Movie Stars Bring Home the Gold at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards

Tom Berenger, Kevin Costner Have a 'Big Chill' with 'Hatfields & McCoys'

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Movie Stars Bring Home the Gold at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards
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Kevin Costner snapped up an award for "Hatfields and McCoys."

Actors and actresses who make their mark on television typically set their sights on a film career. Yet, as the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards broadcast showed, some movie stars who reversed the process walked away with Emmy gold on Sunday night.

Jon "Duckie" Cryer stops a Jim Parsons three-peat

Cryer was a staple of 1980's teen movies, most notably "Pretty in Pink." When announcing the nominees for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series on Sunday night, Melissa McCarthy said she wore out her poster of Duckie, Cryer's character from "Pretty in Pink."

Until "Two and a Half Men" came along, the actor had a hit-or-miss record with television shows. "The Famous Teddy Z" received critical acclaim in 1989, but it wasn't until Cryer shared a beach house with Charlie Sheen and later Ashton Kutcher that he became a serious Emmy threat.

At the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards, Cryer kept Jim Parsons from winning a third consecutive Outstanding Lead Actor award for "The Big Bang Theory." Cryer already had an Outstanding Supporting Actor Emmy from a previous year, but Sheen's departure gave him the opportunity to take the lead.

"Big Chill" alumni Tom Berenger and Kevin Costner double-team the competition

Early in their careers, Tom Berenger and Kevin Costner landed roles in "The Big Chill," a film in which college friends reunite for the funeral of a friend. Costner was cast as Alex, the friend who died, but his scenes were cut from the original theatrical print.

Berenger and Costner reunited for the acclaimed "Hatfields & McCoys" mini-series and captured the Emmys for Outstanding Supporting Actor and Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie respectively.

Julianne Moore changes the Emmy game

An Oscar nominee for "Boogie Nights " and "The Hours," Julianne Moore turned in an award-winning performance as Sarah Palin in HBO's "Game Change." Though Palin gave her characterization a thumbs-down, Moore won the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie. Playtone, Tom Hanks' production company, also produced this film for HBO.

Maggie Smith still has the magic

Actress Maggie Smith spent the better part of a decade starring in the "Harry Potter" film franchise. Smith did not need Professor Minerva McGonagall's magic to win at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards, though. The actress took home the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Emmy for her work on PBS' "Downton Abbey."

Quirky movie girls land Emmy nominations right out of the gate

Zooey Deschanel was a quirky charmer in films like "Elf." When she brought that quirkiness to her Fox series "New Girl," Deschanel earned her first Emmy nomination. The actress didn't win this time, but she has the momentum going into the new season.

The same goes for Lena Dunham, an actress and director who exploded onto the scene with her film "Tiny Furniture." For the Emmys, Dunham was nominated for directing, writing and starring in "Girls," her HBO series about young women making their way in New York. Dunham left empty-handed on Sunday night, but that is bound to change in the near future.

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