UPDATE 1-Betty White, "The Pacific" win Emmys

* Fifth Emmy for Lithgow

* The Pacific” wins seven Emmys
(Updates with other winners)

LOS ANGELES, Aug 21 (BestGrowthStock) – Newly ubiquitous “Golden
Girls” actress Betty White won the fifth Emmy of her career on
Saturday for hosting an episode of “Saturday Night Live,” while
fellow screen veteran Ann-Margret got a standing ovation after
receiving her first statuette.

White, 88, won for guest actress in a comedy series during
the “creative arts” portion of the Primetime Emmy Awards, where
more than 70 awards, mostly in technical categories, were
handed out. The 26 high-profile categories will be announced
during a live broadcast of the U.S. TV awards on Aug. 29.

The biggest winner overall was the costly World War Two
miniseries “The Pacific,” which led the Primetime Emmy
nominations with 24. It won seven awards and remains in
contention for five more on Aug. 29.

Rookie comedy “Modern Family” and “Saturday Night Live”
each won three. “Modern Family,” with 14 nominations overall,
is up for eight awards at the main Primetime Emmys, although
five of its stars are competing in two categories.

“Saturday Night Live” received 12 nominations, and its
three wins pushed its haul to 28 since 1976. It will compete
for best variety, music or comedy series at the main ceremony.

“Mad Men,” last year’s best drama winner, added two awards
to its collection. With 17 nominations overall this year, it
remains active with nine bids.

“30 ROCK” ROLLED

“Glee” won two awards, including one for guest star Neil
Patrick Harris. It received 19 nominations, second only to “The
Pacific,” and will be up for eight awards at the main
ceremony.

“30 Rock,” last year’s best comedy winner, went home
empty-handed after being in contention for eight awards. It has
seven chances at the next presentation.

White was not at the ceremony, but it is possible she would
have thanked Facebook for her award. Members of the social
networking site launched a campaign to persuade “Saturday Night
Live” creator Lorne Michaels to hire her as guest host of the
comedy show. After much reluctance, White acceded to Michaels’
entreaties and hosted the Mother’s Day-eve episode on May 8.

She previously won an Emmy, also in the same category, for
playing herself in an episode of “The John Larroquette Show” in
1996, as well as two for “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and a
single statuette for “Golden Girls.”

White has enjoyed a remarkable career resurrection,
kick-started last year by her role as a sprightly grandmother
in the Sandra Bullock comedy “The Proposal.” A popular Super
Bowl commercial and a lifetime achievement award from the
Screen Actors Guild followed.

Ann-Margret won the Emmy for guest actor in a drama, after
five previous nominations, for her role on “Law & Order:
Special Victims Unit.” The 69-year-old Swedish-born actress
told reporters backstage she had been “around for 95 years,”
and attributed her longevity to a fitness trainer who trimmed
15 pounds (7 kg) off her figure in the past two months.

John Lithgow won his fifth career Emmy, for playing a
serial killer in “Dexter.” Lithgow, 64, accidentally thanked
HBO instead of Showtime.

“Did I really?” Lithgow said, when apprised of his faux pas
backstage. “I wondered why people were laughing at me. Now I
know.”

Jeff Probst from “Survivor” maintained his clean sweep of
the reality show host category, winning for the third straight
year of the category’s existence.

Other winners included Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman,
composers of the theme music for rookie series “Nurse Jackie.”
They are best known as Wendy and Lisa, two of Prince’s
musicians during the 1980s.

They fielded plenty of Prince-related questions backstage,
despite disclosing that the musician’s attorneys had sent them
a cease-and-desist letter to stop talking about him.
(Reporting by Dean Goodman; Editing by Peter Cooney)

UPDATE 1-Betty White, "The Pacific" win Emmys