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Breaking Bad Wins Five Primetime Emmy Awards, Including Outstanding Drama Series

Breaking Bad was honored with five wins at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards tonight, taking home the top prize for Outstanding Drama Series, as well as awards for Outstanding Lead Actor, Outstanding Supporting Actor, Outstanding Supporting Actress and Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series.

Vince Gilligan accepted the prize for Outstanding Drama. This is the second consecutive Outstanding Drama win for Breaking Bad, which has been nominated in the category three previous times. The show faced competition from HBO’s Game of Thrones, Netflix’s House of Cards, PBS’s Downton Abbey, HBO’s True Detective, and AMC’s very own Mad Men.

Bryan Cranston earned his fourth Outstanding Lead Actor Emmy for Breaking Bad. He has been honored with a win or nomination every year of Breaking Bad’s run, and is now tied for overall wins for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. His competition this year included Kevin Spacey (Netflix’s House of Cards), Jeff Daniels (HBO’s The Newsroom), Woody Harrelson (HBO’s True Detective), Matthew McConaughey (HBO’s True Detective) and Jon Hamm (AMC’s Mad Men). (Click here to read an interview with Bryan Cranston.)

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Aaron Paul won his third Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor, besting Jim Carter (PBS’s Downton Abbey), Peter Dinklage (HBO’s Game of Thrones), Josh Charles (CBS’s The Good Wife), Mandy Patinkin (Showtime’s Homeland) and Jon Voight (Showtime’s Ray Donovan) for the award. Paul now holds the record for most Outstanding Supporting Actor wins for one program, and is tied for the most wins ever by an actor in the Supporting Actor category. (Click here to read an interview with Aaron Paul.)

Anna Gunn earned her second consecutive Outstanding Supporting Actress award. This was her second Emmy award for Breaking Bad and her third nomination. Other contenders in the category included: Maggie Smith (PBS’s Downton Abbey), Joanne Froggatt (PBS’s Downton Abbey), Lena Headey (HBO’s Game of Thrones), Christine Baranski (CBS’s The Good Wife) and Christina Hendricks (AMC’s Mad Men). (Click here to read an interview with Anna Gunn.)

Additionally, Breaking Bad was awarded for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series. Moira Walley-Beckett accepted the award for her work on Season 5, Episode 14,”Ozymandias.”

Breaking Bad also won a prize at last week’s Creative Arts Emmy Awards, where Skip MacDonald took home the award for Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series.  He received the honor for his work on Season 5, Episode 16, “Felina.”

For a complete list of winners, visit the official Emmys website.

To see photos from the glamorous AMC Emmy Awards After Party, check out this gallery, featuring Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Jon Hamm, Christina Hendricks and more.

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