Emmys Bring Historic Night for AMC Plus Freshman Bliss
AMC made Emmy history tonight becoming the first cable network to win the coveted Outstanding Drama award for Mad Men for three consecutive years. The sultry period piece also snared Outstanding Writing, Casting, and Hairstyling. (Those Mad Men stylists really know how to nail the bee hive!). Mad Men star Jon Hamm also delighted the Emmy audience with his participation in the introductory Glee-inspired rendition of "Born to Run," which featured - amongst other things - Hamm bumping and grinding for an appreciative Betty White.
Meanwhile, in other serious business AMC landed more significant wins when Bryan Cranston became the first actor to win three consecutive awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama for his portrayal of the morality-naut Walter White on Breaking Bad. Cranston's co-star, Aaron Paul, brought home a long overdue statue for this portrayal of Walter's assistant/partner Jesse Pinkham.
AMC's dominance at the awards in terms of sheer nominations punctuated the fact that AMC is dedicated to telling innovative and engaging stories. AMC has received a total of 23 awards since cracking the Emmy scene in 2007. The big four better hope the network doesn't find its way to the free airwaves.
ABC's Freshman comedy Modern Family also prevailed with significant wins such as Outstanding Comedy, Outstanding Supporting Actor for Eric Stonestreet, and Outstanding writing for a comedy.
Other awards included Eddie Falco bringing home the award for Lead Actress in a comedy, Jane Lynch for Outstanding Supporting Actress for her work on Glee (Which also nailed an Emmy for Direction), and Archie Panjabi for Outstanding Supporting actress in a Drama.
Without a doubt the big upsets of the evening were Eddie Falco's mildly unexpected win, and Jim Parsons' well deserved win as Outstanding Lead Actor for The Big Bang Theory.
Alas, LOST, which did win a Creative Emmy for editing, did not manage to win in any major categories for its final season despite earning a bevy of significant nominations.