Emmy Awards 2014: winners

em1The Emmys are now underway at the Nokia Theatre

Seth Meyers opened with a wry observation about moving from Sunday to Monday night due to NFL an the MTV VMAs, and the contentious category definitions.

“MTV still has an award show for music videos even though they no longer air music videos. That’s like network TV holding an award show and giving all the trophies to cable and Netflix. That would be crazy,” he joked.

“We had dramas that made you laugh and comedies that made you cry. Because they were dramas submitted as comedies.”

So true.

“People don’t necessarily watch shows when they air anymore. The most DVRd show of the past season was The Blacklist, Game of Thrones was the most pirated show and Duck Dynasty was the most VCR taped.”

Winners in bold


Supporting Actor in a Comedy
Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Adam Driver, Girls
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Fred Armisen, Portlandia
Tony Hale, Veep

Burrell read an acceptance speech written by his TV kids.

“I also want to thank my children I bring to set sometimes. They’re definitely cute, just not ‘I-can-support-my-whole-family-cute,” he said.


Outstanding writing in a comedy
Orange is the New Black
Silicon Valley

Louis CK thanked his writers

“I’d like to thank Ron Lynch who gave me my first job as a comedian and Conan O’Brien who gave me my first job on television,” he said.


Supporting Actress in a Comedy
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Allison Janney, Mom
Kate Mulgrew, Orange is the New Black
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
Anna Chlumsky, Veep

Having won last week at the Creative Emmys, Allison Janney is on fire.

“This is an amazing honour. Thank you. Number 6. Let’s go,” she said.


Outstanding direction in a comedy
Modern Family
Orange is the New Black
Silicon Valley

Director Gail Mancuso wins “I feel like I’m going to lose it,” she said. “Matthew Matthew McConaughey I’m just going to eyeball you.”


Lead Actor in a Comedy
Louis CK
Don Cheadle
Ricky Gervais
Matt LeBlanc
William H Macy
Jim Parsons

Parsons thanked his late father, Mickey Parsons.

“He always encouraged me to be an actor. He never discouraged me to be an actor. In a career that hinges so much on confidence a lot of the time, that was a really great gift,” he said.




Lead Actress in a Comedy
Lena Dunham
Edie Falco,
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Melissa McCarthy
Amy Poehler
Taylor Schilling

Preceded by a smooch from her former Seinfeld guest star Bryan Cranston, she said, “I have to say this show is very dense, as you might notice.

“I really want to thank everyone on the show for having so much grace under pressure and for having so much fun.”


Outstanding Reality Competition
The Amazing Race
Dancing With the Stars
So You Think You Can Dance
Project Runway
Top Chef
The Voice

10 wins now for TAR.

“The world is not a bad place. You can go to a lot of places, contrary to what we may believe,” they remind us.

Funny Q&A between Seth Meyers and the audience.


Julianna Margulies asks, “I see Maggie Smith isn’t here. If she wins the Emmy can I have it?”


Outstanding writing in a TV miniseries or movie
American Horror Story: Coven
The Normal Heart

Steven Moffat has his first Emmy! “A huge thanks to my brilliant sexy producer who I also married,” and a nod to Mark Gatiss. “Thank you so much this is utterly thrilling.”


Outstanding supporting actress in a TV miniseries or movie
Frances Conroy, American Horror Story: Coven
Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Coven
Angela Bassett, American Horror Story: Coven
Allison Tolman, Fargo
Ellen Burstyn, Flowers in the Attic
Julia Roberts, The Normal Heart

I really thought Allison Tolman or Julia Roberts would take this one.

“I was sure I wasn’t going to win,” she agreed.

“Last season was awesome, this season will be great.”

Outstanding supporting actor in a TV miniseries or movie
Colin Hanks, Fargo
Martin Freeman, Sherlock
Jim Parsons, The Normal Heart
Joe Mantello, The Normal Heart
Alfred Molina, The Normal Heart
Matt Bomer, The Normal Heart

So the Normal Heart cast cancelled each other out? Matt Bomer wuz robbed.


Outstanding direction in a TV miniseries or movie
American Horror Story: Coven:
Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight
The Normal Heart

UK director Colin Bucksey says he is glad he got back from the toilet in time. Ryan Murphy may not agree.

Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Benedict Cumberbatch
Chiwetel Ejiofor
Idris Elba
Martin Freeman
Mark Ruffalo
Billy Bob Thornton

No sign of Sherlock boys in the house tonight, so this category was upstaged by the presenting by Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson.


