The 2012 Emmy Award Winners
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The 2012 Emmy Award Winners

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | September 23, 2012 | Comments ()

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For commentary, check out Courtney's always brilliant live blog (as well as the comments), for fashion come back tomorrow for Cindy's recap, and below is the somewhat disappointing list of Emmy Winners this year, which had very little in common with our picks last week.

Best Drama
"Boardwalk Empire"
"Breaking Bad"
"Downton Abbey"
"Mad Men"
"Game of Thrones"

Best Actor -- Drama
Steve Buscemi, "Boardwalk Empire"
Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad"
Michael C. Hall, "Dexter"
Damien Lewis, "Homeland"
Jon Hamm, "Mad Men"
Timothy Olyphant, "Justified"
Hugh Bonneville, "Downton Abbey"

Best Supporting Actor -- Drama
Peter Dinklage -- "Game of Thrones"
Giancarlo Esposito -- "Breaking Bad"
Jared Harris -- "Mad Men"
Brendan Coye, "Downton Abbey"
Jim Carter, "Downton Abbey"
Aaron Paul -- "Breaking Bad"

Best Supporting Actress -- Drama
Archie Punjabi, "The Good Wife"
Anna Gunn, "Breaking Bad"
Maggie Smith, "Downton Abbey"
Joanne Froggat, "Downton Abbey"
Christina Hendrix, "Mad Men"
Christine Baranski, "Good Wife"

Best Actress -- Drama
Claire Danes -- "Homeland"
Julianna Margulies -- "The Good Wife"
Elisabeth Moss -- "Mad Men"
Kathy Bates, "Harry's Law"
Glenn Close, "Damages"
Michelle Dockery, "Downton Abby"

Best Comedy
"Modern Family"
"30 Rock,"
"The Big Bang Theory"
"Curb Your Enthusiasm"

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

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

Best Supporting Actress -- Comedy
Miayim Balik, "Big Bang Theory"
Meritt Weaver, "Nurse Jackie"
Julie Bowen, "Modern Family"
Kristen Wiig, "Saturday Night Live"
Sofia Vergara, "Modern Family"
Kathryn Joosten, "Desperate Housewives"

Best Supporting Actor -- Comedy
Max Greenfield, "New Girl"
Bill Hader, "Saturday NIght Live"
Ed O'Neill, "Modern Family"
Ty Burrell, "Modern Family"
Eric Stonestreet, "Modern Family"
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, "Modern Family"

Best Television Movie or Miniseries
"Heminway and Gelhorn"
"American Horror Story"
"Hatfields and McCoys"
"Game Change"

Lead Actress -- TV Movie or Miniseries
Julianne Moore, "Game Change"
Nicole Kidman, "Hemingway and Gelhorn"
Connie Britton, "American Horror Story"
Ashley Judd, "Missing"
Emma Thompson, "The Song of Lunch"

Lead Actor -- TV Movie or Miniseries
Woody Harrelson, "Game Change"
Clive Owen, "Hemingway and Gelhorn"
Benedict Cumberbatch, "Sherlock"
Idris Elba, "Luther"a
Kevin Costner, "Hatfields & McCoys"
Bill Paxton, "Hatfields & McCoys"

Supporting Actress -- TV Movie or Miniseries"
Sarah Paulson, "Game Change"
Francis Conroy, "American Horror Story"
Jessica Lange, "American Horror Story"
Judy Davis, "Page Eight"
Mare Winningham, "Hatfields & McCoys"

Supporting Actor -- TV Movie or Miniseries"
Ed Harris, "Game Change"
Dennis O'Hare, "American Horror Story"
David Straitharn, "Hemingway and Gelhorn"
Martin Freeman, "Sherlock"
Tom Berenger, "Hatfields & McCoys"

Variety Show
"The Daily Show"
"The Colbert Report"
"Real Time with Bill Maher"
"Saturday Night Live"
"Jimmy Kimmel Live"
"Late Night with Jimmy Fallon"

Reality Competition
"So You Think You Can Dance"
"The Amazing Race"
"Dancing with the Stars"
"Top Chef"
"Project Runway"
"The Voice"

Reality Competition -- Host
Cat Deely, "So You Think You Can Dance"
Phil Keoghan, "The Amazing Race"
Ryan Seacrest, "American Idol"
Betty White, "Betty White's Off Their Rockers"
Tom Berengon, "Dancing with the Stars"

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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • Aparently

    I thought that Timothy Olyphant was nominated for a best actor Emmy? What gives?

  • AudioSuede

    Look through the full list of winners, and see how deep the poor decisions go.

    Best Animated Series....The Penguins of Madagascar?!

    The world is a bleak place, wherever these voters are living.

  • Puddin'

    Amy's all, "Bitch why do I need an Emmy? I already got two Golden Globes."

    High five? Anyone?

  • I would have accepted Idris Elba, but Cumberbatch losing to Costner hurts. And don't even get me started on Martin Freeman. Did the voters even WATCH the submitted material?!

