At the Emmys, women were nominated for playing a wide-range of characters, from goofy to sultry to serious. Not all of them could win, but a great group did take home trophies. Melissa McCarthy, who plays an overweight teacher who meets her boyfriend in a weight-loss support group on Mike & Molly, won her first Emmy for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series. Melissa defeated a tough list of nominees, who joined her on stage during her win, including 30 Rock's Tina Fey and Parks and Recreation's Amy Poehler. Julie Bowen won outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series for playing Claire Dunphy in Modern Family, an overprotective mom who tries to do it all. Julie beat costar Sofia Vergara, Emmy host Jane Lynch for Glee, and all-star funny women Betty White, Kristen Wiig, and Jane Krakowski.
It wasn't all about the comedians tonight, though. Margo Martindale won outstanding supporting actress in a drama series for playing the matriarch of the Bennett crime family in Justified. And Julianna Margulies won big, taking home the prize for outstanding lead actress in a drama series for The Good Wife. Guest actresses also got some love. Gwyneth Paltrow won for playing caliente substitute Spanish teacher Holly Holliday on Glee, while Loretta Devine took home outstanding guest actress in a drama series for Grey's Anatomy. So who's your favorite?