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AMC network's television series Breaking Bad and ABC's Modern Family have won some of the top honours at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles.
While Breaking Bad has won the award for Outstanding Drama Series, its cast member Anna Gunn, who plays the lead character's wife, Skyler, in the crime drama series, bags the best supporting actress prize.
Breaking Bad is the story of a struggling chemistry teacher diagnosed with lung cancer who is drawn to crime to secure his family's financial future.
Breaking Bad, currently in the last stages of its fifth season, has won the Emmy's outstanding drama series award for the first time. "I did not see this coming," Vince Gilligan, creator and producer of the series, said, CBS News reported.
Modern Family won the Emmy for outstanding comedy series for the fourth consecutive year. However, the Emmy Awards 2013 saw a change in convention in several categories. For instance, Tony Hale of Veep bagged the award for best supporting actor in a comedy, a category that has seen only Modern Family actors winning in recent years.
Emmy Awards 2013 Defies Tradition?
Emmy Awards' reporter and lead television critic Barry Garron notes that the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards saw most of the predictions about the winners turning true. However, there are a few exceptions.
"Claire Danes won a second consecutive Emmy for outstanding lead actress in the Showtime drama, Homeland. Jim Parsons of CBS's The Big Bang Theory won a third Emmy for outstanding lead comedy actor and lead actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus won a second Emmy for the HBO comedy Veep," Garron said.
He added: "At the same time, Jeff Daniels surprised many Emmy guessers with a win for comedy actor for HBO's The Newsroom." 'I didn't expect this,' he confessed, accepting the statuette.
Debut Awards at Primetime Emmy
The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Primetime Emmy Awards 2013 bestowed, for the first time, a trophy on a programme that is shown neither on broadcast nor cable but seen via internet streaming. David Fincher won an Emmy for directing the political thriller House of Cards, shown on Netflix.
The other first-time category included choreography. Derek Hough of ABC's Dancing with the Stars won the award for outstanding choreography.
For the full list of winners of the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards, click here. Scroll down to view some of the winning moments of Breaking Bad and Modern Family.