Sherlock might have enjoyed winning its BAFTA stripes, but it left the Emmy Awards empty-handed, with Game Change knocking over most of the skittles in the Mini-Series or Movie category.

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Benedict Cumberbatch missed out at the Emmy Awards, as did his Sherlock co-star and writers

The biopic exploring the transformation of Sarah Palin from Alaskan Governor to vice-presidential nominee won awards for Best Mini-Series, as well as Leading Actress (Julianne Moore) and Danny Strong for his writing.

Benedict Cumberbatch, nominated for Sherlock: Scandal in Belgravia (along with fellow Brits Clive Owen - Hemingway and Gelhorn - and Idris Elba - Luther) lost out to Kevin Costner for his sterling performance in Hatfields & McCoys.

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Julianne Moore - "vindicated"

Martin Freeman, soon to appear in The Hobbit on the big screen, also fell foul of the same rivals, with Hatfields' Tom Berenger winning in his category for Best Supporting Actor.

Collecting her gong for Game Change, Julianne Moore told the audience, "I feel so validated, because Sarah Palin gave me a big thumb's down."

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  • Damien Lewis

    Actor Damien Lewis, winner of the Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series award for "Homeland," poses backstage at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

  • Damien Lewis

    Actor Damien Lewis, winner Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series for "Homeland", poses backstage at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

  • Damian Lewis

    Damian Lewis accepts the award for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series for "Homeland" at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)

  • Damian Lewis

    Damian Lewis walks onstage to accept the award for outstanding lead actor in a drama series for "Homeland" at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)

  • Christina Hendricks

    Actress Christina Hendricks arrives at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

  • Zooey Deschanel

    Actress Zooey Deschanel arrives at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

  • Lucy Liu

    Lucy Liu arrives at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

  • Tina Fey

    Actress Tina Fey arrives at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

  • Tina Fey

    Actress Tina Fey arrives at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

  • Ellen DeGeneres

    Actress Ellen DeGeneres arrives at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

  • Ricky Gervais, Jane Fallon

    Actor Ricky Gervais, left and Jane Fallon arrive at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

  • Jane Krakowski

    Actress Jane Krakowski arrives at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

  • Lucy Liu

    Actress Lucy Liu arrives at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

  • Michelle Dockery

    Actress Michelle Dockery arrives at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

  • Zachary Quinto

    Actor Zachary Quinto arrives at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

  • Zachary Quinto

    Actor Zachary Quinto arrives at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

  • Mindy Kaling, Melissa McCarthy

    Mindy Kaling, left, and Melissa McCarthy present an award onstage at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)

  • Ricky Gervais, Jane Fallon

    Actor-comedian Ricky Gervais, left and Jane Fallon arrive at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

  • Julianna Margulies, Damian Lewis

    Julianna Margulies, right, presents the award for outstanding lead actor in a drama series to Damian Lewis for "Homeland" at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)

  • Damian Lewis

    Damian Lewis accepts the award for outstanding lead actor in a drama series for "Homeland" at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)

  • Claire Danes

    Claire Danes accepts the award for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series for "Homeland" at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)

  • Claire Danes

    Actress Claire Danes, winner Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series for ‘Homeland’, poses backstage at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

  • Morena Baccarin

    Actress Morena Baccarin arrives at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

  • Ricky Gervais

    Ricky Gervais presents an award onstage at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)

  • Steve Buscemi, Jo Andres

    Actor Steve Buscemi, left and wife Jo Andres arrive at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

  • Melissa McCarthy

    Actress Melissa McCarthy arrives at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

  • Melissa McCarthy, Ben Falcone

    Actress Melissa McCarthy, left and actor Ben Falcone arrive at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

  • Kevin Costner, Christine Baumgartner

    Actor Kevin Costner, left and wife Christine Baumgartner arrive at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

  • Lucy Liu, Julianne Moore

    Lucy Liu, left, presents the award for outstanding lead actress in a miniseries or movie to Julianne Moore for "Game Change" at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)

  • Julianne Moore

    Julianne Moore accepts the award for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or Movie for "Game Change" at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)

  • Peter Dinklage

    Actor Peter Dinklage arrives at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

  • Peter Dinklage, Erica Schmidt

    Actor Peter Dinklage, left and wife Erica Schmidt arrive at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

  • Anna Gunn

    Actress Anna Gunn arrives at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

  • Julianne Moore

    Actress Julianne Moore, winner of the Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries or Movie award for "Game Change," onstage at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)

  • Julianne Moore

    Actress Julianne Moore, winner of the Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries or Movie for "Game Change", poses backstage at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

  • Michael J. Fox

    Michael J. Fox presents an award onstage at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)

  • Tom Hanks

    Tom Hanks accept the award for outstanding miniseries or movie for "Game Change" at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)

  • Julianne Moore

    Actress Julianne Moore, winner Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries or Movie for "Game Change", poses backstage at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

  • Julianne Moore

    Actress Julianne Moore, winner Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries or Movie for ‘Game Change’, backstage at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

  • Julianne Moore, Tom Hanks

    Actress Julianne Moore, left and producer Tom Hanks winner Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries or Movie for ‘Game Change’, pose backstage at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

  • Kevin Costner, Christine Baumgartner

    Actor Kevin Costner, winner of the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries or Movie for "Hatfields & McCoys", and wife Christine Baumgartner, pose backstage at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

  • Nolan Gould, Ariel Winter, Rico Rodriguez, Sarah Hyland

    From left, Actors Nolan Gould, Ariel Winter, Rico Rodriguez, and Sarah Hyland, from the Outstanding Comedy Series award-winning series "Modern Family," pose backstage at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

