August 26, 2014 04:09:11 GMT
The shows grab the coveted Outstanding Drama and Comedy respectively after 'Breaking Bad' star Bryan Cranston collects his fourth Emmy.
"Breaking Bad" won big at its last year competing at the Primetime Emmy Awards. The show nabbed Outstanding Drama prize which was also eyed by "Downton Abbey", "Game of Thrones", "House of Cards", "Mad Men" and "True Detective".
It's the show's second trophy in the category following its win last year. "Thank you so much for this farewell to our show," said creator Vince Gilligan surrounded by the cast and crew members on stage. "You have been very kind to us indeed."
The AMC series won four other awards for Outstanding Writing in a Drama (Moira Walley-Beckett), Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama (Bryan Cranston), Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama (Aaron Paul) and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama (Anna Gunn).
Cranston picked up his fourth Emmy that night and his first since he won it last time in 2010. He joked that he almost voted for fellow nominee and "True Detective" star Matthew McConaughey. "I don't know why I've been blessed," the Walter White depicter said. "I love to act and I will do it to my last breath."
He added, "I'd like to dedicate this word to all the Sneaky Petes of the world who thought that settling for mediocrity was a good idea because it was safe. Don't do it - take a chance, find a passion, fall in love."
Gunn called Cranston, her on-screen husband, "the baddest and the best human being" in her speech, while Paul got emotional. "My God, 'Breaking Bad' has changed my life and I'm standing up here because of one man," he thanked Gilligan. "Thank you for believing in me and letting me play this guy. I miss him."
"Modern Family" also collected multiple prizes, including the top Outstanding Comedy. "I don't know how else to say it, but 'Modern Family' has been a big beautiful dream over the past five years, and we thank you for not waking us up," said creator Steve Levitan. It's the fifth Emmy in the category for the show, tied with "Frasier" for most wins.
Star Ty Burrell was named Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy and he read a speech written by his on-screen kids. "I should probably thank my wife because she's super pretty," he said. The show won a third Emmy that night for Outstanding Directing in a Comedy, thanks to Gail Mancuso's work on the episode "Vegas".
"Sherlock" also nabbed three: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie (Benedict Cumberbatch), Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie (Martin Freeman) and Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special (Steven Moffat).
"Fargo" won two: Outstanding Miniseries and Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special (Colin Bucksey), after failing to score any in the acting categories. "American Horror Story: Coven" also took home two: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie (Jessica Lange) and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie (Kathy Bates).
"True Detective" and "The Normal Heart" won one each, in Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series and Outstanding Television Movie category respectively. "The Good Wife" nabbed one through Julianna Margulies who was named best drama actress.
Jim Parsons won Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy for his role on "The Big Bang Theory", and Julia Louis-Dreyfus grabbed the best comedy actress prize for "Veep". Her former "Seinfeld" co-star Cranston surprised her with a passionate kiss when she's on her way to the stage to accept the trophy.
Jimmy Fallon stole the spotlight when he accepted the award for Stephen Colbert as "The Colbert Report" won the Outstanding Variety Series. The "Saturday Night Live" alum also won one for his guest stint on the NBC show.
Gwen Stefani flubbed Colbert's name when presenting the Outstanding Variety Series award with Adam Levine, hitting the "t" real hard that it sound like "Colberg". The Comedy Central host poked fun at it, saying, "I think I might change my name to Colberg. I'm the Colberg. Resistance is futile."