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“It’s a damn great cast, with the best actors on TV,” Vince Gilligan said backstage after the win for the AMC/Sony Pictures Television show.
Among the new editions to its war chest: outstanding drama, Bryan Cranston‘s fourth lead actor win for playing Walter White, Aaron Paul‘s third supporting actor statuette for working his magic as Jesse Pinkman and Anna Gunn‘s second consecutive outstanding supporting actress award for playing Skyler White.
Moira Walley-Beckett also took home a writing award for penning “Ozymandias” (beating Gilligan in the same category).
Cranston gave credit to Gilligan and the writing staff, saying he could never predict where the scripts would go.
“We all bow to the genius of Vince Gilligan and his writing staff,” Cranston said.
Breaking Bad ends its Emmy runs with 16 total awards and 58 nominations over the years. The competition was stiff, but voters turned out for the sentimental favorite.
“Even I thought about voting for Matthew [McConaughey],” Cranston said of his True Detective competition during his acceptance speech.
Gilligan admitted that like last year, he did not expect to win.
“But when Aaron then Anna and Bryan won, then well, hell, we might have a real chance here,” he said. “It’s a wonderful surprise and a real honor. We’re up against some very stiff competition.”
Lesley Goldberg contributed reporting.
Aug. 25, 9:10 p.m. Updated with backstage quotes.
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