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LOS ANGELES (CNN) — Showtime’s psychological thriller “Homeland” upstaged the more established dramas in the first two hours of he 64th Primetime Emmys Sunday night, raising expectations the show could take the top honor at the end of the show.
AMC’s “Mad Men” has dominated the best drama category in its four seasons and could set a record with a fifth-straight win this year, but “Homeland,” which just started a second season, and AMC’s “Breaking Bad” may stand in its way.
Jimmy Kimmel is hosting the ABC-TV broadcast from the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles.
“Homeland’s” Claire Danes won best lead drama actress, while Damian Lewis won best lead actor in a drama. “Homeland” also won a best drama series writing Emmy.
The win by Lewis, who introduced himself as “one of those pesky Brits,” was an upset against “Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston, who won it for three years. “I was quite convinced that he’d be walking up again tonight,” Lewis said backstage.
It also meant that “Mad Men” star Jon Hamm lost again after five best drama actor nominations for his role as ad exec Don Draper.
“Breaking Bad’s” Aaron Paul did claim the best supporting actor in a drama Emmy, while Maggie Smith won best supporting actress in a drama for her work in the PBS series “Downton Abbey.”
ABC’s “Modern Family” captured three comedy awards in the first hour, but viewers must wait until the near end of the three-hour show to learn if the sitcom takes home the top prize.
Eric Stonestreet, who won his second best supporting actor Emmy for playing Cameron Tucker, was one of four actors in “Modern Family’s” ensemble cast nominated.
Stonestreet said backstage he was pulling for Ed O’Neill, Ty Burrell and Jesse Tyler, because “it’s nice to win, but we want to spread it around.”
When Julie Bowen was announced as the best supporting comedy actress her castmate and category competitor Sofia Vergara could be heard shouting her support from the Emmy audience.
Bowen backstage said she was pleased to hear her sitcom is a favorite of first lady Michelle Obama and Ann Romney, the wife of the Republican presidential nominee. It shows there’s “a place on the couch where people can sit down together” despite political differences, she said.
“Modern Family” creator Steven Levitan won the best comedy director Emmy for an episode of the show, his fourth Emmy. “I want to thank me for hiring me as a director when no one else would,” Levitan said. ” I would not be standing here if I didn’t have faith in me.”
The competition for best comedy series, which “Modern Family” won the past two years, will be announced just before the conclusion of the show.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who plays the vice president in HBO’s “Veep” captured the best lead actress in a comedy Emmy. “I don’t see anything funny about me being the vice president of the United States,” she joked in her acceptance.
When “Two And A Half Men” star Jon Cryer won his second Emmy for best lead comedy actor he appeared surprise. “Something had clearly gone terribly wrong,” Cryer said. “I’m stunned.”
Jon Cryer has been nominated the last seven years, and his only other win was three years ago.
Louis C.K., who writes and stars in FX Networks’ “Louie,” won the best writing Emmy for a comedy series. He also won the best variety special writing Emmy for his comedy special “Live At The Beacon Theatre” on the FX Networks.
“The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” has won the best variety show for a 12th straight year.
The reality show competition followed the same path of the past decade with CBS’s “The Amazing Race” winning its ninth Emmy for best reality show.
“Dancing With The Stars” host Tom Bergeron won the Emmy for best reality-show or reality-competition host.
CNN’s Abbey Goodman contributed to this report