Jimmy Kimmel hosted the 64th annual Emmy Awards from the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, Calif., on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012. Television stars gathered from all over the United States to take part in celebrating the most entertaining programs on the air.
The first genre presented at the awards was Comedy. John Cryer from Two and a Half Men and Julia Louis-Dreyfus from Veep won Outstanding Lead Actor and Actress in a Comedy Series. The Outstanding Supporting Actor and Actress Emmys went to Eric Stonestreet and Julie Bowen, who were both from Modern Family. The Emmy for Best Guest Actor and Actress in a Comedy went to Kathy Bates and Jimmy Fallon. The Outstanding Comedy Series in 2012 was awarded to Modern Family. The Comedy Direction Emmy went to Steven Levitan for his work in Modern Family.
The Outstanding Host of a Reality-Competition program went to Tom Bergeron from Dancing with the Stars. The Amazing Race won the Outstanding Reality-Competition Program.
Presentations for Drama began with Damien Lewis and Claire Danes from Homeland receiving the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor and Actress in a Drama Series. Outstanding Supporting Actor and Actress went to Aaron Paul from Breaking Bad and Maggie Smith from Downton Abbey. Outstanding Guest Actor and Actress in a Drama Series went to Jeremy Davies from Justified and Martha Plimpton from The Good Wife. The Drama Series Direction Emmy went to Tim van Patten for his work on Boardwalk Empire. Following, the Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series went to the writing team of Homeland.
Receiving the first Variety Emmy was Louis C.K. for Louis C.K. at Beacon Theater. The Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special went to Glenn Weiss for The 65th Annual Tony Awards. The Daily Show with John Stewart took home the Outstanding Variety Series Emmy.
Kevin Costner from Hatfields and McCoys and Julianne Moore from Game Change took the Outstanding Lead Actor and Actress for a Miniseries or Movie. The Outstanding Supporting Actor and Actress for a Miniseries or Movie went to Tome Berenger from Hatfields and McCoys and Jessica Lange from American Horror Story. The Outstanding Miniseries or Movie Emmy went to Game Change.
HBO received the most Emmys at six, while ABC took five. Showtime took home its first Emmy for Outstanding Series. Even though the show Mad Men was the highest nominated show, with 17 nominations, it received no Emmys. Homeland took four Emmys and Modern Family also received four Emmys.
At one point, Jimmy Kimmel asked Tracy Morgan to join him on stage. Kimmel told the audience at home to tweet that Morgan passed out on stage. So Morgan lay on the stage for about ten minutes before being carried off by other actors, and Kimmel explained that it had been a joke.
Despite the hits and misses of the evening, the 2012 Emmys stands as one of the most-watched Emmy ceremonies in television history.