  • Bruce Rosenblum, Ellen DeGeneres

    Bruce Rosenblum, chairman of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, left, and Ellen DeGeneres, speak onstage at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)

  • Claire Danes, Damien Lewis,

    Actress Claire Danes, winner of the Emmy for outstanding lead actress in a drama series for "Homeland," left, and actor Damien Lewis, winner of the Emmy for outstanding lead actor in a drama series for "Homeland" pose together backstage at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

  • Kevin Costner

    Actor Kevin Costner, winner of the Emmy for outstanding lead actor in a miniseries or movie for "Hatfields & McCoys," poses backstage at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

  • Danny Strong

    Writer Danny Strong, winner of the Emmy for outstanding writing for miniseries or movie for "Game Change", poses backstage at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

  • Kevin Costner, Tom Bergenger

    Actor Kevin Costner, left, winner of the Emmy for outstanding lead actor in a miniseries or movie for "Hatfields & McCoys" and actor Tom Berenger, winner of the Emmy for outstanding supporting actor in a miniseries or a movie for "Hatfields & McCoys", pose together backstage at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

  • Jay Roach, Danny Strong, Julianne Moore

    From left, Director Jay Roach, writer Danny Strong, and Actress Julianne Moore, pose backstage with the awards they won for the HBO movie "Game Change," at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

  • Sofia Vergara, Steven Levitan

    Actress Sofia Vergara, left and director Steven Levitan, winner of the Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series award for "Modern Family," pose backstage at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

  • Aaron Paul, Lauren Parsekian

    Actor Aaron Paul, winner of the Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series award for "Breaking Bad", and Lauren Parsekian arrive at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards Governors Ball on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

  • Damien Lewis, Claire Danes

    Actor Damien Lewis, left, winner of the Emmy for outstanding lead actor in a drama series for "Homeland" and actress Claire Danes, winner of the Emmy for outstanding lead actress in a drama series, also for "Homeland", pose backstage at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

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  • Eric Stonestreet - Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

    Eric Stonestreet accepts the award for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series for "Modern Family" at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)

  • Louis C.K - Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series

    Actor/writer Louis CK accepts Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series award for "Louie" onstage during the 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

  • Julie Bowen - Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

    Actress Julie Bowen speaks onstage at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)

  • Steven Levitan - Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series

    Director Steven Levitan poses in the press room with his Outstanding Directing award at the 64th annual Prime Time Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre at LA Live in Los Angeles, California September 23, 2012.

  • Jon Cryer - Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

    Jon Cryer, winner of Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series poses in the press room during the 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus - Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

    Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus in the press room at the 64th annual Prime Time Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre at LA Live in Los Angeles, California September 23, 2012. Louis-Dreyfus won Outstanding Lead Actress for her role in Veep.

  • Tom Bergeron - Outstanding Hot for a Reality Program

    Television host Tom Bergeron, winner Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program for "Dancing with the Stars," poses in the press room during the 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

  • "The Amazing Race" - Outstanding Reality-Competition

    (L-R) Producers Jerry Bruckheimer, Elise Doganieri, Bertram van Munster and Jonathan Littman, winners Outstanding Reality-Competition Program for "The Amazing Race," pose in the press room during the 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.

  • Aaron Paul - Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

    Actor Aaron Paul accepts Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series award for "Breaking Bad" onstage during the 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.

  • "Homeland" - Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series

    (L-R) Writers Gideon Raff, Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa accept Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series award for "Homeland" onstage during the 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

  • Damian Lewis - Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

    Damian Lewis poses in the press room with his Outsanding Lead Actor in "Homeland" at the 64th annual Prime Time Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre at LA Live in Los Angeles, California September 23, 2012.

  • Claire Danes - Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series

    Actress Claire Danes speaks onstage at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)

  • Louis C.K. - Outstanding Writer for a Variety Show

    Actor Louis C.K. speaks onstage at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.

  • "The Daily Show" - Outstanding Variety Series

    TV Personality Jon Stewart and cast of crew of The Daily Show accept their award onstage during the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.

  • Jessica Lange - Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie

    Actress Jessica Lange accepts Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie award for "American Horror Story" onstage during the 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.

  • Tom Berenger - Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie

    Actor Tom Berenger onstage at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.

  • Julianne Moore - Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie

    LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 23: Actress Julianne Moore accepts Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for "Game Change" onstage during the 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

  • Glenn Weiss - Outstanding Directing for a Variety, Music, or Comedy Special

    Director Glenn Weiss accepts the Outstanding Directing for a Variety, Music, or Comedy Special Award for 65th Tony Awards during the 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.

  • Jay Roach - Outstanding Directing in a Miniseries or Movie

    Director Jay Roach speaks onstage at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.

  • Kevin Costner - Outstanding Actor in a Miniseries or Movie

    Actor Kevin Costner speaks onstage at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.

  • Danny Strong - Outstanding Writing in a Miniseries or Movie

    Writer Danny Strong poses in the press room at the 64th annual Prime Time Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre at LA Live in Los Angeles, California September 23, 2012. Strong won for Outstanding Writing Miniseries or Movie for Game Change. The movie won the Emmy for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie.

  • "Game Change" - Outstanding Miniseries or Movie

    Producer Tom Hanks accepts Outstanding Miniseries or TV Movie award for "Game Change" onstage during the 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

  • "Homeland" - Outstanding Drama Series

    Cast and crew of Homland accept their award onstage during the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.

  • "Modern Family" - Outstanding Comedy series

    Producer Steve Levitan (holding award) and cast and crew of 'Modern Family' speak onstage at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.