Sherlock and Breaking Bad win big at the US Primetime Emmy Awards, held in Los Angeles last night.
The biggest winner of the night was the hugely popular drug-drama Breaking Bad that won an incredible 5 awards, including the prestigious Best Drama Series. That’s the second year in a row that the series picked up the highest honour of the night.
Bryan Cranston was named Best Actor in a Drama Series for the 4th time for his marvellous portrayal of Walter White – the teacher-turned-drug-lord. He was up against stiff competition as well including the Hollywood stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson for their roles in True Detective.
“I have gratitude for everything that has happened,” Cranston said.
Co-stars Aaron Paul and Anna Gunn won Best Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.
The creator of Breaking Bad, Vince Gilligan, collected the award for Best Drama Series and said, “Holy cow! This is indeed a wonderful time to be working in television. Thank you for this wonderful farewell to our show.”
A complete hat-trick of awards went to the BBC One drama Sherlock. Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman won Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor in a Mini-series, although unfortunately neither was at the ceremony.
This is Benedict Cumberbatch’s first Emmy win after losing in the category for the last two years. Sherlock executive producer/writer Steven Moffat joked backstage that Cumberbatch was “too big to come to the Emmys. Give him hell for that!” Moffat deadpanned.
The fourth season of Sherlock will be filmed early next year with a Christmas Special to look forward to before that. Steven Moffat was able to collect his award for Best Writing in a Mini-series for the final episode of Sherlock’s third season.
Even though there was quite a bit of British talent nominated for awards, the only British wins went to Sherlock with their triple win and Colin Bucksey with Best Director for Fargo.
Other notable wins were the sitcom Modern Family that was named Best Comedy Series for record breaking 5th year in a row. Julia Louis-Dreyfus won her third consecutive Emmy for playing US Vice President Selina Meyer in the political satire Veep.
The ceremony honoured industry members that had died in the past year: James Garner, Ruby Dee, Sid Caesar, Carmen Zapata and Elaine Stritch. It finished with a very special tribute to Robin Williams given by close friend Billy Crystal, who remembered the actor as “the brightest star in a comedy galaxy”.
“It is very hard to talk about him in the past because he was so present in our lives,” Crystal said.
The main Emmy award show followed the Creative-Arts Emmy Prize Giving Ceremony that was held on August 16, which specifically honours guest stars and behind-the-scenes crew. There were another four awards for Sherlock including Best Cinematography, Music, Single-camera Picture Editing and Sound Editing. “It’s great to see Sherlock being recognized so spectacularly at the Emmys,” Ben Stephenson, controller of BBC drama said.
Actor, Drama Series
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Actress, Drama Series
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Actor, Comedy Series
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Actress, Comedy Series
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Supporting Actor, Drama Series
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Supporting Actress, Drama Series
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Supporting Actor, Comedy Series
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Supporting Actress, Comedy
Allison Janney, Mom
Actor, Mini-series Or Movie
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock
Actress, Mini-series Or Movie
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven
Supporting Actor, Mini-series Or Movie
Martin Freeman, Sherlock
Supporting Actress, Miniseries Or Movie
Kathy Bates, American Horror Story
The Colbert Report
The Amazing Race
The Normal Heart
Guest Actor In A Comedy Series
Louis CK, Saturday Night Live
Guest Actress In A Comedy Series
Uzo Aduba, Orange Is The New Black
Host For A Reality Show Or Reality Competition Program
Jane Lynch, Hollywood Game Night
Guest Actor In A Drama Series
Joe Morton, Scandal
Guest Actress In A Drama Series
Allison Janney, Masters Of Sex
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute To Mel Brooks
Writing For A Variety Special
Sarah Silverman, We Are Miracles
Best Writing Comedy Series
Louis CK, Louie
Best Directing Drama Series
Best Directing Variety Special
Best Writing Mini Series
Stephen Moffat, Sherlock
Best Directing, Comedy
Gail Mancuso, Modern Family
Best Writing Drama Series
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