Unless you have been under a rock you’d have hard pressed to miss snippets of the 66th Emmy award winners announced live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. They have been on most worldwide news, radio, and all over social media.
Hosted by Late Night’s Seth Meyers, who followed in the steps of previous hosts Neil Patrick Harris, Jimmy Kimmel, Jane Lynch and Jimmy Fallon. Meyers delivered a safe and with a tongue-in-cheek-American-style jest with the barest hint of controversy.
So who were the big winners of 2014?
Well, the Sherlockians are jumping up and down and celebrating wildly as Benedict Cumberbatch won for Best Actor, and Martin Freeman won Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries. The show also walked away with the gong for Best Writing in a Miniseries for Steven Moffat for the final episode of Sherlock‘s third season, “His Last Vow”.
Breaking Bad won the Outstanding Drama Series award, which was up against some serious competition including the incredibly popular HBO hit Game of Thrones, as well as other high standard shows Downton Abbey and True Detective.
Breaking Bad stars also scooped awards in their respective categories. Bryan Cranston won his fourth Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama title; Aaron Paul picked up his third as Supporting Actor in a Drama, and Anna Gunn won Supporting Actress for her role as Cranston’s on-screen wife. Breaking Bad writer Moira Walley-Beckett also won in the Writing for a Drama Series category for her episode “Ozymandias”. Julianna Margulies was the winner for Lead Actress in a Drama for The Good Wife.
Uber-hit show, Modern Family won Outstanding Comedy Series award, its fifth consecutive, against the likes of The Big Bang Theory, Orange Is the New Black and Silicon Valley. Series star Ty Burrell, who plays father Phil Dumphey picked up the Supporting Actor in a Comedy award, and although nominated his co-stars Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Julie Bowen and Nathan Lane were unable to turn their nominations into awards.
While on the funny stuff The Big Bang Theory‘s Jim Parsons, won for Lead Actor in a Comedy and Julia Louis Dreyfus (Veep) for Lead Actress in a Comedy.
My vote for Best Losing Speech though would have to go to Ricky Gervais, nominated for Derek who took to the stage to give his speech anyway.
I’m still not quite sure what to make of Weird Al Yankovic’s homage to TV theme songs, which sat somewhere between “What the…???” and “ok that bit was funny…”
While the “In Memoriam” segment saw us pay our respects to the late actors Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Walker, James Garner and Lauren Bacall amongst others, while singer Sara Bareilles performed Smile.
The ceremony also featured an emotional tribute to the late Robin Williams from his long-time friend Billy Crystal.
Other winners included Director Cary Joji Fukunaga for True Detective “Who Goes There” and Fargo which won the Outstanding Miniseries category.
Outstanding Television Movie was handed to The Normal Heart, and American Horror Story: Coven saw Jessica Lange take the prize for Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie as well as Kathy Bates taking home Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie.