Breaking Bad nearly sweeps the drama categories at the Emmys: deserving?

66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Press Room
As Kaiser mentioned in her excellent Emmys recap, Breaking Bad won Best Drama and all the acting awards apart from Best Actress, which went to Julianna Marguiles. (From what I’ve heard, she’s pretty much killing it on Good Wife. I have several friends who watch that show and love it.) The thing is, no one from Breaking Bad was nominated for the Best Actress in a Drama category or it might have been a complete lockout.

The The 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Press Room in LA
Anna Gunn took home her second consecutive Emmy last night, for Supporting Actress in a Drama, for her excellent portrayal of Skyler White. She was wearing this asymmetric white and blue Jenny Packham gown which was gorgeous. I was looking through older photos of Anna and she’s really come a long way, style-wise in the past several years. I really hope to see her on another tv drama soon. (Here’s a link to Anna’s acceptance speech.)

66th Primetime Emmy Awards - Arrivals
Anna’s co-star Betsy Brandt was in a custom Alice + Olivia strapless ballgown with a watercolor floral print. I’m truly annoyed at Brandt for not wearing a purple gown in homage to her BB character, Marie. In fact I don’t think I’ve ever seen her on a red carpet in purple. This was a missed opportunity, as was the fact that Dean Norris didn’t show up. (He was probably working on that crapfest Under the Dome.)

The 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Arrivals

Here’s Aaron Paul and his wife, Lauren. Lauren’s dress was Lorena Sarbu. Conspiracy theory: Sarbu also dressed pregnant Hayden Panettiere. Just saying. Aaron was very sweet and overcome with emotion when he picked up the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama for the third time. (He’s the only actor to have won in this category more than twice. Here’s a link to his acceptance speech video.) He gushed about working with Bryan Cranston, and how much he missed him, and he also gushed about his wife and name dropped her charity, The Kind Project.

66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Press Room

And here’s Bryan Cranston with his glorious pencil moustache, which I’ll just assume is for a role. Cranston awesomely made out with Julia Louis-Dreyfus before she picked up her Emmy for Lead Actress in a Comedy. This was a nod to their shared Seinfeld past as a one-time on screen couple, which Cranston referenced during their presenting duties. Dreyfus acted like she only remembered him vaguely until after he kissed her. It was clever and funny! You can see that video here.

I’m sad that Breaking Bad isn’t coming back, but at least we have Better Call Saul to look forward to. I think the whole world is waiting for that show. I saw a dude in a small town in Germany wearing a Better Call Saul t-shirt this summer.

Here are videos of some of the awards that BB took home.

Outstanding Drama Series:

Lead Actor in a Drama:

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  1. David99 says:

    Bryan Cranston made the night!

  2. Kiddo says:

    I’m glad they won. Anna Gunn gave a great speech, but I was distracted by her hair the entire time. What was going on with the side wings? Was it pinned that way or hair-sprayed within an inch of her life? It looks okay in the stills above, but so odd in motion on stage.

    • sisi says:

      those sidewings are her real hair, everything else was fake. The extensions were too blonde and didn’t have any sheen, so it didn’t match her own hair at all

      I really don’t get it though. She looks great with short hair, why did she want to look like Faith Hill?

      • Kiddo says:

        I’m glad someone else thought it looked ‘off’. I couldn’t put my finger on what was happening.

    • Suzz54 says:

      Everything you said.

    • emmie_a says:

      I was distracted by her hair too. It’s an awful style & length for her. Her face is too thin & long for long hair. It dates her & does nothing for her.

  3. in_theory says:

    Of course they won everything, it was their final season. No more chances to give stuff to them. That’s not saying they didn’t deserve it, though.

  4. Colu says:

    Psst. It’s The Kind Campaign.

  5. E says:

    Yes, deserving.
    In complete contrast with the Big Bang Theory win. Who, no explain to me who thought that Jim Parsons was deserving even a nomination?

