Breaking Bad, Modern Family crowned at Emmys

04:33, Sep 23 2013
Emmy winners
Supporting Actress, Comedy Series: Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie.
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Writing, Comedy Series: Tina Fey, Tracey Wigfield, 30 Rock.
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Supporting Actor, Comedy Series: Tony Hale, Veep, HBO.
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Actress, Comedy Series: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep, HBO.
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Directing, Comedy Series: Gail Mancuso, Modern Family, ABC.
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Actor, Comedy Series: Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory, CBS
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Supporting Actress, Drama Series: Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad, AMC.
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Sarah Bromell accepts the award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series for Homeland for her husband Henry Bromell, who died in March of this year,
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Producer Mark Burnett accepts the award for Outstanding Reality - Competition Program for The Voice.
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Supporting Actor, Drama Series: Bobby Cannavale, Boardwalk Empire, HBO.
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Actor, Drama Series: Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom, HBO.
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Actress, Drama Series: Claire Danes, Homeland, Showtime.
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Writing, Variety Series: The Colbert Report, Comedy Central.
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Supporting Actor, Miniseries or Movie: James Cromwell, American Horror Story: Asylum, FX Networks.
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Directing, Miniseries or Movie: Steven Soderbergh, Behind The Candelabra, HBO.
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Directing, Variety Series: Don Roy King, Saturday Night Live, NBC.
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Supporting Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Ellen Burstyn, Political Animals, USA.
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Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Michael Douglas, Behind the Candelabra, HBO.
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Producer Jerry Weintraub (R) points to his team as he accepts the award for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie for Behind the Candelabra.
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Steven Levitan, executive producer, accepts the award for Outstanding Comedy Series for Modern Family.
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Executive producer Vince Gilligan accepts the award for Outstanding Drama Series for Breaking Bad.

Breaking Bad, the brutal saga of an everyman's ambition turned evil, captured its first best drama Emmy Award today, while Modern Family won its fourth consecutive trophy for top comedy series.

"I did not see this coming," said Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan, tipping his hat to competitor House of Cards, the first online contender for top Emmy honours.

Jeff Daniels won the Emmy for best drama series actor for his portrayal of an idealistic TV anchorman in The Newsroom, with Claire Danes capturing top actress honours for her troubled CIA agent in "Homeland."

