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Emmys: Lewis, Danes Land Lead Actor Statues for Showtime's 'Homeland'

9/23/2012 5:35 PM Eastern

Showtime's rookie drama Homeland is on roll, with its lead players taking home the Emmys in both the actress and actor categories.

Clare Danes and Damian Lewis earned the Emmys for their roles as crazed CIA agent Carrie Mathison and the object of her obsession Nicholas Brody, the returning Marine cum terrorist.

Lewis' landmark trophy was the first for Showtime in the lead actor category for a drama or comedy, while Danes' win marked the premium network's inaugural triumph in the lead actress realm.

Danes, who won an Emmy for the lead role in HBO original film Temple Grandin , topped Kathy Bates in NBC's Harry's Law; Glenn Close in DirecTV's Damages; Michell Dockery in PBS's Downton Abbey; and Elisabeth Moss in AMC's Mad Men.

Lewis, a first-time nominee, beat out a who's who of some of cable's most-memorable drama leads: Steve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson in HBO's Boardwalk Empire; Michael C. Hall as the eponymous serial killer in Showtime's Dexter; Bryan Cranston, who has won three previous statues as the transformed Walter White in AMC's Breaking Bad; and Jon Hamm, who was thwarted again for his role as slick, but troubled creative genius in AMC's Mad Men. Hugh Bonneville was also nominated for PBS's Downton Abbey.

Homeland earlier won the drama writing award for its pilot.

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