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Actor Cranston, AMC series 'Breaking Bad' dominate Emmy Awards

Getty Images - Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus (R) wins Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for 'Veep' and kisses actor Bryan Cranston (L) onstage at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Aug. 25, 2014 in Los Angeles.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Getty Images</em></div>Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus (R) wins Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for 'Veep' and kisses actor Bryan Cranston (L) onstage at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Aug. 25, 2014 in Los Angeles.
Getty Images - Actor Bryan Cranston accepts Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for 'Breaking Bad' onstage at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Aug. 25, 2014 in Los Angeles.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Getty Images</em></div>Actor Bryan Cranston accepts Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for 'Breaking Bad' onstage at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Aug. 25, 2014 in Los Angeles.
REUTERS - Presenters Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson walk offstage with the award for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie for Benedict Cumberbatch for his role in 'Sherlock: His Last Vow' onstage during the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Aug. 25, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>REUTERS</em></div>Presenters Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson walk offstage with the award for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie for Benedict Cumberbatch for his role in 'Sherlock: His Last Vow' onstage during the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Aug. 25, 2014.
REUTERS - Stephen Colbert accepts the award for Outstanding Variety Series for Comedy Central's 'The Colbert Report' during the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Aug. 25, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>REUTERS</em></div>Stephen Colbert accepts the award for Outstanding Variety Series for Comedy Central's 'The Colbert Report' during the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Aug. 25, 2014.
Getty Images - Actress Anna Gunn accepts Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for 'Breaking Bad' onstage at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Aug. 25, 2014 in Los Angeles.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Getty Images</em></div>Actress Anna Gunn accepts Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for 'Breaking Bad' onstage at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Aug. 25, 2014 in Los Angeles.
Getty Images - Actor Aaron Paul accepts Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for 'Breaking Bad' onstage at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Aug. 25, 2014 in Los Angeles.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Getty Images</em></div>Actor Aaron Paul accepts Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for 'Breaking Bad' onstage at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Aug. 25, 2014 in Los Angeles.
Getty Images - Actor Billy Crystal speaks onstage at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Aug. 25, 2014 in Los Angeles.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Getty Images</em></div>Actor Billy Crystal speaks onstage at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Aug. 25, 2014 in Los Angeles.
REUTERS - Executive producer Ryan Murphy accepts the award for Outstanding Television Movie for 'The Normal Heart' as playwright Larry Kramer (L) listens onstage during the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Aug. 25, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>REUTERS</em></div>Executive producer Ryan Murphy accepts the award for Outstanding Television Movie for 'The Normal Heart' as playwright Larry Kramer (L) listens onstage during the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Aug. 25, 2014.
REUTERS - Kathy Bates accepts the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie for her role in 'American Horror Story: Coven' onstage during the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Aug. 25, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>REUTERS</em></div>Kathy Bates accepts the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie for her role in 'American Horror Story: Coven' onstage during the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Aug. 25, 2014.
REUTERS - Jim Parsons accepts the award for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series for his role in 'The Big Bang Theory' during the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Aug. 25, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>REUTERS</em></div>Jim Parsons accepts the award for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series for his role in 'The Big Bang Theory' during the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Aug. 25, 2014.
Getty Images - Actress Julianna Margulies accepts Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for 'The Good Wife' onstage at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Aug. 25, 2014 in Los Angeles.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Getty Images</em></div>Actress Julianna Margulies accepts Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for 'The Good Wife' onstage at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Aug. 25, 2014 in Los Angeles.
Getty Images - Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus accepts Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for 'Veep' onstage at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Aug. 25, 2014 in Los Angeles.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Getty Images</em></div>Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus accepts Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for 'Veep' onstage at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Aug. 25, 2014 in Los Angeles.
Getty Images - Host Seth Meyers speaks onstage at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Aug. 25, 2014 in Los Angeles.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Getty Images</em></div>Host Seth Meyers speaks onstage at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Aug. 25, 2014 in Los Angeles.
Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP - Jessica Lange accepts the award for outstanding lead actress in a miniseries or a movie for her work on 'American Horror Story: Coven' at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Aug. 25, 2014, in Los Angeles.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP</em></div>Jessica Lange accepts the award for outstanding lead actress in a miniseries or a movie for her work on 'American Horror Story: Coven' at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Aug. 25, 2014, in Los Angeles.
Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP - Allison Janney accepts the award for outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series for her role in 'Mom' at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Los Angeles.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP</em></div>Allison Janney accepts the award for outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series for her role in 'Mom' at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Los Angeles.
Getty Images - Actor Ty Burrell accepts Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for 'Modern Family' onstage at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Aug. 25, 2014 in Los Angeles.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Getty Images</em></div>Actor Ty Burrell accepts Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for 'Modern Family' onstage at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Aug. 25, 2014 in Los Angeles.
Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP - Uzo Aduba (L) presents the award for outstanding directing for a comedy series to Gail Mancuso for her work on 'Modern Family'” at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Los Angeles.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP</em></div>Uzo Aduba (L) presents the award for outstanding directing for a comedy series to Gail Mancuso for her work on 'Modern Family'” at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Los Angeles.
Getty Images - TV personality Stephen Colbert (R) accepts Outstanding Variety Series for 'The Colbert Report' from TV personality Jimmy Fallon (L) onstage at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on August 25, 2014 in Los Angeles.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Getty Images</em></div>TV personality Stephen Colbert (R) accepts Outstanding Variety Series for 'The Colbert Report' from TV personality Jimmy Fallon (L) onstage at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on August 25, 2014 in Los Angeles.
Getty Images - Actor/writer Louis C.K. accepts Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for the 'Louie' episode 'So Did the Fat Lady' onstage at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Aug. 25, 2014 in Los Angeles.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Getty Images</em></div>Actor/writer Louis C.K. accepts Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for the 'Louie' episode 'So Did the Fat Lady' onstage at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Aug. 25, 2014 in Los Angeles.
Getty Images - (L-R) Executive Producer Geyer Kosinski, Producers Michael Frislev, Kim Todd, Show Creator/Executive Producer Noah Hawley, Director Colin Bucksey, Executive Producer Warren Littlefield and Producer John Cameron, accept the Outstanding Miniseries Award for 'Fargo' during the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Aug. 25, 2014 in Los Angeles.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Getty Images</em></div>(L-R) Executive Producer Geyer Kosinski, Producers Michael Frislev, Kim Todd, Show Creator/Executive Producer Noah Hawley, Director Colin Bucksey, Executive Producer Warren Littlefield and Producer John Cameron, accept the Outstanding Miniseries Award for 'Fargo' during the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Aug. 25, 2014 in Los Angeles.
Getty Images - Show creator Vince Gilligan (C) with cast and crew accept Outstanding Drama Series for 'Breaking Bad' onstage at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Aug. 25, 2014 in Los Angeles.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Getty Images</em></div>Show creator Vince Gilligan (C) with cast and crew accept Outstanding Drama Series for 'Breaking Bad' onstage at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Aug. 25, 2014 in Los Angeles.

