2011 Emmy Awards Live Blog

The cast of 'Modern Family' accept the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series          Kevin Winter/Getty Images

11:06 p.m. ET: And “Mad Men” nabbed the trophy for best drama for the fourth year in a row. No surprises here.

10:56 p.m. ET: It’s officially a sweep for “Modern Family:” They won best comedy for the second year in a row.

10:51 p.m. ET: Julianna Margulies nabbed the best lead actress in a drama statue for “The Good Wife.” It’s her second Emmy — she won a best supporting actress trophy in 1995 for “E.R.”

10:46 p.m. ET: We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention “Friday Night Lights” star Kyle Chandler’s win for best lead actor in a drama. With cult favorite “FNL” now finito, it was his last shot at the trophy. “Thank you to the Academy,” Chandler said, before admitting he hadn’t prepared a speech because he didn’t believe he would win.

10:40 p.m. ET: Kate Winslet scored best lead actress in a miniseries or movie for “Mildred Pierce:” “I didn’t think I was going to win anything!” She went on to win the hearts of mothers the world over: “You never stop needing your mom”

10:36 p.m. ET: To paraphrase a tweet from TV Line’s Matt Mitovich about the winner of best supporting actor in a miniseries or movie: “Guy Pearce, Mildred Pierce, let the typos commence!”

10:17 p.m. ET: He’s legendary for films, but backstage at the Emmys, Martin Scorsese talked up TV. “You have the opportunity here now,” he said of how TV’s become the medium to be on in the past few years. “It depends on the vision … but you can do something extraordinary.”

9:58 p.m. ET: Maybe Sheen’s sincere after all. He tweeted a photo of him and his “Two and a Half Men” successor backstage, saying “Seriously… @aplusk great talking to you! We’ll all be watching! Make us proud!!”

9:46 p.m. ET: One of the evening’s underdog’s won big: Peter Dinklage scored the best supporting actor in a drama award for HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and thanked his dog sitter, much to his wife’s delight.

9:30 p.m. ET: Charlie Sheen may be in the building, but he’s still not in everyone’s good graces. Ashton Kutcher took a dig at Sheen while presenting the best writing in a drama award, telling his co-presenter and “Two and Half Men” co-star Jon Cryer, “Jon, I want to tell you something, I do not think you’re a troll.”

9:25 p.m. ET: So that’s why Leonard Nimoy was there: Deadline.com reports that the “Star Trek” mainstay was brought in to replace Alec Baldwin, who was originally supposed to do the pre-taped intro with Jane Lynch. Baldwin tweeted about the reason for his ousting earlier today: “Fox did kill my NewsCorp hacking joke,” he wrote. “Which sucks [because] I think it would have made them look better. A little.”

9:21 p.m. ET: Jon Stewart scooped up the best variety, music or comedy series trophy again for “The Daily Show.” He used his acceptance speech to praise the physical near-perfection of Sofia Vergara and Rob Lowe and thank the Lonely Island guys for giving him something to talk with young daughters about.

9:13 p.m. ET: Michael Bolton just took the stage with Lonely Island for a performance of the “Saturday Night Live” group’s hits that is sure to get a gazillion views on YouTube tonight.

9:04 p.m. ET:And Julie Bowen talked about how being a mom influences her work on “Modern Family:” “I think if I wasn’t a mom, it would be harder to look at a child and understand how you can hate and love them all at once.”

9:03 p.m. ET: The winners have started to file backstage. Ty Burrell reflected on “Modern Family’s” pro-gay outlook, saying “It feels very, very good to be on a show that seems like it’s changing a lot of minds.”

8:48 p.m. ET: Wearing a tiara and holding roses in one hand, a trophy in the other, “Mike & Molly” star Melissa McCarthy gave a tearful acceptance speech for best lead actress in a comedy. Presenters Rob Lowe and Sofia Vergara invited the nominees to the stage beauty pageant style: “It’s my first and best pageant ever,” McCarthy said before a flurry of thank yous and an apology: “I’m sorry, I’m a crier.”

8:42 p.m. ET: Well that was awkward. Charlie Sheen showed up at the Emmys and offered what sounded like a publicist-scripted apology to the show that fired him, “Two and a Half Men.” “Before I present outsanding lead actor in a comedy series, my old category, I want to take a moment to get something off my chest and say a few words to everybody here from ‘Two and a Half Men,’” Sheen said. “From the bottom of my heart, I wish you  nothing but the best for this upcoming season. We spent eight wonderful years together and I know you will continue to make great television.” Is someone gunning for a guest star stint?

