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.
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.
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 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
Outstanding Drama Series
By Robert Spence