It was 5.30 am in India and my excitement had already breached the level of sanity as it was time for the ‘television’s most prestigious award show’ to begin. It was the very first time that The Awards were simulcasted in India. My day had already begun at 5:00 am when the alarm (which was not as irritating as the reason to get up overshadowed that usually frustrating emotion) went on for almost a minute and I was up.
The long wait was finally over today as the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards took place at the Nokia Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles, California. Seth Meyer, renowned comedian and Late-night talk show host, hosted the Emmy Awards for the first time.
And what an event it was!!! My determination to be the early bird paid off well as the artists I rooted for were honoured with the golden statue. No surprises in the winners list for me.
So here’s a round-up of the Winners and the Winners who didn’t Win (my point being: everyone deserved the statue, wish there were more!!!)
The nominations were each winners for my reckoning. And am sure people would agree on this part. The list is literally cherry-picked from the very best. However, this year the honour went to Breaking Bad. Yes the Vince Gilligan creation once again beat the rest.
The crime-drama T.V. series that concluded on September 29th 2013 was widely acclaimed by the critics and audiences worldwide as greatest television dramas of all time. Breaking Bad proved its metal by winning in this category and also bagging 4 more awards at the event.
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES – NOMINATIONS
Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”
Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom”
Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”
Woody Harrelson, “True Detective”
Matthew McConaughey, “True Detective”
Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”
“Name one thing in this world that is not negotiable…” I don’t think we need any guesses for that, do we!!! Walter White, one of the most brilliantly scripted characters in a T.V. series was as brilliantly portrayed by Bryan Cranston. His transformation from a guy chasing life to a guy who rules it was impeccable. Bryan Cranston’s efficacy remained unaltered in all the seasons of Breaking Bad. His consistency was rightly rewarded as he grabbed the Outstanding Lead Actor Award for the second time as Walter White.
Among others, I felt it was worth mentioning Matthew McConaughey’s portrayal of Detective Rust Cohle in the crime Drama Series, True Detectives which was highly acclaimed by the critics.
Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series – NOMINATIONS
Jim Carter, “Downton Abbey”
Josh Charles, “The Good Wife”
Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”
Mandy Patinkin, “Homeland”
Aaron Paul, “Breaking Bad”
Jon Voight, “Ray Donovan”
If Walter White’s character was larger than life; Jesse Pinkman his companion was no less. Their chemistry (the screen chemistry I mean) in Breaking Bad enthralled audiences worldwide. Apparently the character of Jesse Pinkman portrayed by Aaron Paul was supposed to be scraped early on, but the response of the viewers made the creators to script a long run for him. And what a run it was!!! Aaron was exceptional in his performance. He won amongst some powerful performances; notably Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister. Aaron was honoured this year again, for the third time portraying Jesse Pinkman.
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series – NOMINATIONS
Lizzy Caplan, “Masters of Sex”
Claire Danes, “Homeland”
Michelle Dockery, “Downton Abbey”
Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”
Kerry Washington, “Scandal”
Robin Wright, “House of Cards”
Many might have tipped Claire Danes to again claim the trophy as she did in the year 2013; Portraying a mettlesome Carrie Mathison in the critically acclaimed political thriller Homeland. Indubitably her performance was powerful indeed. However, Julianna Margulies outclassed her this time around and won the Emmy for her role as Alicia Florrick in the The Good Wife.
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series – NOMINATIONS
Anna Gunn, “Breaking Bad”
Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey”
Joanne Froggatt, “Downton Abbey”
Lena Headey, “Game of Thrones”
Christine Baranski, “The Good Wife”
Christina Hendricks, “Mad Men”
The feisty Cersei Lannister is certainly a woman who we’d not like to mess with so as to say.
On second thoughts if I’d nominate someone against her; it would definitely be Skyler White portrayed by Anna Gunn. The character ofSkyler White, the infamous wife of the high school chemistry teacher turned crystal meth cook Walter White, certainly captivated us with her performance.
Winning the award last year, she received the honor this year as well.
Let us sum-up the list of winners amongst others:
Outstanding Comedy Series – “Modern Family” (ABC)
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series – Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series – Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series – Allison Janney, “Mom”
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series – Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”
Outstanding Miniseries – “Fargo” (FX)
Outstanding Television Movie – “The Normal Heart” (HBO)
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie – Benedict Cumberbatch, “Sherlock: His Last Vow”
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie – Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Coven
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie – Martin Freeman, “Sherlock: His Last Vow”
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie – Kathy Bates, “American Horror Story: Coven”