Wednesday 24 April 2019

'Breaking Bad' cooks up its first Best Drama Emmy

Fiona Ellis

HIT TV shows 'Breaking Bad' and 'Modern Family' were the big winners at the 65th Emmy Awards.

Kicking off the Hollywood awards season, the awards show for TV series showcased some surprise winners.

Newcomer Netflix made its presence felt, but not in the splashy way it had hoped for as 'House of Cards' missed out on the top series honour. However, its director David Flincher won a directing award.

The best drama win for 'Breaking Bad' was its first ever, and Anna Gunn won a best supporting actress award for playing the wife of Bryan Cranston's Walter White character, the chemistry-teacher-turned-drug lord whom the series revolves around.

'Modern Family' was declared best comedy again – but none of its ensemble cast took home trophies.

A number of Irish productions had been nominated but none took home awards.

Fantasy series 'Game of Thrones', which stars Irish actors Ciaran Hinds, Aidan Gillen and Liam Cunningham, had 16 nominations, but only won Outstanding Make-Up For A Single Camera Series and Outstanding Special Visual Effects.

'Vikings', which was filmed entirely in Co Wicklow and starring Gabriel Byrne, failed to secure any awards.

However, there was some good news. Neil Jordan's recently axed series 'The Borgias' won a gong for Outstanding Costumes For A Series and 'Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God', featuring archival footage of Cardinal Sean Brady and Enda Kenny, won Exceptional Merit In Documentary Filmmaking, Outstanding Picture Editing and Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming.

Jeff Daniels of the HBO's 'Newsroom' was probably the most unexpected winner, declared best actor in a category with heavyweights such as Cranston, Jon Hamm of 'Mad Men', Kevin Spacey of 'House of Cards' and Damian Lewis of 'Homeland'.

Irish Independent

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