LOS ANGELES — "Homeland" struck a nerve with Emmy Award voters on Sunday, being crowned best drama series and earning Damian Lewis and Claire Danes lead acting awards.
On the comedy side, Jon Cryer of "Two and a Half Men" and "Modern Family" won again.
Lewis' win denied Bryan Cranston of "Breaking Bad" wins his fourth Emmy Award as lead actor in a drama and made "Mad Men" star Jon Hamm an also-ran once more.
Aaron Paul won best supporting drama actor for "Breaking Bad" and "Homeland" won the best writing award.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus was honored as best actress in comedy for "Veep."
Maggie Smith was honored as best supporting drama actress for her tart-tongued dowager in "Downton Abbey," unhurt by the program's move from the miniseries category.
"Homeland," the domestic espionage thriller, won the best drama writing award.
"Modern Family" made it look easy as the comedy won the best directing trophy and Eric Stonestreet and Julie Bowen claimed supporting actor awards. There was at least a minor backlash online as some questioned whether the show had a deserving season.
Among reality competitors, "The Amazing Race" was honored as best reality series, ninth time in 10 nominations for the award. Tom Bergeron of "Dancing With the Stars" won as best host of a reality series.
Julianne Moore's uncanny take on Gov. Sarah Palin in the TV movie "Game Change," about the 2008 presidential campaign, earned her best actress honors.
2012 Emmy Awards
List of winners at Sunday's 64th annual Primetime Emmy Awards presented by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences:
— Supporting Actor, Comedy Series: Eric Stonestreet, "Modern Family," ABC.
— Writing, Comedy Series: Louis C.K, "Louie," FX Networks.
— Supporting Actress, Comedy Series: Julie Bowen, "Modern Family," ABC.
— Actor, Comedy Series: Jon Cryer, "Two and a Half Men," CBS.
— Actress, Comedy Series: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "Veep, HBO.
— Reality-Competition Program: "The Amazing Race," CBS.
— Host, Reality-Competition Program: Tom Bergeron, "Dancing With the Stars, ABC."
— Supporting Actor, Drama Series: Aaron Paul, "Breaking Bad," AMC.
— Supporting Actress, Drama Series: Maggie Smith, "Downton Abbey," PBS.
— Actor, Drama Series: Damian Lewis, "Homeland," Showtime.
— Actress, Drama Series: Claire Danes, "Homeland," Showtime.Comment on this story
— Variety, Music or Comedy Series: "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart," Comedy Central.
— Supporting Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Jessica Lange, "American Horror Story," FX Networks.
— Supporting Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Tom Berenger, "Hatfields & McCoys," History.
— Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Julianne Moore, "Game Change," HBO.
— Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Kevin Costner, "Hatfields & McCoys," History.
— Miniseries or Made-for-TV Movie: "Game Change," HBO.
— Drama Series: "Homeland," Showtime.
— Comedy Series: "Modern Family," ABC.