“Breaking Bad” earned the most Emmy nominations (13) it had ever received this year, but as the Primetime Emmy ceremony wore on Sunday (Sept. 22), it looked as though the show might not have a very big night.
Anna Gunn scored a breakthrough win for best supporting actress in a drama, but the show missed out on awards for writing, directing and lead (Bryan Cranston) and supporting actor (Aaron Paul and Jonathan Banks). With those losses, it seemed as though another show might take home the big prize for outstanding drama series.
But then a night full of surprises ended with one more — “Breaking Bad” did in fact score its first Emmy for best drama for the first half of its final season, a couple of hours after the next-to-last episode of the series aired on AMC.
It can’t really be considered an upset, given the consistent quality of the series and the groundswell of support it’s received in its final season (the announcement of its win drew one of the biggest cheers of the night from inside the Nokia Theatre). But given the way the night had played out, it also wouldn’t have been surprising had one of the other best drama nominees taken home the award.
“Breaking Bad” won a total of three Emmys in 2013 — in addition to Gunn’s honor, the show also won an Emmy for editing at last week’s Creative Arts ceremony.