On Sept. 22, the 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards were handed out and “Breaking Bad” defeated “Downton Abbey,” “Game of Thrones,” “Homeland,” “House of Cards,” and “Mad Men” to win Best Drama, one of the two most coveted awards of the night. “Modern Family” won the other for Best Comedy. Unfortunately, Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul did not take home Emmy Awards, but Anna Gunn won Best Supporting Actress.
“Breaking Bad” has received widespread critical acclaim since its debut in 2008, but the AMC series never won the Best Drama at the Emmys. The show was nominated in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012, but always fell short of the top prize. The year 2013 finally turned the tables. Upon accepting the Best Drama Emmy, creator Vince Gilligan stated, “I didn’t see this coming.” He called the “Breaking Bad” actors “the best cast on TV.” During an interview on Sunday night that aired after the Emmys on E!, Gilligan told the press, “This is the culmination of everything. What a way to go out!”
Concerning the big Emmy win for ”Breaking Bad,” the “Los Angeles Times” posted on Sunday, “The Albuquerque-set drama edged out some difficult competition in a watershed year for the Emmys.”
Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul were both nominated for a 2013 Emmy Award, but neither won. Jeff Daniels from HBO’s “Newsroom” defeated Crantston, Hugh Bonneville from “Downton Abbey,” Damian Lewis from “Homeland,” Kevin Spacey from “House of Cards,” and Jon Hamm from “Mad Men” in the Best Drama Actor category. Cranston won the award three consecutive years from 2008-2010.
Aaron Paul also fell short in the Supporting Actor category. Bobby Cannavale from “Boardwalk Empire” won the Emmy. Paul walked away with an Emmy in 2010 and again in 2012. “Business Insider” posted about Cranston and Paul’s losses, “The two are among the biggest snubs of the night."
Despite those disappointments, it was still a good night for “Breaking Bad.” In addition to the Best Drama win, Anna Gunn also won a 2013 Emmy Award for her portrayal of Skyler White, Walter’s conniving co-conspirator. She defeated Maggie Smith from “Downton Abbey,” Emilia Clarke from “Game of Thrones,” Christine Baranski from “The Good Wife,” Morena Baccarin from “Homeland,” and Christina Hendricks from “Mad Men.”
Overall, “Breaking Bad” has won 35 industry awards and 117 nominations. To see photos of Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul and the “Breaking Bad” cast cavort at the 2013 Emmy Awards, be sure to check out the slide show above. The final episode airs on Sunday, Sept. 29 on AMC.
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