(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) ABCs Modern Family won a fifth best comedy series Emmy tying the record set by Frasier while the final season of AMCs Breaking Bad captured the top drama award and a trio of acting honours for its stars.
She’s all heart: Julia Roberts celebrates winning the Outstanding Television Movie Award for The Normal Heart with co-star Mark Ruffalo (right) and director Ryan Murphy (centre).- Agencies
Modern family and Breaking Bad triumphed at Monday’s Emmy Awards proving that established broadcast and cable fare retains the power to fend off challenges from upstart online series such as Orange Is the New Black.
ABC’s Modern Family won a fifth best comedy series Emmy tying the record set by Frasier while the final season of AMC’s Breaking Bad captured the top drama award and a trio of acting honours for its stars.
Orange Is the New Black which competed for best comedy series failed to sway Emmy voters as did House of Cards.
Bryan Cranston was honoured as best actor in a drama for Breaking Bad proving that True Detective nominee Matthew McConaughey’s movie-star appeal couldn’t conquer all.
“I have gratitude for everything that has happened” Cranston said. His victory ties him with four-time best drama actor champ Dennis Franz. Cranston’s co-stars Aaron Paul and Anna Gunn were honoured in categories for best drama supporting acting — he for the third time and she for the second straight year — and the series won its second consecutive best drama award.
“Thank you for this wonderful farewell to our show” Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan said of the series about a teacher-turned-drug kingpin that ended with a bang.
A broadcast win was scored by ABC’s The Good Wife star Julianna Margulies honoured as best lead actress in a drama series. “What a wonderful time for women on television” Margulies said.
McConaughey was the object of too-handsome jokes by presenter Jimmy Kimmel and adoration by winner Gail Mancuso honored as best director for an episode of Modern Family. It was one of the better gags of the night.
“If you don’t mind Matthew McConaughey I’m gonna make eye contact with you right now” she said from the stage making good by holding the actor’s gaze for much of her speech.
The ceremony honoring the best of TV wasn’t shy about playing the movie-star card. Six minutes to Woody Harrelson flashed on screen during Colin Bucksey’s acceptance speech for best miniseries direction for Fargo.
Harrelson and his True Detective co-star were given time to banter before announcing that Benedict Cumberbatch of Sherlock: His Last Vow was the winner of the best miniseries actor award.
“So you won Oscar (People magazine’s) Sexiest Man Alive and now you want an Emmy too. Isn’t that a little bit greedy” Harrelson teased his fellow nominee.
Fargo was named best miniseries and the award for best miniseries actress went to Jessica Lange of American Horror Story: Coven.
Buffering the miniseries awards was a parody routine about top nominees by ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic. Musical numbers usually look out of place at the Emmys and this one was no different. Other scripted banter fell flat although host Seth Meyers kept soldiering on.
CBS’ The Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons was crowned as best comedy series actor giving him his fourth Emmy and putting him in league with all-time sitcom winners Kelsey Grammer and Michael J. Fox.
Modern Family also captured a best comedy supporting actor trophy for Ty Burrell. Allison Janney was honoured as best supporting comedy actress for CBS’ Mom adding to the trophy she’d already picked up as guest actress on Masters of Sex.
The Colbert Report was honoured as best variety series for its farewell season with its star departing to take over for David Letterman on CBS’ Late Show.
The ceremony’s traditional “in memorian” tribute to industry members who have died in the past year flashed images of stars including James Garner Ruby Dee Sid Caesar Carmen Zapata and Elaine Stritch as singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles sang Smile.