2014 Emmy Winners

Yes, we’re a movie site. But anyone paying close attention (especially to The Cinecast for the past couple of years), knows we’re getting to be bigger and bigger fans of the small screen as HBO, AMC and yes even ABC (I’m mainlining “Modern Family” like you wouldn’t believe) are consistently putting out seriously top notch stuff. Breaking Bad boundaries with each passing season. It’s hard to find someone out on the street who won’t tell you that, “Oh my God [insert almost any TV show title here], is easily the best show ever created for television.” And these days, they’re probably right.

So there isn’t the same hoopla in the third row as there is for Oscar night, but we do like to take a look at the pattings of the backs on tube town too. So here are the nominees and winners of this year’s Emmy Awards*.

Outstanding Drama Series
“Breaking Bad” (AMC)
“Downton Abbey” (PBS)
“Game of Thrones” (HBO)
“House of Cards” (Netflix)
“Mad Men” (AMC)
“True Detective” (HBO)
 
 

Outstanding Comedy Series
“The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)
“Louie” (FX)
“Modern Family” (ABC)
“Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)
“Silicon Valley” (HBO)
“Veep” (HBO)
 
 

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
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”
 
 

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
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”
 
 

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Louis C.K., “Louie”
Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”
Ricky Gervais, “Derek”
Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes”
William H. Macy, “Shameless”
Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”
 
 

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Lena Dunham, “Girls”
Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
Melissa McCarthy, “Mike & Molly”
Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”
Taylor Schilling, “Orange is the New Black”
 
 

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Jim Carter, “Downton Abbey”
Josh Charles, “The Good Wife”
Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”
Mandy Patinkin, “Homeland”
Aaron Paul, “Breaking Bad”
Jon Voight, “Ray Donovan”
 
 

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Anna Gunn, “Breaking Bad”
Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey”
Joanne Froggatt, “Downton Abbey”
Lena Headey, “Game of Thrones”
Christine Baranski, “The Good Wife”
Christina Hendricks, “Mad Men”
 
 

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
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”
 
 

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Andre Braugher, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”
Adam Driver, “Girls”
Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, “Modern Family”
Fred Armisen, “Portlandia”
Tony Hale, “Veep”
 
 

Outstanding Miniseries
“American Horror Story: Coven” (FX)
“Bonnie & Clyde” (Lifetime)
“Fargo” (FX)
“Luther” (BBC America)
“Treme” (HBO)
“The White Queen” (Starz)
 
 

Outstanding Television Movie
“Killing Kennedy” (National Geographic)
“Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight” (HBO)
“The Normal Heart” (HBO)
“Sherlock: His Last Vow” (PBS)
“The Trip to Bountiful” (Lifetime)
 
 

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Chiwetel Ejiofor, “Dancing on the Edge”
Martin Freeman, “Fargo”
Billy Bob Thornton, “Fargo”
Idris Elba, “Luther”
Mark Ruffalo, “The Normal Heart”
Benedict Cumberbatch, “Sherlock: His Last Vow”
 
 

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Coven”
Sarah Paulson, “American Horror Story: Coven”
Helena Bonham Carter, “Burton and Taylor”
Minnie Driver, “Return To Zero”
Kristen Wiig, “The Spoils of Babylon”
Cicely Tyson, “The Trip To Bountiful”
 
 

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Matt Bomer, “The Normal Heart”
Martin Freeman, “Sherlock: His Last Vow”
Colin Hanks, “Fargo”
Jim Parsons, “The Normal Heart”
Joe Mantello, “The Normal Heart”
Alfred Molina, “The Normal Heart”
 
 

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Frances Conroy, “American Horror Story: Coven”
Kathy Bates, “American Horror Story: Coven”
Angela Basset, “American Horror Story: Coven”
Allison Tolman, “Fargo”
Ellen Burstyn, “Flowers in the Attic”
Julia Roberts, “The Normal Heart”
 
 

Outstanding Variety Series
“Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC)
“Real Time With Bill Maher” (HBO)
“Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
“The Colbert Report” (Comedy Central)
“The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” (Comedy Central)
“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC)
 
 

Outstanding Variety Special
“AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute To Mel Brooks” (TNT)
“The Beatles: The Night That Changed America” (CBS)
“Best Of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Primetime Special” (NBC)
“Billy Crystal: 700 Sundays” (HBO)
“The Kennedy Center Honors” (CBS)
“Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles” (HBO)
 
 

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
Dylan Baker, “The Good Wife”
Reg E. Cathey, “House of Cards”
Paul Giamatti, “Downton Abbey”
Robert Morse, “Mad Men”
Beau Bridges, “Masters of Sex”
Joe Morton, “Scandal”
 
 

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Kate Burton, “Scandal”
Jane Fonda, “The Newsroom”
Allison Janney, “Masters of Sex”
Kate Mara, “House of Cards”
Margo Martindale, “The Americans”
Diane Rigg, “Game of Thrones”
 
 

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
Nathan Lane, “Modern Family”
Steve Buscemi, “Portlandia”
Jimmy Fallon, “Saturday Night Live”
Louis C.K., “Saturday Night Live”
Bob Newhart, “Arthur”
Gary Cole, “Veep”
 
 

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
Uzo Aduba, “Orange is the New Black”
Laverne Cox, “Orange is the New Black”
Natasha Lyonne, “Orange is the New Black”
Tina Fey, “Saturday Night Live”
Melissa McCarthy, “Saturday Night Live”
Joan Cusack, “Shameless”
 
 

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
“Breaking Bad” — “Ozymandias” (Moira Walley-Beckett)
“Breaking Bad” — Felina” (Vince Gilligan)
“Game of Thrones” — “The Children” (David Benioff and D.B. Weiss)
“House of Cards” — “Chapter 14” (Beau Willimon)
“True Detective” — “The Secret Fate of All Life” (Nic Pizzolatto)
 
