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Emmys 2013 Recap: ‘Breaking Bad’ & 'Modern Family' Win Top Awards

Emmys 2013 Recap: ‘Breaking Bad’ & 'Modern Family' Win Top Awards

09/23/2013

The 65th annual Emmy Awards, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, saw AMC’s antihero drama Breaking Bad and ABC comedy sitcom Modern Family take top honors.

Despite snubs for Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul in the acting categories, Vince Gilligan’s Breaking Bad captured the last trophy doled out on Emmy night for Outstanding Drama Series. Anna Gunn, who plays the wife of Cranston’s Walt on the drama, won for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama. Modern Family, meanwhile, recaptured the title of Outstanding Comedy Series.

The award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series skipped Cranston, Kevin Spacey (House of Cards), Jon Hamm (Mad Men) and Damien Lewis (Homeland) in favor of Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom). Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series went to Claire Danes for her portrayal of the bipolar CIA agent Carrie Mathison on Showtime hit Homeland. Boardwalk Empire’s Bobby Cannavale won for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama.

Top acting awards for comedy series went to Julia Louis-Dreyfus in HBO’s Veep and Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons. Louis-Freyfus’s Veep costar Tony Hale picked up a trophy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy, while veteran comedic actress Merritt Wever won for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series – both actors upset multiple Modern Family actors for the awards.

Behind the Candelabra was honored in the Outstanding Movie/Miniseries category and saw director Steven Soderbergh win for Outstanding Directing for a Movie/Miniseries and Michael Douglas for Outstanding Actor in a Miniseries/Movie.

In addition to the award presentations, the Emmy Awards featured on-air eulogies delivered by actors for their late costars, including Jane Lynch on Glee actor Cory Monteith and Edie Falco on her former The Sopranos costar James Gandolfini.

During the show’s lighter moments, Neil Patrick Harris performed a song and dance routine – “The Number in the Middle of the Show” with the Emmy Gold Girls and a cameo by Sarah Silverman. There was also an incredible dance performance featuring dancers who received nods in the Outstanding Choreography category

See below for a full list of the night’s winners:

– Chelsea Regan

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Drama Series: "Breaking Bad" (AMC)

Actor, Drama Series: Jeff Daniels, "The Newsroom (HBO)

Actress, Drama Series: Claire Danes, "Homeland" (Showtime)

Supporting Actor, Drama Series: Bobby Cannavale, "Boardwalk Empire" (HBO)

Supporting Actress, Drama Series: Anna Gunn, "Breaking Bad" (AMC)

Directing, Drama Series: David Fincher, "House of Cards" (Netflix)

Writing, Drama Series: Henry Bromell, "Homeland" (Showtime)

Comedy Series: "Modern Family" (ABC)

Lead Actor, Comedy Series: Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory" (CBS)

Lead Actress, Comedy Series: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "Veep," (HBO)

Supporting Actor, Comedy Series: Tony Hale, "Veep" (HBO)

Supporting Actress, Comedy Series: Merritt Wever, "Nurse Jackie" (Showtime)

Directing, Comedy Series: Gail Mancuso, "Modern Family" (ABC)

Writing, Comedy Series: Tina Fey and Tracey Wigfield, "30 Rock" (NBC)

Miniseries or Movie: "Behind the Candelabra" (HBO)

Lead Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Michael Douglas, "Behind the Candelabra" (HBO)

Lead Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Laura Linney, "The Big C: Hereafter" (Showtime)

Supporting Actor, Miniseries or Movie: James Cromwell, "American Horror Story: Asylum" (FX)

Supporting Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Ellen Burstyn, "Political Animals" (USA)

Directing, Miniseries or Movie: Steven Soderbergh, "Behind the Candelabra" (HBO)

Writing, Miniseries or Movie: Abi Morgan, "The Hour" (BBC America)

Reality-Competition Program: "The Voice" (NBC)

Variety Series: "The Colbert Report" (Comedy Central)

Writing, Variety Series: "The Colbert Report" (Comedy Central)

Directing, Variety Series: Don Roy King, "Saturday Night Live" (NBC)

Choreography: Derek Hough, "Dancing With the Stars" (ABC)

Read more: 2013 Emmy Awards, Breaking Bad, Modern Family, Neil Patrick Harris, Behind the Candelabra, Jim Parsons, Anna Gunn, Jeff Daniels, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tony Hale, Merrit Wever, Clair Danes, Bobby Cannavale

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