Heavy moments weighed down the night, as individual tributes to actors Jean Stapleton, Cory Monteith, James Gandolfini, Jonathan Winters and writer Gary David Goldberg were delivered by co-stars and friends.
The broadcast also focused on the 50th anniversary of historic television events of 1963, which included the grim announcement of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
"This may be the saddest Emmys of all time, but we could not be happier," said "Modern Family" co-creator Steven Levitan, accepting the outstanding comedy award.
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