Emmy Awards: Sherlock and Breaking Bad win big


Sherlock and Breaking Bad both enjoyed success at this year's Emmys

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BBC One drama Sherlock has won a hat-trick of awards at the US Primetime Emmys in Los Angeles.

Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman won best actor and best supporting actor in a mini-series, although neither was at the ceremony.

Steven Moffat also won best writing in a mini-series for the final episode of Sherlock's third season.

Drug drama Breaking Bad was the biggest winner on the night, scooping five awards including best drama series.

It was the second consecutive year that the show, which ended last September after five seasons, had picked up the ceremony's highest honour.

Breaking Bad actors Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn and Bryan Cranston with their Emmy Awards. 25 Aug 2014 Breaking Bad actors Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn and Bryan Cranston posed with their Emmy Awards
Writer Steven Moffat accepts Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special for "Sherlock: His Last Vow"  in Los Angeles, California, 25 August 2014 Steven Moffat was at the Los Angeles ceremony to accept the best writing in a miniseries award

Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston was named best actor in a drama series for a fourth time as the teacher-turned-drug kingpin Walter White.

He beat a host of Hollywood heavyweights including Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson for their roles in the acclaimed crime drama True Detective.

"I have gratitude for everything that has happened," Cranston said.

His co-stars Aaron Paul and Anna Gunn were also honoured for best supporting actor and supporting actress in a drama series.

Collecting the award for best drama series, Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan said: "Holy cow! This is indeed a wonderful time to be working in television. Thank you for this wonderful farewell to our show."

In other categories, The Good Wife star Julianna Margulies won the Emmy for best lead actress in a drama series for her part as lawyer Alicia Florrick.

"I feel like this is the golden age of television, but it's also the time for women in television," she said. "I feel very grateful to be here."

There were also best actress and best supporting actress in a mini-series awards for Oscar winners Jessica Lange and Kathy Bates for their roles in American Horror Story: Coven.

The cast of Modern Family Modern Family won best comedy series for a fifth consecutive year
Julia Louis-Dreyfus Julia Louis-Dreyfus collected the best actress in a comedy series for her role in Veep

Although there was a considerable amount of British talent up for awards, success only came from Sherlock's triple win and a best director award for Colin Bucksey for Fargo.

ITV drama Downton Abbey walked away empty-handed despite nominations for its stars Michelle Dockery, Dame Maggie Smith, Joanne Froggart and Jim Carter.

Big screen style at the Emmys

BBC series Luther also lost out in the best mini-series category to FX's small screen adaptation of Fargo.

Game of Thrones actress Lena Headey, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Idris Elba, Helena Bonham Carter, Minnie Driver and Ricky Gervais were among the other British stars who were nominated.

Sitcom Modern Family was named best comedy series for a fifth consecutive year, equalling the record set by 1990s show Frasier for most comedy wins.

Ty Burrell also walked away with best supporting actor in a comedy for his role on the show.

The Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons won best actor in a comedy series. Julia Louis-Dreyfus won her third consecutive Emmy for playing foul-mouthed US Vice President Selina Meyer in political satire Veep.

Allison Janney won the best supporting actress in a comedy series for Mom.

Billy Crystal paid tribute to his friend Robin Williams

The ceremony also paid tribute to industry members who died in the past year.

They included James Garner, Ruby Dee, Sid Caesar, Carmen Zapata and Elaine Stritch.

It concluded with a special homage to Robin Williams by long-time friend Billy Crystal, who remembered the actor as "the brightest star in a comedy galaxy".

"It is very hard to talk about him in the past because he was so present in our lives," Crystal said.

"While some of the brightest of our celestial bodies are actually extinct now, their energy long since cool, but miraculously, because they float in the heavens so far away from the sound, their beautiful life will continue to shine on us forever.

"And the glow will be so bright, it will warm your heart, it will make your eyes glisten, and you'll think to yourself, Robin Williams - what a concept."

The main ceremony at the Nokia Theatre followed the Creative Arts Emmy prize-giving on 16 August, honouring TV guest stars and behind-the-scenes crew.

There were four awards for Sherlock including best cinematography, music, single-camera picture editing and sound editing.

"It's great to see Sherlock being recognised so spectacularly at the Emmys," Ben Stephenson, controller of BBC drama said.

"I'm delighted that the BBC is home to so much world class acting and writing talent."


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    Comment number 178.

    Do we actually need to import US drama? Everything that is being done today stateside had already been produced here in England years ago? For example, House of cards was brilliantly made in the 90's. Green wing is basically Yes, prime minister. With such world-leading productions surely there is no need to watch foreigners on our screens

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    Comment number 176.

    Its funny how our biggest PBS fiction shows in America are British:
    Dr Who, Sherlock Holmes, Downtown Abbey

    There are many PBS American history shows though also as well as shows about science, space, nature, animals, traveling, etc

    Cooking from around the world including France, Italy, Norway, Scandinavia, Israel and Mexico

    Then you got your local shows

    PBS is best tv channel in USA ;)

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    Comment number 169.

    Glad Julia Louis Dreyfuss, Allison Janney from Mom and Jim Parsons from Big Bang all won

    Sounds like Sherlock is a pretty good series although I would have picked Dr Who

    Not sure how Modern Family won as they are far behind Big Bang Theory which is America's most popular tv show right now

    As a born and raised American, I have never watched Modern Family even once- just not interested

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    Comment number 84.

    I can't believe that Orphan Black has been snubbed again!
    The same person playing 8 totally different characters with seemless FX scenes with up to 4 of them in them, a script the combines aspect sci-fi thriller and mild character based comedy. This is truly ground-breaking stuff at many levels.
    Looks like a sci-fi snub to me, rather than any lack of acknowledgement of talent.


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