2012 Emmy Awards Winners List – Did Your Favorites Win?

Published 3 years ago by , Updated September 24th, 2012 at 6:47 am,

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The 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards is now upon us, and the battle for television’s coveted award has been decided. If you’re not able to watch the awards (or don’t want to sit through hours of scripted award presenters), you can find a list of winners below, updated live as they’re announced.

Though some have complained of Emmy nominations in years past, this year’s Emmys reflect audience viewer choices more than ever before.

Leading in the drama category, it’s going to be difficult to knock AMC off of their nomination throne. With 35 nominations on their network alone, AMC’s two departing series, Breaking Bad and Mad Men, may just sweep the drama awards this year.

Not without its own battle, all eyes will be on Louis C.K. and Lena Dunham in the comedy category, for their work on FX’s Louie and HBO’s Girls, respectively. Still, when one brings up battles in comedy, it’s impossible not to mention television comedy juggernaut, Modern Family. In past years Modern Family has all-but swept the awards. Can Louis C.K. and Dunham help turn television’s comedic tide?

Additionally, Peter Dinklage received another Emmy nod for Game of Thrones, Idris Elba is nominated for Luther, and Sherlock duo Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman (as well creator Steven Moffat) also received nominations. Will CBS’s Elementary receive the same fanfare?

You can check out the list of Emmy winners below: (Updated as they’re announced)


Outstanding Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Modern Family
30 Rock

Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series
Curb Your Enthusiasm: “Palestinian Chicken” – Robert B. Weide, Director
Girls: “She Did” – Lena Dunham, Director
Louie: “Duckling” – Louis C.K., Director
Modern Family: “Virgin Territory” – Jason Winer, Director
Modern Family: “Baby On Board” – Steven Levitan, Director
New Girl: “Pilot” – Jake Kasdan, Director

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory – Mayim Bialik as Amy Farrah Fowler
Desperate Housewives – Kathryn Joosten as Karen McCluskey
Modern Family – Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy
Modern Family – Sofia Vergara as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett
Nurse Jackie – Merritt Wever as Zoey Barkow
Saturday Night Live – Kristen Wiig as various characters

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory – Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper
Curb Your Enthusiasm – Larry David as Himself
House Of Lies – Don Cheadle as Marty Kaan
Louie – Louis C.K. as Louie
30 Rock – Alec Baldwin as Jack Donaghy
Two And A Half Men – Jon Cryer as Alan Harper

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
Community: “Remedial Chaos Theory” – Chris McKenna, Written by
Girls: Pilot – Lena Dunham, Written by
Louie: “Pregnant” – Louis C.K., Written by
Parks And Recreation: “The Debate” – Amy Poehler, Written by
Parks And Recreation: “Win, Lose, Or Draw “ – Michael Schur, Written by

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series
Modern Family – Ed O’Neill as Jay Pritchett
Modern Family – Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell Pritchett
Modern Family – Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy
Modern Family – Eric Stonestreet as Cameron Tucker
New Girl – Max Greenfield as Schmidt
Saturday Night Live – Bill Hader as various characters

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series
Girls – Lena Dunham as Hannah Horvath
Mike & Molly – Melissa McCarthy as Molly Flynn
New Girl – Zooey Deschanel as Jess Day
Nurse Jackie – Edie Falco as Jackie Peyton
Parks And Recreation – Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope
30 Rock – Tina Fey as Liz Lemon
Veep – Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer


Outstanding Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Game Of Thrones
Mad Men

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series
Breaking Bad – Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman
Breaking Bad – Giancarlo Esposito as Gustavo ‘Gus’ Fring
Downton Abbey – Jim Carter as Mr. Carson
Game Of Thrones – Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister
Mad Men – Jared Harris as Lane Pryce

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
Downton Abbey: Episode 7 – Julian Fellowes, Written by
Homeland: Pilot – Alex Gansa, Written by; Howard Gordon, Written by; Gideon Raff, Written by
Mad Men: The Other Woman – Semi Chellas, Written by; Matthew Weiner, Written by
Mad Men: Commissions And Fees – Andre Jacquemetton, Written by; Maria Jacquemetton, Written by
Mad Men: Far Away Places – Erin Levy, Written by; Matthew Weiner, Written by