Best & worst dressed: Emmys
THE BAD: I kind of love Amanda Peet for her loco red-carpet choices, but there's no denying this lace Erdem dress is a fail. "I'm feeling floral, I'm feeling Victorian but I'm ALSO feeling polka dots ... I'm feeling strapless bandeau-style, but I'm also feeling Dowager Countess neckline." This is confusion of the highest order.
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THE GOOD: While this Badgley Mischka dress is in no way memorable or even to my taste (bedazzled peplum sounds like a bad indie band) Anna Chlumsky gave birth less than two months ago, and so she deserves kudos for looking this fierce.
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THE BEST CONTENDER: Breaking Bad's Anna Gunn usually under-whelms on the RC, but not here. This blush silk and black beaded assymetrical neckline Romona Keveza gown is dramatic and yet timeless. It's sculptural and yet fits her form perfectly. Win!
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THE ETHICAL: Emily Deschanel looks pretty in this Houghton gown, although I do wish it was cut slightly better for her (a heavier material would have helped). That said, Zooey's sister's makeup is amazing, and the gown is vegan (what does that even mean? Are most gowns carnivorous?) so she deserves points there.
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THE GOOD HAIR: While it's beautifully-cut, I'm getting stage-y costume-y vibes from this Mikael D gown. That said, I love Giuliana's lob haircut and the deep brown colour and that NZ $1.3 million diamond ring makes for a pretty extravagant accessory.
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THE BEST CONTENDER: This bright red Jenny Packham gown looks like it was made specifically for Kelly Osbourne it fits so well (but it's just from the A/W 2013 catwalk collection). I'm also mildly obsessed with her red lip (she's really sticking to her purple hair guns too, isn't she?).
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THE GOOD: While this isn't going to be permanently filed in my red carpet highlights mental Rolodex, Maria Menounos does look great in this deep blue Zac Posen gown, her fishtail braid is to-die for and that Lorraine Schwartz necklace is like something an Arab sheikh would gift his love interest in a Mills & Boon novel - aka, pretty dang resplendent.
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THE GREAT: If you'd told me 20 minutes ago that Mayim Bialik would be wearing a netting and silk green dress with sequinned shoulder pads I'd be extremely concerned, but I think this is the best the actress has ever looked on the red carpet. She OWNS that colour.
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THE GOOD: I really love this CH by Carolina Herrera gown on Sarah Hyland. She normally looks too prom-night cutesy on the red carpet for me, but here she looks just plain fierce. Those Lorraine Schwartz drop earrings are j'amaze-balls.
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THE VERY-HER: While I'm not the hugest fan of the cut of this J Mendel dress on Zooey Deschanel, it's very her personal style, and at least it's not covered in polka dots (the material's actually very beautiful).
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THE BAD: The bottom-half of this custom Honor gown on Zosia Mamet is actually kind of amazing - but can we just address the leather nipple holder and the PVC bib for a second ... thoughts?
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THE BAD: Yes, Anna Faris' yellow Monique Lhuillier dress is very pretty, but it's like her severe hair and makeup belong on a different body - maybe if the dress was in a rich jewel colour that weirdly washed-out red lip and her straw-yellow hair would have worked, but not here.
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THE NOT SURE: Ditch the neck brace and do something other than off-to-the-gym hair and I think I'd like this Versace gown on Heidi Klum. In its current incarnation, however, it looks like she's covering up a terrible neck injury, and if she is I'm terribly sorry, but if she's not, fail.
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THE MEH: I love Aubrey Plaza, and tend to wear some pretty serious Parks & Rec-fan-girl-tinted goggles when it comes to anyone who's in that show, but this Marios Schwab dress doesn't quite work. I can see she was going for something a bit more 'fashion' and different, but at the end of the day those little floral details are too small to make impact.
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THE GOOD: I love this salmon-pink Gatsby-style beaded Naeem Khan gown so much that I can look past my lacklustre emotions towards Laura Dern's hair.
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THE VERY HER: Yes, Sofia Vergara looks amazing in this Vera Wang gown, but we have seen this look before on her a ja-zillion times and her hair looks a little flat up-top (middle partings are tough, ladies). Also, that ring is so very ginormous that it looks dress-up box rather than aspirational.
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THE BEST CONTENDER: Donna Karan makes amazing clothes, and this magenta gown Man Men star Linda Cardellini is wearing is no exception: it's 'wow' but also just very, very pretty. I love it, you?
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THE GOOD, JUST: If this Givenchy dress was in a slightly bolder, less flesh-tone, where-does-the-couture-begin-and-Jan-end, colour, I'd love it, but the laser cut pattern is interesting and January Jones still looks pretty amazing.
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THE I'M NOT SURE: I have such a huge good human crush on Allison Janney that I'm not sure I can look at her red carpet decisions clearly: on the one hand this Lorena Sarbu dress is lovely because of its bold hue, but on the other hand, it's a bit beauty pageant thanks to the sheen of the material, and she probably should have skipped that twisted strap ... thoughts?
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THE GREAT: Jessica Lange looks wonderful and age-appropriate in this Escada gown ... and I think she may win hair of the night for me - it's simple yes, but it's just so perfect with the dress.
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THE GREAT: I recognise that this Nicholas Oakwell dress that effectively looks like one giant pair of nude stockings stretched across Kristen Connolly's body won't be everyone's cup of tea (fancy hoisery mind, like Wolford or some such crazy expensive brand), I love it.
