Guy Pearce’s decision to go back to his acting roots on TV has paid off, with the Australian claiming an Emmy Award at TV’s night of nights.
The 43-year-old former Neighbours and Home & Away star won an Emmy for his sexed up role in the TV mini-series Mildred Pierce and, in an acceptance speech almost as hot as the scenes he shared with co-star Kate Winslet, Pearce made plenty in the crowd blush.
“It was delightful working on Mildred Pierce. I got to have sex with Kate Winslet many, many times. (Looking at Kate Winslet in the audience). Thank you for allowing me to insert myself into your world of Mildred,” he told the A-List crowd at the 63rd Annual
Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles.
Pearce’s win in the supporting actor in a mini-series category places him in ultimate company, with past winners including Marlon Brando, Laurence Olivier and Peter O’Toole.
The win also comes after plenty of snubs for Pearce after he played integral roles in some of the great movies of the past decade – including the last two best picture Oscar winning films The Hurt Locker and The King’s Speech – but was never nominated for a major individual award.
Winslet added to her trophy cabinet, which already houses a best actress Oscar for 2008’s The Reader, by winning the Emmy for her starring role in Mildred Pierce, in which she plays a mother in the Great Depression who separates from her husband and embarks on an affair with Pearce’s Monty Beragon.
The Emmys were dominated by Modern Family, with the sitcom’s wins including outstanding comedy series, Ty Burrell (supporting actor in a comedy), Julie Bowen (supporting actress in a comedy), director Michael Spiller and writers Steve Levitan and Jeffrey Richman.
“Welcome back to the Modern Family awards,” Emmy host Jane Lynch said after the sitcom won the first fourawards of the night.
Mad Men beat Boardwalk Empire, The Good Wife, Dexter, Game of Thrones and Friday Night Lights for the drama series Emmy.
The biggest potential for drama was backstage at the Nokia Theatre when former Two and a Half Men star Charlie Sheen bumped into his replacement, Ashton Kutcher. The meeting ended up being a lovefest, with the actors chatting, posing for a photo and Sheen wishing Kutcher the best.
“Great talking to you! We’ll all be watching! Make us proud!!” Sheen later Tweeted.
Jim Parsons won the lead comedy Emmy for The Big Bang Theory and Melissa McCarthy for Mike & Molly was a surprise winner for lead comedy actress.
“Holy smokes,” a shocked McCarthy said.
As expected Julianna Margulies won actress in a drama for The Good Wife, but in an upset Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights) beat Michael C Hall (Dexter), Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire), Jon Hamm (Mad Men) and Hugh Laurie (House) for actor in a drama series.
Former Australia’s Funniest Home Video Show host Kim Kilbey missed out on an Emmy when The Amazing Race won the outstanding reality show award. LA-based Kilbey is a supervising producer on America’s Dancing with the Stars.