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series
Breaking Bad – Anna Gunn as Skyler White
Downton Abbey – Maggie Smith as Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham
Downton Abbey – Joanne Froggatt as Anna
The Good Wife – Archie Panjabi as Kalinda Sharma
The Good Wife –  Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart
Mad Men – Christina Hendricks as Joan Holloway Harris

Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series
Breaking Bad – Mark Margolis as Tio Salamanca
The Good Wife – Dylan Baker as Colin Sweeney
The Good Wife – Michael J. Fox as Louis Canning
Justified – Jeremy Davies as Dickie Bennett
Mad Men – Ben Feldman as Michael Ginsberg
Parenthood – Jason Ritter as Mark Cyr

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series
The Good Wife – Martha Plimpton as Patti Nyholm
Grey’s Anatomy – Loretta Devine as Adele Webber
Harry’s Law – Jean Smart as D.A. Roseanna Remmick
Mad Men – Julia Ormond as Marie Calvet
Shameless – Joan Cusack as Sheila Jackson
Smash – Uma Thurman as Rebecca Duvall

Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire: “To The Lost” – Tim Van Patten, Director
Breaking Bad: “Face Off” – Vince Gilligan, Director
Downton Abbey: “Episode 7″ – Brian Percival, Director
Homeland: “Pilot” – Michael Cuesta, Director
Mad Men – Phil Abraham, Director

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire – Steve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson
Breaking Bad – Bryan Cranston as Walter White
Dexter – Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan
Downton Abbey – Hugh Bonneville as Robert, Earl of Grantham
Homeland – Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody
Mad Men – Jon Hamm as Don Draper

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series
Damages – Glenn Close as Patty Hewes
Downton Abbey – Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley
The Good Wife – Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick
Harry’s Law – Kathy Bates as Harriet Korn
Homeland – Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison
Mad Men – Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson


Outstanding Miniseries or Movie
American Horror Story
Game Change
Hatfields & McCoys
Hemingway & Gellhorn
Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia (Masterpiece)

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie
American Horror Story – Connie Britton as Vivien Harmon
Game Change – Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin
Hemingway & Gellhorn – Nicole Kidman as Martha Gellhorn
Missing – Ashley Judd as Rebecca Winstone
The Song Of Lunch (Masterpiece) – Emma Thompson as She

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie
Game Change – Woody Harrelson as Steve Schmidt
Hatfields & McCoys – Kevin Costner as ‘Devil’ Anse Hatfield
Hatfields & McCoys – Bill Paxton as Randall McCoy
Hemingway & Gellhorn – Clive Owen as Ernest Hemingway
Luther – Idris Elba as John Luther
Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia (Masterpiece) – Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or A Movie
American Horror Story – Frances Conroy as Moira
American Horror Story – Jessica Lange as Constance Langdon
Game Change – Sarah Paulson as Nicolle Wallace
Hatfields & McCoys – Mare Winningham as Sally McCoy
Page Eight (Masterpiece) – Judy Davis as Jill Tankard

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie
American Horror Story – Denis O’Hare as Larry Harvey
Game Change – Ed Harris as John McCain
Hatfields & McCoys – Tom Berenger as Jim Vance
Hemingway & Gellhorn – David Strathairn as John Dos Passos
Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia (Masterpiece) – Martin Freeman as Dr. John Watson

Outstanding Directing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic Special
Game Change – Jay Roach, Director
Hatfields & McCoys – Kevin Reynolds, Director
Hemingway & Gellhorn – Philip Kaufman, Director
Luther – Sam Miller, Director
Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia (Masterpiece) – Paul McGuigan, Director

Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special
Game Change – Danny Strong, Written by
Hatfields & McCoys • Part 2 – Ted Mann, Story and Teleplay by; Ronald Parker, Teleplay by; Bill Kerby, Story by
The Hour – Abi Morgan, Written by
Luther – Neil Cross, Written by
Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia (Masterpiece) – Steven Moffat, Written by


Outstanding Writing For A Variety Special
84th Annual Academy Awards
Betty White’s 90th Birthday: A Tribute To America’s Golden Girl
The Kennedy Center Honors
Louis C.K. Live At The Beacon Theatre
65th Annual Tony Awards

Outstanding Variety Series
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
Real Time With Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live


Outstanding Reality-Competition Program
The Amazing Race
Dancing With The Stars
Project Runway
So You Think You Can Dance
Top Chef
The Voice

Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Program
The Amazing Race – Phil Keoghan, Host
American Idol – Ryan Seacrest, Host
Betty White’s Off Their Rockers – Betty White, Host
Dancing With The Stars – Tom Bergeron, Host
So You Think You Can Dance – Cat Deeley, Host

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  1. Jon Cryer winning is bizarre. What about louis CK?!

