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Emmys 2009: 30 Rock and Mad Men take top honours

30 Rock

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30 Rock and Mad Men took top honours at the 2009 Emmys for a second year, scooping best comedy series and best drama series among a clutch of awards.

Alec Baldwin also scooped his second award for Best Actor in A Comedy Series, for 30 Rock, even though Tina Fey missed out to Toni Collette (for United States of Tara) in the female equivalent.

But 30 Rock also picked up the award for Best Writing For A Comedy (for the episode Reunion), while Mad Men won the equivalent award for Writing in a Drama (for the episode entitled Meditations In An Emergency).

There were also top awards for Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston, who scooped Best Actor in a Drama, and for Glenn Close who was named Best Actress in a Drama for her performances in Damages.

BBC drama Little Dorrit also fared well, winning three prizes on the night, including Best Mini-Series (ahead of Generation Kill), Best Directing For a Mini-Series, Movie or Dramatic Special (for Dearbhla Walsh) and Best Writing For a Mini-Series, Movie or Dramatic Special (for Andrew Davies).

The 15th and final series of long-running medical drama ER was also recognised with a prize for Rod Holcomb for his direction on landmark final episode, And in The End….

The 61st annual Primetime Emmys were held on Sunday, September 20, 2009, and are the US TV equivalent of the movie’s Oscars ceremony.

Further prizes

In a further success for British talent, Irish actor Brendan Gleeson was named Outstanding Lead Actor in a mini-series or movie for his role as Winston Churchill in Into The Storm.

While Kristin Chenoweth won the best supporting comedy actress prize for her performances in Pushing Daisies, which has since been cancelled.

She quipped: “I’m not employed now so I’d like to be on Mad Men. I also like The Office and 24.

24 did pick up an award for Cherry Jones, who scooped Best Supporting Actress in a Drama, for her portrayal of the US President.

While Jon Cryer won Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy for Two and a Half Men, stating as he accepted his prize” “I used to think that awards were just shallow tokens of momentary popularity, but now I realise they are the only true measure of a person’s worth as a human being.”

Grey Gardens also enjoyed a successful night, winning Best Made For Television Movie and Best Actress in a Mini-Series of Movie for Jessica Lange. Her co-star Ken Howard also took the Best Supporting Actor prize in a Mini-Series of Movie for the production.

And Lost star Michael Emerson triumphed in the Best Supporting Actor for a Drama category.

There was also an award for Michael J Fox, who was named Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama series for his performance in Dennis Leary’s firefighting drama Rescue Me.

View the main winners and nominees