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List of winners from the 66th Emmy Awards

Drama Series: “Breaking Bad,” AMC.

Actor, Drama Series: Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad,” AMC.

Actress, Drama Series: Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife,” CBS.

Supporting Actor, Drama Series: Aaron Paul, “Breaking Bad,” AMC.

Supporting Actress, Drama Series: Anna Gunn, “Breaking Bad,” AMC.

Directing, Drama Series: Cary Joji Fukunaga, “True Detective,” HBO.

Writing, Drama Series: Moira Walley-Beckett, “Breaking Bad,” AMC.

Comedy Series: “Modern Family,” ABC.

Actor, Comedy Series: Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS.

Actress, Comedy Series: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep,” HBO.

Supporting Actor, Comedy Series: Ty Burrell, “Modern Family,” ABC.

Supporting Actress, Comedy Series: Allison Janney, “Mom,” CBS.

Directing, Comedy Series: Gail Mancuso, “Modern Family,” ABC.

Writing, Comedy Series: Louis C.K., “Louie,” FX.

Miniseries: “Fargo,” FX.

Movie: “The Normal Heart,” HBO.

Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Benedict Cumberbatch, “Sherlock: His Last Vow,” PBS.

Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Coven,” FX.

Supporting Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Kathy Bates, “American Horror Story: Coven,” FX.

Supporting Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Martin Freeman, “Sherlock: His Last Vow,” PBS.

Directing, Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special: Adam Bernstein, “Fargo,” FX.

