Caribpress’ 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Wrap Up

Presented by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the Primetime Emmy Awards salute excellence in national primetime programming.

Held at the Nokia Theater in downtown Los Angeles, “Breaking Bad” won best drama beating out competitors “Downtown Abbey” and “Homeland” for the prestigious accolade.

Two-time Emmy winner, Golden Globe Award winner and SAG Nominee, Jim Parsons nudged out Don Cheadle (“House of Cards”) for the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series award, while one of television’s highest paid actresses, Sofia Vergara, lost the Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy accolade. Vergara lost to Merritt Wever (“Nurse Jackie”) who took home the award in a competitive category that included actresses Jane Krakowski (“30 Rock”), Jane Lynch (“Glee”), “Julie Bowen (“Modern Family”), Mayim Bialik “The Big Bang Theory” and Anna Chlumsky (“Veep”).

In the outstanding lead category, Kerry Washington (“Scandal”), who was up against Elisabeth Moss (“Mad Men”) and Robin Wright  “House of Cards”) lost the Emmy to Claire Danes (“Homeland”) who took home the trophy for the second year in a row. This marks her third Emmy as Danes also won an Emmy in 2010 for her role in the HBO biopic “Temple Grandin.”

Had Washington won, she would have been the first African-American nominee for Best Actress in a Drama since Cicely Tyson’s win in 1995 for “Sweet Justice.”

“Modern Family” however, remained a favorite of the critics and earned the Emmy for Best Comedy. Michael Douglas nabbed his first Emmy win for his role as Liberace in “Behind the Candelabra.” The actor thanked his now separated wife Catherine Zeta-Jones and got some laughs for the jokes he made about his co-star Matt Damon.

Hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, the most memorable part of the evening was the first-ever African-American Emmy acting nominee, Diahann Carroll, who appeared onstage with Kerry Washington to acknowledge how far television had come in terms of racial inclusiveness. Despite the speech, no black actors walked away with Emmy gold and a third black nominee, Alfre Woodward, lost for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie to Ellen Burstyn in “Political Animals”

List of other winners below:

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Tony Hale as Gary Walsh – “Veep”

OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A COMEDY SERIES
“30 Rock” – Tina Fey, Tracey Wigfield

OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A COMEDY SERIES
“Modern Family”; “Arrested” – Gail Mancuso

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer – “Veep”

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR A MOVIE
Laura Linney as Cathy Jamison – “The Big C: Hereafter”

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Anna Gunn as Skyler White – “Breaking Bad”

OUTSTANDING REALITY-COMPETITION PROGRAM
“The Voice” • NBC • One Three, Inc., Talpa Media USA, Inc. in association with Warner Horizon Television

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Bobby Cannavale as Gyp Rosetti – “Boardwalk Empire”

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Jeff Daniels as Will McAvoy – “The Newsroom”

OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A DRAMA SERIES
“House of Cards”; “Chapter 1″ – David Fincher

OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A VARIETY SERIES
“Saturday Night Live”; “Host: Justin Timberlake” – Don Roy King

OUTSTANDING HOST FOR A REALITY OR REALITY-COMPETITION PROGRAM
“Project Runway” – Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn

OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY
“Dancing with the Stars” – Derek Hough

OUTSTANDING VARIETY SERIES
“The Colbert Report” • Comedy Central • Hello Doggie, Inc. with Busboy Productions and Spartina Productions

OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A MINISERIES, MOVIE OR A DRAMATIC SPECIAL
“The Hour” – Abi Morgan

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR A MOVIE
James Cromwell as Dr. Arthur Arden – “American Horror Story: Asylum”

OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A MINISERIES, MOVIE OR A DRAMATIC SPECIAL
“Behind The Candelabra” – Steven Soderbergh

OUTSTANDING MINISERIES OR MOVIE
“Behind The Candelabra” • HBO • Jerry Weintraub Productions in association with HBO Films

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