    • MrsBPitt says:

      ITA…I can’t even cringe at the commercials for BBT….tried to watch it when a co-worker told me how “funny” it was…I couldn’t even get through an episode…

      • MonicaQ says:

        I am a self professed nerd and I can’t stand the show. It’s not funny, Wil Wheaton guest staring isn’t funny, the BAD stereotypes aren’t funny. I didn’t laugh once.

      • Ag says:

        one of my husband’s closest friends LOVES the show. mentions it constantly, wants everyone to watch it. we’ve tried. and i sincerely hope that my husband is reconsidering his friendship with the guy. lol

    • Esmom says:

      Breaking Bad deserved every reward they got. What an outstanding show. And ITA about BBT, when Jim Parsons won I looked at all the other nominees and was flabbergasted that TBTB thinks he’s the best among them. Not that he’s a bad actor, it’s just his material is nowhere near the levels of quality of the many great shows nominated.

    • Jay says:

      You clearly don’t watch BBT because if you did you’d have respect for Jim Parsons. You may not find him or the show funny, but the stuff he has to memorize blows my mind and the way he delivers it is just awesome.

      • E says:

        Hi Jay. I don’t criticize unless I have an informed opinion.
        So… according to you memorizing is acting. Hmmm…
        As far as delivery goes, please let’s not talk about stereotyped Asperger syndrome or how nerds supposed to act for people who have no idea, whatsoever.

  6. MrsBPitt says:

    BEST SHOW EVER!!!!!!!

    • Esmom says:

      Seriously. Everything pales in comparison for me.

    • Tracy says:

      I binge watched BB in about three months. Once I was about 4 episodes in I could not stop. Never has a show hooked me the way BB did.

      • Msmlnp says:

        Completely agree and did the same. Best binge I ever did…couldn’t imagine waiting in between seasons. I’m so glad I was able to watch right through, although it pretty much consumed my summer last year.

    • MSat says:

      I’m still in denial that it’s over… sniff…

    • Bored suburbanhousewife says:

      +one million. I’ve been in mourning since BB ended. Will I ever love again?

    • akivasha says:

      So happy they cleaned house! All deserved it and I am going to miss that show

  7. LB says:

    Deserving. Hilariously, True Detective didn’t win as much after all the predictions that it would. HBO shouldn’t have gotten so greedy and switched categories.

    • Lucy2 says:

      You’re right- had they submitted as a miniseries they would have cleaned up.

      I’m glad that BB won, it was well deserved and the last chance to reward the best show ever.

    • Bored suburbanhousewife says:

      True D just killed me–only show that got me enthralled since the last BB episode and I’ve watched it twice now. McConaughety & Harrelson both wiped up the floor with their performances as Rust and Marty and both deserved acting awards, but they aren’t even on the show anymore and agree it belonged in the miniseries category. We have no clue whether the next season will blow us away or turn into another Homeland.

      MM had some fantastic moments but my all time show fave line is from Woody when Harrelson got up in MM’s face and screamed “Don’t you mow my lawn!” like a fire breathing dragon.
      (Translation.: don’t even think about banging my wife)

      Everyone should watch this but it’s 8 episodes and can’t be compared to the multi season perfection of BB the best show in televise history, yo.

      • BOXES full of Pepe says:

        Yep, and related to that, Julianna Margulies wins for that subtle shade she threw by emphasizing the 22 episode season of her non-nominated show. I’m not thrilled by AMC splitting up seasons like that (and this with Mad Men) either. But that’s another topic. The second Cranston’s name was called I thought, “that’s what you get HBO” and I knew BB had best drama in the bag. I LOVED True Detective, but there is something ridiculous about an eight episode mini-series anthology, that feels closer to an eight hour movie, competing against true serialized dramas like BB, and probably (along with Downton Abbey) taking a spot away from other worthy shows. For Ozymandias alone BB deserved that win. I don’t think even these wonderful and exquisitely crafted anthology shows, like TD or Fargo, can hit peaks like that. What goes down in Ozymandias is something that can only be earned by building up to it, season, after season. There’s a reason why these things have categories. And perhaps we need more categories and stricter rules. Sherlock isn’t a tv movie either. And “guest” actors who are actually regulars, if not in every episode, has also been bugging me for years too :D

        @Bored suburbanhousewife – I love them both as actors anyway, and I thought Woody was just as brilliant as MM, just in a less flashy and less wordy role. When he’s with his family in the last episode, I felt his grief and regret and it was as potent as McConaughey’s final monologue.