    • i know. I thought that Jim Parsons or Lois C.K. would win.

  2. Gotta say I was really pulling for Zooey deschanel.

    • Zooey Deschanel and Sofia Vergara for me.

  3. I can’t believe that Mythbusters didn’t win best reality show, but Undercover Boss did. Mythbusters, IMO, is the best show on TV!!

    • I used to love it, but lately they’ve gotten pretty lazy with their myths. They just don’t try as hard as they used to IMO.
      Watching a typical episode, I always get annoyed at the stuff they don’t account for (wind resistance, temperature, etc.) and the time they waste doing experiments that they know won’t work.

  4. Oh also btw thanks screenrant for bring ing us this live feed. I’d rather check in on Thai then sit through the award show.


  6. It was a pretty predictable night. This is one of the most predictable awards show. Once they get hooked on a tv show it will win till it goes off the air. Like modern family, the amazing race and daily show with Jon stewart

  7. It was a pretty predictable night. This is one of the most predictable awards show. Once they get hooked on a tv show it will win till it goes off the air. Like modern family, the amazing race and daily show with Jon stewart. Mad men just got dethroned this year. Homeland will be the next mad men

  8. R u kidding me? No even one nomination for Sons of Anarchy.

    • I know! What a travesty. I was also shocked Justified didn’t get nominated for more. Last season was really strong.

  9. Boardwalk empire is far suppior to homeland

    • And I say “Homeland is better than Boardwalk Empire”. These things called “opinions” are very confusing.

      • I was just stating my opinion lol idc who won lol

  10. Also where’s the nod for the walking dead?

    • i bet they will get nominations for the upcoming season since the material will be even richer.

  11. Aaron Paul is a great actor, but over Peter Dinklage? What a joke

    • I think Aaron Paul deserves the recognition for playing Jesse in Breaking Bad pretty darn good for 5 seasons now. Sure, Dinklage is even more awesome, but he already won last year and as GOT continues, he still got enough chances to win again.

      • What is funny about that thought is that Tyrion Lanister’s role is the largest and most dominant in the second book. They downplayed it some in the tv series, but I always felt this season would be Peter Dinklage’s big year.

      • Aaron Paul already won 2 years ago, he didn’t deserve it a 2nd time like Peter did.

  12. I was hoping that Jim Parsons, Amy Poehler and Amy Fowler would win. Or Tina Fey.

  13. Who won Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series? Wasn’t bolded.

    • Tim Van Patten for Boardwalk Empire.

  14. With no wins for Sherlock or Game of Thrones, you can see with open eyes that this awards show means as much of nothing as the Oscars.

    • Yep.

    • I think the Emmys does get a lot of things right — they tend to award some really outstanding television shows. Unfortunately they also will let those shows and actors, if good enough, win over and over and over again.

    • Truth

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  16. I was hoping for some Sherlock and Luther wins, but I wasn’t really angered by any of the winners.

  17. I really wanted Mad Men and Jimmy Kimmel Live to win. Yeah Jon Cryer winning was unexpected.

  18. The stuff I like and wanted to win didn’t win. This show is as useless as other shows that don’t give awards to the stuff I like. What a joke.

  19. I’ve never seen Homeland before and since it won every damn award I might have to check it out especially if it can beat Breaking Bad and Boardwalk.
    Jon Cryer winning was a shock, sure I love his character and 2 years ago i would have wanted him to win but the past season was so bad and Cryer got less screen time than usual and mixed with bad writing. Was hopping Jim Parsons would win it.
    Thought it was great when Aaron Paul won, most memorable moment of the night for me.
    How Modern Family won anything is beyond me, Season 1 and 2 i thought were perfection but the last season was utterly boring and at times i had to force myself to watch it..

