Emmys for Clooney, Falco but not for Hugh Laurie
Clooney wins humanitarian award while the hit shows are Mad Men and Modern Family
There was a standing ovation for George Clooney at the 62nd prime-time Emmy awards in Los Angeles last night when he accepted the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award. The one-time ER actor, whose latest film The American is already being talked up for next year's Oscars, organised a telethon earlier this year to raise funds for the victims of the Haitian earthquake.
He is only the fourth person to receive the honour and the fact that he was handed it by his former ER co-star Julianna Margulies (above) made the occasion even more poignant for the Hollywood crowd at the Nokia Theatre.
Otherwise, the big prizes went to Mad Men and Modern Family, while Glee - nominated for 19 awards - had a surprisingly quiet night.
Mad Men won best drama series for the third year running as well a writing award. "I can't believe we're here," said the series' creator, producer and co-writer Matthew Weiner. "We're now in our fourth season - I didn't think we'd get through half of one." (BBC4 starts screening series four in Britain on September 8.)
ABC's Modern Family won best comedy series plus a writing award for Steve Levitan and Christopher Lloyd and a best actor supporting actor award for Eric Stonestreet.
Glee could only manage a comedy director award for Ryan Murphy and a best supporting actress award: at least it went to Jane Lynch, who plays cheerleading coach Sue and looked almost unrecognisable in a slinky off-the-shoulder number in place of her normal tracksuit.
Britain's big hope on the night was Hugh Laurie for House, but he and Mad Men's John Hamm were both beaten to the best drama actor award by Bryan Cranston, who plays cancer victim Walter White in Breaking Bad.
However, two British actresses were successful. Archie Panjabi, who made her name in Bend It Like Beckham and East is East, won best supporting actress in a drama series for her role as the in-house private eye in The Good Wife, beating the formidable Christina Hendricks from Mad Men to get it.
Julia Ormond won best supporting actress in a TV movie for her role in Temple Grandin, a biopic based on the life of the autistic animal sciences expert.
Among other acting award winners were Al Pacino for his portrayal of the euthanasia champion Jack Kevorkian in You Don't Know Jack, Claire Danes for the title role in the made-for-TV movie Temple Grandin, Kyra Sedgwick for the cop show The Closer and Edie Falco for her pill-popping nurse in the black comedy Nurse Jackie.
Falco, still best known for her portrayal of Carmela in The Sopranos, beat Lea Michele of Glee to the award and seemed genuinely surprised to win it. "I'm not funny!" she said on stage and then, later, to a reporter: "I am not playing coy here. I really am just dumbfounded." ·