LOS ANGELES — The Emmys keep buying what 'Mad Men' is selling. The 1960s Madison Avenue saga won its fourth consecutive best drama series award Sunday, while big-hearted romp 'Modern Family' claimed its second best comedy trophy.
'Modern Family' producer Steve Levitan, whose picture of the American family today includes gay couples and interracial families, told of being approached during shooting by a real-life gay couple who wanted to say thanks.
'They said, ‘You're not just making people laugh, you're making them more tolerant,'' said Levitan, whose show received a total of five awards.
While 'Mad Men' gained the top comedy award, it couldn't pull honors for stars Jon Hamm or Elisabeth Moss.
Kyle Chandler was the surprise winner in the best drama actor category for the last season of Texas football drama 'Friday Night Lights,' blocking odds-on favorites among his fellow nominees, including Hamm.
It was a fitting victory for Chandler and 'Friday Night Lights,' which was critically acclaimed but struggled for an audience, and whose high school football team's motto was, 'clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose.'
Julianna Margulies won top drama acting honors for 'The Good Wife.' Margulies, who navigates politics, law and family in the show, added to her Emmy stash. As part of the 'ER' medical drama cast, she won a supporting actress Emmy in 1995.
Melissa McCarthy of 'Mike & Molly' was honored as best lead actress in a comedy series with an Emmy and a glitzy prom queen's crown, while Jim Parsons of 'The Big Bang Theory' earned his second trophy in the best actor category.
Supporting actress in a comedy series: Julie Bowen, 'Modern Family'
Supporting actor in a comedy series: Ty Burrell, 'Modern Family'
Lead actor in a comedy series: Jim Parsons, 'Big Bang Theory'
Lead actress in a comedy series: Melissa McCarthy, 'Mike & Molly'
Comedy Series: 'Modern Family'
Supporting actress in a drama series: Margo Martindale, 'Justified'
Supporting actor in a drama series: Peter Dinklage, 'Game Of Thrones'
Lead actress in a drama series: Julianna Margulies, 'The Good Wife'
Lead actor in a drama series: Kyle Chandler, 'Friday Night Lights'
Drama series: 'Mad Men'
Reality competition program: 'Amazing Race'
Variety, Music or comedy series: 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart'