Another relative stranglehold — the dominance of "The Amazing Race" in the reality show category — was ended when NBC's "The Voice" won that category.
Michael Douglas was honored as best actor for his portrayal of Liberace in the HBO movie "Behind the Candelabra," besting his co-star Matt Damon. The film also captured a top trophy as best movie or miniseries. It was a good night for the pay cable service HBO, which took home seven awards and earned bragging rights over its rival Showtime.
"Saturday Night Live," whose director Don Loy King won an Emmy Sunday, has also eclipsed "Frasier" with the most Emmy Awards ever. "SNL" now has 40 in its history.
Diahann Carroll, the first African-American Emmy nominee in 1963 for "Naked City," created one of the night's most heartfelt moments when she took the stage with best drama actress nominee Kerry Washington and noted the importance of diversity in the industry and Emmys.
"Tonight, she better get this award," Carroll said of Washington, who covered her eyes in embarrassment. Danes' victory denied Washington.
AP writers Sandy Cohen, Lynn Elber, Beth Harris and Caryn Rousseau contributed to this report from Los Angeles.
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