Monday, August 25, 2014

Breaking Bad and Modern Family Make Emmy History for Best Drama and Best Comedy

Modern Family won its fifth Emmy Award for best comedy Monday night, and while Breaking Bad may be gone from our TV screens, it's still racking up honors.

In addition to the show taking best drama, Bryan Cranston picked up his fourth lead-actor Emmy for playing teacher-turned-meth cooker Walter White on Monday night, Aaron Paul garnered his third supporting-actor award, co-star Anna Gunn became a two-time winner, and the show was also honored with a writing award.

"Thank you so much for this farewell to our show," said creator Vince Gilligan. "You have been very kind to us indeed."

Gunn pointed out her TV husband Cranston and called him "the baddest and the best human being," and the first guy Paul thanked was Gilligan.

"My God, Breaking Bad has changed my life and I'm standing up here because of one man," Paul said. "Thank you for believing in me and letting me play this guy. I miss him."

Cranston joked that even he thought about voting for True Detective star — and recent Oscar winner — Matthew McConaughey.

"I don't know why I've been blessed," Cranston said. "I love to act and I will do it to my last breath.
"I dedicate this award to all the Sneaky Petes of the world who thought that settling for mediocrity is worth it. It's not."

Julianna Margulies won her second lead-actress Emmy for The Good Wife and third overall, beginning her acceptance speech with a proclamation: "What a a wonderful time for women on television."

She also mentioned her recently written-off co-star, Josh Charles. "I miss you every day," she said. "What were you thinking?"

Being witchy was good for Jessica Lange and Kathy Bates at the Emmys.

Both American Horror Story: Coven stars won their respective categories, Lange for lead actress in a miniseries and Bates for supporting actress.

"I'm profoundly surprised at this, but very grateful," Lange said of her third Emmy win.

Bates said she didn't think she was going to win because she saw some of the award handlers in the green room. "They caught my eye and they both tilted their heads in that social-worker 'I'm sorry' way."

Fresh off a lucrative new deal, The Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons won his fourth award for lead actor in a comedy.

"There's no accounting for taste, and due to good fortune I stand up here tonight," Parsons said. He also paid tribute to his late father, who encouraged him to be an actor. "In a career that hinges on confidence so much of the time, I thank him."

Julia Louis-Dreyfus won her third consecutive award for lead actress in a comedy. After kissing Cranston on the way to the stage, she thanked her show's cable home, HBO: "Honestly, I've worked in a lot of places in this town, and it's my favorite place I've ever worked."

Cary Joji Fukunaga won for drama-series directing for True Detective, and HBO's The Normal Heart won for best movie made for TV, with director Ryan Murphy dedicating the award to AIDS activist Larry Kramer.

"After 30 years, it took the powers of Erin Brockovich and the Incredible Hulk to get this made," Murphy said, referring to stars Julia Roberts and Mark Ruffalo.

"This is for all the hundreds of thousands of artists who've passed from AIDS since 1981. Their passion burns through us and this is for them."

Sarah Silverman won for variety-show writing, the Tony Awards' Glenn Weiss got the Emmy for directing a variety series, and The Colbert Report was named best variety/comedy series for the second straight year.

"It has been a ton of fun to do this show for the last nine years," said Colbert, who is ending his show and moving into David Letterman's late-night spot on CBS in 2015. "I love my wife and I love my children, and thank you for all your patience with me."

Fargo nabbed the honor for best miniseries, and Sherlock won three Emmys: lead actor in a miniseries for Benedict Cumberbatch, supporting actor for Martin Freeman and a writing award that went to Steven Moffat.


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