‘Modern Family’ dominates Emmy Awards, Sheen a pleasant surprise

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Hollywood’s biggest stars assembled this past Sunday evening at the Nokia Theatre to commemorate amazing feats within television as the annual 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards was broadcasted to different countries around the world live on FOX.

Hosted by “Glee’s” Sue Sylvester herself, Jane Lynch paved the way for a successful show from a dazzling musical number for the opener to her hilarious skit with the “Jersey Shore” cast, where she portrayed a “nurturing” housemother to our favorite group of guidos and guidettes. We must agree, Lynch was no grenade sporting excessive make-up and a mane of long, dark locks.

In addition to unlimited stars and glamour, the Emmy’s also rung in plenty of awards recognizing those who have exceeded greatly in television. ABC’s “Modern Family” took home the most awards for the evening, including best writing, director, supporting actor and actress (Ty Burrell and Julie Bowen) and best comedy series. Upon accepting the honor for best comedy, co-creator Steve Levitan reveals, “ ‘Modern Family’ was this close to being animated. That’s how much we didn’t want to work with kids.” Along with the shows on-screen parents being awarded, the child actors became acknowledged as well.

In addition to “Modern Family’s” comedic glory, recently ended “Friday Night Lights” scored some touchdowns within drama, taking home two well deserved awards including best writing and best actor in a drama series (Kyle Chandler). Chandler (“King Kong,” “Super 8”) completed his role as Coach Eric Taylor with a bang in a category up against famous names such as Hugh Laurie, Steve Buscemi and Michael C. Hall.

“Mad Men” won the award for outstanding drama series for the fourth consecutive year in a row, having beaten out shows like “Dexter,” “Friday Night Lights” and even “Boardwalk Empire.” “Boardwalk Empire,” however, finally made its claim to fame with legendary film director, Martin Scorsese, taking home the award for best director for a drama series.

More film stars making their name within television include an excited and bubbly Kate Winslet who won the award for best actress in a miniseries of movie. The Academy Award winning actress will be placing an Emmy next to her Oscar at home, due to her portrayal in “Mildred Pierce.” “Bridesmaids” star Melissa McCarthy has certainly made a hilarious entry into Hollywood this past year, prospering within her element of comedy and winning the award for best actress in a comedy series.
McCarthy earned her award in an unexpected, pageant-styled win as fellow nominees and comedy queens (Laura Linney, Edie Falco, Amy Poehler, Martha Plimpton and Tina Fey) all gathered on-stage for her moment.

The show this year brought along some peculiarities as well. Presenting the award for lead actor in a comedy, Charlie Sheen made a return to television in an unusually sober and civil manner. He also wished the upcoming season of “Two and a Half Men” nothing but the best of luck before presenting the nominees. Along with that, previously nominated Steve Carell missed out on his last chance to win for his appearances on “The Office” in the same category. Carell finished his run on the acclaimed NBC comedy earlier this year.

The Emmy Awards aired Sunday, Sept. 18th on FOX. -cc