Emmy Awards: Breaking Bad scores but Downton snubbed
Brits miss out in this year's Emmy awards, while Behind the Candelabra proves Hollywood wrong
HIT drama Breaking Bad and Liberace biopic Behind The Candelabra took home the top gongs at the Emmy Awards last night – but British actors largely missed out. Here are some of the highlights from television's biggest awards night at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles....
Candelabra success: Steven Soderbergh's Liberace biopic was deemed "too gay" for US cinemas but it proved a success last night with a win for best movie. Michael Douglas also won best actor for his role as the flamboyant pianist. He thanked his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones and co-star Matt Damon, who plays Liberace's lover Scott Thorson. "This is a two-hander," he said. "And Matt, you're only as good as your other hand."
Netflix praised: The newest player in the television industry, online streaming company Netflix, was honoured with its first Emmy – a directing award for its political thriller House of Cards. It also won praise from Vince Gilligan, the creator of Breaking Bad, which won best drama and best supporting actress for Anna Gunn. Gilligan told the audience: "I don't think our show would have even lasted beyond season two if it wasn't for video on demand, and also the internet component of it where folks get to chat. It really has held us in good stand. It's a bold new era." He added: "I think Netflix kept us on the air."
Brits lose out: British period drama Downton Abbey was tipped to dominate the Emmy awards but it lost out in ten out of 11 categories. It won an award for outstanding music composition, but Hugh Bonneville, Dame Maggie Smith and Michelle Dockery all went home empty-handed. Dame Helen Mirren was up for her tenth Emmy nomination for best actress in a mini-series or movie for her role in HBO biopic Phil Spector. However, she lost out to Laura Linney in The Big C: Hereafter. The London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony did, however, gain Britain recognition, winning outstanding art direction for a variety show.
Surprise win for best actor: Damian Lewis was also among the Brits to lose out on an award. Jeff Daniels, who plays a jaded anchorman in HBO's The Newsroom, won a surprise gong for best actor in a drama. He beat Lewis, Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston and Downton's Hugh Bonneville. Claire Danes managed to nab a second consecutive lead actress Emmy for her role as Carrie in Homeland, and the series also earned an award for its writing. Danes offered a little insight into the next series, which starts in the UK at the beginning of October, admitting Carrie is "a little on the crazy sauce in the beginning of the season".
Sombre tributes: The ceremony's first hour was a relatively sombre affair. Glee actress Jane Lynch paid tribute to her co-star Cory Monteith, who died in July of a drug and alcohol overdose at the age of 31. Edie Falco, who played Carmela in The Sopranos, also honoured the late James Gandolfini, who died in June. However, the son of Jack Klugman claimed his father, who died in December at the age of 90, had been snubbed. Adam Klugman pointed out that his father, who starred in 12 Angry Men had three Emmy wins and another seven nominations but was not mentioned last night.
Best drama: Breaking Bad
Best actor: Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
Best actress: Claire Danes, Homeland
Best supporting actor: Bobby Cannavale, Boardwalk Empire
Best support actress: Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Best directing: David Fincher, House of Cards
Best writing: Henry Bromell, Homeland
Comedy Best comedy: Modern Family Best actor: Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory Best actress: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep Best supporting actor: Tony Hale, Veep
Best supporting actress: Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie Best directing: Gail Mancuso, Modern Family Best writing: Tina Fey, Tracey Wigfield, 30 Rock.
Mini-series or movie Best mini-series or movie: Behind the Candelabra Best actor: Michael Douglas, Behind the Candelabra Best actress: Laura Linney, The Big C: Hereafter Best supporting actor: James Cromwell, American Horror Story: Asylum Best supporting actress: Ellen Burstyn, Political Animals Best directing: Steven Soderbergh, Behind the Candelabra Best writing: Abi Morgan, The Hour ·