Performers who have graced the Broadway stage took home top honors at the 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday. Claire Danes, Maggie Smith, Julianne Moore, Jessica Lange and more earned trophies for their TV work this past year, which ran the spectrum from political thrillers to bloody horror dramas to Maggie Smith drinking tea on an English estate.
Danes (Pygmalion) won for Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her performance as troubled CIA agent Carrie Mathison on Showtime’s Homeland. Her co-star Damian Lewis (Hamlet) took home Lead Actor.
Julianne Moore, who made her Broadway debut in 2006 in The Vertical Hour, earned a trophy for Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for her interpretation of politician Sarah Palin in HBO’s movie Game Change.
Broadway vet Maggie Smith (Night and Day, Private Lives) earned her second consecutive Emmy for PBS’s masterpiece hit Downton Abbey.
Jessica Lange (The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire) completed her awards sweep with another win for American Horror Story. Her performance as an unnerving neighbor on the FX drama earned her an Emmy for Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie.
Jon Cryer (Torch Song Trilogy, Brighton Beach Memoirs) won his first Lead Actor in a Comedy trophy for his work on the long-running Two and a Half Men. This was Cryer's first year in that category, having previously been nominated six times (winning once) in the Supporting Actor category.
Glenn Weiss took home a trophy for Directing for a Variety Special for his work on the 65th Annual Tony Awards. Last weekend the telecast won three Creative Arts Emmy Awards for Outstanding Special Class Program, Outstanding Art Direction for Variety or Nonfiction Programming and Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for the ceremony’s opening number, “It’s Not Just for Gays Anymore.”
Below, check out a clip of Danes' acceptance speech, which included a "holler" to her Homeland co-star Mandy Patinkin: