It was Breaking Bad night at the Emmy Awards on Monday. The AMC show's final season nearly swept the major drama awards, taking six trophies during the telecast.

Unfortunately, the highlights of the show were few and far between, with a great deal of time being spent on writing and directing awards, particularly for mini-series. And though host Seth Meyers was witty and pithy throughout, his understated humor added to the low-energy feel of the telecast.

Other big winners were Modern Family, which took Outstanding Comedy Series andOutstanding Actor in a Comedy Series for Ty Burrell, and American Horror Story: Coven, which won a number of mini-series awards.


  • Bucking the awards-show trend of flashy opening numbers, Meyers delivered a traditional monologue in a suit. Though it had some humorous lines -- especially some cracks about Emmys home NBC -- it fell pretty flat.
  • Probably the most emotional moment came when Sara Bareilles delivered a poignant version of Nat King Cole's "Smile" for the annual In Memoriam segment, and then Billy Crystal paid special tribute to Robin Williams. His most touching line: "It's very hard to talk about him in the past, because he was so present in all of our lives."
  • Bryan Cranston took the stage with a mustache, which elicited a comment from co-presenter Julia Louis-Dreyfus that he looked like Clark Gable. Julia then pretended not to have remembered his playing her love interest on Seinfeld. And then when she wonOutstanding Actress in a Comedy Series for Veep, the two of them made out wildly as she made her way to the stage.
  • "Weird Al" Yankovic did a medley adding lyrics to the instrumental theme songs from Mad MenScandalHomelandModern Family and Game of Thrones.
  • Jimmy Fallon -- yes, Jimmy Fallon -- accepted on behalf of Stephen Colbert for The Colbert Report's Outstanding Variety Series win. Colbert was whispering the speech into Fallon's ear, and got him to drop a bleeped F-bomb. Colbert did add a few remarks of his own at the end.
  • Jimmy Kimmel roasted Matthew McConaughey for a full minute -- with a dig at Ricky Gervais -- before presenting Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.
  • One of the funniest bits was a man-on-the-street montage where average people had basically no idea about any of the Emmy nominees.
  • A Q-and-A session with the audience got some hilarious questions from nominees, like Jon Hamm asking whether the show would be televised and Melissa McCarthy asking if she'd get a parking ticket for leaving her car on the sidewalk.
  • Stephen Colbert may have been the funniest presenter, introducing the world to his imaginary and best friend Roscoe.
  • Jessica Lange won Outstanding Actress in a Mini-Series or a Movie, and she seemed a bit tipsy during her speech -- even needing help to the stage.
  • Bryan Cranston nabbed Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series and gave his love to all the usual suspects, but notably to his Breaking Bad wife Anna Gunn, "especially those scenes in bed."