2011 Emmys Winners and Losers

Check out the best moments, big winners — and losers — from the 2011 Emmy Awards.

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Comedian Melissa McCarthy speaks onstage during the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 18, 2011 in Los Angeles, United States.
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The Year of Melissa McCarthy, who was the breakout star of the film Bridesmaids, continued with the Mike & Molly leading lady taking home Outstanding Lead Performance by an Actress in a Comedy Series on her first nomination. She was joined onstage by the other nominees in a bizarre, pageant-themed set-up. Click to see more winners, losers, and great moments from the 2011 Emmys.
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Modern Family star Julie Bowen took home her first Emmy award for her portrayal of supporting character Claire Dunphy. The show had a huge night, racking up 5 awards.
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Bowen’s Modern Family husband, Ty Burrell, also won an Emmy for his supporting role on the series.. It was Burrell’s second nomination, last year he lost to his co-star Eric Stonestreet.
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Modern Family’s winning streak continued with Mike Spiller winning for Outstanding Direction for a Comedy Series, for the episode Halloween.
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Writers Steven Levitan and Jeffrey Richman of Modern Family made it four-for-four, winning Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, for the episode Caught in the Act, in which the Dunphy children experience the distinct horror of finding their parents mid-coitus.
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Actor Charlie Sheen cheered on his former co-stars of Two and a Half Men, in an unexpectedly understated tribute. "From the bottom of my heart I wish you nothing but the best for the upcoming season," Sheen told the audience.
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The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons scored his second consecutive trophy for best actor in a comedy for his role as the most annoying man in the world, Sheldon Cooper.
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Will Arnett and Zooey Deschanel served as presenters for the 2011 Emmy Awards. They both appear in new comedies this fall, with Arnett in NBC's Up All Night, and Deschanel in Fox's New Girl.
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Jane Lynch opened the show with a rousing musical number that had her "traveling" through many TV shows, including The Big Bang Theory and Mad Men.
With Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston ineligible this year (their fourth season began too late in July), it looked like it was finally Jon Hamm’s chance to win best actor in a drama, but it was not to be--what’s this guy gotta do to win an Emmy?
Jimmy Kimmel wrestled fellow late-night talk-show host Jimmy Fallon to the ground in an effort to get his hands on Fallon’s acceptance speech, written in the event he won best variety show host. In it he thanked Kimmel, who he knew would never do anything to publicly humiliate him.
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Don Roy King of Saturday Night Live won best director of a variety, musical or comedy show for the episode hosted by Justin Timberlake and musical guest Lady Gaga.
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Margo Martindale’s brilliant work on Justified earned the veteran a best supporting actress in a drama. the star gave a shout out to “the most kick-ass-enest cast on television, led by Timothy Olyphant,” while accepting her award onstage.
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The Emmytones were a bad idea poorly executed, and a waste of a number of talented people, as Joel McHale, Wilmer Valderama, Zach Levi, Cobie Smoulders, Tajari P. Henson and Kate Flannery sang intros to each of the show’s segments.
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Director Martin Scorsese took home the award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series at the 2011 Emmys, for the HBO series "Boardwalk Empire."
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Actor Peter Dinklage took home the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for the HBO series "Game of Thrones." It was his first nomination and win. He gushed, "I followed Martin Scorsese," who took the stage just before him, then thanked his dog sitter at home, "Kitty."
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The Daily Show won its ninth consecutive Emmy for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy series. “We’re acutely aware of how fortunate we are to have won this award once,” said host Jon Stewart.
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Host Jane Lynch got a huge laugh when she said, "A lot of people are curious why I'm a lesbian. Ladies and gentlemen, the cast of Entourage!"
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Eight-time nominee Julianna Margulies won her second Emmy, her first since 1995, for her role as Alicia Florrick, aka The Good Wife. Her previous win was when she was on E.R.
Actor Kyle Chandler won Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for Friday Night Lights, which is in its final season. Hopefully everyone watching football flipped over in time to see it.
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Singers Akiva Schaffer, Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, aka the boys of "The Lonely Island" performed a hilarious montage of their hits, including "I Just Had Sex," "Jack Sparrow" (with a little help from Michael Bolton, reprising his role as Captain Jack Sparrow complete with a crooked fake mustache) and "3-Way."
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It seems impossible, but Steve Carell’s tenure on The Office as the bumbling boss Michael Scott ended without him ever winning best actor in a comedy.
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Modern Family took home top honors with the Outstanding Comedy Series award, capping off a night of dominance that began with the show winning the first four awards of the night (best supporting actor and actress, best writing and best directing).
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The worst bit of the night had to be the fake pageant they held for the best actress in a comedy nominees--wasn’t this supposed to be the year that woman finally took their rightful place in the comedy world?
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Despite getting shutout in every other category of the night, Mad Men took home the top prize for dramas, being named TV’s best series for the fourth year in a row, a prize it has won every year of its existence.
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Kate Winslet’s earned best actress in a miniseries or movie for her work in the title role of Mildred Pierce, joining her co-star...
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Guy Pearce, named best supporting actor in a miniseries or movie, the winner’s circle.
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