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article image2014 Emmys: 'Breaking Bad' and 'Modern Family' win top awards

By Tim O'Brien     Aug 25, 2014 in Entertainment
Los Angeles - UPDATE: "Modern Family" and "Breaking Bad" took home the last two awards of the night as the Emmy Awards just wrapped up in Los Angeles.
UPDATE: The swan song for "Breaking Bad" paid off for Bryan Cranston as he wins Lead Actor in a Drama tonight as the 66th Annual Emmy Awards were awarded in Los Angeles tonight. He won over Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey, who had the buzz.
UPDATE: The Emmy Awards have switched into the heavy hitter now as drama and categories are taking over. Supporting Actor in a Drama Series just got handed out to Aaron Paul for "Breaking Bad." The win was expected. He just said he was going to "throw up."
UPDATE: One Oscar winner just beat out another one as Kathy Bates beats Julia Roberts as the Emmys are being handed out in Los Angeles.
Bates won for Best Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for “American Horror Story: Coven." She was up against others in the same show but Roberts for "The Normal Heart" had the edge going in.
EARLIER: Jim Parsons took home the Emmy Award for lead actor in a comedy as the award show is off an running in Los Angeles. Seth Meyers poked fun at the industry as he eased his way through the opening monologue. But perhaps it was Jimmy Kimmel, whose quips during his presentation that will be remember more. More later.
EARLIER: The Emmy Awards will be handed out tonight in Los Angeles. Follow along right here as the winners will be hilighted in bold as the night progresses.
A recap and reminder of what to expect from tonight's show, which made its way to Monday night because of the NFL game Sunday night. That was on NBC, so tonight, it is Emmy time.
The one problem the move created was traffic. It is always a problem in L.A. but pushing this to Monday night means huge headaches. So many that car poos were suggested, and leaving real early. There is less traffic downtown L.A. on a Sunday.
Seth Meyers hosts the show, which is slated to start at 8 p.m. EDT/7 p.m. CDT, live across the board. That also means 5 p.m. PDT, which leads to additional traffic nightmares.
In a release earlier this week, Meyers noted this about what to expect. Don Mischer is the producer and when they rolled out the red carpet, Meyers quipped: "Don feels it's important for me to understand exactly how long 3 hours is."
Award shows tend to take too long, and they know it. "So ever since I got the job, he calls me every 3 hours and says 'it's another 3 hours' and then hangs up," Meyers added.
But the show will have a Robin Williams tribute given by Billy Crystal. See earlier story here. But, note that TV legend James Garner recently passed away too, albeit not under the same circumstances.
The hot category seems to be drama where it is loaded.
But, truth is, Emmy folk made it controversial by adding an eight-episode series into the bunch in "True Detective." Now what was a shoe-in win for the swan song for "Breaking Bad" becomes a competition. Plus, in the series with the most nominations with 19 in "Game of Thrones" and it get tougher.
That also leads to the drama actor cateogry and that same show, "True Detective." One can assume that Matthew McConaughey has a great deal of buzz. First, he just won an Oscar earlier this year so TV folk would like to get in on that, right? Movie stars taking over TV awards is something for another story. But, would they deny Bryan Cranston of the lead actor in a drama?
In the comedy category, can "Orange is the New Black" beat "Modern Family"? It is one thing for Netflix to nab nominations or a win in individual categories, but a top category such a comedy would be huge.
Emmy rules also now allow up to six nominees and that is case for most. Was a time when there was only five, so the sub stories were taken more seriously.
HBO has 15 wins going in as Emmys were already handed out. See here.
