64th Primetime Emmy Awards
Promotional poster
Date
LocationNokia Theatre,
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Presented byAcademy of Television Arts and Sciences
Hosted byJimmy Kimmel
Highlights
Most awards
Most nominations
Outstanding Comedy SeriesModern Family
Outstanding Drama SeriesHomeland
Outstanding Miniseries or MovieGame Change
Outstanding Reality-Competition ProgramThe Amazing Race
Outstanding Variety SeriesThe Daily Show with Jon Stewart
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Television/radio coverage
NetworkABC
Produced byDon Mischer
Directed byGlenn Weiss
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The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards, honoring the best in prime time television programming from June 1, 2011 until May 31, 2012, were held on Sunday, September 23, 2012 at the Nokia Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles, California. ABC televised the ceremony in the United States. Comedian and late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel hosted the Primetime Emmys for the first time.[1] Kimmel and Kerry Washington announced the nominations on July 19, 2012. Nick Offerman was originally scheduled to co-announce the nominations, but had to cancel due to travel delays.[2] The Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony was held on September 15 and was televised on September 22, 2012 on ReelzChannel.[3]

The award for Outstanding Drama Series went to Showtime crime drama Homeland, the first for that network, and which broke Mad Men's four-year hold on the award; while the Outstanding Comedy Series award went for the third year in a row to ABC's Modern Family. This was the first ceremony that none of the four major American broadcasting TV networks were nominated in the categories of Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.[4] For Britain, the ceremony was noted for the successes of actors Damian Lewis of Homeland and Maggie Smith of Downton Abbey.[5][6][7]

Of the latter, Dame Maggie not only was PBS' first win in her category, she had won the previous year, for the same role in another category. Hers was also the first win in a major acting category for a Drama Series for PBS since 1975.

Mad Men set a new record for the largest "shutout" in Emmy history, receiving nominations for 17 awards and winning none. This broke the previous record of 16 nominations without a win, set by Northern Exposure in 1993 and The Larry Sanders Show in 1997. This record was broken by The Handmaid's Tale in 2021, which did not win any of its 21 nominations that year.[8]

Winners and nominees

See also: 64th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards

Winners are listed first and highlighted in bold:[9]

Jon Cryer, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series winner
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series winner
Damian Lewis, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series winner
Claire Danes, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series winner
Kevin Costner, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie winner
Julianne Moore, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie winner
Julie Bowen, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series winner
Aaron Paul, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series winner
Maggie Smith, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series winner
Tom Berenger, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie winner
Jessica Lange, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie winner
Tom Bergeron, Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program winner

Programs

Programs

Acting

Lead performances

Lead performances

Supporting performances

Supporting performances


Hosting

Hosting

Directing

Directing

Writing

Writing

Most major nominations

Networks with multiple major nominations[note 1]
Network No. of
Nominations
HBO 27
PBS 17
ABC 16
AMC 15
NBC
CBS 14
Showtime 9
Programs with multiple major nominations
Program Category Network No. of
Nominations
Downton Abbey Drama PBS 9
Modern Family Comedy ABC
Mad Men Drama AMC
Game Change Movie HBO 7
Hatfields & McCoys Miniseries History
Breaking Bad Drama AMC 6
Homeland Drama Showtime 5
American Horror Story Miniseries FX
Hemingway & Gellhorn Movie HBO
Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia PBS 5
Girls Comedy HBO 4
Luther Miniseries BBC America
30 Rock Comedy NBC 3
The Big Bang Theory CBS
Boardwalk Empire Drama HBO
Curb Your Enthusiasm Comedy
The Good Wife Drama CBS
Louie Comedy FX
New Girl Fox
Parks and Recreation NBC
Saturday Night Live Variety
65th Tony Awards CBS 2
84th Academy Awards ABC
The Amazing Race Competition CBS
Dancing with the Stars ABC
Game of Thrones Drama HBO
Louis C.K.: Live at the Beacon Theater Variety FX
Nurse Jackie Comedy Showtime
So You Think You Can Dance Competition Fox
Veep Comedy HBO

Most major awards

Networks with multiple major awards[note 1]
Network No. of
Awards
HBO 6
ABC 5
Showtime 4
CBS 3
FX
History 2
Programs with multiple major awards
Program Category Network No. of Awards
Game Change Movie HBO 4
Homeland Drama Showtime
Modern Family Comedy ABC
Hatfields & McCoys Miniseries History 2
Notes
  1. ^ a b "Major" constitutes the categories listed above: Program, Acting, Directing, and Writing. Does not include the technical categories.

