66th Primetime Emmys: 'Breaking Bad' dominates Drama category as Cranston, Paul, Gunn take home awards; 'True Detective' shut out

Tuesday, 26 August 2014 - 9:41am IST Updated: Tuesday, 26 August 2014 - 10:30am IST | Agency: dna webdesk

Breaking Bad wins best drama series with acting awards for Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn and Aaron Paul. Modern Family wins best comedy while Jim Parsons wins best actor in comedy. Fargo takes home award for best miniseries. Normal Heart wins best TV movie.
  • Cast and crew of Breaking Bad on stage to recieve their award. Image Credit: Television Academy

The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards were held at the Nokia theatre in Los Angeles, hosted by Saturday Night Live alumni and Late Night show host, Seth Meyers.

The Major Winners-

- In its last year competing at the Emmys, Breaking Bad swept the awards with its win as best drama series, best actor for Bryan Cranston, Best actress for Anna Gunn and best supporting actor for Aaron Paul. The show also won best writing in drama. Read more.

- A favourite in several categories, True Detective only managed a win for best direction in drama.

- Julianna Margulies won best actress in drama for The Good Wife.

- In comedy, Jim Parsons won best actor for fourth time while Julia Louis-Dreyfus won best actress for Veep. Both Parson and Louis-Dreyfus have won for the second consecutive year.  Read more.

- Ty Burrell won best supporting actor for the second time for Modern Family and Allison Janey won best supporting actress for Mom.

- Academy favourite Modern Family took home best comedy for fifth year in row beating out newcomer Orange is the New Black. 

- Benedict Cumberbatch won Best Lead Actor and Martin Freeman won Best Supporting Actor in TV miniseries for Sherlock : The Last Vow.

- Jessica Lange and Kathy Bates won Best actress and best supporting actress respectively for American Horror Story: Coven.

- Normal Heart won best TV movie while Fargo won best miniseries. Read more.

HBO once again made its presence felt as they lead the nominations for the 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards. The introduction of critically and commercially acclaimed show True Detective starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as well as the HBO original film The Normal Heart were expected to put up a strong show for the cable giant. Netflix once again proved that this is the time for internet streaming companies as they had racked up 31 nominations this year.

Cult fantasy show Game of Thrones had landed the most nominations with 19, followed by FX’s dark adaptation Fargo, which picked up 18 nominations, submitting their nomination in the miniseries category. FX’s cash cow American Horror Story: Coven was third with 17 nominations.

Game of Thrones led all nominees with 19 and pushed the premium cable network's overall nods to 99, the most of any network for the 14th year in a row.

In another cross-over from film, the Fargo mini-series, based on the cult movie from the Coen brothers, managed to get 18 nominations, including best actor in a mini-series nods for both lead actors, Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman.

Orange is the New Black, Game of Thrones, and Saturday Night Live were the top winners at the Creative Arts Emmys . Saturday Night Live won five awards while Game of Thrones, True Detective and Sherlock: His Last Vow won four awards each. Uzo Aduba, who plays Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren in Orange is the New Black, won the award for outstanding guest actress in a comedy series. The series also won Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series. Read more

For news on shows that should have been nominated, read here.

Billy Crystal honoured his longtime friend, late Robin Williams at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards. According to Emmy cast executive producer Don Mischer, the 66-year-old actor was the "logical choice" to present the award because of his history with the late 63-year-old comedian, Fox News reported. Read more

As It Happened -

-Breaking Bad won the Best Drama series.

-As expected Modern Family won best comedy series for fifth year in a row.

-In a stunning upset, Bryan Cranston won the best actor in a drama series for Breaking Bad. Mathew McConaughey was also a favourite to win this award for his role in True Detective.

-In his acceptance speech Cranston told the' sneaky peaks' to not settle for mediocrity. "Rekindle passion and fall in love all over again," he said

Julianna Margulies wins best actress for The Good Wife.

-Moira Walley-Beckett of Breaking Bad wins for best writing in drama.

-Anna Gunn of Breaking Bad wins for best supporting actress in drama

- In a bizarre ploy for audience attention while the CEO of the Television Academy Bruce Rosenblum gave his speech, Sofia Vergara is made to rotate on a pedestal next to him. Read more.

-Cary Joji Fukonaga of True Detective wins for best direction in the drama category.

-Billy Crystal talks of the 'brilliance that was astounding and the relentless energy that was thrilling' as he remembers the late Robin Williams. A clip of William's first appearance on the Late Night Show was also aired.

Watch the whole tribute here:

-The Emmys pay tribute to those who passed away this year including  Elaine Stritch, James Garners, Maya Angelou and Don Pardo as Sara Bareilles sings 'Smile'

-Aaron Paul wins Best supporting actor in a drama for 'Breaking Bad'. This is his third Emmy. 

-Stephen Colbert's The Colbert Report wins for Outstanding Variety Series.

-Glenn Weiss wins Outstanding Directing in a Variety Special for the 67th Annual Tony Awards.

-The Normal Heart won for best TV movie.

