Mad Men looked set to dominate the night, going in with 19 top nominations, and it continued its winning streak for the best drama title for the fourth year in a row.
But the stars of the period drama didn't fair so well - Jon Hamm was a four-time loser for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series - Kyle Chandler claimed that prize for his role in Friday Night Lights, while Julianna Margulies beat the likes of Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men), Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) and Kathy Bates (Harry's Law) to take home the female equivalent for her turn in The Good Wife.
Meanwhile, Modern Family started the Emmys as they planned to go on - TV husband and wife Ty Burrell and Julie Bowen kicked off the celebrations by walking away with the acting honours for Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Comedy Series.
The hit programme went on to earn accolades for writing and directing before being crowned best comedy at the end of the event.
It was a good night for the Brits too - Kate Winslet was named Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for Mildred Pierce, while Downton Abbey's Dame Maggie Smith claimed the supporting actress in a miniseries or movie title.
Justin Timberlake (Saturday Night Live) and Gwyneth Paltrow (Glee) were already winners before the red carpet at Los Angeles' Nokia Theatre was even rolled out - they were honoured at the Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards last weekend (10Sep11) in the Outstanding Guest Performance in a Comedy Series category.
Awards host Jane Lynch opened the show with a song-and-dance sequence featuring Star Trek's Leonard Nimoy and the cast of Mad Men, while Andy Samberg's comedy rap trio The Lonely Island, featuring crooner Michael Bolton and R&B singer Akon, and rapper/actor LL Cool J, were among the musical acts providing the entertainment in between awards at Los Angeles' Nokia Theatre.
The main list of winners at the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards is as follows:
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series: Jim Parsons - The Big Bang Theory
Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series: Melissa McCarthy - Mike & Molly
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series: Kyle Chandler - Friday Night Lights
Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series: Julianna Marguiles - The Good Wife
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie: Barry Pepper - The Kennedys
Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie: Kate Winslet - Mildred Pierce
Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series: Ty Burrell - Modern Family
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series: Julie Bowen - Modern Family
Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series: Peter Dinklage - Game Of Thrones
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series: Margo Martindale - Justified
Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie: Guy Pearce - Mildred Pierce
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie: Maggie Smith - Downton Abbey
Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series: Justin Timberlake - Saturday Night Live (Host)
Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series: Gwyneth Paltrow - Glee
Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series: Paul McCrane - Harry's Law
Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series: Loretta Devine - Grey's Anatomy
Outstanding Comedy Series: Modern Family
Outstanding Drama Series: Mad Men
Outstanding Miniseries Or Movie: Downton Abbey (Masterpiece)
Outstanding Variety, Music Or Comedy Series: The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
Outstanding Animated Programme: Futurama
Outstanding Variety, Music Or Comedy Special: The Kennedy Center Honors
Outstanding Reality Programme: Deadliest Catch
Outstanding Reality-Competition Programme: The Amazing Race
Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series: Steven Levitan and Jeffrey Richman - Modern Family (Episode: Caught In The Act)
Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series: Jason Katims - Friday Night Lights (Episode: Always)
Outstanding Writing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic Special: Julian Fellowes - Downton Abbey (Masterpiece)
Outstanding Writing For A Variety, Music Or Comedy Series: Steve Bodow, Tim Carvell, Rory Albanese, Kevin Bleyer, Rich Blomquist, Wyatt Cenac, Hallie Haglund, J.R. Havlan, Elliot Kalan, Josh Lieb, Sam Means, Jo Miller, John Oliver, Daniel Radosh, Jason Ross, Jon Stewart - The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
Outstanding Writing For A Variety, Music Or Comedy Special: David Boone, Matt Roberts, and Mo Rocca - 64th Annual Tony Awards
Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series: Michael Alan Spiller - Modern Family
Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series: Martin Scorsese - Boardwalk Empire
Outstanding Directing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic Special: Brian Percival - Downton Abbey (Masterpiece)
Outstanding Directing For A Variety, Music Or Comedy Series: Donny Roy King - Saturday Night Live (Host: Justin Timberlake)
Outstanding Directing For A Variety, Music Or Comedy Special: Lonny Price - Sondheim! The Birthday Concert.
The little blue men proved their pulling power when they opened in second place on the U.S. box office chart last month (Jul11) with opening weekend takings of $35.4 million (£22.13 million), narrowly losing out on the top spot to Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig's sci-fi blockbuster Cowboys & Aliens.
And film executives at Sony Pictures are so impressed by The Smurfs' popularity, they are aiming to have a second installment in movie theatres by August, 2013, reports trade paper Daily Variety.
The Smurfs, a live action comedy, stars Neil Patrick Harris, Hank Azaria and Sofia Vergara, and also featured the voices of Alan Cumming and singer Katy Perry.
The Gladiator actor is to team up with his Robin Hood co-star Alan Doyle to perform two nights of music at the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk festival in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador.
