Risks may have been taken, but the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards tonight played it very safe - for the most part picking familiar winners from previous years in many categories rather than rewarding some of the more critically acclaimed fare out there.
The final season of "Breaking Bad" dominated the drama category, nabbing almost all the awards in it including Best Drama series, three acting nods, and best writing. In fact the only major awards for drama it missed out on were best actress which went to Juliana Marguiles in "The Good Wife" and best directing which went to "True Detective".
Speaking of "True Detective," HBO took a gamble by opting to play it as a nominee for drama series rather than a mini-series where it would've dominated. It lost that gamble, but its loss proved to be a win for the BBC's "Sherlock" which took three of the awards in that category including acting honors for its two leading stars. "Fargo" scored best mini-series and Jessica Lange once again nabbed best actress in that category, while HBO's "The Normal Heart" took best TV movie.
Comedy was all familiar faces with "Modern Family" dominating, Julia-Louis Dreyfuss winning best actress for "Veep" and Jim Parsons taking best actor for "The Big Bang Theory". Allison Janney was a double winner for supporting actress in a comedy and guest actress in a drama.
Including the various tech awards (many not broadcast), "Sherlock" was ultimately the biggest winner with seven awards followed by "Breaking Bad" with six, "True Detective: with five, and a three-way tie between "Game of Thrones," "Cosmos" and "American Horror Story: Coven" with four.
Here's the full list of this year's winners:
Best Drama Series
Best Comedy Series
Outstanding Television Movie
"The Normal Heart"
Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad"
Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife"
Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory"
Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Julia-Louis Dreyfus, "Veep"
Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie
Benedict Cumberbatch, "Sherlock"
Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie
Jessica Lange, "American Horror Story: Coven"
Supporting Actor, Drama
Aaron Paul, "Breaking Bad"
Supporting Actress, Drama
Anna Gunn, "Breaking Bad"
Supporting Actor, Comedy
Ty Burrell, "Modern Family"
Supporting Actress, Comedy
Allison Janney, "Mom"
Supporting Actor, Miniseries or Movie
Martin Freeman, "Sherlock"
Supporting Actress, Miniseries or Movie
Kathy Bates, "American Horror Story: Coven"
Guest Actor, Drama
Joe Morton, "Scandal"
Guest Actress, Drama
Allison Janney, "Masters of Sex"
Guest Actor, Comedy
Jimmy Fallon, "Saturday Night Live"
Guest Actress, Comedy
Uzo Aduba, "Orange Is the New Black"
Outstanding Variety Series
"The Colbert Report"
Outstanding Variety Special
"The 67th Annual Tony Awards"
Outstanding Reality Series Program
"The Amazing Race"
Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series
"True Detective": Who Goes There
Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series
"Modern Family": Vegas
Outstanding Directing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic Special
"Fargo": Buridan’s Ass
Outstanding Directing For A Variety Special
"The 67th Annual Tony Awards"
Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series
"Breaking Bad": Ozymandias
Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series
"Louie": So Did The Fat Lady
Outstanding Writing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic Special
"Sherlock": His Last Vow
Outstanding Writing For A Variety Special
"Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles"