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Modern Family wins five Emmys, Mad Men victorious again

by Shannon Harris on September 19, 2011

Although many people were predicting some surprise winners at this year's Emmys, it was two repeat winners that took home the biggest prizes. Modern Family captured its second consecutive trophy for best comedy, while Mad Men won best drama for the fourth year in a row, the Associated Press reports.

It certainly wasn't the only award won by the Modern Family cast. Ty Burrell and Julie Bowen, who play on-screen couple Phil and Claire Dunphy, each took home the awards for best supporting actor and actress. Steven Levitan and Jeffrey Richman were honored for their writing as well.

Although the overall comedy and drama winners were not shocking, there were a few surprises. Mike and Molly star Melissa McCarthy won the award for best actress in a comedy, the announcement of which was preceded by all the nominees getting up from their seats and standing on stage in one of the more memorable moments of the night.

"Holy smokes. Wow, it's my first and best pageant ever," McCarthy said after she was announced the winner, according to the AP. "I'm from Plainfield, Illinois, and I'm standing here and it's kind of amazing."

Another poignent moment came when Kyle Chandler won best actor in a drama series for his work on Friday Night Lights. The show, which was a critical favorite but failed to attract a large viewership, became many people's sentimental favorite.

Some of the other winners include Martin Scorsese, who took home the award for best director for the prohibition-era drama Boardwalk Empire, and Peter Dinklage, who won a statue for his role in the fantasy series Game of Thrones.

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