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THE GREAT: Homeland star Morena Baccarin is so heavily pregnant that her waters breaking mid-Elton John's high note is an actual possibility. Funnily enough, this is probably my favourite red carpet look of hers, ever.
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THE BUDGET-FRIENDLY: Sarah Silverman does look like she could be off on a night out down the Viaduct, yes, but she also looks amazing. Also, in an incredibly awesome move, her dress was bought online for only NZ $71. Legend.
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THE BAD: I always want to love what Lena Dunham is wearing, but I just can't get on board with this floral Prada gown/tablecloth hybrid. The skirt is so voluminous it looks like she could be packing Zosia Mamet down there (maybe if the top had been paired with a sleek black bottom or something, we'd have a deal).
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THE GOOD: If you've ever wondered if trumpet-style gowns are hard to walk in, here's your evidence. Yes they are. Very much so. But then Julie Bowen looks so ferosh in Zac Posen that it's worth the risk of a tumble. Oooh - on third look, is the top a bit awkwardly cut?
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THE BAD (BUT SO CLOSE TO AMAZING): Okay, the bottom-half of Claire Danes' Armani Prive gown may just be the best thing of the night (I love that lace skirt with horizontal detailing). But, from the waist up we have some serious issues. A) Claire hasn't cut her hair (it's just a bobby pin bob) but she does seem to have dyed it the exact colour that a misguided Sun In binge once turned my locks. B) I so desperately want the sequins in the bodice to continue across the middle part as we have some very unflattering cleav' going on here.
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THE GOOD: Cobie Smulders elevates a fairly plain J Mendel gown with good beauty choices - this is the kind of look that could have been worn 50 years ago, and will probably still work at the 2053 Emmys.
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THE BAD: To the left, Vera Farmiga's looking very Miley Cyrus in twenty years ... and as much as I love her I'd say this Theyskens' Theory look is a fail. We have poofy arms, a poofy skirt and poofy hair - there's only so much poof I can take.
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THE GREAT: There are a few things we need to address here. A) Rose Byrne is dating Boardwalk Empire's Bobby Cannavale?!?! How did this slip below my obsessive celeb-watch radar?! PS: I loved him in Blue Jasmine. B) I enjoy Rose's new light locks. C) She should pretty much exclusively dress in Calvin Klein because boy does she make his clothes happen.
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THE GOOD: Oh Connie Britton, how I love thee ... seriously, if a Jolie-Aniston situation happened and Connie was involved I'd be almost to the point of getting Team Britton T-shirts printed. Anywho, I love how rich and different this velvet and embroidered Naeem Khan gown is. I'm also coveting her pearly blue metallic mani.
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THE GOOD: Only super-humanly beautiful people like Padma Lakshmi could pull off this simple, unforgiving cut of a dress. But oh how she does. The custom made, backless Kaufman Franco gown is the perfect colour for her, and the gold accessories are perfect (also, I think that touch of ice blue in the corner of her eyes may be the eye makeup trick of the night).
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THE GOOD: I'm loving how Allison Williams is already carving her sense of personal style out as a kind of Gwyneth-meets-Charlotte-from-SATC and this Ralph Lauren gown is one of the most beautiful colours of the night's carpet, but I am left a little underwhelmed. You?
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THE GREAT: This is my favourite look from Elizabeth Moss, ever. The beautiful monochrome beading on the Andrew GN dress makes a simple gown 'wow' and I'm loving her hair and makeup (especially the contrast of those poppy nails and that gorgeous clutch).
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THE GOOD: Lovely Julia Louis-Dreyfus' shimmery Monique Lhuillier gown looked much better on camera and in motion thanks to the shimmering detail. Love her, love this.
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THE BAD: Julianne Hough's Jenny Packham gown is one detail away from being a best contender: lining. Without it this is very On Ice performer meets swimsuit meets shower curtain.
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THE GOOD: I usually shy away from any gown that could be described as 'frothy', or anything that could basically be a wedding dress, but Malin Akerman's got the attitude to pull off this Marchesa gown.
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THE I'M JUST NOT SURE: Kate Mara wears a J. Mendel gown that looks like it was made with Karolina Kurkova in mind and I can't decide if I love it for being bold and different, or if it's just a bit clunky and actually quite ugly. I'm leaning towards the former - you?
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THE GREAT: Tina Fey is strutting her stuff in this Narciso Rodriguez gown that does nothing but flatter her curves. She also appears to be, just like me, rocking unintentional ombre (aka, roots) and I love her for it.
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THE GOOD: While these two colours together make my eyes want to look away for fear of spontaneously combusting, I do actually really like this Prada gown on Michelle Dockery. Her simple styling makes it a win - and while I usually live in deep fear of oversized bows, she makes this one work.
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THE GOOD: While it in essence looks like she's just rolled around in a great vat of potpourri, I think Kerry Washington manages to make this Marchesa gown look more Midsummer Night's Dream and less chintzy polyester tissue box holder.
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THE FUN: Mad Men's Kiernan Shipka is just 13, and this Delpozo dress is the perfect age-appropriate look (although I doubt many of us were rocking strappy heels at that age). I love her ponytail but am most in like with the gorgeous embossed floral embroidery on the back of the party frock.

