Peter Dinklage, the winning actor in the category for sci-fi fantasy “Game of Thrones,” was awed by another winner, filmmaker Martin Scorsese, who received a directing trophy for “Boardwalk Empire.”
“Thanks. Wow. Wow. I followed Martin Scorsese. My heart is pounding. You are a legend,” Dinklage said.
The directing trophy was the sole award Sunday for “Boardwalk Empire,” HBO’s lavishly produced tale of Prohibition-era mobsters and crooked politicos on the make in freewheeling Atlantic City, N.J.
The ceremony aired by Fox opened with a pre-taped comedy sketch that generated controversy because Alec Baldwin’s part was cut after he included a joke about the News Corp. phone hacking scandal. Fox is a unit of News Corp.
Baldwin tweeted that Fox killed the joke about the hacking scandal in Britain involving the now-closed News of the World tabloid. Fox said it believed the joke was inappropriate to make light of an issue being taken very seriously by the company.
Leonard Nimoy stepped in and the bit was retaped. It featured host Jane Lynch celebrating television in a musical number, singing about TV as “a vast wonderland, a kingdom of joy in a box.”
“Oh, there’s Betty White. She’s the reason we start the show at 5 p.m.” Lynch cracked during her opening monologue.
Charlie Sheen presented the lead actor award, using his time onstage to make nice with his former “Two and a Half Men” colleagues. He was fired from the show after bitterly clashing with its producer and studio, and was replaced by Ashton Kutcher.
“From the bottom of my heart, I wish you nothing but the best for this upcoming season,” he said. “I know you will continue to make great television.”
“Modern Family” won the first four Emmys, capturing best supporting comedy actress, best supporting comedy actor, best writing for a comedy and best direction for a comedy series.
Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell, who play husband and wife on the series, won best supporting actor honors for a comedy series.
“Oh, my God, I don’t know what I’m going to talk about in therapy next week,” said a shocked-looking Bowen. “I won something.”
Burrell spoke of his own father in accepting his best supporting actor award.
“I actually got kind of a late start in acting. My dad actually passed away before he ever saw me perform and I can’t help but wonder what he would think about all this … going to work in full makeup,” Burrell said.
Christina Hendricks of “Mad Men” and Julia Stiles of “Dexter” were among those bringing glamor to the ceremony.