      • Bored suburbanhousewife says:

        @boxes. Preach it! That was beautifully stated. And I agree about Woody. He was every bit as good as MM and the beauty was the way together they made the whole thing just sing. Like Walt and Jesse! I loved the way True D subtly turned around your character expectations. At the start, MM is the crazy messed up guy and Woody is the well adjusted stable family man. Then you slowly realize Marty /Woody is more effed up than Rust/MM.

  8. Chris says:

    I’m glad Breaking Bad when out on a high note. It was right up there with: Oz, The Sopranos and Six Feet Under for me. We’ve truly been blessed with some great shows in the past decade. Although it must be bitter sweet for everyone involved with BB because they’d know that they’re never going to involved with anything that awesome again.

  9. aligoat says:

    Very deserving. And the kiss was my favourite part of the show, it was absolutely hilarious.

  10. Marigold says:

    I’m sad Dean Norris wasn’t there. I’m more sad he didn’t get a nod. The last season was his best work, particularly in Ozymandias.

    • Mom2two says:

      Dean Norris should have been nominated, I totally agree. I did not feel like Aaron Paul had much to do in the last half of the season. Breaking Bad deserved all the love though. Ironically enough, Paul and Cranston’s win were probably considered upsets since people probably thought Peter Dinklage and Matthew Mc Congahey had it in the bag.

      Anna Gunn does have a new drama coming out this fall, the US remake of Broadchurch (called Gracepoint) with David Tennent.

      I am wondering if HBO regrets putting True Detective in the drama category. And putting Harrleson and Mc Congahey in the same category, as I think they might have cancelled each other out.

      • Marigold says:

        Yes, Aaron Paul-love him. He was amazing as Jesse but you’re right-he was more a physical presence in the last season. It was wonderful to watch but Dean, man, if ever there were a slow build to a character, it was Hank. Hank all the way.

        I really liked True Detective. It creeped the hell out of me but it was a great show. But 8 episodes is not cool. Someone said it up thread and I agree-it was greedy to go in for drama. I read somewhere that GoT didn’t submit Peter Dinklage’s work from the beetle episode (he and Jaime talking about their developmentally disabled cousin killing beetles) for an Emmy and I really think that was his best episode and would have helped him win.

      • Lou says:

        Agree. I love Dean Norris. He was the heart of that show. I cant believe how much he made me love Hank. Ozymandias broke my heart. He is extraordinary, and I truly feel he deserved it over Aaron Paul, who has already won twice (no shade on Aaron, he’s awesome).

    • Esmom says:

      Yeah, he was amazing, although I thought he was pretty phenomenal all along. That episode was mind blowingly good.

      • Marigold says:

        And who knew? When I watched the first couple episodes, I was like “okay, this character is going to be the douchey brother in law a bit drunk on power and slightly offensive.” But then he was multi layered and intelligent and just aged like a good wine. He deserved a nomination and even a win.

      • Esmom says:

        Marigold, I know. So much nuance in his acting, especially when he was trying to cover his fear/panic/vulnerability with bravado, and in some ways he was the heart of the story. The more I think about it, I can’t believe he was overlooked.

      • lucy2 says:

        Marigold, I agree too. I dislike him in the beginning, but by the time that shoot out happened in the parking lot somewhere in the middle of the series, I realized how much I was rooting for him.
        Him closing the garage door with Walt is still one of the best moments of the show, and Dean’s work in the final season was excellent. That’s a tough category, but he should have been nominated too.

  11. Vic says:

    Yes deserving! Love the show and the whole cast and writers. Great show.

  12. Sunny says:

    I was happy for the cast of Breaking Bad. BC deserved the win and I was so happy for him. I thought Anna Gunn did as well.

    As to Aaron Paul. I really like him and think he is adorable. I also thought he really deserved his tow previous wins. That being said, Josh Charles’ work on the Good Wife this season was superior in my opinion. It was some of the most complex, nuanced tv this year. I really wish he would have won.

    But it was BB last year so it is not surprising they cleaned up, especially considering what the show has meant to television and what a terrific series it has been.

  13. MG says:

    So I just started watching BB and I’m obsessed! I’m on season 2. BUT….I find Aaron Paul’s character really tiresome. He always sounds like he’s yelling! Anywho…I love Cranston!!

    • Chris says:

      I remember thinking that Jesse seemed a bit jarring at first . But you get used to him after a while and he becomes a little less shrill as his character develops.

  14. Ag says:

    breaking bad was SO consistently excellent, it deserves all this and more. it’s set the bar incredibly high. i miss it so much. (we watched it on netflix, and i wasn’t able to watch more than one episode at a time, too stressful, haha.)

    but yes, marie should wear purple at all times. having said that, i love the watercolor dress.

    re lauren – totally pregnant. she has the very early pregnancy glow/slight facial puffiness. :)

    • Lucky says:

      Nobody does heartbreaking like Aaron Paul. The scene where he was daydreaming about building the box and then the reality of his being chained up the meth lab won his Emmy in my opinion

    • deehunny says:

      Before I even read Bedhead saying she may be pregnant, I glanced at the picture and thought immediately she looks pregnant. :: Shifts foil hat::

  15. Anna says:

    I think BB deserved every award they got and there’s a few categories that they lost in that I wish they had won, the show was so good especially the second half of season 5, it was brilliant.
    I hated Anna’s hair but I loved her dress. She should’ve blended her hair better or curled it to hide where you could see the clear line between her real hair and fake hair.

  16. Falula says:

    Totally deserving! I mourn the fact that BB is over every time it comes up, but I’m so glad it went out on a high note and didn’t just keep going for the sake of it.

    And I’m the party pooper for this year’s “funny” stunts I guess, because I thought both the Sofia vergara bit and this kiss were uncomfortable. The vergara thing was absolutely objectifying and unfunny and I feel that way about a lot of what she does. And I thought Dreyfus did a good job of looking horrified during the kiss which made it hard for me to watch. Why is it funny to watch a woman recoil from a dude and have him keep going for it?! I get that it wasn’t real but it still made me squirm.

  17. Gal says:

    So glad BB took home lots of awards. I really don’t get the Jim Parsons love. Yes, he’s good. And I love BBT but his character has not changed since day one. So many others more deserving.

  18. eliza says:

    BB deserved them all and then some. A consistently excellent show with an equally excellent cast. I, of course, did not watch the Emmy’s but am delighted BB won, and won big.

  19. Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

    Dexter had hotter people on it.

  20. John says:

    Deservedly they are all excellent. Did the writers pick up awards too?

  21. ashley says:

    I’m happy that they won,best tv series ever!

  22. Lisa says:

    I did not watch BB when it aired weekly. I could not believe a show about a high school teacher-turned meth dealer could be good. Then came last summer and all the hype about the show ending and I watched the first episode to check out all the fuss. I was hooked from the start. It was a great series and I loved it. It is difficult to explain it to someone who has not seen it – how can I make it interesting that a episode about a fly in the lab could be so good?

    They all deserved all the awards. Go to Netflix and binge on it if you have not seen it. It will be the best TV you have seen ever.

  23. A. Key says:

    I don’t get the worldwide obsession with this show. I saw the first 4 episodes, because literally everyone around me was raving about it, but I couldn’t be compelled to watch further. I found so many other shows that were much more interesting and fun. Why is everyone so in love with this?!
    Same as True Detective, only one not annoying in that show is Harrelson, but for the life of me I couldn’t watch it just for him, the Texas dude was just too irritating to swallow.

    • eliza says:

      The only way for you to know why everyone loved this show so much is to watch it beyond 4 episodes.

      • beatrix says:

        Mega DITTO. You have to push through.

      • A. Key says:

        I guess. But I don’t feel like pushing through anything in my spare time. I wanna relax after work, not bore myself.

        What’s bugging me tho is that there are many shows which are much more interesting and which engage you in the first two episodes, you’re just hooked! Yet BB gets all the praise. How? I feel like watching that show is a strenuous drill, not fun entertainment.

      • lucy2 says:

        I agree with this. I think you need to go further to begin to really appreciate it. No show is perfect for everyone, but anyone I know who’s watched the whole thing loved it.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        Almost all the really good shows are a slow burn like that. They treat their audiences as intelligent, sharp people, unlike the low-brow dramas that spell everything out for you. You have to pay attention to a show like Breaking Bad, it’s more of an investment in that way.

        If you want a show that’s relaxing and doesn’t make you think then watch Law & Order, CSI, crap like that.

        BB DOES hook you more than any other show I’ve ever watched. It’s just incredibly compelling.

      • sigh((s)) says:

        I don’t agree with the law and orders (especially svu) as being brainless. There’s actually quite a bit of relevant debate there, and most episodes end fairly ambiguously. The intelligent part comes after the show ends and you dissect it.
        Love how all the BB people like to infer that you’re an intellectually bereft moron if you don’t love it.
        I said in another post… Watched the first ep of BB, didn’t compel me to watch the rest. I can be intelligent and still bored to tears by it. Watched the first ep of Happy Valley. Totally engrossing. Even in the first episode.

    • Migdalia says:

      I always tell people that the first half of season 1 can be really slow, and look like nothing interesting is happening, but you must continue on.

    • Michelle says:

      It is probably my favorite show of all time, but I didn’t get truly hooked until the second season. By the third season I was like OMG after almost every single episode. It is one of the few shows that I have purchased the whole series.

      You have to keep watching, I thought it was sortof boring at first too. :)

    • Cas says:

      I was exactly the same, watched the first few episodes and found them totally boring and not my style. Ignored the show for a year and then gave it another try… watched all the seasons in a couple of weeks, and I can promise you it is brilliant! Maybe give it another go?

  24. jessica says:

    why wasn’t walking dead nominated for anything??

    • Migdalia says:

      Just like Buffy wasn’t nominated for anything except for I think it was for episode work on The Body and Hush, don’t expect TWD to be nominated ever.

  25. Michelle says:

    Completely deserving! This was only the second win for Breaking Bad as best drama show. This is my favorite tv series of all time. The last season was magnificent. Each episode had me at the edge of my seat. Fantastic acting.

    I would have loved to have seen Gus pick up a best supporting actor emmy in an earlier season.

  26. aqua says:

    BB was one of the most satisfying shows I’ve ever seen.Every season just kept getting better and better and I loved that by the the end of the entire series all of your questions were answered.It really was a roller coaster ride.Congrats to all the winners.

  27. GlimmerBunny says:

    I think it was very nice that thay all won since it was their last chance (for BB) but I’m not gonan lie: I was rooting fr Peter Dinklage in the “Best Supporting Actor in a Drama” category. His speech at the trial was probably the single best acted scene on the show (Game of Thrones) ever, and I really think he deserved an Emmy for it…

    But oh well, maybe he’ll get more great material next season.

  28. Emmanuelle says:

    Am I the only one who thinks that Aaron Paul was completely cracked out?? I found his acceptance speech cringe-worthy

  29. birch says:

    The Emmys are dreadfully boring. Anyone not think BB would get every possible award it could? That Cranston would not? Or Jim Parsons? Or Julia Louis Dreyfus? Once those folks give you one award, they don’t stop tossing them at you until you die or do the gracious thing and stop agreeing to even be considered for a nomination. Same actors, same roles, same shows….it just tiresome. I can’t be bothered watching.