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65th Primetime Emmy Nominations

The show about a high school chemistry teacher who becomes a crystal meth  drug lord ends its riveting and violent eight-season run next week, but it took  top honors at the 65th annual Emmy Awards, hosted by Neil Patrick  Harris at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles.

“Holy crap! Man, I did not see this coming,” said “Breaking Bad” creator  Vince Gilligan. “I thought this was going to be ‘House of Cards.’ Or it could  have been ‘Homeland.’ Or it could have been ‘Mad Men’ or ‘Game of Thrones’ or  ‘Downton Abbey’ …or any others not nominated in this golden age of television  that we feel so proud to be a part of.”

Jeff Daniels is as surprised as everyone else as he accepts the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series award.

Jeff Daniels is as surprised as  everyone else as he accepts the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series award.

The awards show was packed with memorials to stars who died this year in an  extra-long “In Memoriam” segment. Even the Emmy for best writing in a drama went  to “Homeland” writer Henry Bromell – who died in March.

“Well, this may be the saddest Emmys of all time, but we could not be  happier,” “Modern Family” creator Steven Levitan half-joked while accepting the  best comedy Emmy for the third year in a row.

Bryan Cranston may have lost out to Daniels — but shows his gratification after 'Breaking Bad's' big win.

Bryan Cranston may have lost out to  Daniels — but shows his gratification after ‘Breaking Bad’s’ big win.

The evening was also marked by a major upset — Jeff Daniels beat Bryan  Cranston to win the Emmy for Best Actor in a Drama Series, besting a red-hot  field that included Bryan Cranston of “Breaking Bad,” Jon Hamm of “Mad Men” and  Kevin Spacey of “House of Cards.”

Host Neil Patrick Harris, center, performs a dance number with Nathan Fillion, left, and Sarah Silverman, right, during the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards.

Host Neil Patrick Harris, center,  performs a dance number with Nathan Fillion, left, and Sarah Silverman, right,  during the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards.

Daniels, 58, said he’d also received an award from the American Association  of Retired Persons and deadpanned: “With all due respect to the AARP, this is  even better.”

Best Actress in a Drama was much less of a surprise – Claire Danes won again  for playing a crazed CIA agent in “Homeland.”

The cast and producers of 'Modern Family' take the stage to accept the Outstanding Comedy Emmy.

The cast and producers of ‘Modern  Family’ take the stage to accept the Outstanding Comedy Emmy.

Michael Douglas won his first Emmy for his portrayal of Liberace in HBO’s  “Behind the Candelabra,” which also took best movie or miniseries.

Douglas thanked his wife Catherine Zeta Jones, who did not attend, along  with his co-star Matt Damon.

Julia Louis-Dreyfuss accepts the award for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series for her role in HBO's 'Veep' as co-star and fellow winnerTony Hale coaches her on her speech.

Julia Louis-Dreyfuss accepts the  award for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series for her role in HBO’s  ‘Veep’ as co-star and fellow winnerTony Hale coaches her on her speech.

“The only reason I’m standing here is because of you,” he said to Damon.  “You really deserve half of this, so you want the bottom or the top?”

The 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards kicked off Sunday night in Los Angeles, Calif., with plenty of drama.

The 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards  kicked off Sunday night in Los Angeles, Calif., with plenty of drama.

“Breaking Bad” star Anna Gunn won Best Supporting Actress in a Drama and  Bobby Cannavale took the Emmy for Best Supporting Actor in a drama.

Tony Hale won Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for “Veep,”  while his co-star, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, took home her second straight  Outstanding Actress in a Comedy.

Michael Douglas gives a shoutout to 'Behind the Candelabra' star after receiving his Emmy.

Michael Douglas gives a shoutout to  ‘Behind the Candelabra’ star after receiving his Emmy.

The first award of the night led to what had to be the shortest acceptance  speech in Emmy history.

“Nurse Jackie” star Merritt Wever, who took the award for Best Supporting  Actress, said only: “I gotta go, bye.”

 

“Merritt Wever, best speech ever,” said Harris.

Host Neil Patrick Harris, right, opens the show with the help of previous host Jimmy Kimmel at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday night.

Host Neil Patrick Harris, right,  opens the show with the help of previous host Jimmy Kimmel at the 65th Primetime  Emmy Awards on Sunday night.

Harris’ opening bit was interrupted by former hosts Jimmy Kimmel, Jane  Lynch, Jimmy Fallon and Conan O’Brien, each eager to give some unsolicited  advice.

“I hosted back in the days where there was no Internet,” said O’Brien. “Back  then you had to pay for porn.”

Actresses Tina Fey, left, and Amy Poehler pretend to stumble as they take the stage to present the first award of the evening.

Actresses Tina Fey, left, and Amy  Poehler pretend to stumble as they take the stage to present the first award of  the evening.

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler called out from the front row for Harris to twerk.  “It might be degrading, but we’d be de-grateful,” said Poehler.

In the tribute segments, close friends praised five recently deceased  television greats.

Singer Elton John performs a tribute to Liberace.

Singer Elton John performs a tribute  to Liberace.

Edie Falco fought back tears as she talked about James Gandolfini.

 

Actor Robin Williams pays tribute to his late 'Mork & Mindy' co-star Jonathan Winters.

Actor Robin Williams pays tribute to  his late ‘Mork & Mindy’ co-star Jonathan Winters.

“His portrayal of Tony Soprano had such depth and dimension that there are  still a lot of people who have a hard time believing that’s not who he really  was,” she said. “Well, I’m here to tell you, Jim was really quite different. He  had tremendous warmth and heart.”

“Colbert Report” won Best Variety Series and Don Roy King won his fourth  consecutive Emmy for directing “Saturday Night Live.”

Actress Carrie Preston, who would go on to win an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama, arrives at the red carpet in front of the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon.

Actress Carrie Preston, who would go  on to win an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama, arrives at the red  carpet in front of the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon.

Carrie Underwood sang the Beatles’ classic, “Yesterday” in a tribute to the  year 1963.

Before the telecast, all eyes were on Netflix’s web series “House of Cards,”  which had the potential to set a major landmark at the expense of “traditional”  television if it won the Outsanding Drama Emmy. In the end, however, only David  Fincher won for directing an episode of the critically-lauded drama.

 

 

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