Breaking Bad was the big winner at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards last night, August 25 (U.S. time).
The critically-acclaimed drama, which came to an end last year, celebrated its swansong with a slew of awards including the night’s top prize, Outstanding Drama, and Outstanding Actor in a Drama for Bryan Cranston.
Aaron Paul and Anna Gunn also earned Outstanding Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress in a Drama, respectively, for the show.
Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan said: "Thank you so much for this wonderful farewell, you have been very kind to us indeed."
Modern Family was crowned Outstanding Comedy Series for a fifth consecutive year and actor Ty Burrell was lauded for his portrayal of Phil Dunphy with the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy award.
Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus and The Big Bang Theory funnyman Jim Parsons continued to rein over the comedy acting categories, winning Outstanding Actress and Outstanding Actor in a Comedy yet again.
The award marks Julia’s third consecutive nod for her hit HBO show, while Jim is now a four-time Emmy winner for his role as socially-challenged scientist Sheldon Cooper.
The humble comedian put his big win down to luck, telling the audience: "There is no accounting for taste and it’s with good fortune that I stand up here tonight."
The Good Wife actress Julianna Margulies topped the Outstanding Actress in a Drama category and paid tribute to her fellow nominees, enthusing: "What a wonderful time for women on television."
Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch waved the flag for the Brits by winning Outstanding Actor in a Miniseries or Movie, beating his co-star Martin Freeman—who was nominated for his role in Fargo—and Oscar nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor.
But Martin didn’t go home empty-handed as he earned Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for his role as Dr. John Watson in Sherlock.
Jessica Lange, who recently announced she will retire from acting soon, was honored with another Emmy Award for Outstanding Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for American Horror Story: Coven.
This year’s Emmy Awards weren’t without controversy, however, as social media users blasted a "sexist" skit which saw Modern Family beauty Sofia Vergara pose on a rotating platform while the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences president Bruce Rosenblum gave his annual speech.
One angry viewer wrote on Twitter: "aaaand with that sexist Sophia Vergara bit, my TV is now off. Didn’t last long."
Another sarcastically wrote: "Sophia Vergara was literally just used as a prop, because women are props. Cool #Emmys"
Winners at the 66th Emmy Primetime Awards:
Lead Actor in a Drama
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: His Last Vow
Lead Actress in a Drama
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven
Lead Actor in a Comedy
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Lead Actress in a Comedy
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Reality Competition Program
The Amazing Race
The Colbert Report
The Normal Heart
Supporting Actor in a Drama
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Supporting Actress in a Drama
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Guest Actor in a Drama
Joe Morton, Scandal
Guest Actress in a Drama
Allison Janney, Masters of Sex
Writing for a Drama
Moira Walley-Beckett, Breaking Bad
Directing for a Drama
Cary Joji Fukunaga, True Detective
Supporting Actor in a Comedy
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Supporting Actress in a Comedy
Allison Janney, Mom
Guest Actor in a Comedy
Jimmy Fallon, Saturday Night Live
Guest Actress in a Comedy
Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black
Writing for a Comedy
Louis C.K., Louie
Directing for a Comedy
Gail Mancuso, Modern Family
Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Martin Freeman, Sherlock: His Last Vow
Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Coven
Writing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special
Steven Moffat, Sherlock: His Last Vow
Directing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special
Colin Bucksey, Fargo
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Mel Brooks
Writing for a Variety Special
Sarah Silverman, We Are Miracles
Directing for a Variety Special
Glenn Weiss, 67th Annual Tony Awards
Special Class Program
67th Annual Tony Awards
Outstanding Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Program
Between Two Ferns, featuring President Barack Obama
Outstanding Short-Format Nonfiction Program
30 for 30 Shorts
Outstanding Interactive Program
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Digital Experience
Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series
The writers of The Colbert Report
Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series
Don Roy King, Saturday Night Live
Outstanding Variety Special
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Mel Brooks
Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program
Outstanding Structured Reality Program
Tabitha Dumo, Napoleon Dumo, So You Think You Can Dance
Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program
Jane Lynch; Host, Hollywood Game Night
Outstanding Animated Program
Outstanding Short-Format Animated Program
Mickey Mouse, “‘O Sole Minnie”
Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance
Harry Shearer as Kent Brockman / Mr. Burns / Younger Burns / Smithers, The Simpsons
Jeremy Irons; Narrator, Game of Lions