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'Breaking Bad' & 'Sherlock' Dominate 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards As 'True Detective' & 'Game Of Thrones' Lose Out

Photo of Oliver Lyttelton By Oliver Lyttelton | The Playlist August 26, 2014 at 5:54AM

The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards were held last night in Los Angeles. And if you thought that NBC were somehow airing a repeat of last year's ceremony, you'd be forgiven: the awards were dominated by previous winners, with "Modern Family" tieing "Frasier"'s record for most victories in comedy, and "Breaking Bad" taking its third drama prize on the trot.
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The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards were held last night in Los Angeles. And if you thought that NBC were somehow airing a repeat of last year's ceremony, you'd be forgiven: the awards were dominated by previous winners, with "Modern Family" tieing "Frasier"'s record for most victories in comedy, and "Breaking Bad" taking its third drama prize on the trot.

Hotly-tipped newcomers like "True Detective," "Fargo" and "Orange Is The New Black" were virtually shut out, taking only three prizes between them ("True Detective" and "Fargo" both winning for directing, and "Fargo" took Best Miniseries), while other favorites like "Game Of Thrones" and "Mad Men" came out empty handed. Instead, "Modern Family" took three awards, including Ty Burrell for Best Supporting Actor, while "Breaking Bad" took three acting prizes, including a fourth for Bryan Cranston along with the dramatic writing Emmy for Moira Walley-Beckett and her episode "Ozymandias."

"Sherlock" performed unexpectedly well, beating out HBO's "The Normal Heart" and sending Tumblr crazy with a writing victory, and awards for Best Actor for Benedict Cumberbatch and Best Supporting Actor for Martin Freeman ("Normal Heart" did take Best TV Movie at least). In general it was all a case of same 'ol same 'ol, making the Oscars look positively adventurous, but we'll have more analysis later on. Take a look below for the full list of winners, as well as the opening monologue by host Seth Myers.


Various

Outstanding Writing For A Variety Special
"Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles" (HBO)
"67th Tony Awards" (CBS)
"71st Golden Globe Awards" (NBC)
"The Beatles: The Night That Changed America" (CBS)
"Billy Crystal: 700 Sundays" (HBO)

Outstanding Directing For A Variety Special
Glenn Weiss, for "67th Tony Awards" (CBS)
Gregg Gelfland, for "The Beatles: The Night That Changed America" (CBS)
Hamish Hamilton, for "86th Academy Awards" (ABC)
Louis J. Horvitz, for "The Kennedy Center Honors" (CBS)
James Lapine, for "Six By Sondheim" (HBO)
Beth McCarthy-Miller and Rob Ashford, for "The Sound Of Music Live!" (NBC)

Outstanding Reality - Competition Program
"The Amazing Race" (CBS)
"Dancing With The Stars" (CBS)
"Project Runway" (LIfetime)
"So You Think You Can Dance" (Fox)
"Top Chef" (Bravo)
"The Voice" (NBC)

Outstanding Variety Series
"The Colbert Report" (Comedy Central)
"The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" (Comedy Central)
"Jimmy Kimmel Live!" (ABC)
"Real Time With Bill Maher" (HBO)
"Saturday Night Live" (NBC)
"The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon" (NBC)

Miniseries/TV Movie

Outstanding Writing For A Miniseries, Movie Or Dramatic Special

“Sherlock” - His Last Vow” - Steven Moffat (PBS)
“American Horror Story: Coven” - “Bitchcraft” - Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk (FX)

“Fargo” - “The Crocodile’s Dilemma” - Noah Hawley (FX)

“Luther” - Neil Cross (BBC America)
“The Normal Heart” - Larry Kramer (HBO)

“Treme” - “...To Miss New Orleans” - David Simon & Eric Overmyer (HBO)

Outstanding Directing For A Miniseries, Movie Or Dramatic Special

“Fargo” - “Buridan’s Ass” - Colin Bucksey (FX)
“American Horror Story: Coven” - “Bitchcraft” - Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (FX)

“Fargo” - “The Crocodile’s Dilemma” - Adam Bernstein (FX)

“Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight” - Stephen Frears (HBO)

“The Normal Heart” - Ryan Murphy (HBO)

“Sherlock” - “His Last Vow” - Nick Hurran (PBS)

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Miniseries Or Movie

Martin Freeman as Dr. John Watson on “Sherlock: His Last Vow” (PBS)

Matt Bomer as Felix Turner on “The Normal Heart” (HBO)
Colin Hanks as Officer Gus Grimly on “Fargo” (FX)

Joe Mantello as Mickey Marcus on “The Normal Heart” (HBO)

