The 63rd Emmy Award ceremony on Sunday night was dominated by two shows: Mad Men and ModernFamily. Both sweeping honors one after another their triumph did not come as much a surprise, but that's no to say the night was not filled with them.
Glee Star Jane Lynch, kicked off the ceremony dazzling the audience with her metallic gunmetal gray frock with a keyhole neckline, but criticized for not living up to the roll of the most entertaining host, despite her efforts with a full set of jokes and dances.
Then came two unprecedented moments from Charlie Sheen. First he took to the stage as a presenter for best lead actor in a comedy series category. Second, he offered his warmest sentiments to the cast of the hit show Two and a Half Men, of which he had been fired earlier this year.
The 46-year-old actor asked to take a moment to get something off his chest. This message goes out to the cast of 'Two and a Half Men', he said. From the bottom of my heart I wish you nothing but the best for this upcoming season.
The message comes months after Sheen announced the show could not go on without him. When the actor found out he was fired, he delivered an angry response directed at the shows creator, Chuck Lorre.
Jaws dropped as Kyle Chandler took a surprising lead in the best actor in a drama series role, for Friday Night Lights. especially since he was up against Jon Hamm's much commended work on Mad Men.''
First-time nominee Melissa McCarthy of Mike & Molly also surprised the audience for her first time win as best actress in a comedy role.
Jim Parsons's second win in a row was also a surprise; all the odds were on Steve Carell, for his seven seasons on The Office.''
Meanwhile, Modern Family'' sweep the first three awards and by the end of the night had received honors, for directing, writing, supporting actor, supporting actress, and best comedy. Welcome back to the 'Modern Family' awards,'' Jane Lynch announced at one point.
Here is a full list of all the winners:
Drama Series: Mad Men, AMC.
Actress, Drama Series: Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife, CBS.
Actor, Drama Series: Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights, DirecTV/NBC.
Supporting Actor, Drama Series: Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones, HBO.
Supporting Actress, Drama Series: Margo Martindale, Justified, FX.
Writing, Drama Series: Jason Katims, Friday Night Lights, NBC.
Directing, Drama Series: Martin Scorsese, Boardwalk Empire, HBO.
Comedy Series: Modern Family, ABC.
Actor, Comedy Series: Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory, CBS.
Actress, Comedy Series: Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly, CBS.
Supporting Actress, Comedy Series: Julie Bowen, Modern Family, ABC.
Supporting Actor, Comedy Series: Ty Burrell, Modern Family, ABC.
Writing, Comedy Series: Steven Levitan and Jeffrey Richman, Modern Family, ABC.
Directing, Comedy Series: Michael Spiller, Modern Family, ABC.
Miniseries or Movie: Downton Abbey (Masterpiece), PBS.
Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Kate Winslet, Mildred Pierce, HBO.
Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Barry Pepper, The Kennedys, ReelzChannel.
Supporting Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey (Masterpiece), PBS.
Supporting Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Guy Pearce, Mildred Pierce, HBO.
Directing, Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special: Brian Percival, Downton Abbey (Masterpiece), PBS.
Writing, Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special: Julian Fellowes, Downton Abbey (Masterpiece), PBS.
Reality-Competition Program: The Amazing Race, CBS.
Variety, Music or Comedy Series: The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, Comedy Central.
Directing, Variety, Music or Comedy Series: Don Roy King, Saturday Night Live, NBC.
Writing, Variety, Music or Comedy Series: The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, Comedy Cen