Emmy Award winners: Farewell recognition for Breaking Bad, success also for Modern Family and Sherlock

Almost a year since its epic conclusion, AMC’s critically-acclaimed series Breaking Bad looks to have concluded its award success after it scooped five wins at last night’s Emmy Awards ceremony.

The show, which charts the journey of cancer-stricken chemistry teacher-turned-drugs kingpin Walter White, clinched the coveted Outstanding Drama Series award ahead of other much-lauded competitors like Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones and the gritty True Detective.

Bryan Cranston won his fourth Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series gong for his powerful role as Walt overcoming stiff opposition from True Detective duo Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson.

His co-stars Aaron Paul (Jesse Pinkman) and Anna Gunn (Skyler White) secured wins in the Best Supporting Actor/Actress categories. The former beat off the likes of Peter Dinklage (GOT) and Jon Voight (Ray Donovan) while the latter overcame Downton Abbey’s Joanne Froggatt and Dame Maggie Smith.

Julia Marguiles triumphed in a tough Outstanding Actress in a Drama category overcoming two-time winner Claire Danes (Homeland), Robin Wright (House of Cards) and Kerry Washington (Scandal) amongst others.

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In the comedy section, Modern Family continued its Emmy dominance with victory in the Outstanding Comedy Series category ahead of Orange is the New Black and Veep. Star Ty Burrell (Phil Dunphy) also enjoyed success in the Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy beating off pressure from co-star Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Mitchell Pritchard).

Julia Louis Dreyfus added another Emmy to her collection as she triumphed in the Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as long-suffering vice president Selina Kyle in the political sitcom Veep.

There was also more Emmy glory for Jim Parsons as he won Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series for his humorous performance as the nerdy Sheldon Cooper in The Big Bang Theory. His stern competition included Don Cheadle (House of Lies), Louis CK (Louis) and British comedian Ricky Gervais (Derek).

Veteran performer Allison Janney was named Best Supporting Actress for her role as Anna Faris’ mother in the sitcom Mom.

In the television movie categories, the AIDs related drama The Normal Heart won the Outstanding TV Movie accolade ahead of Sherlock while the television-version of Fargo clinched the Outstanding TV Miniseries award.

Sherlock did manage to achieve some joy for its actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman as the pair won the Lead and Supporting Actor gongs for their performances in the acclaimed British series.

Finally, Oscar-winning actresses Jessica Lange and Kathy Bates landed double success in the female categories as the female duo won for their performances in American Horror Story.

The official list of winners are below.

Outstanding Drama Series
Breaking Bad

Lead Actress In A Drama Series
Juliana Marguiles – The Good Wife

Lead Actor In A Drama Series
Bryan Cranston – Breaking Bad

Supporting Actor In A Drama Series
Aaron Paul – Breaking Bad

Supporting Actress In A Drama Series
Anna Gunn – Breaking Bad

Comedy Series
Modern Family

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Lead Actress In A Comedy Series
Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Veep

Lead Actor In A Comedy Series
Jim Parsons – Big Bang Theory

Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series
Alison Janney – Mom

Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series
Ty Burrell – Modern Family

Outstanding Miniseries Or Movie
The Normal Heart

Lead Actor In A TV Miniseries Or Movie
Benedict Cumberbatch – Sherlock

Lead Actress In A TV Miniseries Or Movie
Jessica Lange – American Horror Story

Supporting Actor In A TV Miniseries Or Movie
Martin Freeman – Sherlock

Supporting Actress In A TV Miniseries Or Movie
Kathy Bates – American Horror Story

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