AMC's cult drama series "Breaking Bad" wrapped-up last year in September but it returned on Monday night at the 66th primetime Emmy Awards to remind everyone that it still rules. It won six Emmy awards, including the most coveted outstanding drama series award.
"Breaking Bad" showed the transformation of a mild-manner, chemistry teacher Walter White [Bryan Cranston] into a dreaded drug kingpin Heisenberg. [Spoiler Alert] The series ended with the death of White's character [Spoiler Alert].
Matthew McConaughey was the top favourite to win the outstanding lead actor in a drama series "True Detective." Bryan Cranston beat him and Jeff Daniels ["The Newsroom], Jon Hamm ["Mad Men"], Woody Harrelson ["True Detective"] and Kevin Spacey ["House of Cards"] to take the top honours in the drama series acting category.
CNN has quoted Cranston as saying "Even I thought about voting for Matthew." According to CNN, the actor dedicated the award to "all the Sneaky Petes of the world. ... Take a chance, take a risk. It's really worth it." During his acceptance speech, he recalled that his family gave him the nickname of "Sneaky Pete."
Anna Gunn, who played Skyler White in "Breaking Bad," won the outstanding supporting actress in the drama category. It is her second consecutive Emmy award for the role that got her a lot of hate mails.
"Our amazing producers, our incredible writers, our amazing crew back in New Mexico, and also the most remarkable cast I could have asked to work with," Gunn said in her acceptance speech, as quoted by Entertainment Weekly. She called Cranston the "baddest and best" TV husband.
The character of Jesse Pinkman was fans' favourite. Originally, this character was supposed to bid adieu in Season 1 of "Breaking Bad." The character ended-up being an integral part of the story-line till the end. And for his Pinkman performance, Aaron Paul took home the Emmy for outstanding supporting actor in the drama category. Accepting award, the actor said, "I've learned so much, on screen and off."
Meanwhile, in the outstanding drama series category, "Breaking Bad" won the award by beating British period drama "Downton Abbey," hugely popular "Game of Thrones," Netflix's critically acclaimed original series "House of Cards," "Mad Men," which is in its swansong season, and the show of the year, "True Detective."
In addition to the show and acting awards, "Breaking Bad" also bagged the outstanding writing for a drama series award. Moira Walley-Beckett won the Emmy for "Breaking Bad - Ozymandias."