Daniels noted that he'd also received an age 50-plus acting honour from AARP, which represents the interests of older Americans.

"With all due respect to the AARP, this is even better," Daniels said.

Danes, who captured her second trophy for the terrorism drama, paid tribute to one of the series' writers, Henry Bromell, who died last March and who received a writing Emmy posthumously Sunday.

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The ceremony often struck a melancholy note with extended tributes to stars and other industry members who died in the past year.

"Well, this may be the saddest Emmys of all time but we could not be happier," said Modern Family executive producer Steve Levitan.

It also included upsets, defying the conventional wisdom in several categories, including acting categories.

"This just in. Nobody in America is winning their Emmy office pool. Surprises galore," host Neil Patrick Harris.

Danes' win ended the hopes that Scandal best actress nominee Kerry Washington would become the first African-American to win in the category since Cicely Tyson in 1995 for Sweet Justice.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus claimed her second consecutive best comedy actress award for her role as an ambitious political second banana in Veep" with Jim Parsons again claiming the top comedy acting trophy for The Big Bang Theory.

"This is so much good fortune it's almost too much to bear," said Louis-Dreyfus. "I'm very grateful to have the opportunity to make people laugh. It's a joyful way to make a living."

Parsons added to the awards he won in 2011 and 2010 for the role of a science nerd.

"My heart, oh my heart. I want you to know I'm very aware of how exceedingly fortunate I am," he said.

Merritt Wever of Nurse Jackie won the night's first award, for best supporting actress in a comedy series, kicking off the ceremony on a surprising note and with a remarkably brief acceptance speech.

"Thank you so much. Thank you so much. Um, I got to go, bye," Wever told the audience after besting a field that included two-time winner Julie Bowen of Modern Family.

"Merritt Wever, best speech ever," host Neil Patrick Harris said.

Backstage, she offered an explanation: "I'm sorry I didn't thank anyone. I was going to cry."

Tony Hale of Veep claimed the trophy for best supporting actor in a comedy, a category that has been the property in recent years of the men of "Modern Family."

"Oh, man.... This is mindblowing, mindblowing," Hale said.

Laura Linney was named best actress in a miniseries or movie for The Big C: Hereafter. The Voice won best reality-competition program, and Tina Fey won for writing 30 Rock.

Michael Douglas was honored as best actor for his portrayal of Liberace in Behind the Candelabra, besting his co-star Matt Damon. The film also captured a top trophy as best movie or miniseries.

"This is a two-hander and Matt, you're only as good as your other hand," Douglas said, then got really racy: "You want the bottom or the top?"

Bobby Cannavale, from Boardwalk Empire, won as best supporting actor in a drama, and Anna Gunn from Breaking Bad won the best actress award in the same category.

Derek Hough of Dancing with the Stars won the trophy for best choreography, which offered an opportunity to include an upbeat dance number late in the show.

In the variety show category, The Colbert Report broke a 10-year winning streak held by The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. It also won for best writing for a variety show.