Writing, Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special: Stephen Moffat, “Sherlock: His Last Vow,” PBS.

Variety Series: “The Colbert Report,” Comedy Central.

Writing, Variety Special: Sarah Silverman, “Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles,” HBO.

Directing, Variety Special: Glenn Weiss, “67th Annual Tony Awards,” CBS.

Reality-Competition Program: “The Amazing Race,” CBS.

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By The Associated Press
Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, 11:30 p.m.
 

LOS ANGELES — “Modern Family” won a record-tying fifth best comedy series Emmy Award and a dominant “Breaking Bad” captured the top drama award and a trio of acting honors in Monday's ceremony, which took a somber turn as Robin Williams was remembered with restraint and grace by his longtime friend, Billy Crystal.

“He made us laugh. Hard. Every time you saw him,” Crystal said of Williams at the conclusion of a tribute to industry members who died last year. “Robin Williams, what a concept.”

Bryan Cranston was honored as best actor in a drama for “Breaking Bad,” proving that “True Detective” nominee Matthew McConaughey's movie-star appeal couldn't conquer all.

“I have gratitude for everything that has happened,” Cranston said. His victory ties him with four-time best drama actor champ Dennis Franz. Cranston's co-stars Aaron Paula and Anna Gunn were honored in categories for best drama supporting acting,

“Thank you for this wonderful farewell to our show,” said “Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan said of the series about a teacher-turned-drug kingpin that ended with a bang.

“The Good Wife” star Julianna Margulies won the Emmy for best lead actress in a drama series. “What a wonderful time for women on television,” Margulies said.

McConaughey was the object of too-handsome jokes by presenter Jimmy Kimmel and adoration by winner Gail Mancuso, honored as best director for an episode of “Modern Family.”

“If you don't mind, Matthew McConaughey, I'm gonna make eye contact with you right now,” she said from the stage, making good by holding the actor's gaze for much of her speech.

The ceremony honoring the best of TV wasn't shy about playing the movie-star card. “Six minutes to Woody Harrelson” flashed on screen during Colin Bucksey's acceptance speech for best miniseries direction for “Fargo.”

Harrelson and his “True Detective” co-star were given time to banter before announcing that Benedict Cumberbatch of “Sherlock: His Last Vow” was the winner of the best miniseries actor award.

“So you won Oscar, (People magazine's) Sexiest Man Alive and now you want an Emmy, too. Isn't that a little bit greedy?” Harrelson teased his fellow nominee.

“Fargo” was named best miniseries, and the award for best miniseries actress went to Jessica Lange of “American Horror Story: Coven.”

Buffering the miniseries awards was a parody routine about top nominees by “Weird Al” Yankovic. Musical numbers usually look out of place at the Emmys, and this one was no different. Other scripted banter fell flat, although host Seth Meyers kept soldiering on.

CBS' “The Big Bang Theory” star Jim Parsons was crowned as best comedy series actor, giving him his fourth Emmy and putting him in league with all-time sitcom winners Kelsey Grammer and Michael J. Fox.

ABC's “Modern Family,” which tied “Frasier” as the all-time sitcom champ with five statuettes, also captured a best comedy supporting actor trophy for Ty Burrell. Allison Janney was honored as best supporting comedy actress for CBS' “Mom,” adding to the trophy she'd already picked up as guest actress on “Masters of Sex.”

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who received her third consecutive best comedy actress Emmy for the political comedy “Veep,” drew big laughs as she stopped to exchange faux heated kisses with Cranston, who earlier was her co-presenter and who appeared with her on “Seinfeld.”

Meyers kicked off the ceremony by tweaking his home network, NBC, and other broadcasters for being eclipsed in the awards by cable series and online newcomers like “Orange Is the New Black.”

Noting that the Emmys moved to Monday night to avoid a conflict with Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards, he said that MTV doesn't really specialize in videos anymore.

“That's like network TV holding an awards show and giving all the trophies to cable and Netflix. That would be crazy,” Meyers joked.

The ceremony's traditional “in memorian” tribute to industry members who have died in the past year flashed images of stars including James Garner, Ruby Dee, Sid Caesar, Carmen Zapata and Elaine Stritch as singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles sang “Smile.” It concluded with the tribute to Williams.

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