If the 64th Annual Primetime Emmys were a family reunion of sorts, with current and former stars of TV’s biggest shows gathering together for one night and playing nice in front of the cameras, then the family undoubtedly stealing the spotlight at the table was the multi-generational, multi-racial and hilarious crew of “Modern Family.”
ABC’s hit continued its march toward sitcom legend status, winning five Emmys in all, including one for best comedy series for the third straight year and awards for directing, supporting actor for Eric Stonestreet, and supporting actress for Julie Bowen.
“I’m sort of beside myself and I feel a tiny bit guilty, but I’m gonna get over it,” Bowen told ABC News’ Lara Spencer after picking up her second consecutive supporting-actress Emmy.
Bowen faced off against her co-star, Sofia Vergara, in the category, something the whole cast has had to get used to, given the ensemble nature of the show and the fact that they’re each consistently nominated in the “supporting” actor categories.
“Here’s how it works,” Ed O’Neill, a nominee for supporting actor against cast mates Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson, told Spencer after Stonestreet and Bowen picked up their awards.” “They won and we lost. That’s how that works.”
“Sofia is so amazing and I think people don’t realize what she does as a character,” Bowen said. “She always plays it off as, ‘Oh please, that’s just the way I am,’ but she does so much and basically phonetically.”
Stonestreet paid tribute of his own to Ferguson, his fellow supporting actor nominee and on-screen life partner, in his acceptance speech. “There is no Cam without Mitch,” he said, referring to their roles as a devoted gay couple.
Behind the scenes, Stonestreet said he was “humbled” by the award.
“I didn’t honestly think I was going to win this year and it means a lot,” he told ABC News’ Josh Elliott. “My parents are in town and my sister’s in town, and I know how proud they are of me ’cause they know the struggles and ups and downs of what it is to be an actor for a long time.”
“Modern Family” now joins the company of “30 Rock,” “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “Taxi” in winning three Emmys for best comedy series.
Only “Frasier,” “All in the Family” and “Cheers” have won the biggest prize in TV for a comedy more often, according to Variety.com.
“I don’t know what we’re doing to do when we don’t win,” Vergara told ABC News. “I don’t want to come if we don’t win.”