The biggest night in television–the 2014 Primetime Emmys–has come and gone. TV’s biggest and brightest threw on their fancy digs and pretended to be happy for their co-stars swimming in accolades. Whose speech went too long? Were things really “all right” when Matthew McConaughey went head-to-head with True Detective co-star Woody Harrelson for Outstanding Actor in a Drama? Did Seth Meyers tame the humming crowd? Read on!
After being alluded to all night, Vince Gilligan finally got to follow all of his winning actors to the stage.
“Thank you so much for this wonderful farewell to our show.” And with that, viewers everywhere got one final look at the Breaking Bad cast and crew, who were too busy hugging and congratulating each other to hear the cue music signalling the end of the broadcast.
“It’s a wonder we have a roof over our heads.” That time co-creator Steve Levitan hogged the spotlight with an anecdote about his daughter, prompting the “get of the stage” music before anyone else on the huge cast or crew could take credit.
Outstanding actor in a drama
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Woody Harrelson, True Detective
Matthew McConaughey, True Detective
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
“Even I thought about voting for Matthew.” Oh Cranston.
Sorry Matty, looks like you won’t make history this year, with a lead Oscar AND Emmy win. But that just means you can come back to TV next year, right?
Outstanding actress in a drama
Lizzy Caplan, Masters of Sex
Claire Danes, Homeland
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Kerry Washington, Scandal
Robin Wright, House of Cards
“What a wonderful time for women on television … and Josh Charles I miss you every day. What were you thinking?” This is the question all Good Wife fans have been asking themselves since THAT day. RIP Will Gardner.
Outstanding supporting actor in a drama
“I feel like I’m going to throw up.” Us too, now that Breaking Bad is over and Aaron Paul is sporting that new hairdo. But hurrah for one last chance to geek out over the Bryan Cranston/Aaron Paul bromance.
Outstanding supporting actress in a drama
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey
Christine Hendricks, Mad Men
Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
While we’re happy for Gunn, we’re not happy for her hair. Whoever did her extensions needs some serious reprimands, because they definitely looked better on the red carpet. Cute dress though.
Outstanding supporting actor in a comedy
Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine Nine
Adam Driver, Girls
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Fred Armisen, Saturday Night Live
Tony Hale, Veep
“I should probably thank my wife, because she’s super pretty …” Ty Burrell “jk”‘ing to the crowd by “reading” a letter from the kids. We bet they didn’t know he’d be accepting the award from
Beyonce Amy Poehler.
Outstanding supporting actress in a comedy
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Allison Janney, Mom
Kate Mulgrew, Orange is the New Black
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
Anna Chlumsky, Veep
“Anna Faris I share this with you. She is the sister I never had.” Now that’s true love. Also, “This is an honour, No. 6–let’s go!”
Outstanding actor in a comedy
“Um, wow, oh my God I really don’t believe this.” Four Emmys in, we kind of do. And we’ll bet Warner Bros. and CBS, a.k.a. the people shelling out $1,000,000 per episode to have this guy, kind of do. Bazinga!
Outstanding actress in a comedy
“I worked in a lot of places in this town, and HBO is my favourite place I’ve ever worked.” Ouch, NBC. Guess Seinfeld wasn’t THAT great after all?
Outstanding reality competition
With two people onstage for every previous Emmy win (six!) it was hard to focus on the show creator, Bertram van Munster, but he wrapped it up nicely with “the world is not a bad place.” Excuse us while we pack our bags.
Outstanding supporting actress in a TV miniseries or movie
Frances Conroy, American Horror Story: Coven
Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Coven
Angela Bassett, American Horror Story: Coven
Allison Tolman, Fargo
Ellen Burstyn, Flowers in the Attic
Julia Roberts, The Normal Heart
“I was sure I wasn’t going to win. And then I came in tonight and I was way over there, and I thought, oh yeah I’m not going to win.” Well, when your only previous Emmy win was for a guest starring role on Two and a Half Men, we can’t really blame that attitude too much, right?
Outstanding supporting actor in a TV miniseries or movie
Colin Hanks, Fargo
Martin Freeman, Sherlock
Jim Parsons, The Normal Heart
Joe Mantello, The Normal Heart
Alfred Molina, The Normal Heart
Matt Bomer, The Normal Heart
“Martin Freeman couldn’t be here tonight so I accept this award on my behalf.” – presenter Stephen Colbert
Outstanding actor in a TV miniseries or movie
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock Holmes
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dancing on the Edge
Idris Elba, Luther
Martin Freeman, Fargo
Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart
Billy Bob Thornton, Fargo
“Benedict couldn’t be here tonight so we’re going to accept this award on his behalf.” Well, there are worse people than Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey to accept an award for you, right?
Outstanding actress in a TV miniseries or movie
Helena Bonham Taylor, Burton and Taylor
Minnie Drive, Return to Zero
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven
Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Coven
Cicely Tyson, The Trip to Bountiful
Kristin Wiig, The Spoils of Babylon
“I am profoundly surprised at this, but uh … very grateful.” For someone who just won an award for playing a head witch, Lange looked bewitching in her LBD. Sadly, she couldn’t be AS surprised over her win as co-star Kathy Bates, who played that card earlier in the night.
Outstanding TV miniseries
Bonnie and Clyde
The White Queen
“I had a baby strapped to me. My baby, not a random baby.” Noel Hawley recalling the first time he met the Coen Brothers and they all decided to make Fargo together.
Outstanding TV movie
Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight
Sherlock: His Last Vow
The Normal Heart
The Trip to Bountiful
“It took the superpowers of Erin Brockovich and the Incredible Hulk to get this thing made,” executive producer Ryan Murphy noted, pointing out that Julia Roberts and Mark Ruffalo were the reason the film got made in the first place. Sweet moment of the night? When the cast brought up the real Larry Kramer. “We’re only here because of one person and that’s Mr. Larry Kramer. We did this for him.”
Outstanding variety series
“(Gwen Stefani) said it wrong so there must be a mistake … it’s just unbelievable, let me see the envelope.” Nobody pulls a fake Kanye better than Jimmy Fallon. It’s OK Jimmy, we really thought you should have won for either of your two shows too. But hey, at least Colbert apologized for only having one woman in the writer’s room, right?