The Emmy Awards 2011 saw Downtown Abbey, Modern Family and Mad Men coming out victorious, with Kate Winslet, Maggie Smith and Guy Pearce all winning acting gongs.

Without further ado, here’s the night in pictures.

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Jane Lynch hosts the Emmys 2011.

Glee star Jane Lynch hosted the Emmys 2011, kicking off the awards ceremony with a pre-taped musical number. Lynch avoided making any controversial jokes, a la last year’s host, Ricky Gervais, who was slammed for his presentation style. However, Lynch did have a dig at her predecessor, saying: "Poor little Ricky Gervais. Someone didn't get enough hugs from mommy and somehow it's Hollywood's fault."

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Downtown Abbey creator Julian Fellowes and the cast of accept the

Outstanding Miniseries or Made for Television Movie award.

Downton Abbey landed four major awards at the Emmys, being named Outstanding Miniseries of the year. Star Maggie Smith was crowned Best Supporting Actress In A Miniseries Or Movie, while Brian Percival won an award in the directing category and writer Julian Fellowes claimed the writing prize.

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Downtown Abbey stars Elizabeth McGovern, Joanne Froggatt and Michelle

Dockery hold the award.

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The cast of Mad Men pose after the show was

named outstanding drama series for a fourth successive year.

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Paz de la Huerta, who plays former cabaret dancer Lucy Danziger in Boardwalk Empire, failed to win any awards.

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Kate Winslet won the Best Actress in a Mini-Series prize for her role in the Depression-era drama Mildred Pierce, for which her co-star Guy Pearce won Best Supporting Actor.

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Glee star Lea Michele was not nominated for anything this year.

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So You Think You Can Dance host, Cat Deeley.

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Charlie Sheen was on best behaviour for the Emmy awards.

Charlie Sheen appeared onstage to present the award for best lead actor in a comedy.  The actor kept things subdued, even wishing his former Two and a Half Men co-stars well. Sheen, who was fired from the show earlier this year and replaced by Ashton Kutcher said:

"From the bottom of my heart, I wish you nothing but the best for this upcoming season," he said. "I know you will continue to make great television."

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Sofia Vergara was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a

Comedy Series, but the award went to her Modern Family co-star Julie