"Breaking Bad" best drama at 65th Prime Time Emmys

Carrie Underwood performed during the 65th Emmy Awards. Source: Emmy Awards
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Prime time Emmy Awards are handed out tonight.

"Breaking Bad," AMC's soon-to-end tale of Walter White's descent into depravity, won the Emmy Award for best drama. The honor on Sunday was the first time "Breaking Bad" had won the award despite three previous nominations.

Its star, Bryan Cranston, has won three best actor Emmys for his portrayal of White, the terminally ill chemistry teacher who turns into a drug lord to provide for his family. He lost this year but Anna Gunn, the actress who portrays his wife, won a supporting actress award. The win came one week before AMC is due to air the series finale.

ABC's madcap "Modern Family" won its fourth Emmy Award in a row as best comedy series. The much-honored comedy and its ensemble cast had won the best comedy Emmy in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Claire Danes of Showtime's "Homeland" has won her second straight award for best actress in a drama for her role as CIA agent Carrie Mathison. The Emmy Sunday represented the third time Danes has taken home a trophy in four years. 

Jeff Daniels has won the Emmy Award for best drama actor for his role as self-righteous news anchor Will McAvoy in the HBO drama "Newsroom." It was Daniels' first Emmy, indeed his first nomination. The television news industry drama was created by veteran TV writer Aaron Sorkin.

Jim Parsons of "The Big Bang Theory" has won his third Emmy for best actor in a comedy.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus has won her second straight Emmy as best comedy actress for her role as vice president of the United States in the HBO series "Veep."

Neil Patrick Harris is host of the 65th Emmy Awards.

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