HBO's "Game Change" won big at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday night, beating out History's ratings smash — and red-state favorite — "Hatfields & McCoys" to win the oustanding miniseries or movie prize.
"Game Change," adapted from Mark Halperin and John Heilemann's bestselling account of the 2008 presidential election, picked up four prizes overall, including the Emmy for oustanding lead actress, which went to Julianne Moore for her portrayal of vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Director Jay Roach and writer Danny Strong also won in their categories.
The rousing endorsement of "Game Change," which drew more than 2 million viewers when it premiered in March, about a sixth of the audience of the miniseries "Hatfields & McCoys," was a reflection of the way politics factored into this year’s Emmys, even if the 2012 election didn’t come up much during the show.
For a minute during Emmy host Jimmy Kimmel's opening monologue, it looked like viewers might be in for a long night of Mitt Romney bashing. After comparing the Republican presidential candidate's upbringing to "Downton Abbey," Kimmel guessed there were perhaps 40 Republicans among the "godless liberal homosexuals" filling the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. "That's why Kelsey Grammer didn't come tonight," he said, a reference to the "Boss" star's conservative politics.