  • Three_nineteen

    I am perfectly comfortable assuming that the vast majority of Emmy voters did not watch anything from the UK. I bet they didn't even watch Downton Abbey and just voted for Maggie Smith because she's Maggie Smith.

  • e jerry powell

    Oh, and while I'm at it, I was really expecting a bigger bit in Best Actress/Comedy from Poehler this year. I am most disappointed, but at least it was an SNL to SNL connection this time around, even if it was a little bit limp.

    She could have done something with a Palin-off, y'know? Even if that would have been a little bit obvious.

    She may have shot her wad on the pageant last year.

  • dizzylucy

    Jon Cryer won. WTF? I think I promised I'd help someone destroy the universe if that happened, so I guess I know what my afternoon plans are now.

    Didn't mind the Homeland wins, though Breaking Bad is still a notch above, IMO. Glad for Aaron, but also wish Giancarlo could have won.
    Didn't mind the JLD win either, but I was rooting hard for Amy.

    I still watch and enjoy Modern Family, but it is definitely not as funny as it once was, and the idea of it winning again is a bit ridiculous. The comedy nominations were a joke to begin with anyway, but ugh.
    I'm still pissed about the lack of Justified nominations, and then they didn't even include it in the drama montage! Emmys suck.

  • randomhookup

    The comedy nominations were a joke to begin with anyway, but ugh.


  • Guest

    God, SO much wrong up there.

  • Fuck these people for not awarding Denis O'Hare the Winner of Everything.

  • Andrew

    I don't watch TV, I haven't for the past 5 years. I cancelled my satellite subscription, and have found my life is actually much, much better. I do enjoy reading these comments about the Emmys. I am soooo glad that TV content is still crap ... would hate to think I was missing something good.

  • Bert_McGurt

    Like AudioSuede said - you're missing scads and scads of great TV. It's just (mostly) not on the "big 4" networks, and it's getting hosed at the awards.

  • AudioSuede

    See, that's the problem: TV is better now than it's ever been! There are so many incredible, daring series on the air right now, with talented casts and incredible production value and smart, interesting writing. And yet the Emmys continue to ignore a large swath of the quality work being produced (especially in comedy; their nominations and awards are travesties to the notion of humor), and it's baffling.

    Don't look at the Emmys as a barometer of quality. They apparently aren't.

  • Poehler should have won. Veep was good, but Dreyfus played Meyer as either pissed off, frustrated, or pissed off & frustrated. How she beat Poehler is beyond me, but the nominations this time (most times) were shit anyway.

  • So Jonathan from Buffy beat Steven Moffat? And Costner beat Cumberbatch. Well for fucks sake!

  • Xtacle Steve

    How does Nick Offerman still not have an Emmy? The man is more funny in one episode than Cryer or Parsons have been in entire seasons of their respective awful fucking shows.

  • AudioSuede

    They're fucking kidding me with this list, right?

  • Strand

    I don't mind Modern Family (I find it much more entertaining than Chuck Lorre's shit)... but having it constantly winning, it's such a safe, inoffensive, vanilla choice that doesn't please anyone and no-one will admit to disliking it.

    Also. How the fuck is 2.5 Men still getting Emmy nominations? I would't recommend this show in a single category even during its supposed heyday.

  • e jerry powell

    It should be noted that one of those 2½ Men Emmys went to Kathy Bates...

  • Sayo

    Aside from JLD winning for 'Veep' and Damian Lewis' win...meh.

  • Jenn TheYellowDart

    This list makes me glad I never tune in to awards shows. Because if I were watching this travesty, my tv would have been thrown off my 11th story balcony.

  • JQ

    Aaron Paul is a goddamn virtuoso, and Breaking Bad has been spectacular, but to win over Peter Dinklage? <eyes narrowing=""> Modern Family can go eat a bag of dicks, and Vince Gilligan, Bryan Cranston, Louie C.K., Idris Elba, and Benedict Cumberbatch should get to decide if it's a big bag of small dicks or a small bag of big dicks!

  • llp

    It's the Sophie's Choice of bags of dicks.

  • aryastark

    Utterly dismal. No Girls, no Boardwalk, no Game of Thrones. Every year the Emmy's are a joke. Game Change was riveting though.

  • e jerry powell
  • Lbeees


  • amylu

    Best Actor — Comedy

    Jon Cryer, “Two and a Half Men”


  • e jerry powell

    Yes, that happened.

  • Yakety Jacks

    Seriously? Kevin Costner over Benedict Cumberbatch and Idris Elba? He's like Dennis Quaid minus the personality. And the acting talent. And the rugged good looks

  • A reminder that our special relationship isn't special the way most of us would think - it's special in the sense that we're going to give ourselves every advantage and reward, but draw real creative and cultural inspiration from others. What could be more special?

