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Big Bang Theory, Veep actors defeat newcomers to win top comedy Emmys

Published on Aug 26, 2014 9:39 AM
Jim Parsons accepts the award for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series for his role in The Big Bang Theory as presenters Julia-Louis Dreyfus and Bryan Cranston look on during the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California on Aug 25, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - Actors Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jim Parsons were repeat winners at the annual Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday by taking the top comedy acting honours and defeating a slew of newcomer nominees at television's biggest night.

Louis-Dreyfus won her third consecutive Emmy for her role as the ambitious and foul-mouthed US Vice-President Selina Meyer on HBO's political satire Veep. Parsons won his fourth lead acting Emmy for playing the pedantic nerd Sheldon in CBS comedy The Big Bang Theory. "There's no accounting for taste, and through a lot of good fortune I stand up here tonight," said Parsons.

In a year in which newcomers and cable and streaming company Netflix have dominated the conversation about television's top honours, the big broadcast networks fared well in the early comedy awards.

Ty Burrell won best supporting actor in a comedy for his role as the hapless father Phil Dunphy on ABC's hit show Modern Family, while Allison Janney won best supporting actress in a comedy as the ditsy mother on the CBS series Mom. Louis C.K. won his second Emmy for best writing for a comedy series for his FX Networks show Louie, in which he plays himself, an insecure middle-aged stand-up comic and single dad struggling to find love.

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