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‘Modern Family,' ‘Mad Men' sweep the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards

‘Top Chef,' hosted by Padma Lakshmi, adjudged outstanding reality series

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Actor Archie Panjabi poses with her Emmy on Sunday in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles: ‘Mad Men,' a dark period drama set in the 60's New York, and comedy series ‘Modern Family,' a mockumentary about three families, won the top honours at the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards.

‘Mad Men' won the Emmy for best television drama for the third time in a row, while ‘Modern Family' took home the trophy for outstanding comedy at the awards presented here.

The comic series took home four more awards, including the best supporting actor trophy, which went to Eric Stonestreet, and an award for its writers, Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd. The series creators, Matthew Weiner and Erin Levy, clinched a second Emmy for writing. “All I wanted to be was a clown in the circus when I was a kid growing up,” Mr. Stonestreet said.

‘Glee', the musical series, which led with 19 nominations, won an Emmy for supporting actress Jane Lynch and director Ryan Murphy.

Mr. Murphy dedicated his award “to all my teachers who taught me to sing and fingerpaint.”

Ms. Lynch praised fellow cast members saying, “You're so fresh-faced, and when I'm not seething with jealousy, I'm so proud of you.”

‘Top Chef,' hosted by Indian model Padma Lakshmi, won the Emmy for outstanding reality series, beating off competition from ‘The Amazing Race,' which has been winning in the category for the past seven years.

In the drama category, Kyra Sedgwick won the best actress trophy for ‘The Closer,' while Bryan Cranston was named best lead actor for his performance in ‘Breaking Bad.'

Series winners for comedy were Jim Parsons for lead actor in ‘The Big Bang Theory' and Edie Falco for her lead role in ‘Nurse Jackie.' In the drama category, Archie Panjabi was honoured with the best supporting actress award for her role in ‘The Good Wife' and Steve Shill took the Emmy for best direction for ‘Dexter.'

‘Temple Grandin,' the story of a woman who overcomes autism to pioneer humane treatment for cattle, received five Emmys, including best made-for-television movie.

‘You Don't Know Jack,' a mini series about Dr. Jack Kevorkian, a controversial proponent of assisted suicide for terminal patients, earned Emmys for lead actor Al Pacino and writer Adam Mazer.

‘The Pacific,' a 10-part opus about World War II combat in the Pacific theatre, won the Emmy for outstanding mini series.

The ceremony was hosted by Jimmy Fallon, who eschewed the usual opening monologue in favour of taped pieces that focused on several shows which led the list of Emmy nominations. — PTI

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