Homeland edged out Mad Men, denying the show a record-setting fifth Best Drama trophy.
Homeland and Modern Family win big at Emmys
The terrorism thriller Homeland and the comedy Modern Family were the top winners at Sunday's Emmy Awards. The four awards for Modern Family included a three-peat as Best Comedy Series and Best Supporting Actor awards for Eric Stonestreet and Julie Bowen.
Homeland, whose four trophies for its first season included honours for Claire Danes and Damian Lewis, denied Mad Men a record-setting fifth Best Drama trophy. "I'm one of those pesky Brits, I apologise," said Lewis.
Aaron Paul won Best Supporting Drama Actor for Breaking Bad. In a surprise on the comedy side, Emmy voters decided that Two and a Half Men with Jon Cryer and without Charlie Sheen is really good, as Cryer claimed the Best Comedy Actor trophy.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus won Best Actress in a Comedy Role for Veep; Maggie Smith bagged Best Supporting Drama Actress for Downton Abbey. The Amazing Race was honoured as Best Reality Series. Julianne Moore's take on Sarah Palin in the TV movie Game Change earned her Best Actress honours. Kevin Costner was named Best Actor for the mini-series Hatfields & McCoys. Jessica Lange won Best Supporting Actress honours for American Horror Story. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart proved unstoppable, winning its 10th consecutive Best Variety Show trophy. The stand-up comic Louis CK won Best Comedy Writing for Louie and for the special Louis CK Live at the Beacon Theatre. * AP