There is no TV series more adored by critics than “Breaking Bad.” When it comes to awards and accolades, “Breaking Bad” has gone from underdog outsider to seasoned awards show veteran over the course of its first four seasons.
At the recent Emmys, the show racked up its best ever haul — an impressive 13 nominations. That built on its seven nods in 2010, five in 2009 and four for its first truncated season in 2008.
This year, the show was also nominated for the first time at the Directors Guild Awards, cleaned up at the Writers Guild Awards (winning two out of three nominations), was nominated across the board at both the Television Critics Association Awards (where it won Best Drama Series) and the Critics Choice Television Awards (where both Bryan Cranston and Giancarlo Esposito won).
Now that the dust has settled on the first eight episodes of its fifth and final season (the second half of the split season premieres next summer), we can crystal ball its prospects for upcoming awards attention.
Season 5.1 scored an almost perfect 99 at Metacritic (denoting “universal acclaim” based on 22 reviews). That is even higher than its fourth season which came in at 96 on the aggregator. It is, without a doubt, the best reviewed series on TV. Brian Lowry (Variety) noted, “there’s no more unpredictable series, and its delicate handling of combustible ingredients will be admired and studied by writers for years to come,” while Matt Roush (TV Guide) called the show “a masterpiece of intensity” and Maureen Ryan (Huffington Post TV) labeled the show “one of the great shows of television’s Golden Age.”
The Golden Globes has been late to the party when it comes to “Breaking Bad,” never nominating it for Best Drama Series. And Cranston, who has contended only twice (2010, 2011), has yet to win.
It seems likely that his will be among the names called out as a Best Drama Actor nominee on Dec. 13 and the show itself could finally breakthrough in the Best Drama Series lineup. I would also hazard a guess that, with two Emmys under his belt, Aaron Paul has earned the right to be seriously considered a contender the ultra-competitive catch-all supporting actor category.
Indeed, according to GoldDerby’s Editors, “Breaking Bad” looks set to reap nominations in all three categories.
The Screen Actors Guild Awards finally showed some love for the dazzling ensemble of actors on “Breaking Bad,” nominating them for the first time earlier this year.
Along with a fourth consecutive nomination for Cranston in the crowded Drama Actor category (which combines lead actors with supporting actors), expect a repeat bid by the ensemble when the SAG Award nominations are announced on Dec. 12.
Gold Derby’s Editors predict these two nominations to be in the bag.