Presenters

The awards were presented by the following:[10][11][12][13]

Name(s) Role
Louis C.K.
Amy Poehler
Presenters of the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Zooey Deschanel
Jim Parsons
Presenters of the award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
Jon Cryer
Kat Dennings
Presenters of the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Matthew Perry Introducer of Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series winner Jimmy Fallon
and Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series winner Kathy Bates
Kathy Bates
Jimmy Fallon
Presenters of the award for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series
Mindy Kaling
Melissa McCarthy
Presenters of the award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Stephen Colbert Presenter of the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
James Van Der Beek
Damon Wayans Jr.
Presenters of the award for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program
Seth MacFarlane Presenter of the award for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program
Claire Danes Presenter of the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Connie Britton
Hayden Panettiere
Presenters of the awards for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Giancarlo Esposito Introducer of Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series winner Jeremy Davies
and Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series winner Martha Plimpton
Jeremy Davies
Martha Plimpton
Presenters of the award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
Julianna Margulies
Dylan McDermott
Presenters of the award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Tina Fey
Jon Hamm
Presenter of the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Aziz Ansari
Jane Levy
Presenters of the award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special
Ricky Gervais Presenter of the awards for Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special
and Outstanding Variety Series
Steve Buscemi Presenter of the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Kerry Washington Presenter of the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Lucy Liu
Kiefer Sutherland
Presenters of the award for Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special
and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Ginnifer Goodwin
Emily Van Camp
Presenters of the awards for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special
and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Andre Braugher Presenter of the award for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie
Julianne Moore Presenter of the award for Outstanding Drama Series
Michael J. Fox Presenter of the award for Outstanding Comedy Series

In Memoriam

Before the recorded segment, Ron Howard presented a tribute to Andy Griffith.

The people tributed in the segment included:

Televised ceremony ratings

The ceremony, which was televised by ABC on September 23, 2012, was watched by 13.26 million viewers. The event's red carpet proceedings were watched by 5.63 million.[14]

References

  1. ^ "Jimmy Kimmel to host Emmys for the first time". Los Angeles Times. March 26, 2012. Retrieved March 26, 2012.
  2. ^ "Jimmy Kimmel joins Kerry Washington to Announce Emmy Nominations". emmys.com. Retrieved July 19, 2012.
  3. ^ "More Creative Arts Emmy Presenter Duos Announced". emmys.com. Retrieved September 15, 2012.
  4. ^ Stelter, Brian; Itzkoff, David (July 19, 2012). "Major Networks Shut Out of Best Drama Category in Emmy Nominations". The New York Times. Retrieved July 26, 2012.
  5. ^ "Lewis and Dame Maggie win Emmys". BBC. Retrieved 24 September 2012.
  6. ^ "Homeland's triumph is richly deserved". Guardian UK. 24 September 2012. Retrieved 27 September 2012.
  7. ^ "Homeland saves the day at Emmy Awards". LA Times. 24 September 2012. Retrieved 27 September 2012.
  8. ^ Petski, Denise (September 19, 2021). "'The Handmaid's Tale' Breaks Record For Most Emmy Losses In One Season". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 19, 2021.
  9. ^ Emmys.com list of 2012 Nominees & Winners
  10. ^ "Final Group of Primetime Emmys Presenters Includes Kathy Bates, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon and More". emmys.com. September 20, 2012. Retrieved September 20, 2012.
  11. ^ "10 New Presenters for 64th Primetime Emmys Include Andre Braugher, Julianna Margulies and Michael J. Fox". emmys.com. September 19, 2012. Retrieved September 19, 2012.
  12. ^ "Louis C.K., Ricky Gervais Among First Six Emmy Presenters Announced". emmys.com. September 11, 2012. Retrieved September 12, 2012.
  13. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (September 17, 2012). "Emmys 2012: Claire Danes, Emily Van Camp, Zooey Deschanel Among Latest Presenters". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 18, 2012.
  14. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (September 25, 2012). "Sunday Final Ratings: Final Numbers for Emmy Awards, Sunday Night Football + Unscrambled CBS Numbers". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on September 27, 2012. Retrieved September 25, 2012.