Homeland Wins Emmy for Best Drama Series

The series, based on the Israeli 'Hatufim,' also won an award for best writing, and its lead stars scooped prizes; others nominees this year included Jewish stars such as Mayim Bialik, Larry David and Lena Dunham.

"Homeland," the series based on the Israeli "Hatufim,"  won the award for best drama series at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday.

Israeli Gideon Raff, the creator of "Hatufim," picked up the award for best writing for a drama series for Homeland, along with Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon. "Hatufim" is a format owned by the Israeli Channel 2's Keshet franchisee.

Damian Lewis beat Steve Buscemi, Bryan Cranston and Jon Hamm to win an award for his role in the show, and Claire Danes also scooped the award for outstanding lead actress in a drama series for Homeland.

Among other drama prizes, Maggie Smith of "Downton Abbey" won for best supporting actress in a drama series, and Aaron Paul won best supporting drama actor for "Breaking Bad."

Among reality competitors, "The Amazing Race" was honored as best reality series, ninth time in 10 nominations for the award. Tom Bergeron of "Dancing With the Stars" won as best host of a reality series.

In comedy, Jon Cryer claimed the best comedy actor trophy for "Two and a Half Men." Among others, he beat out two-time winner Jim Parsons of "The Big Bang Theory."

Julia Louis-Dreyfus was honored as best actress in comedy for "Veep" and she and fellow nominee Amy Poehler of "Parks and Recreation" pretended to switch their speech notes.

"Modern Family" made it look easy as the comedy's Eric Stonestreet and Julie Bowen claimed supporting actor awards, and the show won an award for besy comedy series.

Standup comic Louis C.K. won the Emmy for best comedy writing for "Louie," and "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" won the award for best variety series.

HBO came into the night with a leading 17 creative arts Emmys from a September 15 ceremony honoring technical and other achievements. CBS was second with 13, followed by PBS with 11. Discovery received six awards, NBC got five and ABC and the Cartoon Network won four each. Fox received two trophies.

The  list of nominees this year included  a number of Jewish stars. Jewish filmmaker and actress Lena Dunham was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Hannah Horvath on the HBO series "Girls." The show was also nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series and was inspired by Dunham’s experiences as a Jewish young woman living in New York City.

Larry David, who is best known as one of the creators of the TV show "Seinfeld," was nominated as Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his role in the HBO series "Curb Your Enthusiasm." The show also was nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series.

Mayim Bialik was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress for her role as Amy Farrah Fowler on the CBS show "Big Bang Theory." The show has also been nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series.

Max Greenfield, an American actor known for his roles on "Veronica Mars," "Ugly Betty" and "Modern Men," was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his role as Schmidt in the Fox series "New Girl."