LOS ANGELES, Calif. <br/> Sept. 19, 2011 — -- The statues have been handed out. "Modern Family" swept. "Mad Men" dominated. But backstage, it wasn't all bravado from the stars of those shows, or any of the other Emmy winning programs. Below, check out how Julie Bowen, Kate Winslet, Melissa McCarthy, Martin Scorsese and more reflected on their victories backstage.
Ty Burrell, winner, best supporting actor in a comedy, "Modern Family," on the show's pro-gay stance: "It feels very, very good to be on a show that seems like it's changing a lot of minds."
Julie Bowen, winner, best supporting actress in a comedy, "Modern Family," on how having children of her own influences her role as Claire Dunphy: "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 … There are times when I really wouldn't mind if there was a giant hook pulled [my kids] off the stage of my life."
Jim Parsons, winner, best actor in a comedy, "The Big Bang Theory," on former "Two and a Half Men" star Charlie Sheen presenting his award: "He just congratulated me and said, 'That's awesome.' He was that sweet and that banal, I'm sorry to say."
Kate Winslet, winner, best actress in a miniseries or movie, "Mildred Pierce," on playing Elizabeth Taylor in a bio pic if asked to take on the role: "I would be honored. In the same breath I would say yes."
Melissa McCarthy, winner, best actress in a comedy, "Mike & Molly," on the beauty pageant inspired presentation of her award: "It was all Amy's idea. If Amy Poehler thinks something's funny, I'll do it. I don't want to piss her off."
Peter Dinklage, winner, best supporting actor in a drama, "Game of Thrones," on exuding a super cool persona and thanking his dog sitter: "It comes from being terrified on the inside. It's all a show. … I mentioned [my dog walker named Kitty] but not my manager or my lawyer or anyone who's actually responsible for me having this job. … It comes at a price, I think. My mom will be really happy about that."
Martin Scorsese, winner , best drama direction, on television being a more creative medium than film: "I think you really have an opportunity here now and I see it even maybe more so than what's possible with independent cinema. You have the opportunity here now. It depends on the vision … but you can do something extraordinary."