Modern Family, Gay Faves Score Top Emmys

Modern Family won four Emmy Awards last night, including its third consecutive trophy for best comedy series, while Jessica Lange and Julianne Moore were also popular — and predicted — winners.

BY Jeremy Kinser

September 24 2012 12:12 PM ET

Modern Family won four Emmy Awards last night, including its third consecutive trophy for best comedy series, while Jessica Lange and Julianne Moore were also popular—and predicted—winners.

ABC's hit LGBT-inclusive sitcom also won awards for director Steve Levitan and supporting performers Julie Bowen and Eric Stonestreet.

Stonestreet, who stars as half of a pair of gay parents on the series, won his second Emmy as supporting actor in a comedy and acknowledged his on-screen partner, Jesse Tyler Ferguson from the podium. “There is no Cam without Mitch," he said. "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. I never knew I’d be on TV as a gay man, but I love the pictures of hairy chests you guys are sending me.”

As predicted by most awards pundits, Jessica Lange took home the outstanding supporting actress in a miniseries trophy for her staggering work in Ryan Murphy's American Horror Story. Lange previously won an Emmy as best actress in a miniseries/TV movie for the 2008 drama Grey Gardens.

Another expected winner was Julianne Moore as best actress in a miniseries/TV movie for her spot-on portrayal of equality opponent Sarah Palin. Game Change, HBO's drama about the 2008 election, also won awards for best miniseries/TV movie, for Jay Roach as best director, and for Danny Strong as best writing for miniseries/TV movie. Moore, a longtime ally to the LGBT community, was a popular winner and took a moment during her speech to diss the real-life character she portrayed. "I feel so validated because Sarah Palin gave me a big thumbs down," Moore said while accepting the trophy.

For a complete list of winners go here.

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