'30 Rock' and 'Mad Men' tops at Emmys
"Mad Men" and "30 Rock" led a pack of Emmy winners who successfully defended their titles at Sunday's show, while Australian Toni Collette of Showtime's "United States of Tara" was honored as best lead actress in a comedy series for her role as a mother with multiple personalities.
"Wow, this is insanely confronting," said a beaming Collette. She thanked series creator Diablo Cody, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of "Juno."
AMC's glossy 1960s Madison Avenue saga "Mad Men," which last year became the first basic cable show to win a top series award, won the best drama trophy for a second time.
"It is an amazing time to work in TV," said "Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner. "And, I know that everything is changing, but I'm not afraid of it because I feel like all these different media is just more choice and more entertainment. It's better for the viewers in the end and I'm glad to be a part of it."
NBC's "30 Rock," a satirical take on life inside a TV variety show, was honored for the third time as best comedy series, while star Alec Baldwin won his second award as best comedy actor.
"We want to thank our friends at NBC for keeping us on the air ... even though we are so much more expensive than a talk show," said "30 Rock" creator and star Tina Fey, referring to Jay Leno's new daily prime-time comedy show, which NBC likes to note is cheaper to produce than a scripted series.
Baldwin, accepting his acting trophy for "30 Rock" from "Brothers & Sisters" star Rob Lowe, joked, "I'll be honest with you. I'd trade this to look like him."
Glenn Close's performance as a ruthless trial attorney on "Damages" and Bryan Cranston's turn as a meth-making, cancer-stricken teacher on "Breaking Bad" were honored with the top drama series acting Emmys, the second consecutive trophies for bot
Partial List of Winners:Drama Series: "Mad Men," AMC.
Comedy Series: "30 Rock," NBC.
Actor, Drama Series: Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad," AMC.
Actress, Drama Series: Glenn Close, "Damages," FX Networks.
Actor, Comedy Series: Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock," NBC.
Actress, Comedy Series: Toni Collette, "United States of Tara," Showtime.
Supporting Actor, Drama Series: Michael Emerson, "Lost," ABC.
Supporting Actress, Drama Series: Cherry Jones, "24," Fox.
Supporting Actor, Comedy Series: Jon Cryer, "Two and a Half Men," CBS.
Supporting Actress, Comedy Series: Kristin Chenoweth, "Pushing Daisies," ABC.
Miniseries: "Little Dorrit" PBS.
Made-for-TV Movie: "Grey Gardens," HBO.
Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Brendan Gleeson, "Into the Storm," HBO.
Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Jessica Lange, "Grey Gardens," HBO.
Supporting Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Ken Howard, "Grey Gardens," HBO.