Martin Scorsese accepts the award for outstanding directing for a drama series for "Boardwalk Empire" at the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday in Los Angeles.

Associated Press photo by Mark J. Terrill

Martin Scorsese took home the first Emmy for HBO's "Boardwalk Empire" - about Prohibition-era Atlantic City - during the awards ceremony Sunday night in Los Angeles.

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The series - based on Superior Court Judge Nelson Johnson's Book "Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City" - stars Steve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson, a character based on real-life Atlantic County political boss Enoch "Nucky" Johnson.

Buscemi was up for best actor in a drama series but lost to "Friday Night Lights" star Kyle Chandler.

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