(Pictured: Gold Derby editor Marcus Dixon with "Mad Men" showrunner Matthew Weiner)
After it was revealed that "Mad Men" made history by setting the most Emmy losses in a single season (that's 0 win and 17 losses for those keeping track), the big question on the minds of Gold Derby editors Tom O'Neil and Marcus Dixon was whether or not creator/producer/writer Matthew Weiner would even show up to the AMC Emmy party, hosted at Lure Nightclub in Hollywood immediately following the Primetime telecast.
Well, Weiner did wind up making an appearance, and he had some hilarious words of wisdom regarding "Mad Men's" distrastrous showing at the Emmys: "I am very proud to have set a new record!"
After months of speculating whether or not "Mad Men" would win a record fifth Drama Series trophy in a row, it all turned out to be for naught when "Homeland" was named TV's new Best Drama Series on Sunday night in a huge upset. Weiner theorized that "Homeland" might have claimed victory due to the fact that the Showtime series has more of a classic broadcast network feel to it, so perhaps Emmy judges were feeling nostalgic.
With so many AMC stars and producers in attendance, it was truly a night to remember for the people who help bring "Mad Men," "Breaking Bad," "Hell on Wheels" and "The Walking Dead" to life. What else did Gold Derby founder O'Neil and senior editor Dixon uncover at the exclusive AMC bash? Here are some of the night's highlights:
It turns out that Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad") is very much involved in choosing his Emmy submission every year. O'Neil and Dixon let him know that he gave a truly remarkable performance in this year's submission "Crawl Space," but that eventual winner Damian Lewis might have triumphed because Lewis submitted a 90-minute episode of "Homeland" compared to Cranston's normal-length episode.
In addition, Cranston revealed that he was once an Emmy voter, and when analyzing episodes the most important thing he looked for as a voter was an actor's range.
Cranston said that his Best Drama Actor win for the first season of "Breaking Bad" was the biggest surprise, because that season was only composed of seven episodes thanks to the writer's strike.
Contrary to popular belief, the final eight episodes of "Breaking Bad's" final season have not yet been filmed. The actors still have no idea how the show will end.
"Breaking Bad" guest star Mark Margolis's fake tirade at last week's Creative Arts ceremony about baby foreskins being an ingredient in makeup was actually written by his co-presenter and "Breaking Bad" creator Vince Gilligan.
Jessica Pare ("Mad Men") thanked Gold Derby for being the news outlet that broke the story of her unprecedented jump from a Guest Actress contender last year to a Lead Actress hopeful this year. Despite the category switch, she still wound up getting snubbed.
Elisabeth Moss's new blonde hair will definitely be changing back to its normal color before the next season of "Mad Men" begins filming.
Anson Mount, star of "Hell on Wheels," revealed that his producers decided to film the western series in Calgary, Canada because it gives the show a more authentic feel in depicting 1800s America.
Cancelled series "The Killing" has all but been erased from AMC's mind. Posters and video clips from all of AMC's flagship series were featured everywhere inside the nightclub, but "The Killing" was left out in the dust.
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