Breaking Bad and Modern Family Win Big at Emmy Awards

All-time favourite drama and comedy series bag multiple awards
ByNathalie ViranyiTuesday , 26 August 2014
The cast of Breaking Bad show off their 5 awards
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The cast of Breaking Bad show off their 5 awards
Actor Ty Burrell, winner of the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Award for Modern Family
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Actor Ty Burrell, winner of the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Award for Modern Family

Breaking Bad stole the show at the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards, collecting five of the prestigious trophies. The drama series revolving around teacher-turned-drug lord Walter White, which completed in 2013, took home the award for Outstanding Lead Actor earned by Bryan Cranston, as well as both Outstanding Supporting Actor acclaims in both the male and female category for Aaron Paul and Anna Gunn respectively.

In addition to accolades for the actors of the TV drama, the hit show also scooped the Outstanding Drama Series title, along with a writing honour for Moira Walley-Beckett for the episode Ozymandias.

Another big winner of the evening was the ever popular comedy show Modern Family. The show continued to rule over the Outstanding Comedy Series category for the fifth year in a row. Ty Burrell, who plays Phil Dunphey in the show, walked away as the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, whereas the Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series prize went to Gail Mancuso for her Las Vegas episode of the show.

Writer Steven Moffat and actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman collected a trio of prizes for the BBC series Sherlock, while Jim Parsons won the award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his role as Sheldon Cooper in The Big Bang Theory.

Other highlights of the evening included a performance by Sara Bareilles for the show's traditional In Memorial segment, which was dedicated to Hollywood icons that had passed away including Philip Seymour Hoffman, Lauren Bacall and Paul Walker. Her act then ended with touching tribute to Robin Williams and a special honour from his close friend Billy Crystal.

The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by comedian Seth Meyers, saw the following main winners:

Outstanding Drama Series - Breaking Bad
Outstanding Comedy Series - Modern Family
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series - Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series - Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series - Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series - Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series - Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series - Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - Allison Janney, Mom
Outstanding Miniseries - Fargo
Outstanding Television Movie - The Normal Heart
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie - Benedict Cumberbatch for Sherlock episode His Last Vow
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie - Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie - Martin Freeman for Sherlock episode His Last Vow
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie - Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Coven
Outstanding Variety Series - The Colbert Report
Outstanding Reality-Competition Program - The Amazing Race
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series - Joe Morton, Scandal
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series - Allison Janney, Masters of Sex
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series - Jimmy Fallon, Saturday Night Live
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series - Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black
Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series - Moira Walley-Beckett for Breaking Bad episode Ozymandias
Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series - Louis C.K. for Louie episode So Did the Fat Lady
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series - Cary Joji Fukunaga, True Detective
Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series - Gail Mancuso for Modern Family episode Las Vegas
Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special - Sarah Silverman, Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles
Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special - Steven Moffat for Sherlock episode His Last Vow
Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special - Glen Weiss, 67th Annual Tony Awards
Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special - Colin Bucksey for Fargo episode Buridan's A**

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