“You got the Oscar, Sexiest Man Alive, now you want the Emmy too?” suggested Harrelson.


Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Helena Bonham Carter
Minnie Driver
Jessica Lange
Sarah Paulson
Cicely Tyson
Kristen Wiig

Lange takes her 3rd Emmy.

“I’m profoundly surprised, but very grateful,” she said. “To Brad and my darling Ryan who makes this all possible, I don’t know what to say. I am truly surprised.”


Oh dear god it’s Weird Al Yankovic adding “lyrics” to theme tunes from Game of Thrones, Scandal, Mad Men and Modern Family.


Outstanding Miniseries
American Horror Story: Coven
Bonnie & Clyde
The White Queen

Correct winner.

“Who else can I thank but Joel and Ethan Cohen, who of course don’t watch the Emmys?” said writer Noah Hawley. “Let’s do it again. What do you say?”


Outstanding TV Movie
Killing Kennedy
Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight
The Normal Heart
Sherlock: His Las Vow
The Trip to Bountiful

Finally! An emotional moment as Ryan Murphy leads writer Larry Kramer to the stage, with a standing ovation.

“We’re only her because of one person and that’s Mr. Larry Kramer,” he said.

“Find a cause you will believe in that you will fight for, die for,” he said to young viewers. “This is for all the artists who passed from HIV AIDS since 1981. Your memory and your passion burns on in us and this is for them.”

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Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special
The Beatles: The Night That Changed America
Billy Crystal: 700 Sundays
The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards
Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles
67th Annual Tony Awards

Sorry this category was not sorted in the Creative Emmy Awards because….?


Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special
The Beatles: The Night That Changed America (Gregg Gelfand)
The Kennedy Center Honors (Louis J. Horvitz)
The Oscars (Hamish Hamilton)
Six By Sondheim (James Lapine)
The Sound of Music Live! (Beth McCarthy Miller)

Ok now the bloke who is directing the show accepts from his directing chair. Narcissism much? I was hoping the orchestra would play him off.


Outstanding Variety Series
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Real Time With Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Huh? Jimmy Fallon accepts on behalf of Colbert. Funny.

“Thanks to everybody, you know who you are. If you don’t know who you are go to IMDb,” said Fallon, with some prompting from Colbert.


Supporting Actor in a Drama
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Jim Carter, Downton Abbey
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Josh Charles, The Good Wife
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
Jon Voight, Ray Donovan

Third Emmy win for Aaron Paul (must admit I though Jon Voight had this one) .

“My god. Breaking Bad has changed my life and I am standing up here because of one man. Vince Gilligan,” he said.

“I miss him. I love him,” he said of his character.


The In Memoriam included so many famous names from across the generations, but it was Billy Crystal’s tribute to Robin Williams that moved the audience.

“He made us laugh. Hard,” he said.

“As genius as he was on stage, he was the greatest friend you could ever imagine. Supportive, protective, loving. It’s very hard to talk about him in the past because he was so present in all of our lives. For almost 40 years he was the brightest star in the comedy galaxy.”

Likening him to a celestial star that still burns bright, he said, “Robin Williams. What a concept.”


Outstanding direction in a drama
Boardwalk Empire
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
True Detective

Tough category. Cary Joji Fukunaga wins it.

“I should have written something,” he admitted before conceding he was lost for words. “This is awesome. Thank you.”


Supporting Actress in a Drama
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

“It is luck that brought me 7 years ago,” she said of being cast in Breaking Bad.

“It turned into the most extraordinary journey and I have been unbelievably fortunate.”


Outstanding writing in a drama
Breaking Bad
Breaking Bad
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
True Detective

Yep Ozymandias was the best hour of TV drama last year.

“To my brilliant cast of actors. Writing for you was pure joy,” Moira Walley said. “It’s not possible for me to be more thrilled than by this flaming honour.”


Lead Actress in a Drama
Lizzy Caplan
Claire Danes
Michelle Dockery
Julianna Marguiles
Kerry Washington
Robin Wright


“What wonderful time for women on television,” she said before acknowledging the writers of 22 episodes a year. Take that cable TV.

“Christine Barinski you are a beacon of light to all of us. And Josh Charles I miss you every day. What were you thinking?”


Lead Actor in a Drama
Bryan Cranston
Jeff Daniels
Jon Hamm
Woody Harrelson
Matthew McConaughey
Kevin Spacey

Whoa. McConaughey misses out on history for the Oscar and Emmy in the same year.

“Even I thought about voting for Matthew,” he admitted.

