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Highlights From The 2014 Emmys

In what can be unanimously  tagged as Television’s biggest night – The Emmy Awards which is dedicated to preserving and celebrating the history of television while educating and inspiring those who will shape its future was held on Monday night at the Nokia Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles, California and was hosted by  Comedian and Late Night Anchorman Seth Meyers.

Now in its 66th year, the Emmy statuettes were first given out in 1949 representing arts (a winged woman) and sciences (an atom) while covering a wide range of categories, from Outstanding Drama to Outstanding Reality Competition with television favorites Breaking Bad, Modern Family and Sherlock stealing the show.

Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston walked away with the coveted Top Acting honor beating Daniels, McConaughey (True Detective), Woody Harrelson (True Detective), Kevin Spacey (House of Cards) and Jon Hamm (Mad Men), before handing out the award, presenter Julia Roberts called it “a horrible category” to compete in. “Even I thought about voting for Matthew,” Cranston joked about presumed front runner McConaughey before calling tortured character Walter White “the role of a lifetime.”

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While his Tv show clean up in the drama categories – including Outstanding Series and while collecting the award for best drama series, Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan said: “Holy cow! This is indeed a wonderful time to be working in television. Thank you for this wonderful farewell to our show.”

Breaking bad bested Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, House of Cards, Mad Men and True Detective in the Outstanding Drama Series while in comedy, Modern Family won Outstanding Series, tying it with Emmy darling Frasier as the only shows with five top prizes. It beat out such high-profile series as The Big Bang Theory, Louie, Orange Is the New Black and Veep.

In his opening monologue, Host Seth Meyers stated reasons why the Awards was been held on a Monday which was unprecedented in almost thirty years, stating the need to avoid competition with the MTV Video Music Awards and football season. “That’s right, MTV still has an awards show for music videos, even though they no longer show videos. That’s like network TV holding an awards show and giving all the trophies to cable and Netflix,”

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In other categories, The Good Wife star Julianna Margulies won the Emmy for best lead actress in a drama series for her part as lawyer Alicia Florrick.

“I feel like this is the golden age of television, but it’s also the time for women in television,” she said. “I feel very grateful to be here.”

There were also best actress and best supporting actress in a mini-series awards for Oscar winners Jessica Lange and Kathy Bates for their roles in American Horror Story: Coven.

Finally, we here at Moviepencil want to give special recognition to Uzo Aduba on her win as Outstanding Guest Actress, the Nigerian was recognized for her riveting role in Netflix drama series “Orange Is The New Black” in which she embodies the character “Crazy Eyes”. Kindly find a full list of nominees and winners below:

Outstanding Drama
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
Mad Men
True Detective

Outstanding Comedy Series
Modern Family
The Big Bang Theory
Louie
Orange is the New Black
Silicon Valley
Veep

Outstanding Actor in a Drama
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Woody Harrelson, True Detective
Matthew McConaughey, True Detective
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

Outstanding Actress in a Drama
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Lizzy Caplan, Masters of Sex
Claire Danes, Homeland
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Kerry Washington, Scandal
Robin Wright, House of Cards

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Louis C.K., Louie
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Ricky Gervais, Derek
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
William H. Macy, Shameless

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Lena Dunham, Girls
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
Taylor Schilling, Orange is the New Black

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad

Jim Carter, Downton Abbey
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
Jon Voight, Ray Donovan
Josh Charles, The Good Wife

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey
Christine Hendricks, Mad Men
Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Adam Driver, Girls
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Fred Armisen, Portlandia
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Tony Hale, Veep

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Allison Janney, Mom
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Kate Mulgrew, Orange is the New Black

Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory

Anna Chlumsky, Veep

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
True Detective
Boardwalk Empire
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
House of Cards

Outstanding TV Miniseries
Fargo
Bonnie and Clyde
Luther

Treme

The White Queen

Outstanding TV Movie
The Normal Heart
Killing Kennedy
Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight

Sherlock: His Last Vow

The Trip to Bountiful

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a TV Miniseries or Movie
Martin Freeman, Sherlock
Colin Hanks, Fargo
Jim Parsons, The Normal Heart
Joe Mantello, The Normal Heart
Alfred Molina, The Normal Heart
Matt Bomer, The Normal Heart

Outstanding Actor in a TV Miniseries or Movie
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dancing on the Edge
Idris Elba, Luther
Martin Freeman, Fargo
Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart
Billy Bob Thornton, Fargo

Outstanding Actress in a TV Miniseries or Movie
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven
Helena Bonham Carter, Burton and Taylor
Minnie Driver, Return to Zero
Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Coven
Cicely Tyson, The Trip to Bountiful
Kristin Wiig, The Spoils of Babylon

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a TV Miniseries or Movie
Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Coven
Frances Conroy, American Horror Story: Coven

Angela Bassett, American Horror Story: Coven
Allison Tolman, Fargo
Ellen Burstyn, Flowers in the Attic
Julia Roberts, The Normal Heart’

Outstanding Direction in a Comedy
Modern Family
Episodes

Glee

Louie

Orange is the New Black

Silicon Valley

Outstanding Writing in a Drama
Breaking Bad, 
“Ozymandias”
Breaking Bad, 
“Felina”
Game of Thrones

House of Cards

True Detective

Outstanding Writing in a Comedy
Louis
Episodes
Orange is the New Black
Silicon Valley
Veep

Outstanding Direction in a TV Miniseries or Movie
Fargo, “Buridan’s Ass”
American Horror Story: Coven, “Bitchcraft”

Fargo, 
“The Crocodile’s Dilemma”

Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight

Sherlock: His Last Vow

The Normal Heart

Outstanding Writing in a TV Miniseries or Movie
Sherlock: His Last Vow
American Horror Story: Coven, 
“Bitchcraft”

Fargo, 
“The Crocodile’s Dilemma”
Luther

The Normal Heart

Treme, 
“…To Miss New Orleans”

Outstanding Variety Series
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Real Time with Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special
Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles
Billy Crystal: 700 Sundays
The Beatles: The Night That Changed America
The Kennedy Center Honors
Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
AFI Tribute to Mel Brooks

Outstanding Reality Competition
The Amazing Race
Dancing With the Stars

Project Runway
So You Think You Can Dance
The Voice

 

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