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'Breaking Bad,' 'Modern Family' crowned at Emmys

  • Anna Gunn accepts the award for outstanding supporting actress in a drama series for her role on “Breaking Bad” at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre on Sunday Sept. 22, 2013, in Los Angeles. (CHRIS PIZZELLO/ASSOCIATED PRESS)

LOS ANGELES — "Breaking Bad," the brutal saga of an everyman's ambition turned evil, captured its first best drama Emmy Award on Sunday, while "Modern Family" won its fourth consecutive trophy for top comedy series.

"I did not see this coming," said "Breaking Bad" creator Vince Gilligan, tipping his hat to competitor "House of Cards," the first online contender for top Emmy honors.

Jeff Daniels won the Emmy for best drama series actor for his portrayal of an idealistic TV anchorman in "The Newsroom," with Claire Danes capturing top actress honors for her troubled CIA agent in "Homeland."

2013 Primetime Emmys Awards

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Daniels noted that he'd also received an age 50-plus acting honor from AARP, which represents the interests of older Americans.

"With all due respect to the AARP, this is even better," Daniels said.

Danes, who captured her second trophy for the terrorism drama, paid tribute to one of the series' writers, Henry Bromell, who died last March and who received a writing Emmy posthumously Sunday.

The ceremony often struck a melancholy note with extended tributes to stars and other industry members who died in the past year.

"Well, this may be the saddest Emmys of all time but we could not be happier," said "Modern Family" executive producer Steve Levitan.

It also included upsets, defying the conventional wisdom in several categories, including acting categories.

"This just in. Nobody in America is winning their Emmy office pool. Surprises galore," host Neil Patrick Harris.

Danes' win ended the hopes that "Scandal" best actress nominee Kerry Washington would become the first African-American to win in the category.

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