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As it happened: 2012 Emmy Awards

Published: 10:00AM Monday September 24, 2012 Source: ONE News's Jessica Beresford brings you all the action from the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards.

3.10pm: That brings the 64th Emmy Awards to a close, filled with plenty of gags, acceptance speeches cut out by music and predictable winners.

Modern Family swept the comedy categories with four wins today, tied with Homeland which won four awards in drama categories.

Surprise win goes to Jon Cryer of Two and a Half Men, although after seven nominations in the Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series category it's about time they gave him one.

The Amazing Race should also get a mention for its ninth win in the Best Reality-Competition Program category.

2.53pm: Michael J Fox is presenting the award for Best Comedy Series. He gets a standing ovation from the audience and says he is "steady as a rock".

The nominees are Curb Your Enthusiasm, Girls, Veep, Modern Family, Big Bang Theory and 30 Rock. The Emmy Award goes to Modern Family, and no surprises there. This is the series' 14th Emmy Award win.

2.48pm: Julianne Moore is hosting the award for Best Drama Series. Nominees are Breaking Bad, Boardwalk Empire, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, Homeland and Mad Men. Homeland wins the award, receiving nine nominations this year and four awards today.

2.45pm: The nominees for Best Movie or Miniseries are American Horror Story, Game Change, Hatfields & McCoys, Luther, Hemingway & Gellhorn and Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia. The award goes to Game Change, which is proving to be a big winner today with three awards.

2.38pm: Up for Best Actor in a Movie or Miniseries are Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton each for Hatfields & McCoys, Woody Harrelson for Game Change, Clive Owen for Hemingway & Gellhorn, Iris Elba for Luther and Benedict Cumberbatch for Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia. The award goes to  Kevin Costner for Hatfields & McCoys.

2.36pm: The award for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special goes to Jay Roach for Game Change. The nominees were Hemingway & Gellhorn, Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia, Hatfields & McCoys and Luther.

2.35pm: Kimmel is accusing Jon Stewart of throwing his Emmy in the bin already.

2.34pm: The nominees for Best Actress in a Movie or Miniseries are Connie Britton for American Horror Story, Julianne Moore for Game Change, Nicole Kidman for Hemingway & Gellhorn, Emma Thompson for The Song of Lunch and Ashley Judd for Missing. The award goes to Julianne Moore for Game Change.

2.29pm: There's only a handful of awards left to give out at the 2012 Emmy Awards, including Best Drama Series and Best Comedy Series. The suspense is killing me.

2.21pm: Host Jimmy Kimmel tweeted: "2 hours in and Billy Crystal still hasn't shown up for his song and dance number. Getting worried."

2.19pm: Boring tribute video means it's time for Fun Fact #6 - The Emmy Awards were first presented in 1949 as part of an image-building and PR opportunity for the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

In the first year they were focused on shows only in the Los Angeles area, but this expanded to a national event the following year.

2.15pm: Up for Best Supporting Actor in a Movie or Miniseries are Tom Berenger for Hatfields & McCoys, Denis O'Hare for American Horror Story, David Strathairn for Hemingway & Gellhorn, Ed Harris for Game Change and Martin Freeman for Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia. The award goes to Tom Berenger for Hatfields & McCoys, which is his second Emmy nomination and first win.

1.57pm: Steve Buscemi is presenting the award for Best Supporting Actress in a Movie or Miniseries. Nominated are Mare Winningham for Hatfields & McCoys, Frances Conroy and Jessica Lange each for American Horror Story, Sarah Paulson for Game Change and Judy Davis for Page Eight. Jessica Lange has taken out the award for American Horror Story.

1.53pm: Why do they need to give out awards to the awards ceremonies?

1.51pm: Ricky Gervais, I've missed you and your vampire-like canine teeth. He's presenting the awards for Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special won by the 65th Annual Tony Awards and for Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series won by The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

1.46pm: The award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special goes to Louis C. K for Live at the Beacon Theatre.

1.36pm: Tina Fey forgot her glasses and struggles to read the nominees for Best Actress in a Drama off the teleprompter. They are Claire Danes for Homeland, Elisabeth Moss for Mad Men, Glenn Close for Damages, Julianna Margulies for The Good Wife, Kathy Bates for Harry's Law and Michelle Dockery for Downton Abbey. The award goes to Claire Danes for Homeland. This is her third nomination and second Emmy win.

