"Modern Family" wins big in the comedy category at the 2012 Emmy Awards, including the outstanding comedy series prize.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (ACADEMY OF TELEVISION ARTS & SCIENCES AND AMERICAN BROADCASTING COMPANY) - "Modern Family" won the top prize in the comedy category at the 2012 Emmy Awards Sunday (September 23), also picking up two supporting acting awards and a directing award, for a grand total of four.
The series about an eclectic group of relatives won the outstanding comedy series prize for the third year in a row, beating out "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Girls," "30 Rock," "Veep," and "The Big Bang Theory." "Modern Family" stars Julie Bowen and Eric Stonestreet also won in the outstanding supporting actress and actor categories, respectively.
Stonestreet, who plays a gay man on the show, thanked his on-screen husband, played by actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson, in his speech.
"I wouldn't be standing here without Jesse Tyler Ferguson, there is no 'Cam' without 'Mitch,' we're only 'Mitch and Cam' and you know that, it's such an honor to know you, I love you so much, I'm proud to call you my friend, I love who you are as a person, and we get the awesome opportunity to play these two characters on TV, and show America and the world what a loving couple we can be, just like everybody else and it's an honor to do that," Stonestreet said.
Other awards included "Two and A Half Men's" Jon Cryer, announced as the surprise winner in the comedy actor category, and "Seinfeld" alumnus Julia Louis-Dreyfus taking home the Emmy for her turn as a frustrated U.S. vice president in the satirical HBO show "Veep."
In accepting her prize, Julia Louis-Dreyfus revealed that she "accidentally" had co-nominee Amy Poehler's speech. She also said of the premise for her show, "it's a bit mystifying to me because people say that this show is a comedy and I don't see anything funny about me being the Vice President of the United States."
Another big win on Sunday included Comedy Central's "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," which took the prize for outstanding variety series, its tenth time taking that category and its 18th Emmy altogether. Stewart had to wrestle his co-nominees, including his Comedy Central co-star Stephen Colbert.
The 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were held at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles.