The statues have been handed out. "Modern Family" swept. "Mad Men" dominated. But backstage, it wasn't all bravado from the stars of those shows, or any of the other Emmy winning programs. Below, check out how Julie Bowen, Kate Winslet, Melissa McCarthy, Martin Scorsese and more reflected on their victories backstage.
Ty Burrell, winner, best supporting actor in a comedy, "Modern Family," on the show's pro-gay stance: "It feels very, very good to be on a show that seems like it's changing a lot of minds."
Julie Bowen, winner, best supporting actress in a comedy, "Modern Family," on how having children of her own influences her role as Claire Dunphy: "I think if I wasn't a mom, it would be harder to look at a child and understand how you can hate and love them all at once … There are times when I really wouldn't mind if there was a giant hook pulled my kids off the stage of my life." Jim Parsons, winner, best actor in a comedy, "The Big Bang Theory," on former "Two and a Half Men" star Charlie Sheen presenting his award: "He just congratulated me and said, 'That's awesome.' He was that sweet and that banal, I'm sorry to say."
She said: “Mildred Pierce was capable of great acts of love as a mother. It doesn't matter how old you are or what you do with your life, you will never stop needing your mum. And I will never stop needing mine, so thanks mum.”
Her co-star Guy Pearce was named outstanding supporting actor in a miniseries or movie. Pearce joked: “I got to have sex with Kate Winslet many many times.”
Downton Abbey collected a total of four Emmys including best miniseries or movie, and a supporting actress award for Dame Maggie Smith, who was not at the ceremony.
Writer Julian Fellowes said: "This is really a David and Goliath story, except in this case Goliath was wonderful, some wonderful shows that we were up against, and it seems perfectly extraordinary that we've won.
“None of us know what's going to be a hit, we make these shows, we hope for the best, but we don't know why sometimes it comes right and this evening is such a marvellous moment in all our lives because this evening it came right.”
Mad Men, set in the set in the world of advertising half a century ago, won the Emmy for best TV drama series for the fourth straight year.
Laurie, the star of medical drama House, lost out to Kyle Chandler of Friday Night Lights in the lead actor in a drama series category.
Earlier, Scottish actress Kelly MacDonald of Boardwalk Empire missed out on the gong for supporting actress in a drama series.
Another Scottish star, Alan Cumming, nominated for his role in The Good Wife, also went away empty-handed.