Michael Douglas defeats his 'Behind the Candelabra' co-star Matt Damon for best actor in a TV movie or miniseries, bringing the biopic win to three that night.
"Breaking Bad" and "Modern Family" were among big winners at the 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards. The former nabbed the Outstanding Drama prize and the latter grabbed the Outstanding Comedy title to round out the biggest TV celebration on Sunday night, September 22.
The best drama title wasn't the only win for the AMC series that night for Anna Gunn earlier was called onto the stage to accept Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. However, the show's male actors, Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, failed to add win for the show after losing to Jeff Daniels in best drama actor category and Bobby Cannavale as best supporting actor in a drama respectively.
Also bagging two awards, "Modern Family" was honored with Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series for Gail Mancuso earlier that night. Sofia Vergara and Julie Bowen, however, had to give up the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series to Merritt Wever of "Nurse Jackie".
Michael Douglas also had a victorious moment before the awards event wrapped up, being chosen as Outstanding Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for his role as Liberace in "Behind the Candelabra". Among fellow nominees he edged out for the prize was his own co-star, Matt Damon, with whom he introduced musical performer Elton John earlier at the event.
"This is a two-hander," Douglas said, referring to Damon. "And Matt, you're only as good as your other hand. You really deserve half of this. Do you want the bottom? Or do you want the top?" he continued, making the audience crack a smile. Douglas didn't forget to thank his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones.
"Behind the Candelabra" won two other awards, Outstanding Miniseries or Movie and Outstanding Directing in a Miniseries or Movie. Steven Soderbergh kept his speech short when taking the directing prize, crediting Damon and Douglas for their great performances in the movie.
"Homeland" and "Veep" were among other multiple-awards winners. The former was honored with Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series (Henry Bromell) in addition to helping Claire Danes win her third Emmy. As for "Veep", it nabbed Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (Tony Hale).
"The Colbert Report", for the first time ever, defeated "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" as the best variety series. Stephen Colbert added another trophy for his show with Outstanding Writing in a Variety Series award.
Jeff Daniels won his first-ever Emmy Award for his role on "The Newsroom" and David Fincher grabbed Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for Netflix's series "House of Cards". "The Big Bang Theory" star Jim Parsons was named Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.
Tina Fey won one for writing the "30 Rock" finale, sharing the Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series award with Tracey Wigfield. Ellen Burstyn and Laura Linney won other acting awards while "The Voice" was picked as best reality competition series.
Neil Patrick Harris hosted the 65th annual awards show, performing a song and dance number which paid tribute to "Mad Men", "Game of Thrones", "American Horror Story", "Boardwalk Empire" and "Bing Bang Theory". Jane Lynch, Edie Falco, Robin Williams, Michael J. Fox and Rob Reiner, meanwhile, were on hand to pay tribute to Cory Monteith, James Gandolfini, Jonathan Winters, producer Gary David Goldberg and Edith Bunker respectively.
Below are the winners which were announced at the September 22 ceremony. The other winners had been revealed at Creative Arts Emmy Awards on September 15.
- Outstanding Drama: "Breaking Bad"
- Outstanding Writing in a Drama: Henry Bromell - "Homeland"
- Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series: David Fincher - "House of Cards"
- Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama: Claire Danes - "Homeland"
- Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama: Jeff Daniels - "The Newsroom"
- Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama: Bobby Cannavale - "Boardwalk Empire"
- Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama: Anna Gunn - "Breaking Bad"
- Outstanding Comedy: "Modern Family"
- Outstanding Writing in a Comedy: Tina Fey and Tracey Wigfield - "30 Rock" ("Last Lunch")
- Outstanding Directing in a Comedy: Gail Mancuso - "Modern Family"
- Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy: Julia Louis-Dreyfus - "Veep"
- Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy: Jim Parsons - "The Big Bang Theory"
- Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy: Tony Hale - "Veep"
- Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy: Merritt Wever - "Nurse Jackie"
- Outstanding Movie or Miniseries: "Behind the Candelabra"
- Outstanding Directing in a Miniseries or Movie: Steven Soderbergh - "Behind the Candelabra"
- Outstanding Writing in a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special: Abi Morgan - "The Hour"
- Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: Michael Douglas - "Behind the Candelabra"
- Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: Laura Linney - "The Big C: Hereafter"
- Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie: Ellen Burstyn - "Political Animals"
- Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie: James Cromwell - "American Horror Story: Asylum"
- Outstanding Reality Competition Program: "The Voice"
- Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: "The Colbert Report"
- Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special: Don Roy King - "Saturday Night Live"
- Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special: Stephen Colbert - "The Colbert Report"