Not surprising “Breaking Bad” dominated with the most wins at five Monday night on NBC’s live telecast of the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. Other dominators included “Modern Family” in comedy and “Sherlock” for miniseries with three each. With its final season behind them, “Breaking Bad” will no longer be a force to be reckoned with.
The biggest highlight of the evening was the deeply moving In Memoriam tribute to Rob Williams given by Billy Crystal. Sara Bareilles started off by singing a soul-stirring version of “Smile,” while showing those who passed away during the year. After it was over a photo of Robin was shown and Billy began his emotional eulogy. It closed with some hysterical clips of Robin’s first appearance on “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson” followed by his other TV specials. The last one saw a youthful Robin Williams in a monologue talking to his young son, then the two walk away.
Fresh off his number one comedy album was a musical number featuring Weird Al Yankovic. The king of musical parodies went off on theme music to Emmy-nominated and popular shows such as “Mad Men,” “Scandal,” and “Game of Thrones.” The latter received the bulk of air time with re-enactments from episodes to the show’s writer, George R.R. Martin, receiving a manual typewriter to write more scripts.
Even though the Emmys had its predictable winners, there were some surprises in another category. It was “American Horror Story: Coven’s” Jessica Lange, who beat out favorite Cicely Tyson, for outstanding lead actress in a miniseries/movie. Kathy Bates won for her supporting role by overcoming media darling Julia Roberts.
Seth Meyers hosted the Emmys for the first time. His opening monologue hit on some interesting points. It was the first time since 1976 the Emmy Awards were held on a Monday night. One of the reasons for this change from Sunday to Monday was due to the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs).
Meyers stated many were criticizing MTV hosting a music video award program when it doesn’t even show music videos anymore. That’s like the television networks showing the Emmys when cable TV and Netflix are now receiving the bulk of nominations. The answer to MTV and alternating networks broadcasting the Emmys is quite simply...tradition. Here is a complete list of all winners during the 2014 Emmy Awards telecast.
Best Comedy: “Modern Family”
Best Drama: “Breaking Bad”
Best Variety Series: “The Colbert Report”
Best Reality Competition Series: “The Amazing Race”
Best Miniseries: “Fargo”
Best Television Movie: “The Normal Heart”
Lead Actor, Comedy: Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”
Lead Actress, Comedy: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
Lead Actor, Drama: Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”
Lead Actress, Drama: Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”
Supporting Actor, Comedy: Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”
Supporting Actress, Comedy: Allison Janney, “Mom”
Supporting Actor, Drama: Aaron Paul, “Breaking Bad”
Supporting Actress, Drama: Anna Gunn, “Breaking Bad”
Actor, Miniseries/Movie: Benedict Cumberbatch, “Sherlock”
Actress, Miniseries/Movie: Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Coven”
Supporting Actor, Miniseries/Movie: Martin Freeman, “Sherlock”
Supporting Actress, Miniseries/Movie: Kathy Bates, “American Horror Story: Coven”
Best Directing, Comedy: Gail Mancuso, “Modern Family”
Best Directing, Drama: Cary Joji Fukunaga, “True Detective”
Best Directing, Miniseries/Movie: Colin Bucksey, “Fargo”
Best Directing, Variety Special: Glenn Weiss, 67th Annual Tony Awards
Best Writing, Comedy: Louis C.K., “Louie”
Best Writing, Drama: Moira Walley-Beckett, “Breaking Bad”
Best Writing, Miniseries/Movie: Steven Moffat, “Sherlock: His Last Vow”
Best Writing, Variety Special: Sarah Silverman, “Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles”