AMC’S “Breaking Bad” was named Outstanding Drama Series at the 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards last night, while “Modern Family” took home its fourth straight Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series.
Steven Soderbergh’s Liberace biopic “Behind The Candelabra” picked up major honors for the director, his leading man Michael Douglas, and landing the night’s Outstanding Miniseries or Movie prize.
The TV film was also honored by Elton John during the ceremony – he dedicated his new song “Home Again” to Liberace as part of a tribute to the flamboyant pianist.
The 2013 Emmys were full of surprises - Merritt Wever and Tony Hale beat out favorites to claim the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series trophies for “Nurse Jackie” and “Veep”, respectively. Claire Danes and Bonny Cannavale were upset winners for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series (for “Homeland”) and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (“Boardwalk Empire”).
Double winners on the night included “The Big Bang Theory”, “Veep”, “Homeland” and “Breaking Bad”, which was named the Best Drama Series. The big snubs included “Mad Men”, “Game of Thrones” and “Downton Abbey”, which did NOT win a single award.
Highlights included Carrie Underwood’s Beatles tribute to 1963 and the impact the news from that year had on America, host Neil Patrick Harris‘ mid-show song-and-dance number with actor Nathan Fillion and comedienne Sarah Silverman and Will Ferrell’s comic conclusion – he walked onto the stage at the Nokia Theatre in shorts, sandals and a T-shirt with three kids to present the night’s Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Comedy Series awards and joked, “Unfortunately Helen Mirren and Maggie Smith dropped out at the last second and they (Emmy producers) called me, literally, 45 minutes ago, and I couldn’t find childcare.
“We had a soccer game, there was a neighbour’s birthday party, a nut allergy, I didn’t have time to do my hair.”
The winners list is:
— Supporting Actress, Comedy Series: Merritt Wever, “Nurse Jackie,” Showtime.
— Supporting Actor, Comedy Series: Tony Hale, “Veep,” HBO.
— Actress, Comedy Series: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep,” HBO.
— Actor, Comedy Series: Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS.
— Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Laura Linney, “The Big C: Hereafter,” Showtime.
— Supporting Actress, Drama Series: Anna Gunn, “Breaking Bad,” AMC.
— Reality-Competition Program: “The Voice,” NBC.
— Supporting Actor, Drama Series: Bobby Cannavale, “Boardwalk Empire,” HBO.
— Actor, Drama Series: Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom,” HBO.
— Actress, Drama Series: Claire Danes, “Homeland,” Showtime.
— Variety Series: “The Colbert Report,” Comedy Central.
— Choreography: Derek Hough, “Dancing With the Stars,” ABC.
— Supporting Actor, Miniseries or Movie: James Cromwell, “American Horror Story: Asylum,” FX Networks.
— Supporting Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Ellen Burstyn, “Political Animals,” USA.
— Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Michael Douglas, “Behind the Candelabra,” HBO.
— Miniseries or Movie: “Behind the Candelabra,” HBO.
— Comedy Series: “Modern Family,” ABC.
— Drama Series: “Breaking Bad,” AMC.