Emmy winners: surprise hauls for Modern Family and Downton

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UPDATED: Read what the cast of "Modern Family" and "Mad Men," as well as "Mildred Pierce's" Kate Winslet and "The Big Bang Theory's" Jim Parsons had to say backstage about their Emmy wins.

Modern Family took home the first four awards of the night, with The Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons beating The Office's Steve Carell for the lead actor in a comedy series prize. Melissa McCarthy, of CBS' Mike & Molly, surprised the audience when she topped Tina Fey and Laura Linney for the top actress in a comedy honor.
The biggest surprise was Friday Night Lights' Kyle Chandler, beating out Mad Men's Jon Hamm and Boardwalk Empire's Steve Buscemi. But it was ultimately Modern Family and Mad Men taking the top awards for comedy and drama series, respectively.
Mad Men, outstanding drama series: “I have not absorbed that yet,” creator Matthew Weiner told reporters backstage Sunday when someone noted that Mad Men was one of only a few shows to win the drama award four times. “I’m a huge fan of TV and watched all those shows … it’s hard to comprehend that we’re in that company, it really is.”
Jim Parsons of The Big Bang Theory, outstanding lead actor in a comedy series: The Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons made it two-for-two in the lead actor in a comedy category, bringing home his second trophy for his role as anal-retentive science guru Sheldon Cooper. Backstage, he noted that he had no idea that Charlie Sheen would be presenting the category and noted that after winning, his exchange was sweet and “banal.” While Parsons was the reigning winner in the category, the actor – and his mother – both felt that it was Steve Carell’s year to take home the statuette.
“That’s really who I thought it would be,” he told reporters. “I felt it would be anybody but me and Steve had a better chance than anyone. That’s what my mother and other prognosticators had said.” Parsons also told THR that he swapped text messages with co-star and fellow category nominee Johnny Galecki. “He mentioned to me that it was a butterfly-making day and had been on and off the treadmill several times,” Parsons noted. “I texted back and said it was nerve-wracking and that the treadmill definitely helps, though the elpitical machine helped me.” -- Lesley Goldberg

UPDATED: Read what the cast of "Modern Family" and "Mad Men," as well as "Mildred Pierce's" Kate Winslet and "The Big Bang Theory's" Jim Parsons had to say backstage about their Emmy wins.

Modern Family took home the first four awards of the night, with The Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons beating The Office's Steve Carell for the lead actor in a comedy series prize. Melissa McCarthy, of CBS' Mike & Molly, surprised the audience when she topped Tina Fey and Laura Linney for the top actress in a comedy honor.
The biggest surprise was Friday Night Lights' Kyle Chandler, beating out Mad Men's Jon Hamm and Boardwalk Empire's Steve Buscemi. But it was ultimately Modern Family and Mad Men taking the top awards for comedy and drama series, respectively.
Mad Men, outstanding drama series: “I have not absorbed that yet,” creator Matthew Weiner told reporters backstage Sunday when someone noted that Mad Men was one of only a few shows to win the drama award four times. “I’m a huge fan of TV and watched all those shows … it’s hard to comprehend that we’re in that company, it really is.”
Jim Parsons of The Big Bang Theory, outstanding lead actor in a comedy series: The Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons made it two-for-two in the lead actor in a comedy category, bringing home his second trophy for his role as anal-retentive science guru Sheldon Cooper. Backstage, he noted that he had no idea that Charlie Sheen would be presenting the category and noted that after winning, his exchange was sweet and “banal.” While Parsons was the reigning winner in the category, the actor – and his mother – both felt that it was Steve Carell’s year to take home the statuette.
“That’s really who I thought it would be,” he told reporters. “I felt it would be anybody but me and Steve had a better chance than anyone. That’s what my mother and other prognosticators had said.” Parsons also told THR that he swapped text messages with co-star and fellow category nominee Johnny Galecki. “He mentioned to me that it was a butterfly-making day and had been on and off the treadmill several times,” Parsons noted. “I texted back and said it was nerve-wracking and that the treadmill definitely helps, though the elpitical machine helped me.” -- Lesley Goldberg
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