Breaking Bad strikes gold at Primetime Emmy Awards

Hit series BREAKING BAD went out with a big bang on Monday night (25Aug14) after dominating the drama categories at the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles.

Bryan Cranston earned his fourth Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series trophy for his portrayal of chemistry teacher-turned-drug lord Walter White, while his co-stars Aaron Paul and Anna Gunn were named Outstanding Supporting Actor and Actress in a Drama Series.

Creator Vince Gilligan also triumphed at the ceremony after Breaking Bad, which wrapped its fifth and final season last year (13), beat Mad Men, True Detective, Game of Thrones, House of Cards and Downton Abbey to take home the prestigious Outstanding Drama Series title. In addition, there was a writing honor for Moira Walley-Beckett for the episode Ozymandias.

Modern Family was another multiple winner - the show continued to reign over the Outstanding Comedy Series category for the fifth year in a row, while Ty Burrell walked away as the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, the first prize of the night, and Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series went to Gail Mancuso for her Las Vegas episode of the show.

BBC series Sherlock landed a trio of trophies for writer Steven Moffat and its stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, while Jim Parsons (Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for The Big Bang Theory), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for Veep), Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife) and Allison Janney (Mom) scored big, too.

Singer Sara Bareilles performed a touching rendition of Nat King Cole classic Smile for the event's traditional In Memorium segment, which included nods to Philip Seymour Hoffman, Peter O'Toole, Lauren Bacall, Paul Walker, James Garner, Maya Angelou, Bob Hoskins, Mickey Rooney, Harold Ramis, Elaine Stritch and Shirley Temple, among others, before concluding with a snap of Robin Williams and a special honor from his close friend and fellow comedian, Billy Crystal.

The main list of winners at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by comedian Seth Meyers, is as follows:

Outstanding Drama Series - Breaking Bad

Outstanding Comedy Series - Modern Family

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series - Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series - Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series - Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad

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 Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series - Ty Burrell, Modern Family

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - Allison Janney, Mom

Outstanding Miniseries - Fargo

Outstanding Television Movie - The Normal Heart

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie - Benedict Cumberbatch for Sherlock episode His Last Vow

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie - Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie - Martin Freeman for Sherlock episode His Last Vow

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie - Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Coven

Outstanding Variety Series - The Colbert Report

Outstanding Reality-Competition Program - The Amazing Race

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series - Joe Morton, Scandal

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series - Allison Janney, Masters of Sex

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series - Jimmy Fallon, Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series - Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series - Moira Walley-Beckett for Breaking Bad episode Ozymandias

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series - Louis C.K. for Louie episode So Did the Fat Lady

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series - Cary Joji Fukunaga, True Detective

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series - Gail Mancuso for Modern Family episode Las Vegas

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special - Sarah Silverman, Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles

Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special - Steven Moffat for Sherlock episode His Last Vow

Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special - Glen Weiss, 67th Annual Tony Awards

Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special - Colin Bucksey for Fargo episode Buridan's A**.

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