hopeful said "actors are so thrilled with the amazing success of cable television and the advent of new media and can barely wait to renegotiate."
"Grey Gardens" producer Michael Sucsy thanked HBO -- which again took home the most overall honors with 21 -- "for still making this kind of film. There are very few outlets for this these days."
Two impressive streaks were kept alive. CBS' "The Amazing Race" won its seventh consecutive Emmy for best reality competition and remains the only show ever to win in the category.
"I don't know what to say anymore," producer Bert Van Munster said. He didn't thank exec producer Jerry Bruckheimer in his acceptance speech but immediately handed the statuette to Bruckheimer, who was standing beside him among a group associated with the show.
The other streak belongs to "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart," which also won for the seventh year in a row. After host Stewart paused to tell host Neal Patrick Harris what a great job he was doing, he quipped, "I just thank you for giving me the opportunity to come up here and then go backstage and watch a football game."
That was a reference to the Dallas Cowboys-New York Giants game on NBC, which aired against the Emmys and was widely expected to win the ratings race for the evening.
"Survivor" Jeff Probst won his second consecutive Emmy as outstanding reality competition host. It was his third overall, having shared the 2001 award for outstanding nonfiction program.
There were some mild surprises to go with the expected wins. Kristin Chenoweth won as supporting actress in a comedy for the canceled ABC series "Pushing Daisies," beating out favorites Jane Krakowski of "30 Rock" and Vanessa Williams of "Ugly Betty." Surprised and teary-eyed, she used her rambling acceptance speech to make a plea for work.
In another mild surprise, Jon Cryer took the supporting actor in a comedy Emmy in his fourth consecutive nomination. He thanked co-star Charlie Sheen and "my old agents who got me this job and my new agents."
Another surprise winner was Shohreh Aghdashloo as supporting actress in a miniseries for "House of Saddam."
The win for first-time nominee Cherry Jones as supporting actress in a drama for "24" also was a mild surprise. She said she wanted to share it with her fellow cast members and promised "it will be on the craft services table tomorrow."
HBO emerged with a leading 21 wins, followed by NBC with 16, ABC with 11 and Fox with 10. CBS and PBS had nine each.
A list of winners follows on the next page.
Winners: "Mad Men," drama series; "30 Rock," comedy series; Bryan Cranston, lead actor in a drama series; Glenn Close, lead actress in a drama series; Matt Weiner and Kater Gordon, writing for a drama series; Rod Holcomb, directing for a drama series; Cherry Jones, supporting actress in a drama series; Michael Emerson, supporting actor in a drama series; "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart," variety, musical or comedy series; Hugh Jackman, Oscars opening number, original music and lyrics; "The Daily Show," writing for variety, musical or comedy series; Bruce Gowers, directing for variety, musical or comedy series; "Little Dorrit," miniseries; "Grey Gardens," made-for-TV movie; Jessica Lange, lead actress in a miniseries; Dearbhla Walsh, directing for a miniseries; Andrew Davies, writing for miniseries; Brendan Gleeson, lead actor in a miniseries; Ken Howard, supporting actor in a miniseries; Shohreh Aghdashloo, supporting actress in a miniseries; The Amazing Race, reality competition program; Jeff Probst, reality host; Alec Baldwin, actor in a comedy series; Jeff Blitz, directing for a comedy series; Toni Collette, lead actress in a comedy series; Jon Cryer, supporting actor in a comedy series; Kristin Chenoweth, supporting actress in a comedy series; Matt Hubbard, writing for a comedy series.
Nominees list for the 61st Emmy Awards (winners in bold):
Outstanding comedy series
Flight of the Conchords
How I Met Your Mother
Lead actor in a comedy series
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Jemaine Clement, Flight of the Conchords
Tony Shalhoub, Monk
Steve Carell, The Office
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Charlie Sheen, Two and a Half Men
Lead actor in a drama series
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Hugh Laurie, House
Gabriel Byrne, In Treatment
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Simon Baker, The Mentalist
Lead actress in a comedy series
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, The New Adventures of Old Christine
Christina Applegate, Samantha Who?