Emmy list (winners in bold):
Drama Series
“Breaking Bad” (AMC)
“Downton Abbey” (PBS)
“Game of Thrones” (HBO)
"House of Cards" (Netflix)
“Mad Men” (AMC)
“True Detective” (HBO)
Comedy Series
“The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)
“Louie” (FX)
“Modern Family” (ABC)
“Veep” (HBO)
“Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)
“Silicon Valley” (HBO)
Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Michelle Dockery, “Downton Abbey” (PBS)
Claire Danes, “Homeland” (Showtime)
Robin Wright, “House of Cards” (Netflix)
Kerry Washington, “Scandal” (ABC)
Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife” (CBS)
Lizzy Caplan, “Masters of Sex” (Showtime)
Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad” (AMC)
Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom” (HBO)
Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards” (Netflix)
Jon Hamm, “Mad Men” (AMC)
Matthew McConaughey, “True Detective” (HBO)
Woody Harrelson, “True Detective” (HBO)
Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Anna Gunn, "Breaking Bad" (AMC)
Maggie Smith, "Downton Abbey" (PBS)
Joanne Froggatt, "Downton Abbey" (PBS)
Lena Headey, "Game of Thrones" (HBO)
Christine Baranski, "The Good Wife" (CBS)
Christina Hendricks, "Mad Men" (AMC)
Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Aaron Paul, "Breaking Bad" (AMC)
Jim Carter, "Downtown Abbey" (PBS)
Peter Dinklage, "Game of Thrones" (HBO)
Josh Charles, "The Good Wife" (CBS)
Mandy Patinkin, "Homeland" (Showtime)
Jon Voight "Ray Donovan" (Showtime)
Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Lena Dunham, “Girls”
Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
Melissa McCarthy, “Mike & Molly” (CBS)
Taylor Schilling, "Orange Is the New Black" (Netflix)
Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”
Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes”
Don Cheadle, “House of Lies” (Showtime)
Louis C.K., “Louie” (FX)
William H. Macy, “Shameless” (Showtime)
Ricky Gervais, “Derek” (Netflix)
Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Mayim Bialik, "The Big Bang Theory" (CBS)
Julie Bowen, "Modern Family" (ABC)
Allison Janney, "Mom" (CBS)
Kate Mulgrew, "Orange Is the New Black" (Netflix)
Kate McKinnon, "Saturday Night Live" (NBC)
Anna Chlumsky, "Veep" (HB0)
Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Andre Braugher, "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (Fox)
Adam Driver, "Girls" (HBO)
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, "Modern Family" (ABC)
Ty Burrell, "Modern Family" (ABC)
Fred Armisen, "Portlandia" (IFC)
Tony Hale, "Veep" (HBO)
Miniseries
“American Horror Story: Coven” (FX)
“Fargo” (FX)
“The White Queen” (Starz)
“Bonnie and Clyde” (A&E, Lifetime, History)
“Treme” (HBO)
TV Movies
“The Normal Heart” (HBO)
“The Trip to Bountiful” (Lifetime)
“Killing Kennedy” (National Geographic Channel)
“Sherlock: His Last Vow” (PBS)
“Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight” (HBO)
Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Chiwetel Ejiofor, “Dancing on the Edge” (Starz)
Mark Ruffalo, “The Normal Heart” (HBO)
Billy Bob Thornton, “Fargo” (FX)
Benedict Cumberbatch, “Sherlock: His Last Vow” (PBS)
Idris Elba, “Luther” (BBC America)
Martin Freeman, “Fargo” (Fx)
Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Cicely Tyson, “The Trip to Bountiful” (Lifetime)
Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Coven” (FX)
Sarah Paulson, “American Horror Story: Coven” (FX)
Kristen Wiig, “Spoils of Babylon”
Helena Bonham Carter, “Burton and Taylor” (BBC America)
Minnie Driver, “Return to Zero” (Lifetime)
Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Matt Bomer, “The Normal Heart” (HBO)
Martin Freeman, “Sherlock: His Last Vow”
Joe Mantello, “The Normal Heart” (HBO)
Colin Hanks, “Fargo” (FX)
Jim Parsons, “The Normal Heart” (HBO)
Alfred Molina, “The Normal Heart” (HBO)
Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Kathy Bates, “American Horror Story: Coven” (FX)
Frances Conroy, “American Horror Story: Coven” (FX)
Angela Bassett, “American Horror Story: Coven” (FX)
Allison Tolman, “Fargo” (FX)
Ellen Burstyn, “Flowers in the Attic” (Lifetime)
Julia Roberts, “The Normal Heart” (HBO)
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