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Emmy Winners 2013: Breaking Bad and Modern Family Score Top Honors, Claire Danes Repeats, HBO and Candelabra Dominate

23 Sep


The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards were handed out Sunday night in Los Angeles, and HBO was this year’s big winner, amassing 27 total trophies.

Fueling the pay cabler’s success was 11 total gold grabs by its Behind the Candelabra telepic, including an honor for co-lead Michael Douglas. Boardwalk Empire added to HBO’s haul with five wins, while Veep‘s Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Tony Hale took home statues as well.

CBS placed a distant second at this year’s Emmys with 16 total wins, most of which came at the Creative Arts ceremony held Sept. 15. The Eye’s biggest prize-winner was The Big Bang Theory and its three wins, including for lead actor Jim Parsons.

In the night’s two biggest races, the first half of Breaking Bad‘s final season earned best drama honors, while ABC’s Modern Family claimed the top comedy prize.

FX’s American Horror Story went into Emmy season with the most nominations — 17 total — but only converted on two of them. Similarly, HBO’s Game of Thrones went 2-for-16.

Among broadcast network fare, NBC’s Saturday Night Live fared best with four total wins.

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The complete list of nominees is here. Review the list of winners and tell us which please you most!

Outstanding Drama Series | Breaking Bad
Lead Actor In A Drama Series | Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
Lead Actress In A Drama Series | Claire Danes, Homeland (2012 WINNER)
Supporting Actor In A Drama Series | Bobby Cannavale, Boardwalk Empire
Supporting Actress In A Drama Series | Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Writing in a Drama Series | Homeland
Directing in a Drama Series | House of Cards

Outstanding Comedy Series | Modern Family
Lead Actor In A Comedy Series | Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Lead Actress In A Comedy Series | Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep (2012 WINNER)
Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series | Tony Hale, Veep
Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series | Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie
Writing in a Comedy Series | 30 Rock
Directing in a Comedy Series | Modern Family

Outstanding Miniseries or Movie | Behind the Candelabra
Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie | Michael Douglas, Behind the Candelabra
Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie | Laura Linney, The Big C: hereafter
Supporting Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie | James Cromwell, American Horror Story: Asylum
Supporting Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie | Ellen Burstyn, Political Animals
Writing in a Miniseries or Movie | The Hour
Directing in a Miniseries or Movie | Behind the Candelabra

Outstanding Variety, Music Or Comedy Series | The Colbert Report
Writing in a Variety, Music Or Comedy Series | The Colbert Report
Directing in a Variety, Music Or Comedy Series | Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Reality – Competition Program | The Voice

Choreography | Dancing With the Stars, Derek Hough

Plus, select highlights from the Creative Arts Emmys held Sept. 15….

Guest Actress In A Comedy Series | Melissa Leo, Louie
Guest Actor In A Comedy Series | Bob Newhart The Big Bang Theory
Guest Actor In A Drama Series | Dan Bucatinsky, Scandal
Guest Actress In A Drama Series | Carrie Preston, The Good Wife
Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Program | Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, Project Runway
Reality Program | Undercover Boss
Casting For a Drama Series | House of Cards
Casting For A Comedy Series | 30 Rock
Casting For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special | Behind the Candelabra


Emmy Awards 2013: “Breaking Bad,” “Modern Family” win top honors

23 Sep


It was good to be “Breaking Bad” at Sunday’s Primetime Emmy Awards, where it won the award for outstanding drama series.

The honor was the first time “Breaking Bad” had won the award despite three previous nominations. The win came one week before AMC is due to air the series finale.

“I did not see this coming,” said series creator Vince Gilligan, tipping his hat to competitor “House of Cards,” the first online contender for top Emmy honors.



“Modern Family” was named best comedy series for the fourth consecutive year.

Jeff Daniels won the Emmy for best drama series actor for “The Newsroom,” with Claire Danes capturing top actress honors for her role in “Homeland.”

Daniels noted that he’d also received an age 50-plus acting honor from AARP, which represents the interests of older Americans.

“With all due respect to the AARP, this is even better,” Daniels said.

Danes, who captured her second trophy for the terrorism drama, paid tribute to one of the series’ writers, Henry Bromell, who died last March and who received a writing Emmy posthumously Sunday.

Danes’ win ended the hope that “Scandal” star Kerry Washington would become the first African-American actress to win in the category.

The ceremony often struck a melancholy note with extended tributes to stars and other industry members who died in the past year.

“Well, this may be the saddest Emmys of all time but we could not be happier,” said “Modern Family” executive producer Steve Levitan, in accepting his award.

