While Breaking Bad was nominated for eight Emmys, by the end of the evening, only two were garnered by the popular show. The Emmys honored both the show and Anna Gunn with Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.
Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Jonathan Banks, and Anna Gunn were all up for Emmys for their work as Walter White, Jesse Pinkman, Mike Ehrmantraut and Skyler White respectively. Two writers of the show were up for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series and Michelle MacLaren was up for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series. Breaking Bad was up for Outstanding Drama Series.
George Mastras, who wrote the episode, Dead Freight and Thomas Schnauz who wrote Say My Name were both up for outstanding writing and they lost out to Henry Bromell for Homeland, the Q & A episode. MacLaren was nominated for directing the Breaking Bad episode Gliding Over All and she lost out to David Fincher for House of Cards episode Chapter 1.
Anna Gunn won for her portrayal of Skyler White, Walter White’s reluctant partner in crime. She won over an impressive list of actresses that included Dame Maggie Smith from Downton Abbey; Emilia Clarke from Game of Thrones; Archie Panjabi from The Good Wife; Morena Baccarin from Homeland and Christina Hendricks from Mad Men.
Bryan Cranston lost out to Jeff Daniels in what was the shock of the evening. Cranston’s performance as Walter White in Breaking Bad made him the favorite to win the best actor gong. Daniels won for his work in HBO’s The Newsroom. Like the other categories on the night, Daniels won the award over some stiff competition from Hugh Bonneville for Downton Abbey; Damian Lewis for Homeland; Jon Hamm for Mad Men and Cranston.
While Bryan Cranston lost out, the Emmys did honor Anna Gunn and Breaking Bad with a gong.
Aaron Paul and Jonathan Banks both lost out to Bobby Cannavale from HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. Other competitors in the category of Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series were Jim Carter for Downton Abbey; Peter Dinklage for Game of Thrones and Mandy Patinkin for Homeland.
But one consolation for Cranston may have been that Breaking Bad won the Outstanding Drama Series beating Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, Homeland, House of Cards and Mad Men.
Fans of Breaking Bad had to choose between seeing what their favorite show would win in the CBS live event which had an overlap with the AMC dramatic series. The show aired its penultimate episode tonight, Granite State. The last two episodes have been extended to 75 minutes instead of the usual 60.
Breaking Bad‘s fifth season is also its last and as the show speed towards its conclusion, fans of the program were hoping that not only would the show win the gong, but that their favorite actors would win theirs as well.
Unfortunately, the contest between Ehrmantraut and Paul would have to end with one of them losing. But the Emmy did honor Breaking Bad and Anna Gunn, while snubbing Bryan Cranston, and the other two actors up for an Emmy. Fans do have the consolation that they will one last episode of the AMC favorite before the series ends.
By Michael Smith