Here Are Your 2012 Emmy Winners (UPDATED)

By Tim Surette

Sep 24, 2012

Emmy Goldberg, the mascot for the Emmys, harnesses nuclear fusion to keep the award in place.

Finally! The night that Kathy Bates has been waiting for! Yes it's the Emmys, television's attempt at keeping the tuxedo-rental industry alive. Jimmy Kimmel is hosting this year's gathering of television's greatest luminaries and Jon Cryer, where all the focus is on one thing: making sure Modern Family and Mad Men don't hog all the awards, because c'mon guys! Save some for all the charming Brits nominated!

I'll be updating the winners live right here, and who knows, maybe I'll even add some commentary if the mood strikes. Be sure to share your well-spoken, intelligent thoughts in the comments section below, and don't forget: we're live-tweeting the shebang, too.

Outstanding Drama Series

Mad Men
*WINNER* Homeland
Downton Abbey
Breaking Bad
Boardwalk Empire
Game of Thrones

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey
*WINNER* Damian Lewis, Homeland
Michael C. Hall, Dexter

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

*WINNER* Claire Danes, Homeland
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
Glenn Close, Damages
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Kathy Bates, Harry’s Law

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
*WINNER* Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Giancarlo Esposito, Breaking Bad
Brendan Coyle, Downton Abbey
Jim Carter, Downton Abbey
Jared Harris, Mad Men

Yes, Aaron Paul gave an adorable Emmy speech.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
*WINNER* Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey
Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama

Mark Margolis, Breaking Bad
*WINNER* Jeremy Davies, Justified
Jason Ritter, Parenthood
Ben Feldman, Mad Men
Dylan Baker, The Good Wife
Michael J. Fox, The Good Wife

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama

Joan Cusack, Shameless
Uma Thurman, Smash
Julia Ormond, Mad Men
Loretta Devine, Grey's Anatomy
Jean Smart, Harry's Law
*WINNER* Martha Plimpton, The Good Wife

Outstanding Directing, Drama

*WINNER* Tim Van Patten, Boardwalk Empire "To The Lost"
Vince Gilligan, Breaking Bad "Face Off"
Brian Percival, Downton Abbey "Episode 7"
Phil Abraham, Mad Men "The Other Woman"
Michael Cuesta, Homeland "Pilot"

Outstanding Writing, Drama

Julian Fellowes, Downton Abbey "Episode 7"
Semi Chellas and Matthew Weiner, Mad Men "The Other Woman"
Andre Jacquemetton and Maria Jacquemetton, Mad Men "Commissions and Fees"
Semi Chellas and Matthew Weiner, Mad Men "Far Away Places"
*WINNER* Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon, and Gideon Raff, Homeland "Pilot"


Outstanding Comedy Series

*WINNER* Modern Family
30 Rock
The Big Bang Theory
Curb Your Enthusiasm

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy

Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
*WINNER* Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men
Louis C.K., Louie
Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Don Cheadle, House of Lies

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy

*WINNER* Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
Lena Dunham, Girls

* Winner, best in-show gag, Amy Poehler

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy

Ty Burrell, Modern Family
*WINNER* Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
Ed O'Neill, Modern Family
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Max Greenfield, New Girl
Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy

*WINNER* Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live
Kathryn Joosten, Desperate Housewives
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy

Michael J. Fox, Curb Your Enthusiasm
*WINNER* Jimmy Fallon, Saturday Night Live
Will Arnett, 30 Rock
Greg Kinnear, Modern Family
Jon Hamm, 30 Rock
Bobby Cannavale, Nurse Jackie

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy

*WINNER* Kathy Bates, Two and a Half Men
Maya Rudolph, Saturday Night Live
Elizabeth Banks, 30 Rock
Melissa McCarthy, Saturday Night Live
Margaret Cho, 30 Rock
Dot-Marie Jones, Glee

Outstanding Directing, Comedy

Robert B. Weide, Curb Your Enthusiasm "Palestinian Chicken"
Lena Dunham, Girls "Pilot"
Jake Kasdan, New Girl "Pilot"
Louis C.K., Louie "Duckling"
Jason Winer, Modern Family "Virgin Territory"
*WINNER* Steve Levitan, Modern Family "Baby On Board"

Outstanding Writing, Comedy

*WINNER* Louis C.K., Louie "Pregnant"
Lena Dunham, Girls "Pilot"
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation "The Debate"
Michael Schur, Parks and Recreation "Win Lose or Draw"
Chris McKenna, Community "Remedial Chaos Theory"

Outstanding Reality Competition Program

So You Think You Can Dance
Dancing with the Stars
The Voice
*WINNER* The Amazing Race
Project Runway
Top Chef

Outstanding Reality Host

Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance
*WINNER* Tom Bergeron, Dancing with the Stars
Ryan Seacrest, American Idol
Phil Keoghan, The Amazing Race
Betty White, Betty White’s Off Their Rockers

