The 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, honoring the best in primetime television programming from June 1, 2010 until May 31, 2011, was held on September 18, 2011, at the Nokia Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles, California. It presented by National ACADEMY of TELEVISION ARTS & SCIENCES. Fox televised the ceremony within the United States. Actress Jane Lynch hosted the Emmys for the first time. The Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony was held on September 10. This year's ceremony was watched by 12.4 million people, down 8% from last year's show.
The ceremony received mixed reviews from critics, with many praising the performance of Lynch as the host but criticizing the overall quality of the production, particularly the presenters and the orchestra. The nominees for the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards were announced live on Thursday July 14, 2011, at the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre in North Hollywood, California. The nominees were announced by Melissa McCarthy of Mike & Molly and Joshua Jackson of Fringe.
The winners for some of the categories were presented at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony held at Nokia Theatre on September 10. The rest were presented at the main ceremony on September 18. Programs.
- Outstanding Drama Series - Mad Men (AMC).
- Outstanding Comedy Series - Modern Family (ABC).
- Outstanding Miniseries or TV Movie - Downton Abbey (PBS).
- Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series - The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central). Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program - Jeff Probst for Survivor (CBS).
- Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special - The Kennedy Center Honors (CBS).
- Outstanding Reality-Competition Program - The Amazing Race (CBS).
- Outstanding Animated Program (for Programming Less Than One Hour) - Futurama – "The Late Philip J. Fry" (Comedy Central).
- Outstanding Reality Program - Deadliest Catch (Discovery Channel).
- Outstanding Children's Program - A Child's Garden of Poetry (HBO).
Also was named actors and actresses.
- Outstanding Lead Performance in a Drama Series: Kyle Chandler and Julianna Margulies.
- Outstanding Lead Performance in a Comedy Series: Jim Parsons and Melissa McCarthy.
- Outstanding Lead Performance in a Miniseries or Movie: Barry Pepper and Kate Winslet.
- Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Drama Series: Peter Dinklage and Margo Martindale.
- Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Comedy Series: Ty Burrell and Julie Bowen.
- Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Miniseries or Movie: Guy Pearce and Maggie Smith.
- Outstanding Guest Performance in a Drama Series: Paul McCrane and Loretta Devine.
- Outstanding Guest Performance in a Comedy Series: Justin Timberlake and Gwyneth Paltrow.