It was a big night for âBreaking Badâ. The AMCâs hit drama took home top honors at the 66th annual primetime Emmy awards, including best drama series, while Modern Family won best comedy series for the fifth consecutive time.
“Breaking Bad” beat “Downton Abbey,” “Game of Thrones,” “House of Cards,” “Mad Men,” and “”True Detective” in the category.
âThank you so much for this wonderful farewell, you have been very kind to us indeed,â said âBreaking Badâ creator Vince Gilligan, who lauded his crew and cast for their work on the AMC series.
The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards also honored the main stars of the series Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul and Anna Gunn with Emmys for lead actor in a drama, supporting actor in a drama and supporting actress in a drama, respectively. Cranstonâs victory ties him with four-time best drama actor champ Dennis Franz.
“I have gratitude for everything that has happened,” he said, dedicating his Emmy to “all the Sneaky Petes of the world…Take a chance, take a risk. It’s really worth it.”
“Modern Family” won big in the comedy category, with the series receiving the award for Outstanding Comedy Series for the fifth year in a row. The series tied âFrasierâ for a record five consecutive wins. Ty Burrell won the Emmy for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus took the top comedy award for âVeepâ and celebrated by having a quick make-out session with Breaking Badâs Bryan Cranston, whom she had presented with an award moments earlier. Meanwhile, the star of âThe Big Bang Theoryâ Jim Parsons won his fourth award as a lead actor in a comedy series.
The award for the best drama actress went to Julianna Margulies for the role of a woman, who deal with the consequences of her husbandâs corruption scandal in the CBS legal drama âThe Good Wife.â
The best miniseries turned out to be “Fargo”, andÂ Jessica Lange got the award for best miniseries actress for “American Horror Story: Coven.” HBO’s AIDS drama “The Normal Heart.” gor the Emmy for best TV movie.
âSherlockâ dominated the miniseries and movie categories as the ceremony took a short British turn with Benedict Cumberbatch collecting the lead actor award and Martin Freeman getting the supporting actor award, though neither attended the ceremony, reports the Guardian.
Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” picked up its second consecutive Emmy in the comedy/variety series category, while its host Stephen Colbert is headed to CBS to replace the retiring David Letterman on “The Late Show.”
Billy Crystal paid a beautiful and touching tribute to his friend Robin Williams, who tragically passed away at his home in California on August 11. Crystalâs speech was followed by a short highlight reel of some of Williamsâ best moments on late night television.
âAs genius as he was on stage, he was the greatest friend you could ever imagine,â said a somber Crystal, âIt is very hard to talk about him in the past tense because he was so present in all of our lives.â
He added: “He made us laugh. Hard. Every time you saw him. Robin Williams, what a concept.”