Everyday life proved to be the best source of comedy, again, at least as portrayed on “Modern Family,” which won the Emmy for best comedy series for the third year in a row, while Julia Louis-Dreyfus helped prevent a sweep by winning best actress.
Modern Family’s Eric Stonestreet and Julie Bowen won for best supporting actress and actress at the 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.
Stonestreet faced a somewhat embarrassing predicament. He was competing against co-stars Ty Burrell, Ed O’Neill and Jesse Tyler Ferguson for the supporting actor award.
Primetime Emmy Winners, Comedy
Comedy Series: Modern Family, ABC
Actress: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep, HBO
Actor: Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men, CBS
Supporting Actor: Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family, ABC
Supporting Actress: Julie Bowen, Modern Family, ABC
Writing: Louis C.K, Louie, FX Networks
Directing: Steven Levitan, Modern Family, ABC
“I wouldn’t be standing here without Jesse Tyler Ferguson,’ he said in his acceptance speech. “There is no Cam without Mitch.”
Bowen topped co-star Sofia Vergara, who was nominated as well.
Jon Cryer won best actor for CBS’s hit show, “Two and a Half Men,” topping the show’s star Ashton Kutcher, who replaced eight-season veteran Charlie Sheen.
He seemed just as surprised as everyone else. “Don’t panic, people. Something has clearly gone terribly wrong. I’m stunned,” he said after winning the award. “It’s been an incredible journey on this show.”
“Modern Family” focuses on the lives of three related couples and their children, Jay Pritchett, his second wife and step son and his two children, one of whom is homosexual. The show is filmed in documentary style, with characters frequently talk directly into the camera.
It premiered to critical acclaim in 2010 and has captured the top comedy award every year since. “I am praying that everyone doesn’t get sick of us,” joked Modern Family executive producer Steve Levitan. The show also won for best directing.
Louis-Dreyfus won for her role as a frustrated vice president of the United States in the HBO political show “Veep.” She topped a strong field that included Lena Dunham of HBO’s “Girls, Amy Poehler for “Parks and Recreation,” Zooey Deschanel for “New Girl” and Tina Fey.
“It’s a bit mystifying to me because people say this show is a comedy, but I don’t see anything funny about me being vice president of the United States,” Louis-Dreyfus said.