The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards: Winners List

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 5th, 2013 at 1:57 pm,

2011 emmy awards winners The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards: Winners List

When Jane Lynch took the stage for The 63rd Emmy Awards after a chaotic opening number, one should have known that the night will be filled with some surprising winners being announced.

After Modern Family practically swept the awards in comedy, with wins in all but two categories, it was on to reality/variety. Once again, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart took home the coveted awards in this category, but not without The Amazing Race and Saturday Night Live each picking up a single award.

A turn to television’s drama series brought about three of the most deserved wins at this year’s awards, with Kyle Chandler winning Friday Night Lights, Margo Martindale winning for Justified and Peter Dinklage winning for Game of Thrones. Martin Scorsese also took home his first Emmy award for directing the Boardwalk Empire pilot. But since Scorsese working with a budget 10x the amount of his other nominees, there wasn’t really any competition.

Proving that PBS should never be counted out, the network bested HBO in the miniseries/movie category and took home four awards, including Outstanding Miniseries & Movie, for the miniseries Downton Abbey.

And, as usual, Mad Men took home award for Outstanding Drama Series. Though, without any other wins in the category, many were hoping that Friday Night Lights might take home the award for its final season.

You can view all of winners below:


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Outstanding Comedy Series:

Modern Family

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series:

Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series:

Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly)

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series:

Julie Bowen (Modern Family)

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series:

Ty Burrell (Modern Family)

Writing for a Comedy Series:

Steven Levitan (Modern Family)

Directing for a Comedy Series:

Michael Allen Spiller (Modern Family)



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Best Reality Program, Competition:

The Amazing Race

Best Variety, Music or Comedy Series:

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program:

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Series:

Don Roy King (Saturday Night Live)



Outstanding Drama Series:

Mad Men

Lead Actor in a Drama Series:

Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights)

Lead Actress in a Drama Series:

Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife)

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series:

Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones)

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series:

Margo Martindale (Justified)

Writing for a Drama Series:

Jason Katims (Friday Night Lights)

Directing for a Drama Series:

Martin Scorsese (Boardwalk Empire)



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Outstanding Miniseries or Movie:

Downton Abbey

Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie:

Barry Pepper (The Kennedys)

Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie:

Kate Winslet (Mildred Pierce)

Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie:

Guy Pearce (Mildred Pierce)

Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie:

Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey)

Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special:

Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey)

Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special:

Brian Percival (Downton Abbey)

So there you are – the complete list. Did your favorite shows and actors win the prize – or do you feel there were some undeserved winners? Let us know!

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  1. Change your Peter Dinklage to Game of Thrones, not Boardwalk Empire

    • Agreed. Stop slacking.

      • never216,

        Thanks, it’s been corrected.

        Bob, thanks for your helpful comment.


  2. Wait…so who won best kiss?

    • Ha no1 I’m guessing?

  3. Wow, many were predicting Steve Carell would win since this was his final season, I was rooting for Louie though.

    Comedy Actress, I thought Martha Plimpton and Amy Pohler were more deserving, but they’ll have other oppurtunities.

    So glad for Kyle Chandler and Friday Night Light, it was finally recvognized for something, even if Jon Hamm will have to wait another year to win.

  4. That show sucked-the beginning was sort of fun then it was a borefest, not to mention the winners. Maybe it is me, but the only thing that was interesting was to see that lady from Justified win, she has been around for a long time–and what seemed like it was going to be an entertaining show turned into another lame awards show.

  5. Kyle Chandler deserved it! I’m so glad that Friday Night Lights was finally recognized, too bad it had to come at the end of it’s life. :’(

  6. So happy for Kyle Chandler. Friday Night Lights is probably the best TV series ever, and the cast sure deserved some recognition. Gonna miss that show!!!

  7. Boardwalk Empire ftw.

  8. not to be a total stickler but
    Supporting Actor in a Drama Series:
    Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones)

    i mean, i’d totally support that as a future win for him but…

    regardless, i’m pretty damn satisfied with this list.

  9. oh yes Jim Parsons wins again :)

    • Is that show even funny? I swear every Promo I’ve seen for that and Modern Family has made me think the exact opposite of Emmy-Worthy

  10. The win for “DOWNTON ABBEY” was tainted. It was a series, not a miniseries. Both the U.S. media and the public knew there was going to be a second season long before the Emmy nominations were announced. Yet, they nominated it for Best Miniseries. I get the feeling that the Hollywood establishment were determined that it win . . . at the expense of “MILDRED PIERCE”.

    • For some reason, all of the UK-based series were in the miniseries category: Luther, Sherlock and Downton Abbey.

      It’s odd, to say the least… Though, I believe it has to do with the low number of episodes UK series have in each season

    • I agree that the win for “Downton Abbey” is tainted; too much competition in the Best Drama Series category.

    • PBS submited it in the miniseries category for some reason.

  11. I wonder if Hugh Laurie will ever win for his character of house. Maybe in the last season.

    • If he were to get it, it would probably be for the final season of House.

  12. That sucks.. The Walking Dead should have been in there someplace.. Along with there Cast..

    • Agreed. Fabulous show with no recognition.

    • I agree mostly. The show should have been nominated but i dont feel any individual actor or actress should have been.

  13. If Mad Men keeps winning the Emmy for Best drama and nothing else (major I mean), then why not start giving that award to other shows already?

    • I don’t understand Mad Men winning at all. They didn’t field a new season. We won’t see their 5th season until 2012. I wonder: by what hocus pocus were they even entered into the Best Drama category this year?

  14. Happy Kyle Chandler was recognized. Loved him since Homefront days.

    The show itself had too many musical numbers. Just give the awards out already. Many winners I didn’t even know so that showed me how little I watch TV these days. Eddie Murphy doing the Oscars? Hm, we’ll see how that goes.

  15. Ok-enough with Mad Men, I watch the show and think it is great–but when a show has been off the air forever, and now the date to air is 2012, why was Breaking Bad, what I think is one of the best show ever written not included? I do not get the Mad Men winning all the time thing.

  16. okay i’m not trying to sound like a hbo homer or anything and i havent seen an episode of madmen since season 2 or 3 but…..there is NO WAY that mad men is anywhere as good as boardwalk empire or game of thrones. Maybe there is a smaller audience demograpic for the 2 hbo shows. Also mad men has terrific acting. However both boardwalk empire and Game of thrones have great acting and production values that have no rival. I love boardwalk empire, its an incredible show but even it cannot compare to game of thrones…that show is like like a cinematic experience every week and it is far and away the best show on television. sorry for the rant but i wanted to know if anyone else felt like me…and a side note The pacific was the shiznit better than even band of brothers and it lost to…..downtown abbey??? hbo got hosed this year.

    • I love Game of Thrones, but you are making it out to be better than it is. I think it deserved the nod, but it’s not even close to the best show on T.V..

    • A person after my heart. I love both BE and GOT. There is nothing in Mad Men that compares to the richly faceted characters and stories that drive both HBO series. Frankly, season 4 of Mad Men was not the least bit compelling to me. I never bothered to watch the last 3 episodes.

  17. Hugh Laurie never won, crazy—-Michael C Hall is awesome, he won a Golden Globe, Jon Hamm is hot, but does not act enough to get crap–Bryan Cranston three years in a row was awesome. He is so great.