1.30pm: Up for Best Actor in a Drama are Bryan Cranston for Breaking Bad, Damian Lewis for Homeland, Jon Hamm for Mad Men, Hugh Bonneville for Downton Abby, Michael C. Hall for Dexter and Steve Buscemi for Boardwalk Empire. The award goes to Damian Lewis for Homeland, but it should have gone to Bryan Cranston in my book.

1.28pm: Jimmy Kimmel is paying tribute to himself in true dramatic style as "someone who every person in this room admires, respects and loves".

1.24pm: The winner for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series goes to Tim Van Patten for Boardwalk Empire.

1.22pm: In case you were wondering, Tracy Morgan didn't actually pass out on stage. Jimmy Kimmel told me to say it.

1.19pm: The nominees for Best Supportng Actress in a Drama are Maggie Smith and Joanne Froggatt each for Downton Abbey, Christina Hendricks for Mad Men, Christine Baranski and Archie Panjabi each for The Good Wife and Ana Gunn for Breaking Bad. The award goes to Maggie Smith for Downton Abbey.

She wasn't there to accept the award, and U Live presenter Rose Matafeo has a theory Smith is actually no longer with us.

1.16pm: Up for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series are Downton Abbey, Mad Men and Homeland. The award goes to Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon ad Gideon Raff for Homeland.

1.14pm: Oh my god, Tracy Morgan just passed out on stage at the Emmy awards.

1.10pm: Fun fact #5 - Many awards were given out last week at the ceremony for the Creative Arts Primetime Emmy Awards, which celebrates casting, makeup and costumes among other things.

1.05pm: Up for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama are Giancarlo Esposito and Aaron Paul each for Breaking Bad, Peter Dinklage for Game of Thrones, Brendan Coyle and Jim Carter each for Downton Abbey and Jared Harris for Mad Men. The award goes to Aaron Paul for his role as a meth addict on Breaking Bad.

1.00pm: Up for Best Host for Reality Competition Program are Cat Deeley for So You Think You Can Dance, Phil Keoghan for The Amazing Race, Ryan Seacrest for American Idol, Betty White for Betty White's Off Their Rockers and Tom Bergeron for Dancing With The Stars. The winner goes to Tom Bergeron for Dancing With The Stars.

12.51pm: The nominees for Best Reality Competition Programme are So You Think You Can Dance, The Amazing Race, Dancing With The Stars, Top Chef, The Voice and Project Runway. The award goes to The Amazing Race, for the eighth time.

12.50pm: Fun fact #4 - The Amazing Race has won the award for Best Reality Competition Programme for the first seven years after the award was established in 2003. The winning streak was broken by Top Chef in 2010, but it is again nominated for the award this year.

12.48pm: Heidi Klum tweeted a picture of herself with Desiree Gruber ahead of the award for Best Reality Competition Programme, which Project Runway is nominated for.





12.46pm: Up for Best Actress in a Comedy are Amy Poehler for Parks and Recreation, Edie Falco fro Nurse Jackie, Julia Louis-Dreyfus for Veep, Lena Dunham for Girls, Melissa McCarthy for Mike & Molly, Tina Fey for 30 Rock and Zooey Deschanel for New Girl. The award goes to Julia Louis-Dreyfus for Veep. She has previously won two Emmy Awards.

12.41pm: Fun fact #3 - Mad Men could make history this year if it wins the Best Drama category for the fifth year in a row. It is currently tied with The West Wing which won the award consecutively from 2000-2003.

12.37pm: The nominees for Best Actor in a Comedy are Jon Cryer for Two and a Half Men, Alec Baldwin for 30 Rock, Don Cheadle for House of Lies, Jim Parsons for The Big Bang Theory, Larry David for Curb Your Enthusiasm and Louis C.K. for Louie. The award goes to Jon Cryer for Two and a Half Men. He says he is stunned that he has won the award.

12.32pm: The nominees for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series are Robert B. Weide for Curb Your Enthusiasm, Lena Dunham for Girls, Jake Kasdan for New Girl, Louis C. K. for Louie, Jason Winer and Steven Levitan each for Modern Family. The winner is Steven Levitan for Modern Family. They've also revealed young Lily is a devil child.

12.23pm: Up for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy are Julie Bowen and Sofia Vergara each for Modern Family, Kristen Wiig for Saturday Night Live, Kathryn Joosten for Desperate Housewives, Merritt Wever for Nurse Jackie and Mayim Bialik for Big Bang Theory. The award goes to Julie Bowen for Modern Family.

