Category: Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

Emmys 2011: Peter Dinklage was not expecting the win [video]

Peter Dinklage
Peter Dinklage, who won the Emmy Award for supporting actor in a drama series for "Game of Thrones," was calm and collected on the red carpet before the show. Since "Game of Thrones" is a newcomer and steeped in fantasy to boot, it was a bit of a surprise to begin with that it had garnered so many nominations.

"It's a great honor, I love the reaction it's getting — it has been so positive," said Dinklage, standing with his wife, Erica Shmidt, glowing beside him.

Was he expecting anything from the big night? No, he said, he's just happy to be here.

A few hours later he would beat out five talented men to take the statue.

 

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Photo: Peter Dinklage wins the Emmy for supporting actor in a drama series. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times.

Emmys 2011: 'Modern Family' wins for comedy series

Modern Family 
ABC's "Modern Family" won its second consecutive Emmy for comedy series on Sunday. The series about a lovably dysfunctional family earned 17 nominations in its second season, including for directing and for cast members Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ed O'Neill, Eric Stonestreet, Julie Bowen and Sofia Vergara.

The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards were handed out at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles and televised live on Fox TV.

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Photo: "Modern Family" cast. Photo credit: Danny Feld/ABC.

Emmys 2011: 'Mad Men' wins for drama series

Elisabeth Moss and Jon Hamm in a scene from Mad Men 
AMC's "Mad Men" won its fourth consecutive Emmy for drama series Sunday night. The stylish series set in the world of Madison Avenue in the 1960s was the first basic cable show to earn the Emmy in the drama series category.

Before Sunday's awards ceremony, "Mad Men" had already won 13 Emmys, four Golden Globes and two Screen Actors Guild Awards.

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Photo: Elisabeth Moss and Jon Hamm in a scene from "Mad Men." Credit: AMC

Emmys 2011: 'Downton Abbey' wins for miniseries / TV movie

PBS' Downton Abbey 
The PBS "Masterpiece Theatre" drama "Downton Abbey" won the Emmy for TV miniseries or movie on Sunday.

Created by Julian Fellowes, who won the Oscar for writing 2001's "Gosford Park," the stylish series is set in the stately English country home of an earl and countess and follows their lives as well as those of their servants just before World War I.

The series won Emmys for cinematography and costumes last week at the Creative Arts Emmys. "Downton Abbey" was the most successful British period drama on English TV since "Brideshead Revisited" 30 years earlier. The second season premieres on "Masterpiece" in  January 2012.

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Photo: "Downton Abbey." Credit: PBS

Emmys 2011: Kyle Chandler wins lead drama actor

Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton 
Kyle Chandler won his first Emmy for lead actor in a drama series on Sunday for his role as Texas high school football coach Eric Taylor in DirecTV/NBC's "Friday Night Lights." The acclaimed series, which was never a ratings blockbuster but had a devoted fan base, ended its five-season run last spring.

Chandler, 46, previously was a regular on the 1990 CBS series "Tour of Duty," the 1991-93 ABC series "Homefront" and the 1996-2000 CBS series "Early Edition." He was also seen on the big screen this summer in J.J. Abrams' "Super 8."

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Photo: Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton of "Friday Night Lights." Credit: Ricardo DeAratanha/Los Angeles Times.

Emmys 2011: Julianna Margulies wins lead drama actress

Julianna Margulies wins the Emmy

Julianna Margulies won her first Emmy for lead actress in a drama series Sunday as litigator Alicia Florrick on CBS' legal drama "The Good Wife." She was nominated last year for an Emmy and has won the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award for this role.

Margulies, 45, became a household name as Nurse Carol Hathaway on NBC's "ER," winning an Emmy for supporting actress in a drama the first season. She left the show in 2000; subsequently she's appeared in the miniseries "The Mists of Avalon" and "The Grid," the series "Canterbury's Law," "The Sopranos" and several feature films including the 2005 thriller "Snakes on a Plane."

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Photo: Julianna Margulies in 2010. Credit: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Emmys 2011: 'Amazing Race' wins for reality competition series

Amazing Race 
CBS' "The Amazing Race" returned to the winner's circle, earning the Emmy for reality competition series on Sunday. The series, which began in 2001, was the dominant force in this category, winning the trophy continuously from 2003-09. Its reign ended last year, when Bravo's "Top Chef" took the top prize. The show's new season begins Sept. 25.

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Photo: Phil Keoghan, left, greets winning sisters Jen and Kisha on "Amazing Race."  Credit:  Jeffrey R. Staab / CBS

Emmys 2011: Melissa McCarthy wins lead comedy actress

Melissa McCarthy 
Melissa McCarthy won her first Emmy for lead actress in a comedy series on Sunday for her role as Molly Flynn on the CBS hit "Mike & Molly." McCarthy, 41, played the role of Sookie St. James on the WB series "Gilmore Girls" from 2001-07 and Deana on the 2007-09 ABC comedy "Samatha Who?"

She won many more fans earlier this year as the outrageous, man-crazy Megan in the box-office smash "Bridesmaids," earning a Teen Choice Award nomination for best Scene Stealer Female.

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Photo: Melissa McCarthy at the Emmy Awards on Sunday night. Credit: Chris Pizzello / AP

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Jim Parsons in The Big Bang Theory
Jim Parsons won his second consecutive Emmy for lead actor in a comedy on Sunday for his performance as the brilliant, infuriating physicist Sheldon Cooper on the hit CBS sitcom "The Big Bang Theory."

The 38-year-old Parsons, who also played Cooper on an installment of Fox's animated series "The Family Guy," has also appeared on such series as "Judging Amy" and "Ed." Parsons has said that he had auditioned for 15 to 20 pilots before "Big Bang." He won the Golden Globe in January for the role. This spring, he appeared on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning revival of "The Normal Heart."

His "Big Bang" costar Johnny Galecki was also nominated this year for lead actor in a comedy.

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Photo: Jim Parsons in "The Big Bang Theory." Credit: Rober Voets/CBS

2011 Emmy nominations: Stars talk about working, being nominated and celebrating

Hall The nominations for the 2011 Emmy Awards were announced early this morning, with plenty of surprises mixed in with the evergreens. (See the full list here.)

The Los Angeles Times spoke to a number of nominees about the Emmys and the roles that nabbed them a chance at an award.

Some nominees -- like "Justified's" Walton Goggins -- didn't even try to downplay their excitement: "I feel like I’m floating in a vat of liquid gratitude," he said. "It’s surreal. This may never happen again in my lifetime but to go through this experience now, it doesn’t get better than this." 

Idris Elba, who was nominated both for his role in "Luther" and a guest role on "The Big C," was doubly knocked out : "It’s incredible. You wait for one bus and two come along. They’re both great surprises."

Matthew Weiner is no Emmy newbie, but he still seemed thrilled: "There’s something extra sweet about it because, four years into it, you just don’t expect to be in it." He also revealed that he already had an ending in mind for the series, three seasons down the line. "I do. I do. I do. I do have an ending in mind." So what is it? We'll have to wait, apparently. Said Weiner, "I’m keeping it close to the vest in case I change my mind."

"Mad Men's" John Slattery -- who has received a supporting actor nomination for every season "Mad Men" has been on the air -- spoke eloquently about inhabiting the role of Roger: "On TV, the most challenging thing is not to assume you know how your character would react just because you’ve played it for years. You want to deliver the joke, but you don’t want your character to be a joke. Also, people wonder about the clothes and the cigarettes and the drinks -- but you don’t play the period, you play the scene. You play each moment as it comes."

Michael C. Hall, who is nominated once again for his role on "Dexter," talked about the particular challenges this past season: "In the fifth season we sort of had to take responsibility for the mess in Dexter’s world. He had a big share in Rita’s death. It was difficult to try to play this guy who maintains some sort of disconnect from his emotions and still process all of that."

And Johnny Galecki of "Big Bang Theory" spoke about playing a character smarter than he is: "I’d say he’s much more intelligent than I am. I can only pretend to think like this guy. I can understand how he feels as [if he's] the underdog outcast. That is something I can relate to. I wasn’t the most popular kid growing up."

Matt LeBlanc knows all about awards: "I’m familiar with not winning," he joked.  Asked if he'd spoken to any of his costars from "Episodes," he quipped, "They’re probably bitter and angry. I’ll call them and rub it in. They’re all in London."

For Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton of "Friday Night Lights," the nominations are a lovely complement to the end of the series. Said Britton, "After five seasons, it just feels incredible to have the show recognized. It was long deserved, I think." Chandler talked about hearing the news: "My wife came out and said, 'Guess what, you just got nominated!' I immediately asked, 'What about Connie?' She told me that she got one too. Then she shoved me in the swimming pool."

 VergaraMireille Enos of "The Killing" talked about the backlash to the show's finale. "I loved the reaction," she said. "It's evidence of how attached people had gotten to the show. My hunch is that the people who are screaming loudest are the ones who are going to be the first to watch the next season."

Who was overlooked? Slattery mentioned "Mad Men's" Vincent Kartheiser, who plays Pete Campbell.

And what about the stiffest competition among fellow nominees? "Modern Family" star Sofia Vergara pointed to  certain popular octogenarian: "Betty White is on the list, that can’t be good for anyone."

Michael C. Hall couldn't choose one name. "Oh, gosh, I don’t know. It’s strange," he said. "We’re not running a 100-yard dash. We’re all doing very different things. It’s a strange thing deciding whose is best. Good luck to the voters doing that."

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Photo: Top: Michael C. Hall at The Los Angeles Times' 3rd Annual The Envelope: Primetime Emmy Screening Series panel in Los Angeles. Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images. Bottom: Sofia Vergara in "Modern Family." Credit: ABC.

Television Academy Honors honors 8 shows 'with a conscience'

With its Television Academy Honors, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences will pay tribute to eight programs that demonstrate the power of television to change attitudes and exemplify "television with a conscience."

The honorees selected for the fourth annual event, which will be held May 5 at the Beverly Hills Hotel, explored a range of issues including sexual abuse and assault, racism and teen pregnancy, living with a life-threatening disease and good nutrition in the fight against childhood obesity.

The recipients include "The Big C," "Friday Night Lights," "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution," "The Oprah Winfrey Show," "Parenthood" and "Private Practice."

Documentaries to be honored include HBO's "Wartorn 1861-2010" and ESPN's "The 16th Man."

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Brenda Vaccaro says 'You Don't Know Jack' revived her career

Vaccaro Brenda Vaccaro was ready to give up on acting until the HBO movie “You Don’t Know Jack” came along.

“I didn’t work for three years,” the 70-year-old said Thursday. “I was ready to roll this thing up and go to Normandy and pick berries with my husband’s French mother, because there wasn’t anything happening….I just didn’t feel the heartbeat anymore. And all of a sudden I’ve got an Emmy nomination.”

Vaccaro was nominated for outstanding supporting actress for her portrayal of Margo Janus, the older sister of Jack Kevorkian, in the film about the proponent of assisted suicide. It was one of 15 nominations for the project, which is a contender for best made-for-television movie.

On Thursday, a jubilant Vaccaro credited director Barry Levinson for reviving her career. “He gave me back my hope, my spirit, my life,” she said. 

The longtime stage and film actress already has one Emmy to her name – a trophy for best supporting actress she won in 1974 for the movie “The Shape of Things.” “How about the Ice Age!” she recalled. “For God’s sake, I was a baby. I wore white all the time – that’s how skinny I was. Now all I can say, careers are amazing. I think there’s an enormous amount of magic in it.”

Vaccaro spent the morning sitting in her backyard in Encino calling the cast and crew of “You Don’t Know Jack” as her neighbors shouted congratulations out of their windows. “It’s a great party over here on my back patio!”

She said she hasn’t “dared” contemplate winning again. “I’m scared to go there. All I know is right now, the feeling of being nominated by your acting family is just about as good as it gets.”

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Photo: Brenda Vaccaro in "You Don't Know Jack." Credit: Abbot Genser / HBO



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