Breaking Bad won two major prizes at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards tonight, taking home the top award for Outstanding Drama as well as the award for Anna Gunn as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.
Vince Gilligan accepted the prize for Outstanding Drama and was joined on-stage by the cast. “Holy crap! I did not see this coming,” he said. “Thank you to the best cast in TV, certainly Mr. Bryan Cranston.” This is the first Outstanding Drama win for Breaking Bad, which has been nominated in the category three previous times. The show faced competition from Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, Homeland, House of Cards and Mad Men.
Anna Gunn earned Breaking Bad the first win of the evening for Outstanding Supporting Actress. This was her first Emmy award for Breaking Bad and her second nomination. She was up against five other contenders: Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey), Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), Christine Baranski (The Good Wife), Morena Baccarin (Homeland) and Christina Hendricks (Mad Men). “Bryan Cranston just told me to breathe,” she said as she made her way onto the stage. “I want to thank both of my families. First, of course, my Breaking Bad family, led by the mad genius Vince Gilligan.” (Click here to read an interview with Gunn.)
Breaking Bad also picked up a prize at last week’s Creative Arts Emmy Awards, where Kelley Dixon nabbed the award for Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing For a Drama Series. She was honored for her work on Season 5, Episode 8, “Gliding Over All.”
For a complete list of winners, visit the official Emmys website.