Modern Family win big at Emmy Awards

ABC's Modern Family were the big winners at the 2012 Emmy Awards.

The cast of Modern Family at the 2012 Emmy Awards. Picture: Joe Klamar/AFP

NEW YORK - Modern Family and Homeland took home top honours at this year's Emmy Awards, scoring Outstanding Comedy and Outstanding Drama respectively.

For the past three years Modern Family has won Best Comedy Series, its stars Julie Bowen and Eric Stonestreet who also nabbed acting awards.

But in an upset for cult favourite Mad Men, Homeland won Best Drama also scoring statues for actors Claire Danes and Damian Lewis.

Meanwhile the Jon Stewart Show, a recent addition to South African television screens, won Best Variety Series.