The Emmys 2014 Review

The 66th Primetime Emmys 2014 (presented by Seth Meyers) came with some surprises as well as some predictability. Kicking off from the Nokia Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles, an array of television and movie stars rubbed shoulders for this momentous event.

One of the biggest winners of the night was Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston for his portrayal of Walter White. Due to the sheer popularity of this show, it was unsurprising that he received the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series award. He beat tough competition from the likes of Jeff Daniels (Newsroom), Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Woody Harrelson (True Detective), Matthew McConaughey (True Detective), and Kevin Spacey (House of Cards). Had McConaughey won, he would have made history by holding an Oscar as well as an Emmy.

Breaking Bad was very successful throughout the night with the likes of Aaron Paul and Anna Gunn receiving Outstanding Supporting Actor and Actress awards. Moira Walley-Beckett won Outstanding Writer for a Drama Series and the show received the coveted Outstanding Drama Series award.

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In the midst of the awards, there was a touching in memoriam tribute with a rendition of Smile performed by Sara Bareilles. This included the likes of Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Walker, Shirley Temple and Mickey Rooney. This was concluded with a lingering shot of Robin Williams. His close friend Billy Crystal (and his co-star in the 1997 comedy Fathers’ Day) then appeared onstage and took us down memory lane with some thoughtful and funny anecdotes involving the late actor. It was a very fitting tribute, and Crystal did a good job.

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Back to the awards, another big win was for the British television drama Sherlock starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman; they received Outstanding Lead Actor/Supporting Actor in a Miniseries. Sherlock writer Steven Moffat also took home Outstanding Writing in a Miniseries. This was somewhat of a surprise but was well deserved.

Jim Parsons received his fourth Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series due to his performance in The Big Bang Theory. He beat competition from the likes of Ricky Gevais (Derek), Don Cheadle (House of Lies), Matt LeBlanc (Episodes), Louis C.K. (Louie) and William H. Macy (Shameless).

Julie Louis-Dreyfus received Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for Veep – smacking the lips of Bryan Cranston on the way to the stage as part of a gag regarding their scene together in Seinfeld years before.

Colin Bucksey received Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries with Fargo’s Buridan’s Ass. Fargo also received Outstanding Miniseries.

Modern Family received three awards including Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy, Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series and Outstanding Comedy Series.

Another of my personal highlights was Weird Al Yankovic’s performance in which he parodied the likes of: Homeland, Scandal, Game of Thrones and Modern Family.

The full list of winners and nominees are below:

 

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy

Ty Burrell – Modern Family

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy

Louis C.K. – Louie

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy

Allison Janney – Mom

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series

Gail Mancuso – Modern Family

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Jim Parsons – The Big Bang Theory

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Veep

Outstanding Reality Program

The Amazing Race

Outstanding Writing in a Miniseries

Steven Moffat – Sherlock

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries

Kathy Bates – American Horror Story

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries

Martin Freeman – Sherlock

Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries

Colin Bucksey – Fargo

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries

Benedict Cumberbatch – Sherlock

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries

Jessica Lange – American Horror Story

Outstanding Miniseries

Fargo

Outstanding Television Movie

The Normal Heart

Outstanding Writing in a Variety Show

Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles

Outstanding Directing Variety Series

Glenn Weiss – 67th Annual Tony Awards

Outstanding Variety Show

The Colbert Report

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Aaron Paul – Breaking Bad

Outstanding Director in a Drama Series

Cary Fukunagwa – True Detective

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series

Anna Gunn – Breaking Bad

Outstanding Writer for a Drama Series

Moira Walley-Beckett – Breaking Bad

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Julianna Margulies – The Good Wife

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Bryan Cranston – Breaking Bad

Outstanding Comedy Series

Modern Family

Outstanding Drama Series

Breaking Bad 

 

By Robert Spence

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