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The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards (Photos)

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  • Actress Angela Bassett, from the FX drama series "American Horror Story: Coven," arrives at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California . REUTERS

  • Gabourey Sidibe arrives at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California. REUTERS

  • Halle Berry poses backstage at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California. REUTERS

  • TV personality Giuliana Rancic attends the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage

  • TV personality Kelly Osbourne attends the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Jeff Vespa/WireImage

  • Actress Sarah Hyland attends the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage

  • TV personality Heidi Klum attends the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage

  • Actress Melissa McCarthy arrives to the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Nokia Theater. Getty Images

  • Actress Keke Palmer attends the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Jeff Vespa/WireImage

  • Actress Octavia Spencer arrives to the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Nokia Theater. Getty Images

  • Actress Kerry Washington attends the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage

  • Actress Sofia Vergara attends the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage

  • Actress Viola Davis attends the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Jeff Vespa/WireImage

  • Actors Don Cheadle (R) and Bridgid Coulter attend the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage

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Cult TV drama series "Breaking Bad" and comedy hit "Modern Family" were the big winners Monday at the annual Emmys, which paid moving tribute to late Hollywood icon Robin Williams.

Royal feud saga "Game of Thrones," which had garnered the most nominations, went home with none of the big prizes from the 66th Primetime Emmys, television's equivalent of the Oscars.

Other highlights included a passionate on-stage kiss between Bryan Cranston and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and a bizarre segment in which curvy Colombian actress Sofia Vergara rotated on a platform.

"This is... a wonderful time to be working in television," said "Breaking Bad" director Vince Gilligan, accepting the top prize of best drama at the climax of the three-hour show in Los Angeles.

"Breaking Bad," about high school chemistry teacher-turned-drugs-kingpin Walter White, also took the best drama actor award for Cranston, and the best supporting prizes for Aaron Paul and Anna Gunn, who played his partner and wife, respectively.

"Modern Family" meanwhile won best comedy series for the fifth year in a row, equaling a record set by "Frasier" between 1994 and 1998.

Julianna Margulies won the best drama actress for "The Good Wife," while best television movie went to "The Normal Heart," about gay activist Larry Kramer's work to raise HIV/AIDS awareness during the early 1980s.

In a moving acceptance speech, Kramer -- who is HIV positive -- appeared on stage with the film's makers, wrapped in a scarf and hat as he was applauded by the star-studded audience.

The evening's big loser was "Game of Thrones," which was shortlisted in 19 categories and has already renewed for a fifth and sixth season.

In the end, "Game" left with only relatively minor prizes -- joining a list of snubbed shows also including "True Detective," "Orange is the New Black" and "House of Cards."

On the comedy front, Jim Parsons won best comedy actor for "The Big Bang Theory," Louis-Dreyfus best comedy actress for "Veep," Ty Burrell for "Modern Family" and Louis C.K. for "Louie."

There were giggles -- and cheers -- when "Breaking Bad" star Cranston planted a prolonged kiss on the lips of Louis-Dreyfus as she went up to collect her prize, in one of the more outrageous segments of the evening.

Funnyman Jimmy Kimmel also drew laughs, joking that Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey -- nominated for bleak cop drama "True Detective" -- was too handsome for television.

"Beautiful son of a bitch. That's not a television face, that's a movie star face," Kimmel joked.

In one of the more surreal moments, "Modern Family" star Vergara introduced Television Arts and Sciences President Bruce Rosenblum -- and then proceeded to stand on a rotating platform, displaying her figure-hugging dress -- while he gave a speech.

The skit was presumably intended as an ironic comment on how boring such speeches are -- but online critics immediately mauled it for being sexist.

British comic Ricky Gervais meanwhile joked about missing out on an Emmy for his show "Derek."

"Hello. I lost again! That's good. Twenty-one times! Twenty-one times I've been nominated. Lost 19. It's a cruel joke," he said.