Sarah Silverman, The Sarah Silverman Program
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Toni Collette, United States of Tara
Mary-Louise Parker, Weeds
Lead actress in a drama series
Sally Field, Brothers & Sisters
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer
Glenn Close, Damages
Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
Holly Hunter, Saving Grace
Supporting actor in a comedy series
Kevin Dillon, Entourage
Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother
Rainn Wilson, The Office
Tracy Morgan, 30 Rock
Jack McBrayer, 30 Rock
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men
Supporting actor in a drama series
William Shatner, Boston Legal
Christian Clemenson, Boston Legal
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
William Hurt, Damages
Michael Emerson, Lost
John Slattery, Mad Men
Supporting actress in a comedy series
Kristin Chenoweth, Pushing Daisies
Amy Poehler, Saturday Night Live
Kristin Wiig, Saturday Night Live
Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock
Vanessa Williams, Ugly Betty
Elizabeth Perkins, Weeds
Supporting actress in a drama series
Rose Byrne, Damages
Sandra Oh, Grey's Anatomy
Chandra Wilson, Grey's Anatomy
Dianne Wiest, In Treatment
Hope Davis, In Treatment
Cherry Jones, 24
Variety, music or comedy series
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
Late Show With David Letterman
Real Time With Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live
Variety, music or comedy special
Chris Rock -- Kill the Messenger
Kathy Griffin: She'll Cut a Bitch
The Kennedy Center Honors
Ricky Gervais: Out of England -- The Stand-Up Special
Will Ferrell: You're Welcome America
Lead actor in a miniseries or movie
Kevin Kline, "Cyrano de Bergerac"
Brendan Gleeson, "Into the Storm"
Ian McKellen, "King Lear"
Kevin Bacon, "Taking Chance"
Kiefer Sutherland, "24: Redemption"
Kenneth Branagh, "Wallander: One Step Behind"
Lead actress in a miniseries or movie
Chandra Wilson, "Accidental Friendship"
Shirley MacLaine, "Coco Chanel"
Drew Barrymore, "Grey Gardens"
Jessica Lange, "Grey Gardens"
Sigourney Weaver, "Prayers for Bobby"
Supporting actor in a miniseries or movie
Ken Howard, "Grey Gardens"
Len Cariou, "Into the Storm"
Bob Newhart, "The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice"
Tom Courtenay, "Little Dorrit"
Andy Serkis, "Little Dorrit"
Supporting actress in a miniseries or movie
Marcia Gay Harden, "The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler"
Jeanne Tripplehorn, "Grey Gardens"
Shohreh Aghdashloo, "House of Saddam"
Janet McTeer, "Into the Storm"
Cicely Tyson, "Relative Stranger"
Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List
Reality competition program
The Amazing Race
Dancing With the Stars
Host for a reality or reality-competition program
Phil Keoghan, The Amazing Race
Ryan Seacrest, American Idol
Tom Bergeron, Dancing With the Stars
Heidi Klum, Project Runway
Jeff Probst, Survivor
Padma Lakshmi (host) and Tom Colicchio (co-host), Top Chef
Made for television movie
Into the Storm
Prayers for Bobby
Writing for a comedy series
Flight of the Conchords, "Prime Minister"
Matt Hubbard, 30 Rock, "Reunion"
30 Rock, "Apollo, Apollo"
30 Rock. "Mamma Mia"
30 Rock, "Kidney Now!"
Directing for a comedy series
Julian Farino, Entourage, "Tree Trippers"
James Bobin, Flight of the Conchords, "The Tough Brets"
Jeff Blitz, The Office, "Stress Relief"
Millicent Shelton, 30 Rock, "Apollo, Apollo"
Beth McCarthy, 30 Rock, "Reunion"
Todd Holland, 30 Rock, "Generalissimo"
Directing in a drama series
Michael Rymer, Battlestar Galactica, "Daybreak (Part 2)"
Bill D'Elia, Boston Legal, Made In China/Last Call
Todd A. Kessler, Damages, "Trust Me"
Rod Holcomb, ER, "And in the End"
Phil Abraham, Mad Men, "The Jet Set"