The ceremony's first hour was relatively sombre, with memorial tributes and a doleful song by Elton John in honor of the late musical star Liberace, the subject of the nominated biopic Behind the Candelabra.

"Liberace left us 25 years ago and what a difference those years have made to people like me," said John, who is openly gay in contrast to the closeted Liberace portrayed in the TV movie.

Robin Williams offered another tribute. "Jonathan Winters was my mentor," Williams said of the actor-comedian. "I told him that and he said, 'Please, I prefer idol."

Also honoured was Cory Monteith, the Glee star who died at age 31 in July of a drug and alcohol overdose. "His death is a tragic reminder of the rapacious, senseless destruction that is brought on by addiction," said his co-star Jane Lynch.

The inclusion of Monteith as one of five extended goodbyes despite his abbreviated career and the exclusion of such enduring stars as Jack Klugman and Larry Hagman drew criticism from some. Adam Klugman, son of The Odd Couple actor, called his father's omission "criminal."

Edie Falco recalled her late The Sopranos co-star James Gandolfini, saluting him for his "fierce loyalty" to his friends and family and his work with military veterans.

"You all knew Jim the actor. I was lucky enough to know Jim the man," she said.

Harris started out the ceremony with help - and harassment - from past hosts including Jimmy Kimmel, Lynch and Conan O'Brien. When they started to squabble, nominee Kevin Spacey of the online show House of Cards got a close-up.

"It's all going according to my plan. I was promised the hosting job this year and they turned me down," Spacey said, channelling the scheming politician he plays on the digital series.

Diahann Carroll, the first African-American Emmy nominee in 1963 for Naked City, created one of the night's most heartfelt moments when she took the stage with Washington and noted the importance of diversity in the industry and Emmys.

"Tonight, she better get this award," Carroll said of Washington, who covered her eyes in embarrassment. Danes' victory denied Washington a chance to end a 45-year drought for black women winning the best drama award.

Full list of winners:

- Supporting Actress, Comedy Series: Merritt Wever,  Nurse Jackie,  Showtime.

- Writing, Comedy Series: Tina Fey, Tracey Wigfield,  30 Rock,  NBC.

- Supporting Actor, Comedy Series: Tony Hale,  Veep,  HBO.

- Actress, Comedy Series: Julia Louis-Dreyfus,  Veep,  HBO.

- Directing, Comedy Series: Gail Mancuso,  Modern Family,  ABC.

- Actor, Comedy Series: Jim Parsons,  The Big Bang Theory,  CBS.

- Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Laura Linney,  The Big C: Hereafter,  Showtime.

- Writing, Drama Series: Henry Bromell,  Homeland,  Showtime.

- Supporting Actress, Drama Series: Anna Gunn,  Breaking Bad,  AMC.

- Reality-Competition Program:  The Voice,  NBC.

- Supporting Actor, Drama Series: Bobby Cannavale,  Boardwalk Empire,  HBO.

- Actor, Drama Series: Jeff Daniels,  The Newsroom,  HBO.

- Actress, Drama Series: Claire Danes,  Homeland,  Showtime.

- Directing, Drama Series: David Fincher,  House of Cards,  Netflix.

- Writing, Variety Series:  The Colbert Report,  Comedy Central.

- Directing, Variety Series: Don Roy King,  Saturday Night Live, NBC.

- Variety Series:  The Colbert Report,  Comedy Central.

- Choreography: Derek Hough,  Dancing With the Stars,  ABC.

- Writing, Miniseries or Movie: Abi Morgan,  The Hour,  BBC America.

- Supporting Actor, Miniseries or Movie: James Cromwell,  American Horror Story: Asylum,  FX Networks.

- Directing, Miniseries or Movie: Steven Soderbergh,  Behind The Candelabra,  HBO.

- Supporting Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Ellen Burstyn,  Political Animals,  USA.

- Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Michael Douglas,  Behind the Candelabra,  HBO.

- Miniseries or Movie:  Behind the Candelabra,  HBO.

- Comedy Series:  Modern Family,  ABC.

- Drama Series:  Breaking Bad,  AMC.

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