Breaking Bad, Modern Family win big at 65th Emmy Awards

Claire Danes wins her second Emmy, again as Best Actress for Homeland.


Breaking Bad and Modern Family were the big winners at the 65th annual Primetime Emmy Awards last night (September 22, U.S. time).

The critically-acclaimed Bryan Cranston-starring show—which is due to conclude later this month after five seasons—was lauded with the night’s top prize for Best Drama.

Anna Gunn, who plays Skyler White, added to the accolades with a Best Supporting Actress trophy.

Show creator and writer Vince Gilligan admitted he didn’t expect the victory, as he took the stage at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

He said: "I did not see this coming. I thought this was going to be House of Cards..."

Meanwhile, hit sitcom Modern Family—featuring an ensemble cast that includes Sofia Vergara and Julie Bowen—claimed its fourth consecutive prize for Best Comedy.

Homeland actress Claire Danes won her second Emmy for her portrayal of CIA agent Carrie Mathison.

The Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons earned his third Emmy for his portrayal of uber-nerd Sheldon Cooper.

The Newsroom actor Jeff Daniels and Nurse Jackie actress Meritt Wever were among the surprise winners of the night—collecting Best Actor in a Drama and Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy, respectively.

A-list movie actor Michael Douglas was also honored with a prize for Best Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for his role as Liberace in Behind the Candelabra.

The Steven Soderbergh-directed film aired on pay channel HBO in the U.S., making it eligible for the Emmys rather than the Oscars.

This year’s Emmy Awards proved more solemn than in years past, with tributes being paid to late Glee actor Cory Monteith and The Sopranos leading man James Gandolfini.

Gandolfini’s on-screen wife Edie Falco led a tribute to him, while Glee actress Jane Lynch led a tribute to Cory, who died in July.

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The winners at this year’s 65th Primetime Emmy Awards:

DRAMA SERIES

Breaking Bad, AMC

COMEDY SERIES

Modern Family, ABC

MINISERIES OR MOVIE

Behind the Candelabra, HBO

LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

Claire Danes, Homeland, Showtime

LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom, HBO

LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

Jim Parsons, Big Bang Theory, CBS

LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep, HBO

LEAD ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE

Michael Douglas, Behind The Candelabra, HBO

LEAD ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE

Laura Linney, The Big C: Hereafter, Showtime

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

Bobby Cannavale, Boardwalk Empire, HBO

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad, AMC

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

Tony Hale, Veep, HBO

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie, Showtime

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE

Ellen Burstyn, Political Animals, USA

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE

James Cromwell, American Horror Story: Asylum, FX

REALITY-COMPETITION PROGRAM

The Voice, NBC

VARIETY SERIES

The Colbert Report, Comedy Central

VARIETY SPECIAL

Louis C.K.: Oh My God, HBO

DIRECTING FOR A DRAMA SERIES

House of Cards, Netflix

DIRECTING FOR A COMEDY SERIES

Modern Family, ABC

DIRECTING FOR A MINISERIES OR MOVIE

Behind the Candelabra, HBO

WRITING FOR A MINISERIES OR MOVIE

The Hour, BBC America

DIRECTING FOR A VARIETY SERIES

Saturday Night Live, NBC

WRITING FOR A VARIETY SERIES

The Colbert Report, Comedy Central

WRITING FOR A DRAMA SERIES

Homeland, Showtime

WRITING FOR COMEDY SERIES

30 Rock ("Last Lunch"), NBC

GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

Bob Newhart, The Big Bang Theory, CBS

GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

Melissa Leo, Louie, FX

HOST FOR A REALITY OR REALITY-COMPETITION PROGRAM

Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn, Project Runway, Bravo

GUEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

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Carrie Preston, The Good Wife, CBS

GUEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

Dan Bucatinsky, Scandal, ABC


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