Danes, Daniels bag top Emmys

Claire Danes

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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