Los Angeles: At the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards here Monday, Benedict Cumberbatch and Jessica Lange won for their outstanding performance as lead actor and actress in "Sherlock: His Last Vow" and "American Horror Story: Coven" respectively here.
Cumberbatch's performance as the brilliant but idiosyncratic sleuth Sherlock Holmes in "Sherlock: His Last Vow" helped him beat actors like Mark Ruffalo ("The Normal Heart"), Billy Bob Thornton ("Fargo"), Martin Freeman ("Fargo"), Chiwetel Ejiofor ("Dancing On The Edge") and Idris Alba ("Luther") for the title.
Two-time Academy Award winner Jessica Lange, who played Fiona Goode in "American Horror Story: Coven", pipped others like Sarah Paulson " "American Horror Story: Coven", Helena Bonham Carter ("Burton And Taylor"), Minnie Driver ("Return To Zero"), Kristen Wiig ("The Spoils Of Babylon") and Cicely Tyson (The Trip To Bountiful").
The outstanding supporting actress in a mini-series or movie honour was bagged by Kathy Bates for her role as Madame Delphine LaLaurie in "American Horror".
Martin Freeman walked away with the outstanding supporting actor title for "Sherlock: His Last Vow", which also won the outstanding writing for a mini-series, movie or a dramatic special for Steven Moffat.
In the outstanding directing for a mini-series, movie or a dramatic special category, Colin Bucksey received the trophy for "Fargo".
"Fargo", a dark comedy-crime drama TV series, was named the best min-series and "The Normal Heart", based on a play of the same name, got the award for the outstanding television movie.