2012 Emmy Awards: Julie Bowen Snags Outstanding Supporting Actress for ‘Modern Family’
We knew 'Modern Family' would win something at the 2012 Emmy Awards. After all, the cast and crew pretty much dominated the Comedy Series, and Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress categories. But probably no one expected Julie Bowen, who plays Claire Dunphy on the show, to beat out both Kristen Wiig (and her many 'SNL' personalities) and the late Kathryn Joosten of 'Desperate Housewives' in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series category! But she did.
Eric Stonestreet had won an Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Emmy earlier in the night for his performance as Cam on the show, and 'Modern Family' ended up taking home the title of Outstanding Comedy Series. Still, it came as a shock (and from the looks of it, it was a shock to Bowen as well) to see the star win over some of her more talked up competition. Also nominated for the title were Merritt Wever ('Nurse Jackie'), Mayim Bialik ('The Big Bang Theory') and Bowen's buddy Sofia Vergara ('Modern Family').