“I don’t know why I have been blessed with an abundance of good fortune in my life.

“I love to act. It is a passion of mine and I will do it until my dying breath.

“I’d like to dedicate this award to all the ‘Sneaky Petes” of the world who thought that settling for mediocrity was safe. Don’t do it. Take a chance.”


Outstanding Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory
Modern Family
Orange is the New Black
Silicon Valley

Fifth consecutive win for Modern Family.

“It’s all a wonder that we get to do this for a living,” co-creator Steve Levitan said. “Modern Family has been a big beautiful dream for the last 5 years and we thank you for not waking us up.”


Outstanding Drama Series
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
Mad Men
True Detective

“Thank you so much for this wonderful farewell to our show. You have been very kind to us indeed,” said creator Vince Gilligan.

“This is a wonderful time to be working in television. I think you all know that.”

Couldn’t have said it better myself.

So there you have it. Another big year for cable television over network TV.  Who did you agree with, who was robbed and how did Seth Meyers do?




  1. I’ve only seen one episode of “Orange…”, but it wasn’t even remotely funny. I understand the concept of black comedy, but surely there has to be a discernible element of humour involved? Even “Nurse Jackie” should have a question mark above it. Next comedies that deal with the occasional series issue will be masquerading as dramas. I wonder how the producers of traditional comedies feel about the blurring of the category lines?

    I really wish an FTA network would broadcast the awards on one of their subsidiary stations. Is this the first year they haven’t, or did they skip last year, too?

  2. Billy Bob should have won in his lead actor mini series category. I would have preferred Lizzy Caplan or Robin Wright to win best actress. OITNB should have easily won best comedy. Drama could have been anyone except DA how that was even nominated I don’t know

  3. There’s a reason why most thought McConaughey would win best actor.

    I can understand ‘Breaking Bad’ winning in the writing & overall drama series categories, but the directing (which Fukunaga deservedly won) & lead actor nods should have gone to ‘True Detective’ IMO.

    The “final series” argument is probably the best explanation, but it’s not as if McConaughey gets a chance to reprise his role on ‘TD’.

  4. People cherry picking categories seems to have generated a backlash.

    Breaking Bad’s final season was always likely to take the major awards. GOT won’t win because guild members won’t vote for a massive budget European genre show made in Europe with a European cast and crews. And they didn’t give Mad Men a record 5th best drama for its best season so can’t this year.

    I agree with Janey and Parsons. It was a poor year for comedies. Orange Is The New Black is a drama, Silicon Valley was badly written and not funny so why not Modern Family again even though it is just based around the same characters doing the same thing episode after episode, season after season.

    Freeman’s mannerisms and accent were annoying and he wasn’t a lead actor. Thornton’s was a good performance but a also a supporting one.

  5. Some great programs for sure! Happy to see Fargo there, great cast and show – but no award for Billy Bob Thornton?
    True Detectives was pretty good, though I went to sleep in the first couple of episodes. It improved!
    But, nothing excites me as much as Game Of Thrones, superior to all other shows IMO. Just that little bit of the theme music has me tingling!
    Odd to see Downton Abbey nominated – just very well done soap.
    Breaking Bad? It was good.

  6. Everyone in the room thought McConaughey had it, so it was very satisfying to see Bryan Cranston triumph. I have never been so excited about an Emmy win before.

    The Robin Williams tribute was wonderful.

    Sad about Billy Bob not winning. Was he there?

  7. Yay !
    So glad Breaking Bad / Bryan Cranston won the gong for Outstanding Drama series/ lead actor .

    Best telly show/ acting/ writing for a very long time.
    Some have tried but nothing compares – exceptional in every way.

  8. Some well deserved wins so far.
    Great to see Fargo , Aaron Paul, Jessica Lange , Cathy Bates and The Amazing Race pick up

    A shame Alison Tolman missed out .
    She was fantastic in Fargo but she had some stiff competition.
    Martin or Billy Bob deserved the best lead actor gong above Cumberbatch for their performances in Fargo.

    Really hope Breaking Bad wins over True Detective for best TV series.
    Whilst it stared out really well and was broodingly atmospheric, I found TD to be immensely depressing and a let down in the end.
    Woody Harrelson was brilliant in TD though.

  9. Bryan Cranston pashing Julia Louis-Dreyfus as she goes to accept her award was hilarious.
    Her son and husband in the background were cracking up.

  10. Great to see TAR win!!
    I wish Mayim Bialik won the award, I have no problem with Alison Janney, but ‘Mom’ is just such a terrible and unfunny show.

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