The Emmy Awards theme: Mad Men and Modern Family dominated. The ABC series about hilariously quirky family relationships swept honors for Best Comedy (for the second year), Outstanding Supporting Actor and Actress in a comedy series (for Ty Burell and Julie Bowen), Best Writing, and Best Direction. Mad Men grabbed Best Drama series for the fourth time in a row, while Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife) and Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights) won Outstanding Leading Actress and Actor awards for a drama. Jon Stewart's The Daily Show nailed Best and Best Writing awards for a musical, variety, and comedy series.
Modern Family's producer Steve Levitan said the show, which includes gay and interracial couples, isn't only about yuks. He told of being approached by a gay couple who said to him: "You're not just making people laugh, you're making them more tolerant." Melissa McCarthy of CBS' Mike & Molly and Jim Parsons of the Big Bang Theory nabbed the leading actor comedy awards. Britain's Downton Abbey nailed the top award for Best Dramatic Miniseries (it also won for Best Writing and captured an Outstanding Supporting Actress award for Maggie Smith), while Kate Winslet scooped up the Outstanding Leading Actress award and Guy Pearce grabbed the Supporting Actor honors for HBO's miniseries about power-mad mom Mildred Pierce. For a complete list of winners, click here. (Read more Los Angeles stories.)