Outstanding Variety Series

*WINNER* The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
The Colbert Report
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Real Time with Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live Jimmy Kimmel Live

Outstanding Miniseries or Movie

*WINNER* Game Change, HBO
American Horror Story, FX
Hemingway & Gellhorn, HBO
Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia, PBS
Luther, BBC America
Hatfields & McCoys, History

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie

Woody Harrelson, Game Change
Clive Owen, Hemingway & Gellhorn
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia
Idris Elba, Luther
*WINNER* Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys
Bill Paxton, Hatfields & McCoys

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie

*WINNER* Julianne Moore, Game Change
Connie Britton, American Horror Story
Nicole Kidman, Hemingway & Gellhorn
Emma Thompson, The Song of Lunch (Masterpiece)
Ashley Judd, Missing

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie

Ed Harris, Game Change
Denis O'Hare, American Horror Story
David Strathairn, Hemingway & Gellhorn
Martin Freeman, Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia
*WINNER* Tom Berenger, Hatfields & McCoys

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie

Sarah Paulson, Game Change
Frances Conroy, American Horror Story
*WINNER* Jessica Lange, American Horror Story
Judy Davis, Page Eight
Mare Winningham, Hatfields & McCoys

Go ahead and make your complaints in the comments section below!

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  • MekuriaYilma Sep 29, 2012

    Not again

  • slavko13 Sep 26, 2012

    The amazing race... again!!! o_O

  • JadFakhry Sep 26, 2012

    what about game of thrones ... this is a fuckin joke ...

  • GoClody Sep 26, 2012

    BREAKING BAD GO TO FUCK OFF! Fuck yeah, i fuckin' love Homeland, and hate Breaking-Bullshit-Bad, what a shitty show. Breaking Bad: FUCK YOU! HOMELAND 4EVER!


    Cranston, Jesus Christ, you're face is ugly as a dirty ass! DAMIAN LEWIS FTW! Cranston is a shitty actor.

  • BreakingBad23 Sep 26, 2012

    So if you don't like Breaking Bad that says to me you've only seen the first episode (because you've obviously stopped watching it right?) so you're not really in a position to comment about season 4 of Breaking Bad being worse than season 1 of Homeland and Bryan Cranston not being the best drama actor of the season.

    Also, you're an idiot...who probably likes Dexter.

  • tnetennba Sep 26, 2012

    "...who probably likes Dexter"

    That comment is almost as dumb as GoClody's comments. Yes, Dexter has been going downhill since Lila torched her apartment, but before that it was the best thing on TV, and even the weak season 5 (Lumen) was more entertaining than all but a handful of shows (BB being one of them, obviously). Season 6 (Hanks/Olmos) was *really* weak, I'll admit that, but so what? One really weak season doesn't mean that you have to be an idiot to like the show.

  • Gilda Sep 25, 2012

    Jon Cryer won for best lead in a comedy? Really? I dont see it.

    Also kind of surprised that Mad Men didnt win for The Other Woman that was a really good episode

  • FilmFanatic Sep 25, 2012

    I am really happy about Jessica Lange. She is simply amazing! But very annoyed with all the MODERN FAMILY wins. THEY DON'T DESERVE IT. I really don't understand why they keep winning. Their last season was below average.. How can the blond from modern family win instead of the incredible Kristen Wigg... I mean that's simply wrong.

  • tvfanboy Sep 25, 2012

    You would think that broadcast networks would take note that most of the awards are won by cable networks...or do they even care???

  • Dudekotka Sep 25, 2012

    Really? Bryan Cranston didn't win Best Actor? His performance in season 4 was probably the best performance I've ever seen on television. I like Damian Lewis a lot too, but come on.

    Everything else pretty much went as expected. I'm so glad the new TV season starts right after the Emmys, so I have other reasons than repetiveness and bad writing to hate Modern Family, despite watching every episode.

  • tnetennba Sep 25, 2012

    I agree with you, but I find it hard to complain after he won three in a row.

  • Big_Pecks Sep 25, 2012

    I'm so glad I skipped out on this. Not only was it predictable, but the winners in comedy are almost all completely wrong. Modern Family does not deserve any gold or 50%+ of a category, and Jon Cryer winning is a joke.

    I'm at least glad to see Homeland sweep and Julia Louis Dreyfus win for Veep.

  • someone38 Sep 25, 2012

    Two and a Half Men won three Emmys this season. That's like giving it one Emmy per tolerable second.

    Also, I like Modern Family, but I'm starting to hate the cast & crew. They act as if they were the most important people in television. The way they butter each other up is so annoying -- Julie Bowen in particular; first she had the nerve to complain about no Modern Family writers being nominated, and then she spent half her acceptance speech kissing up Sofia Vergara when she had the MORAL OBLIGATION to apologize to Kristen Wiig.

    I mean, there were many unfair things about last night (nothing for Sherlock, Modern Family winning, Jon Cryer) but Kristen Wiig not winning was just offensive. Especially considering Julie Bowen had already won for a much better season.

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