The most predictable of awards ceremonies, The Emmys are famous for picking a favourite show or star and sticking with them for years. "Frasier" won Best Comedy five years in a row, "The West Wing" and "Hill Street Blues" best drama for four years in a row each, and of course "The Daily Show" which has won the Best Variety show award every year since 2003.
After four years of dominance though, AMC's "Mad Men" was pushed out of the limelight as a newcomer moved in - "Homeland". The Showtime series dominated as it won for Best Drama Series, best actor in a drama for Damian Lewis, best actress in a drama for Clare Danes, and Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series.
Also dominating, albeit more predictably, was "Modern Family" with the sitcom winning four awards including Best Comedy Series for the third year in a row, best supporting actor and actress nods, and a directing award. "Two and a Half Men" surprised with acting nods for Jon Cryer and Kathy Bates' guest appearance while Julia Louis Dreyfuss took best actress for the comedy "Veep".
In the 'Mini-series and Telemovie' categories it was HBO's Sarah Palin-themed election film "Game Change" which took prominence as it also scored four awards including Best Miniseries/TV Movie award along with nods in writing, directing and a Best Actress nod for Julianne Moore. It didn't completely sweep that category though as History Channel's "Hatfields & McCoys" mini-series scored best actor and supporting actor nods.
Some acclaimed nominees walked away with only one award - "Louie" for writing, "Breaking Bad" and "Justified" for supporting actor, "American Horror Story" and "Downton Abbey" for supporting actress, "The Good Wife" for guest actress, and "Boardwalk Empire" for direction.
More interesting was those who went home empty handed. Despite numerous nominations, shows like "Mad Men," "Game of Thrones," "Sherlock," "Luther," "30 Rock," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Parks and Recreation," "Girls," "Community," and the telemovie "Hemingway & Gellhorn" ended up with nothing. Here's the complete list:
Actress, Drama Series
Claire Danes, "Homeland," Showtime.
Actor, Drama Series
Damian Lewis, "Homeland," Showtime.
Supporting Actor, Drama Series
Aaron Paul, "Breaking Bad," AMC.
Supporting Actress, Drama Series
Maggie Smith, "Downton Abbey," PBS.
Writing, Drama Series
Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon, Gideon Raff, "Homeland," Showtime.
Directing, Drama Series
Tim Van Patten, "Boardwalk Empire," HBO.
"Modern Family," ABC.
Actor, Comedy Series
Jon Cryer, "Two and a Half Men," CBS.
Actress, Comedy Series
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "Veep," HBO.
Supporting Actress, Comedy Series
Julie Bowen, "Modern Family," ABC.
Supporting Actor, Comedy Series
Eric Stonestreet, "Modern Family," ABC.
Writing, Comedy Series
Louis C.K, "Louie," FX Networks.
Directing, Comedy Series
Steven Levitan, "Modern Family," ABC.
Miniseries or Movie
"Game Change," HBO.
Actress, Miniseries or Movie
Julianne Moore, "Game Change," HBO.
Actor, Miniseries or Movie
Kevin Costner, "Hatfields & McCoys," History.
Supporting Actress, Miniseries or Movie
Jessica Lange, "American Horror Story," FX Networks.
Supporting Actor, Miniseries or Movie
Tom Berenger, "Hatfields & McCoys," History.
Directing, Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special
Jay Roach, "Game Change," HBO.
Writing, Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special
Danny Strong, "Game Change," HBO.
"The Amazing Race," CBS.
Host, Reality-Competition Program
Tom Bergeron, "Dancing With the Stars," ABC.
Variety, Music or Comedy Series
"The Daily Show With Jon Stewart," Comedy Central.
Writing for a Variety Special
Louis C.K., "Louis C.K. Live at the Beacon Theatre," FX Networks.
Directing, Variety, Music or Comedy Special
Glenn Weiss, 65th Annual Tony Awards, CBS.