Emmys 2011: “Modern Family” and “Mad Men” walk away winners

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This year’s Emmy Awards, said to be “the biggest night in television,” were an uneventful and generic awards show which unfortunately fell flat. Of all the great shows nominated, “Mad Men” walked away with the Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series for the fourth year running, “Modern Family” took the award for Outstanding Comedy Series, which was almost no surprise, and Steve Carrell was snubbed again for his leading role in “The Office”. This year was his last chance to be nominated, but sadly, he didn’t win the award.

The only electrifying moment of the show was “Glee” star and host, Jane Lynch when she attempted to light up the night with some comedy. However, even her jokes, which are usually funny, were a little weak. Perhaps it was the writers of the show to blame, or maybe the directors, but the Emmy’s this year were stuffed with uninspired dialogue and bland performances. The directors of the show had to resort to bringing back Charlie Sheen for a heartwarming send-off to “Two and a Half Men” and to misplaced musical performances.

While it was nice to see “Modern Family” favorites Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell, an Oregonian, walk away with awards, we couldn’t help wondering if the show is beginning to lose its flavor. In fact, the only justifying point of the show was seeing Kyle Chandler deservingly win the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series award for his role in “Friday Night Lights.”

All in all, this year’s Emmys was a predictable event and it was nice to see all our favorite stars and shows win awards, but in the end, something about the show lacked flavor and excitement. Maybe next year they can get it right.

Full List of Winners:
Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
WINNER: Melissa McCarthy as Molly Flynn, Mike and Molly

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
WINNER: Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper, The Big Bang Theory

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
WINNER: Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy, Modern Family

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
WINNER: Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy, Modern Family

Comedy Series
WINNER: Modern Family

Lead Actress in a Drama Series
WINNER: Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick, The Good Wife

Lead Actor in a Drama Series
WINNER: Kyle Chandler as Coach Eric Taylor, Friday Night Lights

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
WINNER: Margo Martindale as Mags Bennett, Justified

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
WINNER: Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, Game of Thrones

Drama Series
WINNER: Mad Men

Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
WINNER: Kate Winslet as Mildred Pierce, Mildred Pierce

Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
WINNER: Barry Pepper as Bobby Kennedy, The Kennedys

Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
WINNER: Maggie Smith as Dowager Countess of Grantham/Violet, Downtown Abbey

Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
WINNER: Guy Pearce as Monty Beragon, Mildred Pierce

Miniseries or Movie
WINNER: Downtown Abbey

Variety, Music or Comedy Series
WINNER: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Reality- Competition Program
WINNER: The Amazing Race

Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program
WINNER: Jeff Probst as Host, Survivor