'Breaking Bad,' 'Modern Family' Rule the Show at the Emmys
Breaking Bad' got the perfect send off by bagging five statuettes at the 66th Emmy Awards, including the best drama series and acting honours for its three stars while 'Modern Family' scored its record fifth consecutive trophy in the outstanding comedy series.
The popular crime drama, which ended its highly-acclaimed run on TV last year after five seasons, outshone currently running shows 'Downton Abbey', 'Game of Thrones', 'House of Cards', 'Mad Men' and 'True Detective', the other contenders in the category.
The show, about down-on-his-luck chemistry teacher Walter White who transforms himself into a drug kingpin, won Emmy trophies for outstanding actor (Bryan Cranston), supporting actress (Anna Gunn), supporting actor (Aaron Paul) and writing (Moira Walley-Beckett).
"Thank you so much for this farewell to our show. You have been very kind to us indeed," said show creator Vince Gilligan.
Other big winner at the awards was spy series 'Sherlock: His Last Vow'. Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman won best actor and best supporting actor in a mini-series while Steven Moffat won best writing in a mini-series for the final episode of Sherlock's third series.
'Modern Family' continued its winning streak at the Emmys by bagging its fifth consecutive award for outstanding comedy series. The show's star Ty Burrell received the award for supporting actor in a comedy series and its helmer Gail Mancuso bagged the trophy for directing in a comedy series.
Cranston, who claimed his fourth best actor Emmy after a hotly contested race with Hollywood star Matthew McConaughey's turn in 'True Detective', joked that even he thought of voting for the 'Dallas Buyers Club' star.
"I don't know why I've been blessed. I love to act and I will do it to my last breath. I'd like to dedicate this word to all the Sneaky Petes (his family nickname) of the world who thought that settling for mediocrity was a good idea because it was safe. Don't do it — take a chance, find a passion, fall in love," Cranston said.
Paul, who won his third supporting-actor Emmy, thanked Gilligan for giving him the role of Jesse Pinkman.
"My God, 'Breaking Bad' has changed my life and I'm standing up here because of one man. Thank you for believing in me and letting me play this guy. I miss him."
Julianna Margulies took home the award for outstanding lead actress in a drama series for her role of attorney Alicia Florrick on 'The Good Wife'.
True Detective's maiden Emmy was for its helmer Cary Joji Fukunaga, who won the award for best directing in a drama series.
Jim Parsons won outstanding actor in a comedy series for his role of Sheldon Cooper in the popular sitcom 'The Big Bang Theory'. The 41-year-old actor thanked his fellow nominees and noted how different all of their performances are.
Parson's 'The Normal Heart' bagged the award for the best TV film. Julia Louis-Dreyfus won her third consecutive Emmy trophy for outstanding lead actress in a comedy for 'Veep'. The actress sealed her win by kissing actor Bryan Cranston.
Allison Janney won award for supporting actress in a comedy series for her role in 'Mom'. Louis CK was announced as the best writer in a comedy series for 'Louie'. 'Fargo' was announced as the best miniseries.
Jessica Lange bagged the trophy for best lead actress in a miniseries for 'American Horror Story: Coven', while Kathy Bates won the best supporting actress for the movie.
'The Amazing Race' was declared as the best reality show beating the likes of 'The Amazing Race", 'Dancing with the Stars', 'Project Runway', 'So You Think You Can Dance', 'Top Chef' and 'The Voice'
The ceremony also paid tribute to industry members who died in the past year. They included James Garner, Ruby Dee, Sid Caesar, Carmen Zapata and Elaine Stritch.
It concluded with a special homage to Robin Williams by long-time friend Billy Crystal, who remembered the actor as "the brightest star in a comedy galaxy".
ITV drama 'Downton Abbey' walked away empty-handed despite nominations for its stars Michelle Dockery, Maggie Smith, Joanne Froggart and Jim Carter.
BBC series 'Luther' also lost out in the best mini-series category to FX's small screen adaptation of 'Fargo'.
'Game of Thrones' actress Lena Headey, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Idris Elba, Helena Bonham Carter, Minnie Driver and Ricky Gervais were among the other British stars who were nominated but failed to bag awards.
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