  • PDamian

    Mere words can't express how bitterly disappointed I am with Costner's win. I would have accepted Idris over Benedict, but for cryin' out loud, Costner? I saw Hatfields vs Memaw, and damned if Costner didn't play the same fuckin' dull, drawlin', flat affect "Westerner" he played in Dances with Wolves, The Postman, Open Range, and so forth. Fuck.

  • Strand

    You forgot 'Fish Westerner' in Waterworld.

  • Blake

    I have no problem with Homeland winning! (Especially Damien Lewis). I was sad to see Jared Harris not win though...

    Jon Cryer? WTF! OVER Louie CK?

    HOW THE #@$! was Michael Pitt not nominated for BW?

  • Thank you. Indeed, how is Michael Pitt not nominated? And Louis CK was ROBBED I tell ya, ROBBED.

  • e jerry powell

    Robbed of what? Did he not win, like, TWO Emmys last night?

    ETA: In fact, YES. In total, three career Emmys (writing for "Louie", directing for his special at the Beacon, and previously for writing on "The Chris Rock Show") and a Grammy. He has more Emmys than Kathy Griffin at this point. He is winning the Lapsed Catholic Ginger Stand-up Comedian Emmy race now.

  • llp

    Is the Emmy's where old movie stars who get put out to pasture so they can get an award over talented television actors? Berenger, Costner, Cryer, etc?

    Also, holy boobsmack, Amy Poehler.

  • jean ralphio

    Can you post all the wins?

  • duckandcover

    My reaction: "/table flip Fuck this game."

    Two seconds later: "Goddamn right Maggie Smith won."

  • The only other justified win of the night, besides Jessica Lange..

  • space_oddity

    (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻

  • AudioSuede

    That's literally the best emoticon work I've ever seen. It's like Picasso but with pixels. Pix-casso.

  • Rocabarra

    Jon Cryer for Two and a Half Men? Really? REALLY? How is that show even still a thing? HOW IS THIS A THING?

  • 45 Nominations, six Emmys, overall. Maybe you're missing something.

  • duckandcover


  • aroorda

    Well I guesd I should push past the third episode of homeland and continue then. Breaking Bad is so far ahead of everyone else though I'm just lost as to how Jesse is the only winner.

  • Why do people who work in television have so little respect for people who work in television?

    "Oooh, look! Movie people! Let's vote for them!"

  • Modern Family?
    Winning everything? AGAIN?
    Fuck the Emmys, man.

  • lowercase_ryan

    seriously fuck Modern Family. They have have gone from something outside the box to being part of the problem, in my eyes.

  • I'll go even farther with this. I saw an episode once in its first season, and it was so obvious then that this show was about reinforcing cliches and manufacturing emotional responses. It's not that good, never was, if we're honest. For example, I really like Julie Bowen, in lots of inappropriate ways, but it's a lazy character from a writing and dramatic PoV. It deserves no awards. It's Desperate Housewives for progressive parents, and what can be less interesting than that?

  • Aisha

    I gave up on Modern Family after the episode where Claire, Hailey, and Alex all get their periods at the same time (myth), sit around crying/yelling (myth), and literally can't function (Alex poured OJ in her cereal and says "her brain doesn't work). I watched the entire episode mystified something like this is on TV in 2012.
    The plus side to not longer watching MF is no more shrieking harpy Claire (Julie Bowen). Giving her an award reinforces the idea that we need more painfully thin, angry, stay at home moms (seriously why is she still stay at home mom? She doesn't have little kids).

  • Slash

    I love "Modern Family" and still think it's awesome, but yeah, the synchronized period episode was not one of their best.

  • turtle

    I'll go even farther! I didn't like MF before it began airing. blah blah blah...

  • space_oddity

    1000x this. In its first season, I loved Modern Family. By the second season, I realized that they had decided they had a decent formula and were content to just churn the same stale shit out week after week. Haven't watched since.

  • Mavler

    I know what Louie's thinking - I'm thinking it too. "Damn, newly single Amy Poehler is looking good!"

  • thatsjesstastic!

    Totally! Is it pathetic that I've already paired them up in my head due to their being totally adorable together on Parks & Rec?

  • Mavler

    Whoa, I'd actually forgotten about that. (Shame on me.) This picture is now TWICE as awesome! "Don't stare directly into the crevice of hotness - you're on national TV, keep it together man!"

  • Slash

    No, because I'm kinda mentally pairing them up just from that picture. Adorable.

  • pumpkin

    I love him on Parks and Rec.

  • On second thought, let's not go to Hollywood. Tis a silly place.

  • zeke_the_pig

    We're the plebs of the judging table!
    Our choices are inscru-table!

  • JoannaRobinson


  • Kala

    I nearly died when he told his wife, "Thank you for the way you look at me." My reaction was on par with receiving a basket filled with lilliger cubs playing with baby seals.

  • Guest

    Even that. He's great, but that list...whammo.

  • zeke_the_pig


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