The 61st Annual Prime-Time Emmys were handed out in Los Angeles Sunday night, and there were a few surprises.
In the biggest upset of the night, Toni Collette from the Showtime comedy “United States of Tara” won for best actress in a comedy, beating out “30 Rock’s” Tina Fey who many believed to be the heavy favorite. Collette plays a woman with multiple personalities.
“30 Rock”, with 22 nominations overall this year won best comedy for the third year in a row.
“30 Rock’s” Alec Baldwin also repeated as best actor in a comedy for his role as the quirky NBC executive Jack Donaghy.
There were other repeat winners, AMC’s “mad men” won best drama for the 2nd straight year.
Bryan Cranston won for the second time for best actor in a drama in the AMC series “Breaking Bad”. He beat out Jack Hamm from “Mad Men”, and Hugh Laurie from “House”, among others. Cranston plays a high school teacher who turns to crime after a mid-life crisis.
Perennial Hollywood favorite Glenn Close won best actress in a drama for her role as a hard hitting lawyer in the FX show “Damages” for the 2nd straight year.
Kristin Chenoweth of “Pushing Daisies” and Jon Cryer of “Two and a Half Men” win supporting acting Emmy Awards for their comedies.
Jeff Probst wins best reality show host for “Survivor”. “The Amazing Race” wins its seventh consecutive Emmy in the outstanding reality-competition category.
NBC also took home 2 directing Emmys, “ER” won for best directing in a drama series and “The Office” won best directing in a comedy series.