|63rd Primetime Emmy Awards|
|Location||Nokia Theatre, |
Los Angeles, California
|Presented by||Academy of Television Arts and Sciences|
|Hosted by||Jane Lynch|
|Most awards||Modern Family (5)|
|Most nominations||Modern Family (11)|
|Outstanding Comedy Series||Modern Family|
|Outstanding Drama Series||Mad Men|
|Outstanding Miniseries or Movie||Downton Abbey|
|Outstanding Reality-Competition Program||The Amazing Race|
|Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series||The Daily Show with Jon Stewart|
|Produced by||Mark Burnett|
|Directed by||Joe DeMaio|
The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards, honoring the best in prime time television programming from June 1, 2010 until May 31, 2011, were held on Sunday, September 18, 2011, at the Nokia Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles, California. Fox televised the ceremony within the United States. Jane Lynch hosted the Emmys for the first time. The Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony was held on September 10.
The nominations were announced live on Thursday, July 14, 2011, at 5:40 a.m. PDT (12:40 UTC) at the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre in North Hollywood, Los Angeles. The nominations were announced by Melissa McCarthy of Mike & Molly and Joshua Jackson of Fringe.
The biggest winner of the night was ABC's Modern Family. The series ended the event with five wins, including Outstanding Comedy Series for the second consecutive year. For the fourth time in history, the Outstanding Drama Series category was won for a fourth time, by AMC's Mad Men. It is also the third series to win four times consecutively in that category. Downton Abbey walked away with the award for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie, with four wins overall.
This year's ceremony was watched by 12.4 million people, down 8% from last year's show. The ceremony received mixed reviews from critics, with many praising the performance of Lynch as the host but criticizing the overall quality of the production, particularly the presenters and the orchestra.
Beginning this year, the Outstanding Miniseries and Outstanding Television Movie categories were merged. This was due to the continuing decline in the number of miniseries being produced; the previous two ceremonies only had two miniseries nominated. The merge was short-lived however when the separate categories returned, beginning in 2014.
See also: 63rd Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards
Winners are listed first and highlighted in bold:
The awards were presented by the following:
|Presenters of the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series|
|Julianna Margulies||Presenter of the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series|
|Presenters of the award for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series|
|Presenters of the award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series|
|Charlie Sheen||Presenter of the award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series|
|Presenters of the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series|
|Presenters of the award for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program|
and Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series
|Presenter of the awards for Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series|
|Presenter of the awards for Outstanding Variety Series|
|Presenters of the awards for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series|
and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
|Presenters of the award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series|
|Presenter of the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series|
|Presenter of the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series|
|Presenters of the award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series|
|Presenters of the award for Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special|
and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
|Presenters of the awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie|
and Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special
|John Shaffner||Presenter of the In Memoriam tribute|
|Presenter of the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie|
|Presenters of the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie|
|Don Cheadle||Presenter of the award for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie|
William H. Macy
|Presenter of the award for Outstanding Drama Series|
|Gwyneth Paltrow||Presenter of the award for Outstanding Comedy Series|
A clip tribute to TV personalities was shown along with The Canadian Tenors playing the song "Hallelujah":
The show opened with Jane Lynch performing a pre-taped opening number which showed the TV world as being contained inside of a large building, parodying Rear Window. Lynch walked through the building and entered the universe of shows including The Big Bang Theory, Mad Men, Parks and Recreation, MythBusters and Glee (the show of which Lynch is a cast member) among others. Lynch's lyrics satirized elements of each show and television in general. The ceremony culminated with Lynch entering the theatre and performing a short dance number, which ended with a fireworks show. The opening number received a standing ovation.
Throughout the night, the "Emmytones" introduced each genre in the form of a short jingle. They consisted of Zachary Levi ("Chuck"), Cobie Smulders ("How I Met Your Mother"), Kate Flannery ("The Office"), Wilmer Valderrama ("Royal Pains"), Joel McHale ("Community") and nominee Taraji P. Henson ("Person of Interest"). The Emmytones received mixed to negative reviews, with many critics citing them as unimportant and others calling them "time fillers."
For the presentation of the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, each of the nominees went up to the stage in the style of a beauty pageant. The orchestra played music similar to that of a pageant as the nominees went to the stage. The winner ended up being Melissa McCarthy, who mentioned that this was "her first and best pageant ever." Both the producers and the nominees in the category gave nominee Amy Poehler credit for conceiving the idea. Nominee Martha Plimpton was also credited.
The presentation was well received critically with many critics regarding it to be the best part of the night. Once all the nominees reached the stage, they received a standing ovation. The pairing of Rob Lowe and Sofía Vergara, who presented the category, was also praised critically.
For the 2011 ceremony, the producers enlisted Hype Music to provide the orchestrations. These orchestrations were universally hated by reviewers. The band played music from the Hype Music roster of artists as the winners walked to the stage, breaking the tradition of their respective program's theme song being played as they accepted their awards. The decision to do this received an overwhelmingly negative response from critics and enraged Emmy Award enthusiasts, many of whom felt as though a tradition observed since the 1st Primetime Emmy Awards had been broken. One reviewer even called this decision "one of the biggest mistakes in the ceremony's history."