66th Primetime Emmy Award Winners, Snubs, Surprises & Highlights

By August 25, 2014

Earlier tonight, television’s finest had a night on the town for the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards. While Seth Meyers didn’t turn out to be the most lively host, the ceremony wasn’t without some memorable moments, courtesy of “Parks & Recreation” star and web sensation Billy Eichner and parody master Weird Al Yankovic. But we’ll get to that a bit later.

The second half of the final season of “Breaking Bad” ended up raking in all the right awards including Outstanding Drama Series, Lead Actor in a Drama Series for Bryan Cranston again and Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for Aaron Paul too. Even Anna Gunn took home Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. And while the series won Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series, it ended up losing Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series to Cary Fukunaga and “True Detective,” making that the only category in which the freshman HBO series upset the AMC hit.

Breaking Bad - Emmys - 2014

On the comedy side of things, winners were mostly all over the place. “Modern Family” took home Outstanding Comedy Series again (and Ty Burrell took home Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for the show), though “Silicon Valley,” “Louie,” and “Veep” all deserved to win the big award instead. The reigning ABC comedy is still amusing, but it doesn’t pack the same punch that it used to, and the writing for the other three aforementioned shows is so much more irreverent, smart, and consistently great.

Aside from the awards, comedy also came from this bit with host Seth Meyers and Billy Eichner:

As far as performances go, Jim Parsons took home Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for “The Big Bang Theory,” and I don’t understand how he won this over the rest of the names in the category again. His acceptance speech seemed to indicate that he knows he didn’t deserve to win, but I still don’t understand how the Television Academy gave him this award again. Louis C.K. has deserved this for years now.

The same can be said for Allison Janney, who won Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for the low quality CBS comedy series ‘Mom.” Janney is fine on the show, but when you have talent like Anna Chlumsky on “Veep” and Kate McKinnon on “SNL,” this award was given to the wrong person (on a mediocre show to boot). We’re surprised they didn’t let someone else have the Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series award since Janney also won Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series. Oh well, at least Julia Louis-Dreyfus won Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for “Veep.”

But the best comedy of the night came from Weird Al Yankovic adding lyrics to instrumental theme songs:

It’s a real bummer that “True Detective” only got love for Cary Fukunaga’s directing, but we suppose that’s better than nothing. One can’t help but wonder whether or not the HBO series would have fared better in the miniseries category and beaten out “Fargo” for the title of Outstanding Miniseries. There was some controversy about the show being submitted for drama since it’s a miniseries in the same way that “American Horror Story” is in that it doesn’t carry over characters or story arcs. It seems like HBO got cocky and thought they could take down “Breaking Bad,” but it didn’t work out that way.

“Sherlock” fans will be happy to see that the mystery series got plenty of love with Steven Moffat winning the award for Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special, and Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman winning their respective acting awards.

Billy Crystal also gave a heartfelt tribute to his friend Robin Williams:

Check out the entire list of winners from the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards right here:

Outstanding Drama Series
“Breaking Bad”
“Downton Abbey”
“Game of Thrones”
“House of Cards”
“Mad Men”
“True Detective”

Outstanding Comedy Series
“The Big Bang Theory”
“Modern Family”
“Orange Is the New Black”
“Silicon Valley”

Outstanding Miniseries
“American Horror Story: Coven”
“Bonnie & Clyde”
“The White Queen”

Outstanding Television Movie
“Killing Kennedy”
“Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight”
“The Normal Heart”
“Sherlock: His Last Vow”
“The Trip to Bountiful”

Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”
Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”
Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”
Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom”
Matthew McConaughey, “True Detective”
Woody Harrelson, “True Detective”

Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Michelle Dockery, “Downton Abbey”
Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”
Claire Danes, “Homeland”
Robin Wright, “House of Cards”
Lizzie Caplan, “Masters of Sex”
Kerry Washington, “Scandal”

Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Chiwetel Ejiofor, “Dancing on the Edge”
Billy Bob Thornton, “Fargo”
Martin Freeman, “Fargo”
Idris Elba, “Luther”
Mark Ruffalo, “The Normal Heart”
Benedict Cumberbatch, “Sherlock”

Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Coven”
Sarah Paulson, “American Horror Story: Coven”
Helena Bonham Carter, “Burton and Taylor”
Minnie Driver, “Return to Zero”
Kristen Wiig, “The Spoils of Babylon”
Cicely Tyson, “The Trip to Bountiful”

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”
Ricky Gervais, “Derek”
Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes”
Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”
Louis CK, “Louie”
William H. Macy, “Shameless”

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Lena Dunham, “Girls”
Melissa McCarthy, “Mike & Molly”
Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
Taylor Schilling, “Orange Is the New Black”
Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Aaron Paul, “Breaking Bad”
Jim Carter, “Downton Abbey”
Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”
Josh Charles, “The Good Wife”
Mandy Patinkin, “Homeland”
Jon Voight, “Ray Donovan”

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Anna Gunn, “Breaking Bad”
Joanne Froggatt, “Downton Abbey”
Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey”
Lena Headey, “Game of Thrones”
Christine Baranski, “The Good Wife”
Christina Hendricks, “Mad Men”

Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Colin Hanks, “Fargo”
Alfred Molina, “The Normal Heart”
Jim Parsons, “The Normal Heart”
Joe Mantello, “The Normal Heart”
Matt Bomer, “The Normal Heart”
Martin Freeman, “Sherlock”

Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Angela Bassett, “American Horror Story: Coven”
Frances Conroy, “American Horror Story: Coven”
Kathy Bates, “American Horror Story: Coven”
Allison Tolman, “Fargo”
Ellen Burstyn, “Flowers in the Attic”
Julia Roberts, “The Normal Heart”

