Claire Danes and Jeff Daniels won top Emmy Awards Sunday evening.
The Homeland star repeated her win for Outstanding Lead Actress, Drama for the second year running while Jeff scored The Newsroom’s first Emmy.
Taking the stage, Claire took a moment to recognize Homeland’s late writer Henry Bromell, whose wife accepted the his Emmy for Outstanding Writing, Drama earlier in the evening.
“I have to take this moment to recognize our most treasured… one of our very most treasured writers, Henry Bromell, who won tonight,” she said. “He passed away in March, and we just love him so much. He was a brilliant person, and so kind, and we think of him every day as we continue to work on the show that he helped define.”
Netflix’s political drama House of Cards earned David Fincher the Emmy for Outstanding Directing, Drama, while the show’s leading actor, Kevin Spacey, lost out to Jeff in one of several unexpected wins of the evening.
“No one in America is winning their Emmy office pool,” host Neil Patrick Harris joked during the broadcast.
Jeff acknowledged as much when he took the stage.
“Well, crap. I didn’t expect this. I never win,” he mused, noting that his last big award was for best actor “over 50″, bestowed by the American Association for Retired People.
“This is better,” he laughed.
Other big wins of the night included Breaking Bad for Outstanding Drama Series and Modern Family’s triumph in the Outstanding Comedy Series category.
Michael Douglas also took home the Emmy over his Behind the Candelabra co-star Matt Damon in the Outstanding Lead Actor, Miniseries or Movie category. The Steven Soderberg TV drama also won Outstanding Miniseries or Movie.
The Emmy broadcast also saw a touching posthumous tribute to the stars who passed away this year, including an emotional speech delivered by Jane Lynch for her late Glee co-star Cory Monteith.
“Cory was a beautiful soul,” she said.
James Gandolfini, Gary David Goldberg, Jean Stapleton, Jonathan Winters, and others were also honored Sunday evening during the memorial tribute.
The 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were held at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.
A full list of Primetime Emmy winners is as follows:
Best Drama: Breaking Bad
Best Comedy: Modern Family
Best Miniseries or Movie: Behind the Candelabra
Lead Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Michael Dougls, Behind the Candelabra
Supporting Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Ellen Burstyn, Political Animals
Director, Miniseries or Movie: Steven Soderbergh, Behind the Candelabra
Supporting Actor, Miniseries or Movie: James Cromwell, American Horror Story: Asylum
Writing, Miniseries or Movie: Abi Morgan, The Hour
Variety Series: The Colbert Report
Choreography: Derek Hough, Dancing With the Stars
Directing, Variety Series: Don Roy King, Saturday Night Live
Writing, Variety Series: The Colbert Report
Directing, Drama: David Fincher, House of Cards
Lead Actress, Drama: Claire Danes, Homeland
Lead Actor, Drama: Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
Supporting Actor, Drama: Bobby Cannavale, Boardwalk Empire
Reality-Competition Program: The Voice
Supporting Actress, Drama: Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Writing, Drama: Henry Bromell, Homeland
Lead Actress, Miniseries: Laura Linney, The Big C: Hereafter
Lead Actor, Comedy: Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Directing, Comedy: Gail Mancuso, Modern Family
Lead Actress, Comedy: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Supporting Actor, Comedy: Tony Hale, Veep
Writing, Comedy: Tina Fey and Tracey Wigfield, 30 Rock
Supporting Actress, Comedy: Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie
Guest Actress, Comedy: Melissa Leo, Louie
Guest Actress, Drama: Carrie Preston, The Good Wife
Guest Actor, Comedy: Bob Newhart, The Big Bang Theory
Guest Actor, Drama: Dan Bucatinsky, Scandal
Animated Program: South Park
Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program: Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, Project Runway
Reality Program: Undercover Boss
Voice-Over Performance: Lily Tomlin, An Apology to Elephants
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