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'Homeland,' 'Modern Family' Win Top Emmy Honors

The Showtime CIA drama “Homeland” and ABC comedy “Modern Family” were the big winners at the 2012 Emmy Awards on Sunday.

“Homeland,” a newcomer on the Best Drama Series list, beat out reigning champ “Mad Men,” with stars Claire Danes and Damian Lewis winning the top acting prizes. The show also won Best Writing for a Drama Series.

“Modern Family” won the coveted Best Comedy Series award for the third straight year, with stars Julie Bowen and Eric Stonestreet winning Best Supporting Actress and Supporting Actor Emmys. The show’s creator, Steve Levitan, also won Best Directing in a Comedy Series.

Along with Bowen and Stonestreet in the comedy series category, Julia Louis Dreyfus won Best Actress for her hilarious turn in “Veep,” while “Two and a Half Men” star Jon Cryer won his first Best Actor Emmy.

Joining Danes and Lewis in the drama category were Aaron Paul, who won Best Supporting Actor for his work in “Breaking Bad,” and Maggie Smith, who took the Emmy for “Downton Abbey.”

Other key winners included the HBO political drama “Game Change,” which won Best Movie or Miniseries, along with writing, directing and an Best Actress Emmy for its star Julianne Moore.

“Hatfields & McCoys” actor Kevin Costner won Best Actor in a Movie or Miniseries, while his co-star Tom Berenger won Best Supporting Actor. Jessica Lange rounded out the category with a Best Supporting Actress win for her nasty turn in “American Horror Story.”