    • I think Two and a Half Men is dead without Sheen. Now they’re just kicking a dead horse. Alan’s vie for recognition and a break in life while living under his successful brother’s roof was the entire premise of the show. Now that this dynamic is gone, the show really doesn’t have much going for it. I used to want Alan to catch a break, but now I just want him to be run over by a moving truck. The writing is just awful. I gave it a shot with Kutcher, because he had great comedic timing in That 70s Show, but I only made it through a handful of episodes until I had to switch the channel. Just dreadful.

  20. I wish the Emmys would add 2 new catagorys for best 1st season in drama and comedy.
    That way shows like Homeland can get the recognition it deserves and also something like Breaking Bad or Boardwalk Empire.
    Other that the only real complaint I have is with Jon Cryer winning. Really? That show is terrible.
    Oh, and also… What’s it going to take for Jon Hamm to win? He should have at least won for his guest spot on 30 Rock.

  21. Homeland? Really? I gave up on that show halfway thru the first season and never regretted it.
    That Peter Dinklage didn’t win for Game of Thrones is a travesty. That guy has totally OWNED that miniseries.
    Modern Family? Not nearly as good as Big Bang Theory. And Cryer winning is a joke. What was that, someone lose a bet?

    I think the voters are a bunch of old fogeys who don’t know how to watch anything else once they’ve latched onto a program they like. I get it, Breaking Bad is awesome (to some) and you love Mad Men (for whatever reason) but get out more. Game of Thrones is quality and Downtown Abbey would’ve been an awesome shocker (from what I hear).

    Geez, is it time to to get all worked up over Hollywood Awards Season again? Just take the above rant, move some names and titles around and repost for every other biased, self-congratulatory, circle-jerk award show for the next 5 months…

  22. I never watch award shows anymore. They are obviously rigged in some way by looking at some of the winners. How does any one person have time to watch all these shows anyway? John Cryer? Are you freaking kidding me?

  23. Daily Show Daily Show. Every year is the same result. How come Colbert doesn’t get any love?…

  24. Jon bernthal should have been at least nominated for a supporting emmy for his intense portrayal of shane on the walking dead.

    • agreed his last scene was intense

  25. I think its hilarious how, even though the nominees this year reflected viewer’s picks more than any other year, the winners still ended up being critic’s picks.

  26. wtf, homeland better than game of thrones or boardwalk empire ? LOL LO LOL LOL LOL LOL, the emmys are a joke, like the oscars the last 4 years

  27. im happy that jon cryer won he deserves it alan/jake/berta only reasons to watch 2.5men

  28. I think it is great Modern Family won last night, they deserve it. One of the articles I read today was talking about Modern Family fatigue since they’ve done so well in past years too. I guess time will tell and we’ll see how next year shapes up. I was working late at DISH last night so I missed the airing, but I’ve got it waiting on my DVR when I get home. I’ve got the Hopper DVR with PrimeTime Anytime which automatically records all the shows in prime time from the four major networks. I can’t wait to see Jon Cryer’s acceptance speech, but I wish Jim Parsons had won instead.

  29. I love Homeland and I’m glad it got some recognition, but IMO it got a little too much. There are so many awesome shows that deserved a win as well, and I think that’s a big part of the problem: there are just too many awesome tv shows! Breaking Bad, Game Of Thrones, Walking Dead, House, Boardwalk Empire, Homeland, etc, etc. – there’s no way all of ’em can win and that’s a shame…

    In the comedy department, I’ve been watching Community lately and IMO that was the funniest show of all of ’em, but for some reason they didn’t even give it a nod… I guess Modern Family winning is okay though because the last season of the Big Bang Theory wasn’t up to par.
    John Cryer winning was a big WTF though. Did not see that coming (especially since last season of TaaHM was terrible, and he was terrible in it)

    I’m also a little disappointed that the Daily Show won… again. SNL deserved the win IMO.

    As for mini series, I’ve only seen Sherlock and Luther, and since I don’t really like Sherlock, I’m disappointed that Luther (or at the very least, Idris Elba) didn’t win.