"Modern Family" has won the 2012 Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series for the third year in a row, meaning that it has earned the top prize every year since its 2009 debut.
The ABC mockumentary-style family series beat "30 Rock," "The Big Bang Theory," "Veep," "Girls" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm."
On "Modern Family," Ed O'Neill plays Jay Pritchett, the patriarch of an eclectic family. Sofia Vergara plays his younger, second wife. Jesse Tyler Ferguson plays Pritchett's son and he and Eric Stonestreet's character are a homosexual couple raising a Vietnamese daughter. Julie Bowen plays Pritchett's daughter and Ty Burrell portrays her husband.
"Modern Family" was nominated for 14 Emmys this year and won four awards, including Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series for Stonestreet and Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series for Bowen, marking their second wins. The show also won Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series and Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Comedy Or Drama Series (Half-Hour) And Animation.
"Modern Family" has received 45 nods since its 2009 debut. The show returns for a fourth season on September 26.
The 2012 Emmy Awards ceremony was held at L.A. Live's Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday, September 23 and aired on ABC. The event was hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, who also hosts the network's hit late-night talk show "Jimmy Kimmel Live!."