Check out the list of 2012 Emmy Award Winners!

The 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards weren’t perfect — Hollywood ceremonies rarely are. Whether its the blatant snubs, harsh crowd or predictability, they’re never up to snuff. Thankfully, Sunday’s show offered a few bright spots. 2012 will forever be the year Homeland usurped Mad Men, and Jon Stewart physically fought for his Emmy. Plus, Claire Danes revealed how she could go from thespian to homegirl at the drop of a hat.

The Streak is Over

Showtime’s Homeland won the Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series pulling an upset over AMC’s Mad Men. The period drama was primed to earn its fifth consecutive trophy, but it didn’t happen. Homeland snagging the award was easily the most exciting moment of the night. Considering how predictable the comedy categories were (we’re looking at you Modern Family), it was nice to see the dramas pick up the slack.

Danes Gets Loose

Claire Danes won Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (for Homeland) and her speech was filled with jewels. First, she called out the Emmy director for playing off her show’s writing team while accepting their award. Then, she gave a special shout-out to her co-star, “Mandy Patinkin, holla.” And last but not least, she thanked her husband (Hugh Dancy), who she affectionately called her “baby daddy.” Did she just make that term classy?

A Winner and a Loser


For better or worse, Louis C.K. marches to the beat of his own drum. Even though the comedian didn’t win for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy (it went to Two and a Half Men’s Jon Cryer, really), he didn’t go home empty handed. He walked away with two trophies: Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series and Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special. Louis is an actor, producer and director, but his bread and butter is writing. Therefore, we’re more than happy about his wins.

Late Night Dogfight

This year, Jon Stewart won his 10th consecutive Emmy for Best Variety, Music or Comedy Special. His fellow nominees were fed up (rightly so) and decided to fight back. Jimmy Fallon (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon) and Stephen Colbert (The Colbert Report) went after Stewart with fists of fury. He was tackled to the ground, and forced to crawl down the aisle before breaking free. It was the only moment that genuinely made us laugh. We love it when friendly competition gets physical!

The Come-up with Game Change

It’s good to know someone out there appreciates Julianne Moore. The actress, whose talent has been unjustly ignored by the Oscars, won the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie Emmy for Game Change. The telefilm also earned an award for Outstanding Writing for Danny Strong. Were we the only ones excited to see little Jonathan from Buffy the Vampire Slayer get some love?

What were your favorite Emmy moments?