The show also included upsets, defying the conventional wisdom in several categories, including acting categories.

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

Julia Louis-Dreyfus claimed her second consecutive best comedy actress Emmy for her role on “Veep,” while Jim Parsons won the top 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 got emotional while accepting his third Emmy, saying, “My heart, oh my heart. I want you to know I’m very aware of how exceedingly fortunate I am.”



Michael Douglas was honored as best actor for his portrayal of Liberace in the HBO biopic “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.

Derek Hough of “Dancing with the Stars” won the trophy for best choreography, which offered an opportunity to include an upbeat dance number late in the show.

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.

Merritt Wever of “Nurse Jackie” won the night’s first award, for best supporting actress in a comedy series, kicking off the ceremony on a surprising note and with a remarkably brief acceptance speech.

“Thank you so much. Thank you so much. Um, I gotta go, bye,” Wever told the audience after besting a field that included two-time winner Julie Bowen of “Modern Family.”

“Merritt Wever, best speech ever,” Harris said.

Backstage, she offered an explanation: “I’m sorry I didn’t thank anyone. I was going to cry.”



Tony Hale of “Veep” claimed the trophy for best supporting actor in a comedy, a category that has been the property in recent years of the men of “Modern Family.”

“Oh, man… This is mindblowing, mindblowing,” Hale said.

Laura Linney was named best actress in a miniseries or movie for “The Big C: Hereafter,” while James Cromwell of “American Horror Story: Asylum” and Ellen Burstyn of “Political Animals” won supporting honors. “The Voice” won best reality-competition program, “The Colbert Report” was crowned best variety show and Tina Fey won for writing “30 Rock.”

The ceremony’s first hour was relatively somber, with memorial tributes and a doleful song by Elton John in honor of the late musical star Liberace, the subject of the nominated biopic “Behind the Candelabra.”



Robin Williams offered the first of five memorial tributes that were added to the traditional “In memoriam” group tribute. He paid tribute to actor-comedian Jonathan Winters, while actor-director Rob Reiner honoring the late actress Jean Stapleton, his co-star in the landmark 1970s series “All in the Family,” and Michael J. Fox spoke in memory of “Family Ties” creator Gary David Goldberg.

“Glee” star Jane Lynch spoke in memory of her co-star Cory Monteith, who died of a drug overdose in July. “Cory was a beautiful soul. He was not perfect, which many of us here tonight can relate to,” Lynch said. “His death is a tragic reminder of the rapacious, senseless destruction that is brought on by addiction. Tonight, we remember Cory for all he was, and mourn the loss for all he could have been.”

Edie Falco also memorialized her late “The Sopranos” co-star, James Gandolfini, saluting him for his “fierce loyalty” to his friends and family and his work with military veterans.

“You all knew James Gandolfini the actor. I was lucky enough to know Jim, the man,” she said in a tearful tribute.

The telecast also paid tribute to milestone television moments of the 1960s, including the coverage of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination and the Beatles’ performance on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” in a segment narrated by Don Cheadle and with a performance by Carrie Underwood.

The ceremony, airing live on CBS from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, began with an opener showing Harris in a room full of TVs, binge-watching all the night’s nominated shows. (There was also a cameo from CBS Corp. chairman Les Moonves, as a security guard greeting the host as he arrived for the Emmys.)

On stage, Harris got some help — and harassment — from past emcees including Jimmy Kimmel, Jane Lynch, Jimmy Fallon and Conan O’Brien. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler shouted that the host should take off his pants and twerk, while Kevin Spacey channeled his scheming “House of Cards” character with a nefarious aside from the audience.

Heading into the Emmys, all eyes were on Netflix’s “House of Cards.” The political thriller, the first online program to compete for the top trophy, is part of a video universe explosion that’s added streaming services including Netflix and websites like YouTube to broadcast, cable and satellite TV delivery.

Spacey, his co-star Robin Wright and Jason Bateman of Netflix’s comedy “Arrested Development” were the first to snare lead online series bids.

There have been Internet nominees before, such as last year’s “Web Therapy” and “30 Rock: The Webisodes” in a short-format category, but not in the premier fields of acting and best series.


Emmys Live up to Unpredictable Nature – Emmy Awards 2013

23 Sep


The Emmys lived up to its reputation as the least predictable entertainment awards show.

Television’s annual night of honors, where the AMC drama “Breaking Bad” and ABC comedy “Modern Family” were judged the industry’s finest on Sunday night, mixed in surprises with expected winners, and ended some winning streaks while extending others. Newcomer Netflix made its presence felt, but not in the splashy way it had hoped for.

