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The 2014 Emmys Made Us Laugh, Cry, And Cheer

Brittany Russell | PopWrapped Author

Brittany Russell

08/26/2014 1:30 am
PopWrapped | Television
The 2014 Emmys Made Us Laugh, Cry, And Cheer | Emmys
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The Emmys started off brilliantly with host Seth Meyers giving a hilarious opening monologue, cracking jokes about the VMAs, and how this was the first Emmys held on a Monday night since 1976. “We had comedies that made you laugh and dramadies that made you cry, because they were submitted as comedies,” said Meyers when he referred to Netflix's hit series Orange is the New Black, nominated for Best Comedy Series. He also mentioned that HBO had 99 nominations, and "not to be outdone, NBC is also a network." Modern Family won big tonight, taking home its fifth consecutive Emmy for Best Comedy Series, along with Ty Burrell winning for Best Supporting Actor and Gail Mancuso for Best Directing of a Comedy Series. "I should probably thank my wife because she's super pretty," Burrell said in an acceptance speech written by the kids of Modern Family, and then went on to talk about his kids. "They're cute, but they're just not 'I can support my whole family' cute." Allison Janney won Best Actress in a Comedy Series for her role in Mom"This is an amazing honor, thank you. Number six, let's go!" Jim Parsons from The Big Bang Theory also won the award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus won for her role as Selina Meyer in Veep. After an award went to The Amazing Race for Best Competitive Reality Program, the show transitioned to the mini-series awards. Sherlockians rejoiced as Sherlock racked up three awards for "His Last Vow," including Best Writing in a Mini-Series to Stephen Moffat, Best Supporting Actor in a Mini-Series for Martin Freeman, and Best Actor in a Mini-Series for Benedict Cumberbatch. American Horror Story: Coven earned awards for Best Actress in a Mini-Series for Jessica Lange, and Best Supporting Actress for Kathy Bates. Fargo also won awards for Best Directing in a Mini-Series, and Best Mini-Series. The Best Television Movie went to The Normal Heart. The Colbert Report also collected an award for Outstanding Variety Show, and Glenn Weiss won for Outstanding Directing of a Variety Show for his work on the 67th Annual Tony Awards. But it was the final season of Breaking Bad that stole the show this year, letting it really go out with a bang. Bryan Cranston won Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series, Aaron Paul won Best Supporting Actor, Anna Gunn won Best Supporting Actress, and Moira Walley-Beckett won Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series for "Ozymandias." Julianna Margulies also won Best Lead Actress for her role in The Good Wife, and True Detective's Cary Joji Fukunaga won for Outstanding Directing of a Drama Series. Other highlights of the night included a musical performance by Weird Al Yankovic, adding lyrics to some of the theme songs of the most popular shows of the evening, a touching In Memoriam song by Sara Bareilles, and a heartfelt tribute to the late Robin Williams by his longtime friend Billy Crystal. I was overall very satisfied with the night's events, but I was a bit displeased Peter Dinklage didn't win Best Supporting Actor for Game of Thrones. But then again, I wasn't surprised it all went to Breaking Bad. Hopefully next year will be his year! I was also incredibly thrilled that American Horror Story: Coven won awards, specifically for the fabulously talented Jessica Lange. She rocked this season! And the awards for Sherlock was a delightful surprise. However, I would have loved to see more from Orange is the New Black in the comedy section. Next year, show me less Modern Family! Give an award to Jesse Tyler Ferguson! He also earned it! Seth Meyers made for a good host and provided many laughs with his witticisms, but it could have been better and to me would be kind of forgettable. Bring on Ellen Degeneres again. Let her host everything. What do you think of the winners? Are you surprised? Are there any you wish would have received awards?

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