12.20pm: Zooy Deschanel and Jim Parsons present the award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series. The nominees are Louis C. K. for Louie, Lena Duham for Girls, Amy Poehler and Michael Schur each for Parks and Recreation and Chris McKenna for Community. The award goes to Louis C. K. for Louie.

12.13pm: Amy Poehler is presenting the award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy. The nominees are Ty Burrell, Ed O'Neill, Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson each for Modern Family, Max Greenfield for New Girl and Bill Hader for Saturday Night Live. The award goes to Eric Stonestreet for Modern Family. Apparently he raised pigs as a young man.

12.10pm: He also says he wants to get the awards out of the way so everyone can go home and put their "fat pants" back on.

12.07pm: Kimmel says the set of Downton Abbey is what it would be like growing up in Mitt Romney's house. He also asks who in the audience is voting for the conservative leader and describes democrats as "godless, liberal homosexuals".

12.01pm: The awards have kicked off with a pre-recorded skit featuring the likes of Deschanel and Dunham punching host Kimmel's face back into shape.

11.55am: Fun fact #2 - While the Emmys are dominated by US productions, British series such as Downton Abbey, Sherlock and Luther are in the running for top awards this year.

11.51am: The Emmy Awards ceremony kicks off in less than 10 minutes, held at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

11.46am: Clive Owen is looking dapper in his tuxedo, he's nominated for Best Actor in a Movie or Miniseries for his role on Hemingway & Gellhorn.

11.42am: While I admire Amy Poehler's talents in acting, I don't agree with her choice of dress today. She needs to work on toning her back  before wearing a halter neck.

11.35am: Zooey Deschanel's Reem Acra powder-blue gown got caught on Lucy Liu's metallic number on the red carpet. Deschanel is nominated for Best Actress in a Comedy.

11.34am: Michael J Fox looks fit and healthy on the red carpet, talking about his new sitcom loosely based on his own life as a father.

11.28am: Matthew Perry looks like he hasn't slept in a week, is he back on the pain killers? Maybe he's been rehearsing for his moment presenting an award tonight.

11.20am: Jim Parsons, who is up for Best Actor in a Comedy for Big Bang Theory, is talking to Ryan Seacrest and he sounds surprisingly un-nerd like.

11.18am: Adorkable New Girl star Zooey Deschanel has tweeted a picture of her manicure for the awards ceremony, with little televisions painted on her fingernails.





11.14am: Fun fact #1 - American comedian and talk-show star Jimmy Kimmel is the host for this year's awards, who earlier this year emceed the White House Correspondents Dinner, poking fun at the likes of Rupert Murdoch, Mitt Romney and Kim Kardashian. No doubt he will bring some of that humour to the table today.

11.07am: Sofia Vergara just did a little dance to cheers and wolf whistles from the tasteful men on the red carpet.

10.56am: Glamazon Heidi Klum is towering over Seacrest as he interviews her, and she says it is "hot and sweaty".

10.52am: Melissa McCarthy has just stepped onto the red carpet in slimming black. She's nominated for Best Actress in a Comedy for her role on Mike & Molly.

10.50am: Heroes star Hayden Panettiere says she has been in the spotlight since she was 11 months old!

10.43am: Two and a Half Men star Jon Cryer says he doesn't have a chance at winning the Best Actor in a Comedy award he is nominated for. I tend to agree.

10.40am: The red carpet is filling up with stars now, and I feel sorry for the men in heavy tuxes with a sweltering 31 degrees in Los Angeles today.

10.34am: Actress/creator/all around talent Lena Dunham of Girls says men can learn a lot from the show even though it is targeted at the ladies.

10.31am: Max Greenfield from New Girl says he is not willing to do full-frontal nudity for the role of Christian Grey in the Fifty Shades of Grey movie. He is just one of the many actors rumoured to play the part.

10.26am:  2010's host Jimmy Fallon says there is confusion as to who will be fronting today's awards, but tells Seacrest he wasn't even invited to the show.

10.19am: It's funny how the stars are in lavish ball gowns and jewels, and yet not a penny can be spared for the people who stand behind them straightening out their dresses for photos (one was sporting jandals and a backpack).

10.15am: J Mendel is a favourite for the celebrities so far, with Jena Malone and Kat Dennings wearing gowns from the designer.

10.05am: Giuliana Rancic and Ryan Seacrest will be interviewing the stars on the red carpet today. Gowns and tuxedos will be scrutinised, and there are even manicure and stiletto cameras in case the viewers at home can't see the finer details.

Welcome to the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards, not to be confused with the Daytime Emmy Awards which were held in June this year (in case you didn't notice they were on).