-Fargo won Outstanding TV miniseries.

-Weird Al Yankovic parodied theme songs from popular shows 'Mad Men', 'Homeland', 'Scandal' and more. Watch the video here.

-Jessica Lange won Best actress in TV miniseries or movie for American Horror Story: Coven.

-Benedict Cumberbatch won Best Lead Actor TV Miniseries or Movie for Sherlock.

-Colin Bucksey won Outstanding direction in a TV miniseries or movie for Fargo.

-Martin Freeman won his first Emmy for Supporting Actor in TV Miniseries or Movie for Sherlock.

-Steven Moffat won for best writing in TV miniseries or movie for Sherlock: His Last Vow

-Kathy Bates won best supporting actress, TV miniseries or movies for American Horror Story:Coven

-The Amazing Race won best reality show

-Julia Loius Dreyfus won best actress in a comedy series for Veep.

-Gail Mancuso of Modern Family won for best direction in a comedy.

-Jim Parsons won best actor in a comedy series for this role as Sheldon Cooper in the comedy The Big Bang Theory. This is his fourth emmy. He won the award last year as well. 

-Louis CK wins for Best writing in a comedy series for his show Louie.

-Allison Janey won best supporting actress for her show Mom.

-Ty Burrel of Modern Family won first Emmy of the night for best supporting actor in a comedy series.


Here is the complete list of the nominees and winners this year:

Outstanding drama

Breaking Bad - Winner
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
Mad Men
True Detective

Outstanding actor in a drama

Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad - Winner
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Woody Harrelson, True Detective
Matthew McConaughey, True Detective
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

Outstanding actress in a drama
Lizzy Caplan, Masters of Sex
Claire Danes, Homeland
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife - Winner
Kerry Washington, Scandal
Robin Wright, House of Cards

Outstanding supporting actor in a drama
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad - Winner
Jim Carter, Downton Abbey
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
Jon Voight, Ray Donovan
Josh Charles, The Good Wife

Outstanding supporting actress in a drama
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad - Winner
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey
Christine Hendricks, Mad Men
Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife

Outstanding writing in a drama
Breaking Bad- Winner
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
True Detective

Outstanding direction in a drama
Boardwalk Empire
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
True Detective- Winner

Outstanding comedy
The Big Bang Theory
Modern Family - Winner
Orange is the New Black
Silicon Valley

Outstanding actor in a comedy
Louis C.K., Louie
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Ricky Gervais, Derek
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
William H. Macy, Shameless
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory - Winner

Outstanding actress in a comedy
Lena Dunham, Girls
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep - Winner
Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
Taylor Schilling, Orange is the New Black

Outstanding supporting actor in a comedy
Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine Nine
Adam Driver, Girls
Ty Burrell, Modern Family - Winner
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Fred Armisen, Saturday Night Live
Tony Hale, Veep

Outstanding supporting actress in a comedy
Claire Bowen, Modern Family
Allison Janney, Mom - Winner
Kate Mulgrew, Orange is the New Black
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
Anna Chlumsky, Veep

Outstanding writing in a comedy
Louis- Winner
Orange is the New Black
Silicon Valley

Outstanding direction in a comedy
Modern Family-Winner
Orange is the New Black
Silicon Valley

Outstanding TV miniseries
Bonnie and Clyde
Fargo - Winner
The White Queen

Outstanding TV movie
Killing Kennedy
Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight
Sherlock: His Last Vow
The Normal Heart
- Winner
The Trip to Bountiful

Outstanding actor in a TV miniseries or movie

Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock Holmes - Winner
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dancing on the Edge
Idris Elba, Luther
Martin Freeman, Fargo
Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart
Billy Bob Thornton, Fargo

Outstanding actress in a TV miniseries or movie
Helena Bonham Taylor, Burton and Taylor
Minnie Drive, Return to Zero
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven - Winner
Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Coven
Cicely Tyson, The Trip to Bountiful
Kristin Wiig, The Spoils of Babylon

Outstanding supporting actor in a TV miniseries or movie
Colin Hanks, Fargo
Martin Freeman, Sherlock - Winner
Jim Parsons, The Normal Heart
Joe Mantello, The Normal Heart
Alfred Molina, The Normal Heart
Matt Bomer, The Normal Heart

Outstanding supporting actress in a TV miniseries or movie
Frances Conroy, American Horror Story: Coven
Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Coven - Winner
Angela Bassett, American Horror Story: Coven
Allison Tolman, Fargo
Ellen Burstyn, Flowers in the Attic
Julia Roberts, The Normal Heart

Outstanding writing in a TV miniseries or movie
American Horror Story: Coven
- Winner
The Normal Heart

Outstanding direction in a TV miniseries or movie
American Horror Story: Coven:
Fargo - Winner
Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight
The Normal Heart

Outstanding reality competition

The Amazing Race - Winner
Dancing With the Stars
Project Runway
So You Think You Can Dance
The Voice

Outstanding variety series
The Daily Show
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Real Time with Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
The Colbert Report - Winner

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