Best supporting actress in a drama went to Maggie Smith of “Downton Abbey” — an award that everyone expected her to win. But “Downton Abbey,” the darling of many prognosticators, did not have a very good night. Neither did “Mad Men,” thanks to “Homeland,” which has clearly been crowned as TV’s new best drama.

The loss in the writing category had to be especially painful for "Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner. But "Homeland" deserved each and every one of the four top drama awards it won.

A pultiple winner on the comedy front besides “Modern Family” was Louis C.K. who took home Emmys for writing in a comedy series and writing for a variety special.

“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” won the Emmy for best variety, music or comedy show.

In terms of the telecast itself, the best thing that can be said about host Jimmy Kimmel is that he didn’t try to overdo it in his monologue. It was brief and quickly got viewers to the awards that they had tuned in to see -- and that is pretty much the way the whole show went.

But the taped segments in which he did appear were lame. The opening of him cowering in the women’s bathroom, afraid to go on after having botox injections, was silly. And the mock “In Memoriam” to him was just plain dumb.

But silly and just plain dumb are still a lot better than Billy Crystal at the Oscars. And, hey, the telecast did actually end on time. Give the producers and Kimmel some credit for that. In fact, give them lots of credit for that.

Read on for the list of winners:

Drama Series: “Homeland,” Showtime.

Actress, Drama Series: Claire Danes, “Homeland,” Showtime.

Actor, Drama Series: Damian Lewis, “Homeland,” Showtime.

Supporting Actor, Drama Series: Aaron Paul, “Breaking Bad,” AMC.

Supporting Actress, Drama Series: Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey,” PBS.

Writing, Drama Series: Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon, Gideon Raff, “Homeland,” Showtime.

Directing, Drama Series: Tim Van Patten, “Boardwalk Empire,” HBO.

Comedy Series: “Modern Family,” ABC.

Actor, Comedy Series: Jon Cryer, “Two and a Half Men,” CBS.

Actress, Comedy Series: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep,” HBO.

Supporting Actress, Comedy Series: Julie Bowen, “Modern Family,” ABC.

Supporting Actor, Comedy Series: Eric Stonestreet, “Modern Family,” ABC.