 

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
“Episodes” — “Episode 305” (David Crane)
“Louie” — “So Did The Fat Lady” (Louis C.K.)
“Orange Is the New Black” — “I Wasn’t Ready” (Jenji Kohan and Liz Friedman)
“Silicon Valley” — “Optimal Tip-To-Tip Efficiency” (Alec Berg)
“Veep” — “Special Relationship” (Simon Blackwell, Tony Roche and Armando Iannucci)
 
 

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
“Boardwalk Empire” — Farewell Daddy Blues” (Tim Van Patten)
“Breaking Bad’ — “Felina” (Vince Gilligan)
“Downton Abbey” — “Episode 1” (David Evans)
“Game of Thrones” — “The Watchers on the Wall” (Neil Marshall)
“House of Cards” — “Chapter 14” (Carl Franklin)
“True Detective” — “Who Goes There” (Cary Joji Fukunaga)
 
 

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series
“Episodes” — “Episode 309” (Iain B. MacDonald)
“Glee” — “100” (Paris Barclay)
“Louis” — “Elevator, Part 6” (Louis C.K.)
“Modern Family” — “Vegas” (Gail Mancuso)
“Orange Is the New Black” — “Lesbian Request Denied” (Jodie Foster)
“Silicon Valley” — Minimum Viable Product” (Mike Judge)
 
 

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series
“The Colbert Report”
“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”
“Inside Amy Schumer”
“Key & Peele”
“Portlandia”
“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”
 
 

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special
“The Beatles: The Night That Changed America”
“Billy Crystal: 700 Sundays”
The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards
“Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles”
67th Annual Tony Awards
 
 

Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special
“American Horror Story: Coven” — “Bitchcraft” (Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk)
“Fargo” — “The Crocodile’s Dilemma” (Noah Hawley)
“Luther” (Neil Cross)
“The Normal Heart” (Larry Kramer)
“Sherlock: His Last Vow” (Steven Moffat)
“Treme” — “…To Miss New Orleans” (Eric Overmyer and David Simon)
 
 

Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series
“The Colbert Report” — “Episode 9135” (James Hoskinson)
“The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” — “Episode 18153” (Chuck O’Neil)
“Portlandia” — “Getting Away” (Jonathan Krisel)
“Saturday Night Live” — Jimmy Fallon (Don Roy King)
“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” — Will Smith/U2 (Dave Diomedi)
 
 

Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special
“The Beatles: The Night That Changed America” (Gregg Gelfand)
The Kennedy Center Honors (Louis J. Horvitz)
The Oscars (Hamish Hamilton)
“Six By Sondheim” (James Lapine)
“The Sound of Music Live!” (Beth McCarthy Miller)
67th Annual Tony Awards (Glenn Weiss)
 
 

Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special
“American Horror Story: Coven” — “Bitchcraft” (Alfonso Gomez-Rejon)
“Fargo” — “The Crocodile’s Dilemma” (Adam Bernstein)
“Fargo” — “Buridan’s Ass” (Colin Bucksey)
“Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight” (Stephen Frears)
“The Normal Heart” (Ryan Murphy)
“Sherlock: His Last Vow” (Nick Hurran)
 
 

Outstanding Special Class Program
The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards (NBC)
The Oscars (ABC)
Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony (NBC)
The Sound of Music Live! (NBC)
67th Annual Tony Awards (CBS)
 
 

Outstanding Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Program
Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis: President Barack Obama (Funny or Die)
Childrens Hospital (Adult Swim)
Parks And Rec in Europe (NBC)
The Soup: True Detective (E!)
Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show Starring Bruno Mars (NFL)
Park Bench With Steve Buscemi (AOL)
30 For 30 Shorts (ESPN)
 
 

* reality TV noms removed for space, time, sanity and intelligence

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Gerry
Guest

I’d’ve liked to’ve seen Billy Bob Thornton rewarded for most badass character ever for Fargo. but apart from that I thought they got it about right.

The best director nod for True Detective seemed an appropriate reward for that show.

I’m guessing the Breaking Bad awards were for the 5 series as a whole. Body of work awards are nothing new.

Rolf
Guest

@ Gerry

Didn’t BREAKING BAD also win last year – so I think the show got the award for season 5.2 only. I don’t consider 5.1 to be very strong but 5.2 truly deserved to win. TRUE DETECTIVE is awesome but like Andrew said, up against “strong stuff” – any other year TD would have won I guess. But disappointed McConaughey and Harrelson didn’t win – especially as Cranston already owns several Emmies – for me Harrelson should have won – he is the true star of TRUE DETECTIVE!

Gerry
Guest

I thought Breaking Bad 5a was some of the finest writing and TV in the history of television. I thought 5b didn’t wake up until several episodes in – when Jesse teamed up with Hank.

It’s just my gut feeling that this years awards were for the 5 seasons as a whole. You could be right and I could be wrong. We’re just having fun expressing our opinions. Neither of us are Emmy voters (as far as I’m aware).

David Brook
Guest

Nice to see Fargo pick up a couple of awards, but I’d also liked to have seen a couple of acting nods for it.

Rolf
Guest

Gerry, nope am not a voter and I think it’s interesting that you praise 5.1 – I really liked it but not as much as the other seasons. My impression was that in 2013 BREAKING BAD did win because 5.2 was running at the time and it got praise everywhere – not necessarily because 5.1 was that good but well… like you said – and to quote the Dude “well,that’s just like your er… my opinion, man” 😉

Jonathan
Guest

Can we all at least agree that Ozymandias was one of the finest hours ever written, directed, and acted on television EVER?

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