Homeland, Season 2 - Premiere party: David Nevins, Damian Lewis and Matthew C Blank
Homeland, Emmy Award winners : David Nevins (President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks), series star Damian Lewis, Matthew C Blank (Chairman and CEO, Showtime Networks) ©2012 Showtime

For the Emmy Awards 2012 a brit did win but it was for Homeland in the form of leading actor Damian Lewis. Downton Abbey had to be content with an award for Maggie Smith although in fairness she does steal the show!

Downton Abbey, 3.03 - Michael Cochrane and Maggie Smith
Reverend Travis (Michael Cochrane) and Dowager Countess of Grantham, Violet (Maggie Smith) in the third season of Downton Abbey ©2012 Carnival

Homeland swept the awards for outstanding drama, lead actor (Damian Lewis), lead actress (Claire Danes) and writing (Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff).

Downton Abbey had to be content with the highest number of nominations for a British series winning in the main awards only for Maggie Smith as supporting actress.

Modern Family won the  comedy award and Game Change for mini series/movie section.

Here is a list of winners and other nominees from the key areas for this year’s awards.

Outstanding Drama Series

  • Winner: HomelandRunners up: Boardwalk Empire, Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, Mad Men

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

  • Winner: Damian Lewis, HomelandRunners up: Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey; Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire; Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad; Michael C Hall, Dexter; Jon Hamm, Mad Men

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

  • Winner: Claire Danes, HomelandRunners up: Kathy Bates, Harry’s Law; Glenn Close, Damages; Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey; Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife; Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

  • Winner: Aaron Paul, Breaking BadRunners up: Jim Carter, Downton Abbey; Brendan Coyle, Downton Abbey; Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones; Giancarlo Esposito, Breaking Bad; Jared Harris, Mad Men

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

  • Winner: Maggie Smith, Downton AbbeyRunners up: Christine Baranski, The Good Wife; Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey; Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad; Christina Hendricks, Mad Men; Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife

Outstanding Miniseries

  • Winner: Game ChangeRunners up: American Horror Story; Hatfield & McCoys; Hemingway & Gellhorn; Luther; Sherlock

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries

  • Winner: Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoysRunners up: Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock; Idris Elba, Luther; Woody Harrelson, Game Change; Clive Owen, Hemingway & Gellhorn; Bill Paxton, Hatfields & McCoys

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries

  • Winner: Julianne Moore, Game ChangeRunners up: Connie Britton, American Horror Story; Ashley Judd, Missing; Nicole Kidman, Hemingway & Gellhorn; Emma Thompson, The Song of Lunch

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries

  • Winner: Tom Berenger, Hatfields & McCoysRunners up: Martin Freeman, Sherlock; Ed Harris, Game Change; Denis O’Hare, American Horror Story; David Strathairn, Hemingway & Gellhorn

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries

  • Winner: Jessica Lange, American Horror StoryRunners up: Frances Conroy, American Horror Story; Judy Davis, Page Eight; Sarah Paulson, Game Change; Mare Winningham, Hatfields & McCoys

Outstanding Comedy Series

  • Winner: Modern FamilyRunners upThe Big Bang Theory, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Girls, 30 Rock, Veep

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Winner: Jon Cryer, Two and a Half MenRunners up: Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock; Don Cheadle, House of Lies; Louis CK, Louie; Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm; Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

  • Winner: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, VeepRunners up: Zooey Deschanel, New Girl; Lena Dunham, Girls; Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie; Tina Fey, 30 Rock; Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly; Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Winner: Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family. Runners up: Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live; Ty Burrell, Modern Family; Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family; Max Greenfield, New Girl; Ed O’Neill, Modern Family

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

  • Winner: Julie Bowen, Modern FamilyRunners up: Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory; Kathryn Joosten, Desperate Housewives; Sofia vergara, Modern Family; Merrit Wever, Nurse Jackie; Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live

Notable creative arts Emmys Winners

These obviously get less attention but are vital to how a program is viewed. We listed here the programs with two or more awards and the areas they won in.

Games of Thrones = 6

Make-up, Costumes, Art direction, Special Visual Effects, Sound Mixing, Sound editing

Frozen Planet = 4

Editing, Sound editing, Cinematography, Outstanding non-fiction series

Great Expectations = 4

Costumes, Art direction, Main title design, Cinematography

Saturday Night Live = 4

Hairstyling, Technical direction, Jimmy Fallon as guest host, Direction – Don Roy King

Boardwalk Empire = 3

Art direction, Special effects, Cinematography

Downton Abbey = 2

Hairstyling, Music,

Homeland = 2

Casting, Editing