Emmy Awards 2014: Winners and memorable moments

By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer

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Seth Meyers was a hilarious host.

This year’s Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by jokester Seth Meyers, brought together the best television shows, actors, and actresses for an evening of high honors. Many were nominated to receive the golden statuette of a winged woman holding an atom, but not all were destined to triumph in TV’s version of the Oscars.

Since MTV’s Video Music Awards aired the night before the Emmys, Meyers humorously pointed out that it’s strange for a channel that no longer does music videos to have such a ceremony. He said it’s “like network TV holding an awards show and giving all the trophies to cable and Netflix. That would be crazy.” Of course, that’s precisely what the Emmys often do! Meyers kept up his famous brand of tongue-in-cheek silliness throughout the evening, and even his weaker jokes made the audience helplessly laugh. His charmingly goofy and bright-eyed facial expressions are just too irresistible!

Speaking of comedy, Modern Family racked up awards like it usually does, including top Comedy Series, Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series with Ty Burrell, and Directing for a Comedy Series with Gail Mancuso. The Big Bang Theory was no slouch either, as Jim Parsons won his fourth Emmy with Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. For the ladies, Julia Louis-Dreyfus landed Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her work in Veep.

On a more serious note, Breaking Bad was the king of the drama categories, earning best Drama Series, Lead Actor in a Drama Series with Bryan Cranston, Supporting Actor in a Drama Series with Aaron Paul, Supporting Actress in a Drama Series with Anna Gunn, and Writing for a Drama Series with Moira Walley-Beckett. Whoa!

Although HBO’s highly-acclaimed True Detective series only won best Directing for a Drama Series (thanks to Cary Joji Fukunaga), many presenters made flattering comments about its Oscar-winning star, Matthew McConaughey. Jimmy Kimmel joked about him being too handsome and Modern Family’s Mancuso said, “If you don’t mind, Matthew McConaughey, I’m gonna make eye contact with you right now.” When he and co-star Woody Harrelson presented Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch with the Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie award, Harrelson joked, “So you won Oscar, (People magazine’s) Sexiest Man Alive and now you want an Emmy, too. Isn’t that a little bit greedy?”

Sherlock also managed to take best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie with Martin Freeman and Writing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special with Steven Moffat. Then, the diabolical Jessica Lange won Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for her work in American Horror Story: Coven, while the show’s equally wicked Kathy Bates conjured Supporting Actress in a Miniseries. In the Variety Series category, The Colbert Report won for best show, while The Amazing Race was honored as the best Reality Competition Program.

Images courtesy of NBC.