8:33 p.m. ET: Maybe “Modern Family” should just throw all the trophies in a U-Haul and call it a night? Steven Levitan and Jeffrey Richman scored the fourth Emmy of the night, and the fourth Emmy in a row, for outstanding writing for a comedy.

8:31 p.m. ET: “Modern Family” three-peat: Michael Alan Spiller won for best director and kind of, sort of tripped while walking up to the podium.

8:28 p.m. ET: Speak of the devil: Ricky Gervais showed up at the Emmys … via a pre-taped satellite interview. “Not allowed! Not after the Golden Globes,” he said of his absence.

8:19 p.m. ET: “Modern Family” for the win: Minutes after his TV wife left the stage, Ty Burrell walked up to pick up the Emmy for best supporting actor in a comedy.

8:16 p.m. ET: Julie Bowen scored the first Emmy of the night, best supporting actress in a comedy, for “Modern Family.” “First of all, I’m half in love with all of our writers without whom there is no Claire Dunphy,” Bowen said in her acceptance speech. ”For all the Emmy voters, there will be gift baskets tomorrow, lots of gift baskets.” Bowen went on to thank her TV husband — Ty Burrell, “who helps me manage my fear on a daily basis” — and her real-life partner, Scott Phillips.

8:11 p.m. ET:  It looks like Ricky Gervais’ polarizing stint helming January’s Golden Globes raised the bar for awards show hosts. Jane Lynch took hits at the audience in her opening monologue, calling out Betty White in the audience and saying “She’s the reason we start the show at 5 p.m.” “Katie Holmes is in the house as well,” Lynch went on, “and I’d love to say something funny about her but I’m afraid of her husband.”

8:06 p.m. ET: Don’t say she doesn’t have a sense of humor. Jane Lynch knocked her own show during the Emmy open, walking into a mock up of the “Glee” locker room and observing that TV’s “a world where high school students look roughly 24.” She then threw a milkshake (or maybe a glass full of paint?) at her “Glee” alter ego, Sue Sylvester.

8:03 p.m. ET: Here’s someone you probably didn’t expect to see at the Emmys: Leonard Nimoy. “Star Trek’s” Spock tag-teamed with host Jane Lynch for the show’s pre-taped open, in which Lynch navigates a world where everyone on TV lives in the same building.

7:48 p.m. ET: Red is clearly the color of the evening. “Modern Family” vixen Sofia Vergara looked stunning in a vermillion-tinged one shoulder Vera Wang; “Mildred Pierce’s” Kate Winslet killed in crimson too.

7:18 p.m. ET: Despite the vast similarities between the cast of “Boardwalk Empire” and Snooki (insert sarcasm here), the Emmy nominated HBO drama that’s set in old school Atlantic City is nothing like the “Jersey Shore.” The hosts of Fox’s pre-show asked Steve Buscemi (up for best actor in a drama) to expound on whether the two shows are at all similar. He replied, “Considering we don’t leave Brooklyn usually, no.”

7:15 p.m. ET: Though it’s his last shot at winning the best actor in a comedy Emmy for “The Office,” Steve Carell is keeping cool. “Well, we’ll see,” he told Nancy O’Dell when asked if he thinks he’ll walk away with the trophy.

6:59 p.m. ET: Rumor has it Charlie Sheen is in the house, or will be shortly, and is slated to present at the awards. But CBS’ shaking fist may boot the former “Two and a Half Men” star from the show altogether. Whether or not he makes it to the Nokia Theatre, the Warlock is expected at Comedy Central’s post-party: His Comedy Central roast airs Monday night.

6:54 p.m. ET: One wonders if Christina Hendricks ever snaps out of the ’60s and puts on a pair of sweatpants. The “Mad Men” actress wore a grey, beaded Joanna Johannson dress that showcased that area between her neck and her waist quite prominently. With loose waves in her hair, she looked as she always looks — every bit the classic pinup.

6:27 p.m. ET: It’s red hot in Los Angeles today — 81 in the sun — and a rack’s worth of red dresses are showing up on the red carpet.  ”Glee’s” Lea Michele wowed in a low back, high shoulder scarlet Marchesa number. Of her choice, she told E!, “I just wanted to be super comfy.” “Vampire Diaries” star Nina Dobrev kept cool and on trend in a red strapless Donna Karan dress, “The Office’s” Angela Kinsey followed suit in a crimson one shoulder gown.

6:20 p.m. ET: Welcome to ABCNews.com’s live blog of the 63rd Primetime  Emmy Awards, where we’re dishing out the best of what’s happening on the red carpet, at the show and backstage. Refresh this page often for the latest updates and follow our blogger on Twitter at @SheilaYM.

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