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The 2014 Emmy Awards Winners -- A Prediction

By Dustin Rowles | Lists | August 22, 2014 |

By Dustin Rowles | Lists | August 22, 2014 |

August 26, 2014 (LOS ANGELES) — The Seth Meyers’ hosted Emmy Awards last night was a lively affair dominated in the awards section by four shows, while the ceremony itself was mostly dominated by memories of Robin Williams, who died two weeks ago. Not only did Billy Crystal pay tribute to Williams during one of the Emmy segments, several presenters shared their stories as well, and even Seth Meyers broke up his mostly conservative, affable monologue to acknowledge the passing of Williams.

But unlike the Emmy ceremony hosted by Neil Patrick Harris last year, in which the Broadway and television star had some difficulty in gaining momentum between all the In Memoriam segments, last night’s affair was noticeably less dreary, as most of the references to Mr. Williams were of a celebratory nature, lending itself to the overall jubilant atmosphere at the ceremony.

As for the awards themselves, Orange is the New Black and Fargo dominated their respective categories (comedy and mini-series), while two shows had to fight over most of the awards in the drama category. Breaking Bad did manage to take home the award for Best Drama in its final season (and Anna Gunn fetched the Best Supporting Actress win), but after a three-year winning streak was broken up by The Newsroom’s Jeff Daniels last year, Bryan Cranston went home empty handed once again, as Matthew McConaughey took him the trophy for best actor.

As you’d expect, McConaughey also delivered one of the night’s best speeches, although Louis C.K. — who took home his first trophy for acting — gave the night’s most memorable speech, one that was again devoted largely to the memory of Robin Williams, with whom Louis recently worked with on an episode of his series.

Here were the night’s winners, including Martin Freeman, who took home two acting trophies (winners in bold).

Best Drama
“Breaking Bad”
“Downton Abbey”
“Game of Thrones”
“House of Cards”
“Mad Men”
“True Detective”

Best Actor — Drama
Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”
Jeff Daniels, “Newsroom”
Woody Harrelson, “True Detective”
Matthew McConaughey, “True Detective”
Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”
Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”

Best Actress — Drama
Michelle Dockery, “Downton Abbey”
Claire Danes, “Homeland”
Robin Wright, “House of Cards”
Kerry Washington, “Scandal”
Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”
Lizzy Caplan, “Masters of Sex”

Best Supporting Actor — Drama
Jon Voight, “Ray Donovan”
Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”
Mandy Patinkin, “Homeland”
Josh Charles, “The Good Wife”
Aaron Paul, “Breaking Bad”
Jim Carter, “Downton Abbey”

Best Supporting Actress — Drama
Anna Gunn, “Breaking Bad”
Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey”
Lena Headey, “Game of Thrones”
Christine Baranski, “The Good Wife”
Christina Hendricks, “Mad Men”
Joanne Froggatt, “Downton Abbey”

Best Comedy
“The Big Bang Theory”
“Modern Family”
“Orange is the New Black”
“Silicon Valley”

Best Actress — Comedy
Lena Dunham, “Girls”
Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
Melissa McCarthy, “Mike & Molly”
Taylor Schilling, “Orange is the New Black”

Best Actor — Comedy
Louis C.K., “Louie”
Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”
Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes”
Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”
William H. Macy, “Shameless”
Ricky Gervais, “Derek”

Best Supporting Actress — Comedy
Mayim Bialik, “The Big Bang Theory”
Julie Bowen, “Modern Family”
Anna Chlumsky, “Veep”
Allison Janney, “Mom”
Kate McKinnon, “Saturday Night Live”
Kate Mulgrew, “Orange Is the New Black”

Best Supporting Actor — Comedy
Adam Driver, “Girls”
Jessie Tyler Ferguson, “Modern Family”
Fred Armisen, “Portlandia”
Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”
Tony Hale, “Veep”
Andre Braugher, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”

Best Television Miniseries
“American Horror Story: Coven”
“Bonnie & Clyde”
“The White Queen”

Best Television Movie
“The Normal Heart”
“The Trip to Bountiful”
“Killing Kennedy”
“Sherlock: His Last Vow”
“Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight”

Lead Actress — TV Movie or Miniseries
Cicely Tyson, “The Trip to Bountiful”
Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Coven”
Sarah Paulson, “American Horror Story: Coven”
Kristen Wiig, “Spoils of Babylon”
Helena Bonham Carter, “Burton and Taylor”
Minnie Driver, “Return to Zero”

Lead Actor — TV Movie or Miniseries
Chiwetel Ejiofor, “Dancing on the Edge”
Mark Ruffalo, “The Normal Heart”
Billy Bob Thornton, “Fargo”
Benedict Cumberbatch, “Sherlock: His Last Vow”
Idris Elba, “Luther”
Martin Freeman, “Fargo”

Supporting Actress — TV Movie or Miniseries”
Frances Conroy, “American Horror Story”
Kathy Bates, “American Horror Story”
Angela Bassett, “American Horror Story”
Alison Tolman, “Fargo”
Ellen Burstyn, “Flowers in the Attic”
Julia Roberts, “The Normal Heart”

Supporting Actor — TV Movie or Miniseries”
Colin Hanks, “Fargo”
Jim Parsons, “The Normal Heart”
Joe Mantello, “The Normal Heart”
Alfred Molina, “The Normal Heart”
Matt Bomer, “The Normal Heart”
Martin Freeman, “Sherlock”

Variety Show
“The Colbert Report”
“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”
“Jimmy Kimmel”
“Live Real Time with Bill Maher”
“Saturday Night Live”
“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”