They will be joined on stage by fellow Robin Hood stars Scott Grimes and Kevin Durand, Crowe's singer wife Danielle Spencer and Irish duo Size2shoes.
Crowe, who has called the shows an "indoor garden party", writes in a post on Twitter.com, "Alan Doyle and I will be singing tunes and telling stories from the Crowe/Doyle songbook LSPU Hall Aug 3 & 4 with special guests."
Crowe and his crew previously entertained guests at the Cannes Film Festival in France last year (10).
The shows will take place at the LSPU Hall in St. John's on 3 and 4 August (11).
The 21 year old, who portrayed Native American legend Pocahontas in 2005 movie The New World, was arrested in Washington, D.C. last year (Jun10) after she chained herself to the White House perimeter fence to protest a state visit by Peruvian President Alan Garcia, who had announced plans to sell large areas of indigenous land to oil companies and other foreign investors.
Kilcher's father is a Peruvian Indian.
Her mother Saskia was also arrested after she poured black paint over her daughter as part of the protest. She was hit with a charge of defacing government property.
However, prosecutors have agreed to drop the counts against mother and daughter after learning they had completed the terms of their community service.
Kilcher, who is related to singer/songwriter Jewel, starred opposite Colin Farrell in The New World.
The Dynasty legend will wrap up the New York run of An Evening With Joan Collins on Saturday (27Nov10) and she marked her successful stint on stage with a private reception, hosted by fashion designer Valentino.
Stars including singer Sedaka, Scottish actor Cumming, music producer Clive Davis and photographer Mario Testino all showed up at the Big Apple's Loews Regency Hotel for the bash.
A source tells the New York Post's Page Six column, "It was an intimate midnight reception with Joan and her husband, Percy, to toast her success."
Revered Hollywood PR Alan Nierob, who has represented Gibson for almost 15 years, suggests Oksana Grigorieva was a publicity-hungry girlfriend.
In legal papers obtained by TMZ.com, Nierob writes, "In my opinion she enjoyed press events more than most of my clients' spouses and significant others."
And he also recalls being around the Russian singer after the alleged fight between her and Gibson, which sparked the beginning of the end of their romance.
He recalls she was "joking, laughing and extremely happy" at a dinner three weeks after the reported fight.
The news breaks the day after Grigorieva appeared on U.S. news show Larry King Live and revealed she lived in fear of her ex towards the end of their romance - and didn't think he was a good father.
This claim Nierob also dismisses, stating, "On a multitude of other occasions, Miss Grigorieva commented to me that she believed Mr. Gibson was a 'great' father to Lucia."
Rowling's tales about the boy wizard have made her millions since the first book hit shelves in 1997, and she's been voted the star who most inspires London residents to become their own boss.
Media mogul Winfrey and singer-turned-designer Beckham, who stood at fifth and sixth respectively, came behind Girls Aloud star Cheryl Cole, who was voted fourth.
Singing sisters Dannii and Kylie Minogue also made the top ten - taking ninth and tenth places respectively in the poll by website OfficeCavalry.com.
Cole and Minogue's fellow The X Factor judge Simon Cowell came second on the men's survey, behind businessman and TV star Alan Sugar.
Director Raja Gosnell was shooting scenes at FAO Schwarz with actor Hank Azaria, who plays the villainous Gargamel, when a man tumbled from a set lift at around 6.30am, after working throughout the night.
Paramedics were called to the scene and the man, whose identity has not been released, was taken to Bellevue Hospital Center where he is said to be in a stable condition, according to the New York Post.
No further details were available as WENN went to press.
Singer Katy Perry, actor Alan Cumming and comedians George Lopez and Kevin James also star in the film.
The funnyman proposed to the 25-year-old beauty in January (10) and they are reportedly planning to walk down the aisle at London's Claridge's hotel on Saturday (15May10).
Walliams celebrated by inviting the cream of the British comedy scene to a meal at London's exclusive Nobu Restaurant, before heading to a nearby bar and later to notorious strip club Stringfellows, according to British newspaper The Sun.
Guests included Walliams' Little Britain co-star and best man Matt Lucas, U.K. comics Steve Coogan, Jimmy Carr, Alan Carr, James Corden, David Baddiel and Rob Brydon, and Australian singer Natalie Imbruglia.
The M*A*S*H star, whose parents were burlesque singer Joan Brown and actor/singer Robert Alda, will raise the curtain on his childhood in Behind the Burly Q, a film directed by Leslie Zemeckis.
According to the New York Post, Alda lovingly refers to the way he was raised as "a form of abuse", and recalls one incident in which he was forced to give up his seat in the family car to a pig his parents used as a prop in a comedy segment of their show.
The 74 year old also dubs his father a "t** singer", who crooned alongside showgirls.
The film is set for release in the U.S. on 23 April (10).