Alfred Molina as Ben Weeks on “The Normal Heart” (HBO)
Jim Parson as Tommy Boatwright on “The Normal Heart” (HBO)

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Miniseries Or Movie

Kathy Bates as Delphine LaLaurie on “American Horror Story: Coven” (FX)


Angela Bassett as Marie Laveau on “American Horror Story: Coven” (FX)
Ellen Burstyn as Olivia Foxworth on “Flowers In The Attic” (Lifetime) 

Frances Conroy as Myrtle Snow on “American Horror Story: Coven” (FX)


Julia Roberts as Dr. Emma Brookner on “The Normal Heart” (HBO)

Alison Tolman as Deputy Molly Solverson on “Fargo” (FX)

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or Movie

Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes on “Sherlock: His Last Vow” (PBS)

Chiwetel Ejiofor as Louis Lester on “Dancing On The Edge” (Starz)

Idris Elba as John Luther on “Luther” (BBC America) 

Martin Freeman as Lester Nygaard on “Fargo” (FX)

Mark Ruffalo as Ned Weeks on “The Normal Heart” (HBO)

Billy Bob Thornton as Lorne Malvo on “Fargo” (FX)

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or Movie

Jessica Lange as Fiona Goode on “American Horror Story: Coven” (FX)

Helena Bonham Carter as Elizabeth Taylor on “Burton & Taylor” (BBC America) 

Minnie Driver as Maggie Royal on “Return To Zero” (Lifetime) 

Sarah Paulson as Cordelia Foxx on”American Horror Story: Coven” (FX)

Cicely Tyson as Mrs. Carrie Watts on “The Trip To Bountiful” (Lifetime) 

Kristen Wiig as Cynthia Morehouse on “The Spoils Of Babylon” (IFC)

Outstanding TV Movie

“The Normal Heart” (HBO)

“Killing Kennedy” (National Geographic) 

“Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight” (HBO)

“Sherlock: HIs Last Vow” (PBS)

“The Trip To Bountiful” (Lifetime)

Outstanding Miniseries
“Fargo” (FX)
“American Horror Story: Coven” (FX)

"Bonnie & Clyde” (A&E)

“Luther” (BBC America) 

“Treme” (HBO)

“The White Queen” (Starz)

Comedy

Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series
“Louie” - “So Did The Fat Lady” - Louis C.K. (FX)
“Episodes” - “Episode Five” - David Crane & Jeffrey Klarik (Showtime) 

“Orange Is The New Black” - “I Wasn’t Ready” - Liz Friedman & Jenji Kohan (Netflix)

"Silicon Valley” - “Optimal Tip-to-Tip Efficiency” - Alec Berg (HBO)

“Veep” - “Special Relationship” - Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci & Tony Roche (HBO)

Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series

“Modern Family” - “Las Vegas” - Gail Mancuso (ABC)
“Episodes” - “Episode Nine” - Iain B. MacDonald (Showtime)
“Glee” - “100” - Paris Barclay (Fox)
“Louie” - “Elevator: Part 6” - Louis C.K. (Fox) 

“Orange Is The New Black” - “Lesbian Request Denied” - Jodie Foster (Netflix) 

“Silicon Valley” - Minimum Viable Product - Mike Judge (HBO)

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series

Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy on “Modern Family” - “Spring-a-Ding-Fling” (ABC)

Fred Armisen as Various Characters on “Portlandia” - “Pull-Out King” (IFC)

Andre Braugher as Captain Ray Holt on “Brooklyn Nine Nine” - “Christmas” (Fox)

Adam Driver as Adam Sackler on “Girls” - “Two Plane Rides” (HBO)

Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell Pritchett on “Modern Family” - “Message Received” (ABC)

Tony Hale as Gary Walsh on “Veep” - “Crate” (HBO)

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series

Allison Janney as Bonnie Plunkett on “Mom” - “Estrogen And A Hearty Breakfast” (CBS)

Mayim Bialik as Dr. Amy Fowler on “The Big Bang Theory” - “The Indecision Amalgamation” (CBS)

Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy on “Modern Family” - “The Feud” (ABC)

Anna Chlumsky as Amy Brookheimer on “Veep” - “Detroit” (HBO)

Kate McKinnon as Various Characters on “Saturday Night Live” - “Host: Anna Kendrick” (NBC)

Kate Mulgrew as Red Reznikov on “Orange Is The New Black” - “Tit Punch” (Netflix)

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series
Jim Parsons as Dr. Sheldon Cooper on “The Big Bang Theory” - “The Relationship Diremption” (CBS)
Louis C.K. as Louie on “Louie” - “Model” (FX)

