The 66th Primetime Emmy Award’s – Awards & Best Dressed

by ChinaBambi

This year’s Emmy awards saw the A-listers turn out in force, stepping out on the red carpet in a serious of stunning designer frocks in what could be the most stylish turnout so far.

Check out all my favourite outfits from this star studded event…

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AWARDS

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.

Bryan’s 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.”

Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Julia Louis-Dreyfus collected the best actress in a comedy series for her role in Veep

Highlight of the night:

Veep’s Julia Louis-Dreyfus was surprised with a kiss from Bryan Cranston, en route to collect her third consecutive Lead Actress Emmy.

As Louis-Dreyfus walked up to the stage, Cranston, who picked up his fourth Lead Actor Emmy during the evening, leapt out of his front row seat and started kissing her passionately.


Julia Louis-Dreyfus is kissed by Bryan Cranston during the Emmys 2014

The embrace wasn’t a public declaration of an affair between the two stars, nor even a celebration of their awards, but, it transpired, a reference to an old joke between them.


Elaine Benes (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) and Tim Whatley (Bryan Cranston) clinch in Seinfeld


Surprise moment is caught on camera from every angle

Cranston replied that he actually played Whatley, and Louis-Dreyfus pretended to have no recollection of their kissing scene. So when she walked past him to pick up her Emmy for Veep, he took his chance. Judging by her acceptance speech, it must have jogged her memory.

Supposedly a planned stunt by the two who had checked it with their actual partners beforehand. AMAZING!

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

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.

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.

A Tribute:

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.”

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What a night! I’m so happy for Breaking Bad and what a beautiful tribute for Robin Williams!

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