2014 Emmy Awards Live Blog
2014 Emmy Awards Live Blog
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
It's the biggest night of the year for TV fans, the 2014 Emmy Awards. Hosted by Seth Meyers and airing on a Monday in August, this year's awards are highly unusual, but will the winners be the usual suspects or a lot of fresh blood?

On the Drama side, this is the final year for Breaking Bad at the Emmys, but will the critically acclaimed HBO "series" True Detective make it a not-so-fond farewell for Walter White? Can Mad Men finally snap it's epic losing streak, as the former awards champion hasn't won an Emmy in the past two years, and no actor from the show has ever won?

Can Modern Family win its fifth Emmy in a row for Outstanding Comedy Series (tying Frasier's record)? Or will newcomer Orange Is the New Black become only the second hour-long comedy in history to win the top honor (the other being Ally McBeal)? Or will OITNB, Louie, Silicon Valley or Veep become the second non-network show to win (following in the footsteps of HBO's Sex and the City)?

In the Miniseries and TV Movie categories, odds are that HBO's The Normal Heart and FX's Fargo will claim most of the trophies.

Heading into the primetime ceremony, Saturday Night Live was the big winner at the Creative Arts Emmys, taking home five awards. Game of Thrones, True Detective and Sherlock all won four awards.

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The show starts with Seth Meyers doing a monologue with a bunch of jokes about doing the Emmys on a Monday and how network TV is honoring nothing but cable and Netflix. My favorite joke is about how this year saw the series finales of Breaking Bad, Dexter and How I Met Your Mother, with HIMYM's somehow being the saddest because Jesse Pinkman and Dexter Morgan lived, but the Mother died. A close second for best joke is that Duck Dynasty is the most VCRed show on TV.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Ty Burrell, Modern Family

Wow, this is his second win, joining his co-stars Eric Stonestreet and Julie Bowen with two wins each. Could this be a sign that the voters have not abandoned this show? He gives a pretty funny speech "written" by the kid stars of the show. This is the show's 19th Emmy win over five seasons.

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series: "So Did the Fat Lady," Louie

Awesome. This truly was an extraordinary bit of writing. The episode was about Louie dating an overweight girl (played by Sarah Baker, who Louis C.K. thanked) who gave an extraordinary monologue about being fat.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Allison Janney, Mom

Well, she just wins everything. She won four Drama Emmys for The West Wing and last week she won for Guest Actress in Drama Series for Masters of Sex. Two acting Emmys in one year, not too bad. Janney is glorious and gracious as always.

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series: "Las Vegas," Modern Family

WTF? For the fourth year in a row, Modern Family wins for directing, beating out Jodie Foster (yes, THAT Jodie Foster) for Orange Is the New Black. Modern Family is now up to 20 wins. Gail Mancuso, the winning director, stares at Matthew McConaughey for almost her entire speech to focus, which is quite funny.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

This is his fourth win for playing Sheldon Cooper. That ties the all-time record in this category, also held by Michael J. Fox, Kelsey Grammer and Carroll O'Connor.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

This is her third win in a row. In keeping with the tradition of always doing something funny for this category, Bryan Cranston makes out with her as she walks up to the stage, following a bit of banter they did earlier about how she dated his character back on Seinfeld. Including the wins for Writing and Directing, this means five of the six winners so far are repeat winners for their same roles and shows.

Outstanding Reality Competition Program: The Amazing Race

After being upset by The Voice last year and Top Chef once before, this is the show's 10th win out of the 12 years this category has existed. So I guess everything tonight is going to be a repeat winner.

Outstanding Writing in a Miniseries or TV Movie: Sherlock: "His Last Vow"

Holy cow, Sherlock is making a huge splash this year at the Emmys. This is its fifth win and it beat out programs like Fargo and The Normal Heart. It didn't win any awards for its first two seasons, now it's coming on strong. Kudos to Steven Moffat, who also writes for Doctor Who.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie: Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Coven

After boring and predictable Comedy winners, these categories are getting crazy, with Bates (who gave a wonderfully over-the-top performance) beating out favorites like Julia Roberts and Fargo's Allison Tolman. Bates has been nominated in this category four times before, she won an Emmy for guest starring on Two and a Half Men, and this is the second time AHS has won in this category.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie: Martin Freeman, Sherlock: "His Last Vow"

Are you kidding me? He beat out FOUR actors from HBO's The Normal Heart? He's not there, but good for him, especially since it's just adding more popularity to this brilliant series.

Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries or TV Movie: "Buridan's Ass," Fargo

These categories are making no sense to me. How is HBO's The Normal Heart getting destroyed by Sherlock, Fargo and American Horror Story? If you watched Fargo, you'll remember that this is the episode that ended with the gripping shootout in the whiteout blizzard.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie: Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: "His Last Vow"

Seth Meyers and Amy Poehler do a bunch of funny intros for presenters Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, and the two stars of True Detective are quite entertaining as well, which seems appropriate since this is the category that they SHOULD have been nominated in. Cumberbatch is not there either, probably because the stars of Sherlock assumed they'd never win against people like Billy Bob Thornton and the actors from The Normal Heart.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie: Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven

Well, Lange won for the first season of AHS, then lost for the second season, and now she's back for season 3. Clearly the Emmy voters love miniseries that are actually series.

Weird Al does a bit where he sings the made-up lyrics to theme songs from current shows like Mad Men, Scandal, Homeland, Modern Family and Game of Thrones. It's surprisingly unfunny and pointless, except for Lena Headey showing up and Andy Samberg playing King Joffrey (though it should've come with a huge spoiler alert). I miss the choreographed dances of TV shows from last year.

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Outstanding Miniseries: Fargo

This almost makes up for the film losing the Best Picture Oscar to The English Patient. The creator thanks Joel and Ethan Coen, of course.

Outstanding TV Movie: The Normal Heart

After only winning for Make-Up, it's almost surprising that HBO's AIDS drama actually won this award. Ryan Murphy uses the speech to talk about fighting for a cause.

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special: Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles

This category may not be interesting, but Ricky Gervais presenting it by reading his failed Emmy speech made it worthwhile, as did Silverman thanking her "Jews."

Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special: The 67th Annual Tony Awards

He's also directing the Emmys and gives his speech while trying to direct what's happening.

Outstanding Variety Series: The Colbert Report

The Daily Show won this award for 10 years in a row, and now The Colbert Report has won it twice in a row. Jimmy Fallon does the first part of the acceptance speech, even though he lost for The Tonight Show, with Stephen Colbert whispering in his ear.

In Memoriam

There were a whole lot o sad deaths this year, from James Avery to Sid Caesar to Don Pardo to Elaine Stritch. The segment ends with Billy Crystal talking about how Robin Williams made everyone laugh. It's a sweet and funny tribute to his friend. It's an absolutely perfect celebration of his genius, tasteful without being too depressing.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad

This is his third win, bitch! The Drama categories are starting off good for Breaking Bad. Paul does a fitting tribute to the show, thanking Vince Gilligan and Bryan Cranston and talking about how much he misses and loves Jesse Pinkman.

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series: "Who Goes There?," True Detective

It's hard to argue with this, especially since this episode ended with that epic six-minute tracking shot.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad

She also won last year. That's two for the final season. Like Aaron Paul, she talks about what an amazing gift this show was.

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series: "Ozymandias," Breaking Bad

This is the first ever Writing win for Breaking Bad, and it couldn't be more well deserved. It's not for creator Vince Gilligan's finale, but it is for the amazing episode where Walter kidnapped his baby, which I declared the best TV episode of 2013.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife

That's nice and almost makes up for the show getting snubbed for Outstanding Drama Series, since this was the show's best season ever. But like Burrell, Louis-Dreyfus, Parsons, Paul and Gunn, she's already won an Emmy for this role. She praises the show for doing 22 episodes a year (a clever dig at cable).

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad

Wow, the Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey didn't win! The Emmy voters obviously loved the final season of Breaking Bad a lot. This is Cranston's fourth win for the role (just like Jim Parsons) and he has now tied the all-time record in this category with NYPD Blue's Dennis Franz. Cranston won for the first three years, then lost for the last three years, but now he's back. "Even I thought about voting for Matthew," his speech begins. It means that Allison Janney for Mom is the only series acting winner who hadn't previously won an Emmy for the same role.

Outstanding Comedy Series: Modern Family

Five in a row! Modern Family now ties Frasier for the all-time record in this category. Since so many actors are repeat winners, this is hardly a surprise. This entire night seems to be about the usual suspects winning, except for the Miniseries categories.

Outstanding Drama Series: Breaking Bad

The top two awards are identical to last year. This is less surprising since Breaking Bad did win five of the seven Drama categories tonight (and it was only eligible in six). And given how extraordinary the final season was, it's hard to say it doesn't deserve it.

That does it for the 2014 Emmys, which ended on time. It was definitely very familiar, as the two shows that won last year won again, and seven of the eight series acting winners had already won for their roles (the lone newbie being Emmy champ Allison Janney, but only because this was Mom's first season). In fact, of the 20 individual winners for acting, writing and directing, only five of them are first-time winners: the directors from Fargo and True Detective, plus writer Steven Moffat and stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman from Sherlock.

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