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Andre Braugher, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”
Adam Driver, “Girls”
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, “Modern Family”
Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”
Fred Armisen, “Portlandia”
Tony Hale, “Veep”

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Mayim Bialik, “The Big Bang Theory”
Julie Bowen, “Modern Family”
Allison Janney, “Mom”
Kate Mulgrew, “Orange Is the New Black”
Kate McKinnon, “Saturday Night Live”
Anna Chlumsky, “Veep”

Outstanding Guest Actor in Drama
Paul Giamatti as Harold Levinson in “Downton Abbey”
Dylan Baker as Colin Sweeney in “The Good Wife”
Reg E. Cathey as Freddy in “House Of Cards”
Robert Morse as Bertram Cooper in “Mad Men”
Beau Bridges as Barton Scully in “Masters of Sex”
Joe Morton as Rowan Pope in “Scandal”

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series
Margo Martindale as Claudia in “The Americans”
Diana Rigg as Lady Olenna Tyrell in “Game of Thrones”
Kate Mara as Zoe Barnes in “House of Cards”
Allison Janney as Margaret Scully in “Masters of Sex”
Jane Fonda as Leona Lansing in “The Newsroom”
Kate Burton as Sally Langston in “Scandal”

Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series
Bob Newhart as Arthur in “The Big Bang Theory”
Nathan Lane as Pepper Saltzman in “Modern Family”
Steve Buscemi as Marty in “Portlandia”
Jimmy Fallon as Host in “SNL”
Louis C.K. as Host in “SNL”
Gary Cole as Kent Davison in “Veep”

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series
Natasha Lyonne as Nicky Nichols in “Orange is the New Black”
Uzo Aduba as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren in “Orange is the New Black”
Laverne Cox as Sophia Burset in “Orange is the New Black”
Tina Fey as Host in “SNL”
Melissa McCarthy as Host in “SNL”
Joan Cusack as Sheila Jackson in “Shameless”

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
Moira Walley-Beckett – “Breaking Bad” — “Ozymandias”
Vince Gilligan – “Breaking Bad” — Felina”
David Benioff and D.B. Weiss – “Game of Thrones” — “The Children”
Beau Willimon – “House of Cards” — “Chapter 14″
Nic Pizzolatto – “True Detective” — “The Secret Fate of All Life”

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
Tim Van Patten – “Boardwalk Empire” — Farewell Daddy Blues”
Vince Gilligan -“Breaking Bad’ — “Felina”
David Evans – “Downton Abbey” — “Episode 1″
Neil Marshall – “Game of Thrones” — “The Watchers on the Wall”
Carl Franklin – “House of Cards” — “Chapter 14″
Cary Joji Fukunaga – “True Detective” — “Who Goes There”

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
David Crane & Jeffrey Klarik – “Episodes,” “Episode 305″
Louis C.K. – “Louie,” “So Did the Fat Lady”
Liz Friedman & Jenji Kohan – “Orange Is the New Black,” “I Wasn’t Ready (Pilot)”
Alec Berg – “Silicon Valley,” “Optimal Tip-to-Tip Efficiency”
Simon Blackwell & Tony Roche & Armando Iannucci – “Veep,” “Special Relationship”

Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series
Iain B. MacDonald, –  Directed by “Episodes,” Episode 309
Paris Barclay – Directed “Glee,” 100
Louis C.K. – “Louie,” Elevator, Part 6
Gail Mancuso – “Modern Family,” Vegas
Jodie Foster – “Orange is the New Black,” Lesbian Request

Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special
Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk – “American Horror Story: Coven” — “Bitchcraft”
Noah Hawley – “Fargo” — “The Crocodile’s Dilemma”
Neil Cross – “Luther”
Larry Kramer – “The Normal Heart”
Steven Moffat – “Sherlock: His Last Vow”
Eric Overmyer and David Simon – “Treme” — “…To Miss New Orleans”

Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special
Alfonso Gomez-Rejon – “American Horror Story: Coven” — “Bitchcraft”
Adam Bernstein – “Fargo” — “The Crocodile’s Dilemma”
Colin Bucksey -“Fargo” — “Buridan’s Ass”
Stephen Frears – “Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight”
Ryan Murphy – “The Normal Heart”
Nick Hurran – “Sherlock: His Last Vow”

Outstanding Animated Program
“Archer” – Archer Vice: The Rules Of Extraction
“Bob’s Burgers” – Mazel Tina
“Futurama” – Meanwhile
“South Park” – Black Friday
“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Manhattan Project”

Outstanding Variety Series
“The Colbert Report”
“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”
“Jimmy Kimmel Live!”
“Real Time with Bill Maher”
“Saturday Night Live”
“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special
“The Beatles: The Night That Changed America”
“Billy Crystal: 700 Sundays”
The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards
“Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles”
67th Annual Tony Awards

Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special
Gregg Gelfand – “The Beatles: The Night That Changed America”
Louis J. Horvitz – The Kennedy Center Honors
Hamish Hamilton – The Oscars
James Lapine – “Six By Sondheim”
Beth McCarthy Miller & Rob Ashford – “The Sound of Music Live!”
Glenn Weiss – 67th Annual Tony Awards

Outstanding Reality Competition Program
“The Amazing Race”
“Dancing With the Stars”
“Project Runway”
“So You Think You Can Dance”
“Top Chef”
“The Voice”

Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program
Tom Bergeron, “Dancing with the Stars”
Anthony Bourdain, “The Taste”
Cat Deeley, “So You Think You Can Dance”
Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, “Project Runway”
Jane Lynch, “Hollywood Game Night”
Betty White, “Betty White’s Off Their Rockers”

Are you satisfied with the 66th Primetime Emmy Award winners? Which shows or actors did you think deserved to win?

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.