The 66th Primetime Emmy Award winners were not aloof from expectations. The usual suspects – Breaking Bad and Modern Family won big. An exciting night of the Emmys saw Breaking Bad and Modern Family win top honours at the Nokia theatre in Los Angeles. Breaking Bad bagged five awards, including the award for “Outstanding Drama Series”. Modern Family was branded as the “Outstanding Comedy Series”.
The Emmys saw the expected people give their winning speeches soon after the nominations were announced. Breaking Bad was tipped to win and it didn’t disappoint. The show, in its final appearance at the Emmys, almost won it all. Bryan Cranston (best actor), Aaron Paul (best supporting actor), Anna Gunn (best supporting actress), Moira Walley-Beckett (outstanding writing for a drama series) were among the winning members of the AMC’s blockbuster show. The show, which finished its amazing run in 2013, ended up with five wins and three nominations. Breaking Bad cast has become a familiar face at the Emmys by now, having been nominated three times in 2009, 2010, and 2012, and winning the award for the past two years. Bryan Cranston, aka Heisenberg, has also made it a quadruple this year. Aaron Paul, his partner in crime in the show, won his third award.
Modern Family was the other show that made the honours board, as pre-empted. The sitcom, about three different and related families, won the “Outstanding Comedy Series” for the fifth year running. Ty Burrell (supporting actor in a comedy series) and Gail Mancuso (direction for a comedy series) added to the Modern Family’s award list.
It was a night of stars and shows much familiar to receiving the Emmy. Jim Parsons, who plays Sheldon Cooper in the Big Bang Theory was another previous winner at the Emmys, to grab it again. Sheldon Jim Parsons won his fourth Emmy in five years.
As much as the Emmys were sweet for these usual suspects, it was a relatively bitter night for the new entrants. Netflix’s House of Cards and Orange is the New Black failed to win a single award. True Detective could manage only one, “Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series” for Cary Fukunaga. To a little surprise though, one of the most popular shows in HBO’s Game of Thrones, failed to win even one of the six nominations this year.
Sherlock: The Last Vow did manage three awards, one each for Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman and Steven Moffat, and there were other wins, e.g. by Julianna Margulies (Outstanding Lead Actress) for The Good Wife, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus for the Veep; but it was the old well-known Emmy faces of Modern Family and Breaking Bad that earned the bragging rights, yet again, in this year’s Emmys.
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