List of 60th Annual Emmy Award Winners

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September 21st, 2008

I had every intention of live blogging the 60th Annual Emmy Awards, but I got distracted by Sunday Night Football and the final game in Yankee Stadium. Ok, I had no intention whatsoever of live blogging the Emmys, but we aim to please, so we wanted to provide a list of the winners even though I personally couldn't care less, and Bill may even care less than I do...

Truthfully, living on the west coast where the awards run tape delayed, I couldn't have live blogged without actually attending the event. Not that we were invited, but I'd much prefer to watch NFL and MLB - but the Emmy Awards are a fine tradition.

John Adams may have been watched by few, but between the "lesser awards" given last week and tonight, it raked in the Emmy Awards and likely set Emmy records for a miniseries.

Tina Fey won big too - not for her portrayal of Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live, but for best actress in a comedy on 30 Rock, and also as a writer for 30 Rock. Alec Baldwin also won the best supporting actor in a comedy for his role in 30 Rock. He is sooooo good in the role of Jack Donaghy - it makes the show for me.) And 30 Rock also got the nod for best comedy series.

Glen Close won for the good, but nonetheless somewhat overrated Damages. Despite not sharing as much of the elitist love that some critics had for Damages, Close was absolutely outstanding in the role of Patty Hewes and the award is well deserved. My beef with the show is mostly that it ran 13 episodes and probably only needed about nine. Still, I recommend it and I'll certainly check it out when it returns for season two in January. Zelkiko Ivanek also scored a best supporting actor in a drama series for his role in Damages.

Jeremy Piven won another supporting actor in a comedy award for his portrayal of Ari Gold on Entourage.

Mad Men took top honors for the best drama series! Although it didn't get the Bill Gorman seal of approval, I wound up being extremely enamored with it - which may mean I am more in line with the award judges than the masses. Not a good thing really, but I'm very happy for Mad Men! It also took the best writing award for a drama series for its season one pilot, "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes"

Though I've never seen it, Bryan Cranston took home the best actor in a drama series for his role in Breaking Bad - AMC's "other show". Hugh Laurie, Michael C. Hall and Jon Hamm were snubbed! Ok, I have no idea if that's true -- I definitely need to check out Breaking Bad.

Here's a table of winners in major categories:

Category Winner Network
Comedy Series 30 Rock NBC
Drama Series Mad Men AMN
Miniseries John Adams HBO
Actor in a Comedy Alec Baldwin - 30 Rock NBC
Actor in a Drama Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad AMC
Actor in a Miniseries Paul Giamatti - John Adams HBO
Actress in a Comedy Tina Fey - 30 Rock NBC
Actress in a Drama Glenn Close - Damages FX
Actress in a Miniseries Laura Linney - John Adams HBO
Supporting Actor Comedy Jeremy Piven - Entourage HBO
Supporting Actor Drama Zeljko Ivanek - Damages FX
Supporting Actor Miniseries Tom Wilkinson - John Adams HBO
Supporting Actress Comedy Jean Smart - Samantha Who ABC
Supporting Actress Drama Dianne West, In Treatment HBO
Supporting Actress Miniseries Eileen Atkins, Cranford PBS
Television Movie Recount HBO
Variety, Music or Comedy The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Comedy Central
Reality Competition The Amazing Race CBS
Reality Host Jeff Probst - Survivor CBS
Directing Drama Greg Yaitanes - House FOX
Directing Comedy Barry Sonnenfeld - Pushing Daisies ABC
Dircting Miniseries, Movie or Special Jay Roach - Recount HBO
Writing for a Comedy Tina Fey - 30 Rock NBC
Writing Miniseries, Movie or Special Kirk Ellis - John Adams HBO
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