Who won what at the Emmys

‘Breaking Bad’ and ‘Modern Family’ crowned at TV’s Oscars

  • Tina Fey (left) and Tracey Wigfield backstage the 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 22, 2013, at Image Credit: MCT
  • Actress Claire Danes accepts the award for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series for her role in "Homelan Image Credit: REUTERS
  • Actor Jeff Daniels from HBO's series "The Newsroom" poses backstage with his award for Outstanding Lead Ac Image Credit: REUTERS
  • Stephen Colbert accepts the award for Outstanding Writing For A Variety Series for "The Colbert Report" at the Image Credit: REUTERS
  • Musician Elton John reacts after performing "Home Again" in a musical tribute to Liberace at the 65th Primetim Image Credit: REUTERS
  • Actor Tony Hale of HBO's series "Veep" poses backstage with his award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comed Image Credit: REUTERS
  • Actress Melissa Leo from the FX's series "Louie" poses backstage with her award for Outstanding Guest Actr Image Credit: REUTERS
  • Nathan Fillion (left), Neil Patrick Harris and Sarah Silverman perform a musical number in the middle of the 6 Image Credit: REUTERS
  • Actor Bobby Cannavale accepts the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series for his role in "Bo Image Credit: REUTERS
  • Actress Anna Gunn from AMC's series 'Breaking Bad" poses backstage with her award for Outstanding Supp Image Credit: REUTERS
  • Producer John de Mol (left), host Carson Daly and producer Mark Burnett from NBC's reality series "The Voi Image Credit: REUTERS
  • Actress Merritt Wever poses backstage with her award for Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series for Image Credit: REUTERS
  • Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus and actor Tony Hale of HBO's series "Veep" pose backstage with their awards fo Image Credit: REUTERS
  • Director Gail Mancuso of ABC's series "Modern Family" poses backstage with her award for Outstanding Direc Image Credit: REUTERS
  • Actor Jim Parsons from CBS's series "The Big Bang Theory" poses backstage with his award for Outstanding L Image Credit: REUTERS
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Los Angeles: “Breaking Bad,” the brutal saga of an everyman’s ambition turned evil, captured its first best drama Emmy Award on Sunday, while “Modern Family” won its fourth consecutive trophy for top comedy series.

“I did not see this coming,” said “Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan, tipping his hat to competitor “House of Cards,” the first online contender for top Emmy honours.

Jeff Daniels won the Emmy for best drama series actor for his portrayal of an idealistic TV anchorman in “The Newsroom,” with Claire Danes capturing top actress honours for her troubled CIA agent in “Homeland.”

Daniels noted that he’d also received an age 50-plus acting honour from AARP, which represents the interests of older Americans.

“With all due respect to the AARP, this is even better,” Daniels said.

Danes, who captured her second trophy for the terrorism drama, paid tribute to one of the series’ writers, Henry Bromell, who died last March and who received a writing Emmy posthumously Sunday.

The ceremony often struck a melancholy note with extended tributes to stars and other industry members who died in the past year.

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

It also included upsets, defying the conventional wisdom in several categories, including acting categories.

“This just in. Nobody in America is winning their Emmy office pool. Surprises galore,” host Neil Patrick Harris.

Danes’ win ended the hopes that “Scandal” best actress nominee Kerry Washington would become the first African-American to win in the category since Cicely Tyson in 1995 for “Sweet Justice.”

Julia Louis-Dreyfus claimed her second consecutive best comedy actress award for her role as an ambitious political second banana in “Veep,” with Jim Parsons again claiming the top comedy acting 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 added to the awards he won in 2011 and 2010 for the role of a science nerd.

“My heart, oh my heart. I want you to know I’m very aware of how exceedingly fortunate I am,” he said.

Merritt Wever of “Nurse Jackie” won the night’s first award, for best supporting actress in a comedy series, kicking off the ceremony on a surprising note and with a remarkably brief acceptance speech.

“Thank you so much. Thank you so much. Um, I got to go, bye,” Wever told the audience after besting a field that included two-time winner Julie Bowen of “Modern Family.”

“Merritt Wever, best speech ever,” host Neil Patrick Harris said.

Backstage, she offered an explanation: “I’m sorry I didn’t thank anyone. I was going to cry.”

Tony Hale of “Veep” claimed the trophy for best supporting actor in a comedy, a category that has been the property in recent years of the men of “Modern Family.”

“Oh, man.... This is mindblowing, mindblowing,” Hale said.

Laura Linney was named best actress in a miniseries or movie for “The Big C: Hereafter.” “The Voice” won best reality-competition programme, and Tina Fey won for writing “30 Rock.”

Michael Douglas was honoured as best actor for his portrayal of Liberace in “Behind the Candelabra,” besting his co-star Matt Damon. The film also captured 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?”

Bobby Cannavale, from “Boardwalk Empire,” won as best supporting actor in a drama, and Anna Gunn from “Breaking Bad” won the best actress award in the same category.

Derek Hough of “Dancing with the Stars” won the trophy for best choreography, which offered an opportunity to include an upbeat dance number late in the show.

In the variety show category, “The Colbert Report” broke a 10-year winning streak held by “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” It also won for best writing for a variety show.

The ceremony’s first hour was relatively sombre, with memorial tributes and a doleful song by Elton John in honour of the late musical star Liberace, the subject of the nominated biopic “Behind the Candelabra.”

“Liberace left us 25 years ago and what a difference those years have made to people like me,” said John, who is openly gay in contrast to the closeted Liberace portrayed in the TV movie.

Robin Williams offered another tribute. “Jonathan Winters was my mentor,” Williams said of the actor-comedian. “I told him that and he said, ‘Please, I prefer ‘idol’.”

Also honoured was Cory Monteith, the “Glee” star who died at age 31 in July of a drug and alcohol overdose. “His death is a tragic reminder of the rapacious, senseless destruction that is brought on by addiction,” said his co-star Jane Lynch.

The inclusion of Monteith as one of five extended goodbyes despite his abbreviated career and the exclusion of such enduring stars as Jack Klugman and Larry Hagman drew criticism from some. Adam Klugman, son of “The Odd Couple” actor, called his father’s omission “criminal.”

Edie Falco recalled her late “The Sopranos” co-star James Gandolfini, saluting him for his “fierce loyalty” to his friends and family and his work with military veterans.

“You all knew Jim the actor. I was lucky enough to know Jim the man,” she said.

Harris started out the ceremony with help - and harassment - from past hosts including Jimmy Kimmel, Lynch and Conan O’Brien. When they started to squabble, nominee Kevin Spacey of the online show “House of Cards” got a close-up.

“It’s all going according to my plan. I was promised the hosting job this year and they turned me down,” Spacey said, channelling the scheming politician he plays on the digital series.

Diahann Carroll, the first African-American Emmy nominee in 1963 for “Naked City,” created one of the night’s most heartfelt moments when she took the stage with Washington and noted the importance of diversity in the industry and Emmys.

“Tonight, she better get this award,” Carroll said of Washington, who covered her eyes in embarrassment. Danes’ victory denied Washington a chance to end a 45-year drought for black women winning the best drama award.

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1 Comment
  • yasin bengo

    Sep 23, 2013 11:37

    The award winners really deserved them and they worked hard to achieve them. I convey my sincere congulations to them and please continue like that.

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The award winners really deserved them and they worked hard to achieve them. I convey my sincere congulations to them and please continue like that.

yasin bengo

23 September 2013 11:41 jump to comments