Emmy Voters Really Like ‘Modern Family’

09.19.11 6 years ago 38 Comments

The Emmys were last night, and I’m going to have several posts talking about various aspects of the show and which actresses had the best cleavage and whatnot. But first, let’s talk about who won (and didn’t win) the little wingèd statues.

I’ve got a full list of winners below (with my sparkling commentary, of course), but here’s the short version: “Modern Family” is the only sitcom Emmy voters watch; Margo Martindale and Peter Dinklage got awesome wins for “Justified” and “Game of Thrones”; “Mad Men’s” sole Emmy was its fourth straight win for Best Drama; and “Friday Night Lights” finally got some recognition with wins for writing and lead actor (Kyle Chandler).

Outstanding Comedy Series

The Big Bang Theory


Modern Family (Winner)

The Office

Parks And Recreation

30 Rock

Make no mistake: “Modern Family” is an excellent show. It’s well-written and well-acted, and I understand that its appeal as a family comedy is broader than that of other series. But the only time “Modern Family” nominees lost last night were when they lost to other “Modern Family” nominees.

Outstanding Drama Series

Boardwalk Empire


Friday Night Lights

Game Of Thrones

The Good Wife

Mad Men (Winner)

Works for me. “Mad Men” was probably most deserving, but it would’ve been nice to see “Friday Night Lights” get a nod.

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series

Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper, The Big Bang Theory (Winner)

Johnny Galecki as Leonard Hofstadter, The Big Bang Theory

Matt LeBlanc as Matt LeBlanc, Episodes

Louis C.K. as Louie, Louie

Steve Carell as Michael Scott, The Office

Alec Baldwin as Jack Donaghy, 30 Rock

Naturally, my choice would be Louis C.K., but it was a miracle he was even nominated. The real crime here, as noted by “Parks and Rec” showrunner (and former “Office” writer) Michael Schur:

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series

Steve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson, Boardwalk Empire

Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan, Dexter

Kyle Chandler as Coach Eric Taylor, Friday Night Lights (Winner)

Hugh Laurie as Dr. Gregory House, House

Timothy Olyphant as Raylan Givens, Justified

Jon Hamm as Don Draper, Mad Men

A crowded field, even with the absence of three-time winner Bryan Cranston due to “Breaking Bad’s” prolonged absence. Olyphant was terrific in “Justified’s” stellar second season, and Hamm has never been better as Don Draper, but I can’t begrudge Coach Taylor finally getting some recognition. Clear hearts and all that.

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series

Laura Linney as Cathy Jamison, The Big C

Melissa McCarthy as Molly Flynn, Mike & Molly (Winner)

Edie Falco as Jackie Peyton, Nurse Jackie

Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope, Parks And Recreation

Martha Plimpton as Virginia Chance, Raising Hope

Tina Fey as Liz Lemon, 30 Rock

The nominees assembling onstage like beauty pageant finalists was one of the highlights of the night (and Amy Poehler’s idea), but what bothers me is that there were only two comedy categories where “Modern Family” didn’t have a nominee, and the winners were Jim Parsons and Melissa McCarthy, who’s good but clearly got the award because Emmy voters liked Bridesmaids.

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series

Connie Britton as Tami Taylor, Friday Night Lights

Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick, The Good Wife (Winner)

Kathy Bates as Harriet “Harry” Korn, Harry’s Law

Mireille Enos as Sarah Linden, The Killing

Mariska Hargitay as Detective Olivia Benson, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson, Mad Men

At least it wasn’t Kathy Bates?

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series

Chris Colfer as Kurt Hummel, Glee

Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell Pritchett, Modern Family

Ed O’Neill as Jay Pritchett, Modern Family

Eric Stonestreet as Cameron Tucker, Modern Family

Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy, Modern Family (Winner)

Jon Cryer as Alan Harper, Two and a Half Men

Yup, four of the best six male supporting actors in televised comedy are on “Modern Family.” Certainly not Nick Offerman or Danny Pudi.

F*ck you, TV Academy.

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series

Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, Game of Thrones (Winner)

Josh Charles as Will Gardner, The Good Wife

Alan Cumming as Eli Gold, The Good Wife

Walton Goggins as Boyd Crowder, Justified

John Slattery as Roger Sterling, Mad Men

Andre Braugher as Owen, Men of a Certain Age

I loved seeing Dinklage win, although I have to deduct a couple points for him calling Goggins “Walter” as he acknowledged the other nominees. C’mon, man! He was equally deserving of that Emmy, get his name right.

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series

Jane Lynch as Sue Sylvester, Glee

Betty White as Elka Ostrosky, Hot in Cleveland

Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy, Modern Family (Winner)

Sofia Vergara as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett, Modern Family

Kristen Wiig as Various characters, Saturday Night Live

Jane Krakowski as Jenna Maroney, 30 Rock

At least it wasn’t Betty White?

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series

Kelly Macdonald as Margaret Schroeder, Boardwalk Empire

Archie Panjabi as Kalinda Sharma, The Good Wife

Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart, The Good Wife

Margo Martindale as Mags Bennett, Justified (Winner)

Michelle Forbes as Mitch Larsen, The Killing

Christina Hendricks as Joan Harris, Mad Men


Next page: all the miniseries/movie awards, writing awards, reality stuff, et cetera.

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