Emmys 2014: Breaking Bad named biggest winner with five awards

Universally-acclaimed show won the top prize for best drama series

Breaking Bad's fifth and final season dominated the 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, picking up almost all of the drama prizes as True Detective landed just one and Game of Thrones went away empty-handed.

The AMC show took home five Emmys in total, its best haul yet, with Paul earning his third award for supporting actor after triumphing in 2010 and 2012.

"My god, Breaking Bad — it has changed my life and I am standing up here because of one man and that is Vince Gilligan [show creator]," Paul said as he accepted the prize. "Thank you. I miss him. I love him. The best cast and crew I’ve ever worked with and for. There's not a single day that goes by that I don’t miss running to work."

Cranston (Walter White) and Gunn (Skyler White) won the lead actor awards meanwhile, with The Good Wife's Julianna Margulies and True Detective's Cary Joji Fukunaga being the only non-Breaking Bad winners to stray into its drama territory.

Breaking Bad took home the most coveted award of the night, outstanding drama series, and also beat itself in the writing category - Moira Walley-Beckett's 'Ozymandias' being deemed to be superior to Vince Gilligan's finale episode 'Felina' by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Standing as one of the finest television shows of all time, Breaking Bad now has a total of 58 Emmy nominations under its belt.

 

Despite being one of the most talked-about shows of 2014, HBO's Game of Thrones didn't convert any of its nominations, and Netflix went away empty-handed after both Orange is the New Black and House of Cards were snubbed.

Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn and Bryan Cranston were all repeat winners (Picture: Getty)

Sherlock had a good showing meanwhile, with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman earning awards and Stephen Moffat being recognised for writing on His Last Vow.

On the comedy side of the things, the night's biggest winner was Modern Family, which recieved the outstanding comedy series prize, while Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep) and Jim Parsons (Big Bang Theory) picked up the acting gongs.

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