Emmy Awards 2013: ‘Breaking Bad,’ ‘Modern Family’ Win Top Honors

Sunday saw the 65th Emmy Awards, presented by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

“Breaking Bad” won the 2013 Emmy award as Outstanding Drama Series. Photo: CNN

TV drama “Breaking Bad” was honored the main Primetime Emmy award for the first time today, just as “the gritty tale of a chemistry teacher turned meth cook and drug kingpin winds down to widespread acclaim”, writes Reuters.

“I don’t think our show would have even lasted beyond season two if it wasn’t for video on demand, and also the Internet component of it where folks get to chat,” “Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan said afterwards. “It really has held us in good stand. It’s a bold new era.”

As far as other winners are concerned, it should be mentioned that ABC’s “Modern Family,” a stylized show which tells stories about unconventional families, won the top comedy award for the fourth year in a row.

Jeff Daniels took home the best drama series actor for “The Newsroom,” with Claire Danes capturing top actress honors for her role in “Homeland.”

The actor admitted that he’d also received an age 50-plus acting honor from AARP, which represents the interests of older Americans. “With all due respect to the AARP, this is even better,” Daniels said.

However, the Sunday’s ceremony had some sad notes with extended tributes to TV stars who passed away last year.

“Well, this may be the saddest Emmys of all time but we could not be happier,” said “Modern Family” executive producer Steve Levitan, in accepting his award.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus was named the best comedy actress for her role on “Veep,” with Jim Parsons winning the top comedy actor trophy for “The Big Bang Theory.”

“This is so much good fortune it’s almost too much to bear,” said Louis-Dreyfus. “I’m very grateful to have the opportunity to make people laugh. It’s a joyful way to make a living.”

Parsons appeared to be quite emotional when accepting his consec, “My heart, oh my heart. I want you to know I’m very aware of how exceedingly fortunate I am.”

Michael Douglas was named the best actor for his role in biopic “Behind the Candelabra,” besting his co-star Matt Damon. The film also won a top trophy as best movie or miniseries.

“This is a two-hander and Matt, you’re only as good as your other hand,” Douglas said, then got really racy: “You want the bottom or the top?”

The small statuetts were handed out by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences represented by show’s host Neil Patrick Harris, who opened the night enclosed in a room, binge-watching on multiple screens to catch up on every episode.

“Right now, I am watching an episode of ‘American Horror Story: Asylum’ on my contact lens,” Harris told those celebrities who gathered at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

The host was later joined by past emcees including Jimmy Kimmel, Jane Lynch, Jimmy Fallon and Conan O’Brien.

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler insisted that Harris should take off his pants and twerk, while Kevin Spacey channeled his scheming “House of Cards” character with a nefarious aside from the audience.
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