The 2014 Primetime Emmys were chock full of surprises, repeats, and history-making moments. “Breaking Bad” won Best Drama for the second year in a row, becoming a rare show to win for its final season, while star Bryan Cranston won Best Drama Actor for the fourth time, tying the record set by Dennis Franz (“NYPD Blue”).
Aaron Paul won Best Drama Supporting Actor for the third time; no other actor has ever pulled off a three-peat in the category. Anna Gunn won Best Drama Supporting Actress for the second year in a row. And Moira Walley-Beckett won the first ever writing Emmy for “Breaking Bad”; she penned the acclaimed episode “Ozymandias.”
Julianna Margulies was named Best Drama Acress for the second time for “The Good Wife,” even though she was snubbed in the category last year. “The Good Wife” keeps its streak alive of winning an acting Emmy every year.
Repeat winners were also rampant in the comedy races, where there was not a single first-time champ.
“Modern Family” won Best Comedy Series for a record-tying fifth year in a row. The only other show with as many victories in the race was “Frasier,” which dominated the category for five straight years in the 1990s.
Ty Burrell prevailed as Best Comedy Supporting Actor for the second time for playing Phil Dunphy on the ABC comedy; he previously won in 2011. “Modern Family” also won Best Comedy Directing for the episode “Las Vegas“; it was the second consecutive Emmy win for helmer Gail Mancuso and the fourth straight directing win for the series.
And a year after Best Movie/Mini Writing gave us one of the year’s biggest upsets when “The Hour” beat juggernaut “Behind the Candelabra,” the TV academy writers’ branch once again awarded a Brit: “Sherlock” scribe Steven Moffat overtook frontrunner Larry Kramer (“The Normal Heart“).
With three prizes tonight and four at Creative Arts, that brings “Sherlock’s” total to seven, more than any other program this year. Surprisingly, before this year’s awards, it had never won a single Emmy.
Jessica Lange won Movie/Mini Actress for “American Horror Story: Coven,” her third Emmy overall and her second for “Horror Story.” She defeated another frontrunner, Cicely Tyson (“The Trip to Bountiful“).
Sarah Silverman won Best Variety Special Writing for her comedy special “We Are Miracles,” while Glenn Weiss won Variety Special Directing for last year’s Tony Awards; Weiss accepted from the control room while in the midst of directing the Emmy telecast.
After dethroning “The Daily Show” last year, “The Colbert Report” repeated as Best Variety Series. But the show’s days might be numbered at the Emmys, since Stephen Colbert leaves “Report” at the end of the year to take over as host of “The Late Show.”