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Emmy Wrap: 'Homeland,' 'Modern Family' Clean Up During Dull Evening Capped by Star-Packed HBO Party (Video)

Photo of Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange By Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood September 24, 2012 at 1:37PM

The 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, proved to be a gratifying night for big winners "Homeland," "Modern Family" and "Game Change"— "and no one watching at home," reports Salon.
Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman
Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman

Phil Kaufman, Clive Owen and statuesque Nicole Kidman (in a gorgeous turquoise crystal embroidered white gown) nursed their "Hemingway and Gellhorn" loss (the film did win best music score and sound editing); on her way out Kidman went over to greet "Newsroom" star Jane Fonda, sitting with Nancy Davis and Michael J. Fox. Well aware of criticisms of the women's roles in "Newsroom," Fonda plans to approach Aaron Sorkin with ideas about having her network boss character engage more with Emily Mortimer's executive producer as a mentor.

Stephen Colbert met Mel Brooks for the first time, he told me. Brooks asked him how each person he interviewed limited or defined his character. Dick Cavett was also hanging with Brooks.

While many producers like Propaganda's Steve Golin are heading toward television, other TV folks want to parlay their success in television in movies, from Benioff, who is trying to raise financing to direct a film from his novel "City of Thieves" ("It's wonderful--and would make a great movie," tweeted @SusanOrlean) to "Downton Abbey" star Hugh Bonneville. He was also among the nominees and Brits who showed up en masse to the blazing hot rooftop London Hotel BAFTA pre-party Saturday, including co-star Michelle Dockery, Benedict Cumberbatch ("Sherlock"), Martin Freeman ("The Hobbit"), Dominic Monaghan ("The Lord of the Rings," "Lost"), Stephen Moyer ("True Blood"), Damian Lewis ("Homeland"), Jared Harris ("Mad Men"), Jacqueline Bisset, and Julian Fellowes, creator of "Downton Abbey," who likes working in-depth on television so much that he isn't chasing movie projects like "Gosford Park," which only got made because of Robert Altman, he said. "Boardwalk Empire" star Michael Stuhlbarg is a busy camper. His upcoming movies include R-rated Toronto Fest hit "Seven Psychopaths," Spielberg's historic "Lincoln" and a juicy role as agent Lew Wasserman in "Hitchcock," which Fox Searchlight has just added to the crammed awards season schedule. 

Here's Aljean Harmetz on why the TV networks aren't earning Emmy drama love. Also this weekend, "Looper" star Joseph Gordon-Levitt seems to have disappointed on Saturday Night Live.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.