Don Cheadle as Marty Kaan on “House Of Lies” - “Wreckage” (Showtime)

Ricky Gervais as Derek Noakes on “Derek” - “Episode 6” (Netflix) 

Matt LeBlanc as Himself on “Episodes” - “Episode Six” (Showtime)

William H. Macy as Frank Gallagher on “Shameless” - “Lazarus” (Showtime) 


Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series

Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Myer on “Veep” - “Crate” (HBO)

Lena Dunham as Hannah Horvath on “Girls” - “Beach House” (HBO)
Edie Falco as Jackie Peynton on “Nurse Jackie” - “Super Greens” (Showtime)
Melissa McCarthy as Molly Flynn on “Mike & Molly” - “Mind Over Molly” (CBS)

Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope on “Parks & Recreation” - “Recall Vote” (NBC)
Taylor Schilling as Piper Chapman on “Orange Is The New Black” - “The Chickening” (Netflix)

Outstanding Comedy Series
"Modern Family” (ABC)
“The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)

“Louie” (FX)


“Orange Is The New Black” (Netflix)
“Silicon Valley” (HBO)
“Veep” (HBO)

Drama

Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series
"Breaking Bad” - “Ozymandias” - Moira Walley-Beckett (AMC)
“Breaking Bad” - “Felina” - Vince Gilligan (AMC)

“Game Of Thrones” - “The Children” - David Benioff & D.B. Weiss (HBO)
“House Of Cards” - “Chapter 14” - Beau Willimon (Netflix)
“True Detective” - “The Secret Fate Of All Life” - Nic Pizzolatto (HBO)

Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series
“True Detective” - “Who Goes There” - Cary Joji Fukunaga (HBO)
“Boardwalk Empire” - “Farewell Daddy Blues” - Tim Van Patten (HBO)
“Breaking Bad” - “Felina” - Vince Gilligan (AMC)

“Downton Abbey” - “Episode One” - David Evans (PBS)
“Game Of Thrones” - “The Watchers On The Wall” - Neil Marshall (HBO)
“House Of Cards” - “Chapter 14” - Carl Franklin (Netflix) 


Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series

Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman on “Breaking Bad” - “Confessions” (AMC)

Jim Carter as Charles Carson on “Downton Abbey” - “Episode One” (PBS)
Josh Charles as Will Gardner on “The Good Wife” - “Hitting The Fan” (CBS)

Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister on “Game Of Thrones” - “The Laws Of Gods And Men” (HBO)


Mandy Patinkin as Saul Berenson on “Homeland” - “Gerontion” (Showtime) 

Jon Voight as Mickey Donovan on “Ray Donovan” - “Fite Nite” (Showtime)

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series

Anna Gunn as Skyler White on “Breaking Bad” - “Ozymandias” (AMC)
Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart on “The Good Wife” - “The Last Call” (CBS)

Joanne Froggatt as Anna Bates on “Downton Abbey” - “Episode Four” (PBS)

Lena Headey as Cersei Lanister on “Game Of Thrones” - “The Lion & The Rose” (HBO)

Christina Hendricks as Joan Harris on “Mad Men” - “The Strategy” (AMC)

Maggie Smith as Dowager Countess of Grantham on “Downton Abbey” - “Episode Eight” (PBS)

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series

Bryan Cranston as Walter White on “Breaking Bad” - “Ozymandias” (AMC)

Jeff Daniels as Will McAvoy on “The Newsroom” - “Election Night: Part II” (HBO)

Jon Hamm as Don Draper on “Mad Men” - “The Strategy” (AMC) 

Woody Harrelson as Detective Martin Hart on “True Detective” - “The Locked Room” (HBO)

Matthew McConaughey as Detective Rustin Cohle on “True Detective” - “Form & Void” (HBO)

Kevin Spacey as Frank Underwood on “House Of Cards” - “Chapter 26” (Netflix)

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series
Julianna Marguiles as Alicia Florrick on “The Good Wife” - “The Last Call” (CBS)
Lizzy Caplan as Virginia Johnson on “Masters Of Sex” - “Pilot” (Showtime) 

Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison on “Homeland” - “The Star” (Showtime) 

Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley on "Downton Abbey” - “Episode One” (PBS)

Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope on “Scandal” - “The Fluffer” (ABC)

Robin Wright as Claire Underwood on “House Of Cards” - “Chapter 26” (Netflix)

Outstanding Drama Series
“Breaking Bad” (AMC)
“Downton Abbey” (PBS)
“Game Of Thrones” (HBO)
House Of Cards” (Netflix)
“Mad Men” (AMC)
“True Detective “(HBO)


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