“Nobody in America is winning their office pool,” host Neil Patrick Harris said late in the CBS telecast from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

The best drama win for “Breaking Bad” was its first ever, and Anna Gunn won a best supporting actress award for playing the wife of Bryan Cranston’s Walter White character, the chemistry teacher turned drug lord whom the series revolves around. Cranston was denied a bid for his fourth drama acting award for the show.

It was splendid publicity for “Breaking Bad,” which airs its series finale next Sunday. “What a way to go out,” Cranston said backstage.

“I’m biased, I love our show,” added Vince Gilligan, the series’ creator. “I was stunned that we won. It was a very big surprise for me.”

Going into the Emmys, much speculation surrounded whether Netflix’s “House of Cards” would be the first series not shown on a broadcast or cable network to win best drama. It didn’t, but Gilligan said if it wasn’t for streaming services like Netflix, his show wouldn’t have lasted beyond its second season.

“House of Cards” was the first online program to be nominated for a top series honor, as big a revolution in the TV industry as when HBO’s “The Larry Sanders Show” became the first cable series nominee. It was a decade, however, until another cable show, “Sex and the City,” won one of the awards. David Fincher of “House of Cards” won a directing award.

The “Modern Family” win can’t be called a surprise, since it has been declared best comedy all four years that it has been on the air. None of its ensemble cast took home trophies, though.

Jeff Daniels of the HBO drama “Newsroom” was probably the most unexpected winner, declared best actor in a drama in a category with heavyweights like Cranston, Jon Hamm of “Mad Men,” Kevin Spacey of “House of Cards” and Damian Lewis of “Homeland.”

“I felt the work stood up to what the other guys are doing,” Daniels said. “But we’re all doing different things.”

One of the show’s oddest moments came quickly, when Merritt Wever of “Nurse Jackie” won best supporting actress in a comedy series. “Thank you so much. Thank you so much. Um, I got to go, bye,” Wever told the audience. Her brevity drew positive notices from Harris and not a few folks on Twitter.

Wever said later she made it quick because she thought she was going to cry.

Tony Hale of “Veep” was another surprise winner in the comedy supporting actor category, beating three “Modern Family” cast members.

“Was I fine? Because I totally blacked out,” he asked about his acceptance speech backstage.

More familiar names took home best acting trophies for comedies. Julia Louis-Dreyfus won for the second year in a row for playing the lead character in the HBO series “Veep.” Jim Parsons, whose CBS show “The Big Bang Theory” has blossomed into television’s most popular comedy, won his second acting award.

“It means a ton because I’ve actually lost many, many more times than I’ve won. I’ve lost 10 times in fact. It’s delicious to win,” said Louis-Dreyfus, who has now won twice as many personal Emmys for “Veep” as she did playing Elaine Benes on “Seinfeld.”

As she accepted her second straight award as best actress in a drama for Showtime’s “Homeland,” Claire Danes paid tribute to one of the series’ writers, who died last March and received a writing Emmy posthumously on Sunday.

The ceremony often struck a melancholy note with extended tributes to stars and other industry members who died in the past year.

“Well, this may be the saddest Emmys of all time but we could not be happier,” said “Modern Family” executive producer Steve Levitan.

A notable Emmy winning streak ended Sunday when “The Colbert Report” beat its comedy rival “The Daily Show” in the variety series category. Jon Stewart’s “Daily Show” had won the award for 10 years straight.

“We get a boost from just how stupid the real news is,” Colbert said backstage. Colbert, who once worked on “The Daily Show,” paid tribute to Stewart and noted that Stewart gets a piece of this year’s Emmy, too, because he’s an executive producer of “The Colbert Report.

Another relative stranglehold — the dominance of “The Amazing Race” in the reality show category — was ended when NBC’s “The Voice” won that category.

Michael Douglas was honored as best actor for his portrayal of Liberace in the HBO movie “Behind the Candelabra,” besting his co-star Matt Damon. The film also captured a top trophy as best movie or miniseries. It was a good night for the pay cable service HBO, which took home seven awards and earned bragging rights over its rival Showtime.

“Saturday Night Live,” whose director Don Loy King won an Emmy Sunday, has also eclipsed “Frasier” with the most Emmy Awards ever. “SNL” now has 40 in its history.

Diahann Carroll, the first African-American Emmy nominee in 1963 for “Naked City,” created one of the night’s most heartfelt moments when she took the stage with best drama actress nominee Kerry Washington and noted the importance of diversity in the industry and Emmys.

“Tonight, she better get this award,” Carroll said of Washington, who covered her eyes in embarrassment. Danes’ victory denied Washington.





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