Breaking Bad, Modern Family crowned at Emmys

2013-09-23 08:44

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Los Angeles – Breaking Bad, the brutal, drug-fuelled saga of an everyman’s ambition turned evil, captured its first Best Drama Emmy Award, denying the online series House of Cards a history making honour.

“I did not see this coming,” said Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan last night, tipping his hat to Netflix’s political thriller House of Cards, the first digital contender for top Emmy honours.

Attention and acclaim for Breaking Bad has built as it nears the end of its five-season run next Sunday, with the final eight-episode arc eligible for next year’s Emmys.

Modern Family won its fourth consecutive trophy for Best Comedy Series, even though its cast was shut out this time.

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 Best 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.

The show also included upsets, defying the conventional wisdom in several categories, among them the Best Supporting Acting in Comedy Series awards for Merritt Wever of Nurse Jackie and Tony Hale of Veep.

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

Danes’ win ended the hopes that Scandal (The Fixer in South Africa) Best Actress nominee Kerry Washington would become the first African-American to win in the category.

Saturday Night Live became the most-honoured series ever with Don Roy King’s directing award; its cumulative 40 Emmys top previous record holder Frasier.

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 Best 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 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.

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.

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.

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