He then read out the speech he said he had prepared, beginning "Ha, ha. I won! I knew I would because I am the best actor," adding that he was "better" than his five fellow nominees.

"Look at their stupid faces. Thank you to the Emmy voters who are never wrong. Well, we know that's bollocks now," he said.

But the ceremony took a serious turn when honoring Hollywood great Williams, who died in an apparent suicide on August 11 at age 63, rocking the entertainment world.

With emotions still raw, his friend and fellow actor-comedian Billy Crystal paid tribute to the Oscar winner during the "in memoriam" part of the primetime program.

"He made us laugh. I spent many happy hours on stage with Robin. His brilliance was stunning, the relentless energy breathtaking," said Crystal, adding Williams' star remained undimmed.

"The glow will be so bright, it will warm your heart and make your eyes glisten, and you'll think to yourselves, Robin Williams. What a concept."

Key winners

BEST DRAMA SERIES

"Breaking Bad"

ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad"

ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife"

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

Aaron Paul, "Breaking Bad"

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

Anna Gunn, "Breaking Bad"

BEST COMEDY SERIES

"Modern Family"

ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory"

ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "Veep"

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

Ty Burrell, "Modern Family"

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

Allison Janney, "Mom"

BEST MINISERIES

"Fargo"

BEST TV MOVIE

"The Normal Heart"

ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE

Benedict Cumberbatch, "Sherlock: His Last Vow"

ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE

Jessica Lange, "American Horror Story: Coven"

BEST REALITY TV PROGRAM

"Shark Tank"

BEST REALITY COMPETITION PROGRAM

"The Amazing Race"

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RobinX

Angela Bassett is drop dead gorgeous!

Aug 26, 2014 11:9 | 3 replies

Mapholobakay1

...wipe your spectacles and look again meneer.

Aug 26, 2014 11:19 | 2 replies

RobinX

My eyesight is just fine.

Aug 26, 2014 11:32 | 0 replies

Mosquer

You don't understand. She remind him of his concubine from Zim

Aug 26, 2014 11:37 | 1 replies

RobinX

And so? And please show some respect. Shame on you disrespecting the dead so.

Aug 26, 2014 11:50 | 0 replies

Shredder

I agree Rob. She is classy woman.

Aug 26, 2014 11:29 | 0 replies

AwesomePerson

Totally agree, she is absolutlety stunning :)

Aug 26, 2014 3:14 | 0 replies

DeCock111

Pic 9 --- Naliya ibele...why are these people doing this to us...ngaske ndilibambe...ndiliphuze

Aug 26, 2014 11:21 | 2 replies

Mapholobakay1

liwile mhlekazi...kusho okubana sekubhedile kunontombi kalokhu.

Aug 26, 2014 11:25 | 1 replies

DeCock111

lol...hayi khona...that shape is perfect...aliwanga tuu...obviously it was not gonna look like ibele le 15 y/o...

Aug 26, 2014 11:32 | 0 replies

s.cold

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Aug 26, 2014 11:39 | 1 replies

DeCock111

uyijonga njani ikuku enxibile...? kusafuneka utye imbotyi ukhule son...he he he

Aug 26, 2014 12:3 | 1 replies

s.cold

HEY BABA ISEJOZI APHA AKUNXITSHWA ZI PENTI(nge accent ya ba.ntu h0lomisa)

Aug 26, 2014 12:24 | 1 replies

DeCock111

lol...wahlanya...(nge accent ka Mangosuthu Buthelezi)

Aug 26, 2014 12:35 | 0 replies

Mapholobakay1

Sidibe defying the odds...Uglies are now permitted in Hollywood. There is hope for Venda people in Joziwood as well.

Aug 26, 2014 11:22 | 1 replies

s.cold

HA HAN HA HA HA HA HA HA I LIKE I LIKE SHE IS FROM LIMPOPO,,,LOL @ VENDALIZARD

Aug 26, 2014 11:38 | 0 replies

MommaC

Hallie Berry is timeless beauty and always looks so elegant. Giuliana should eat something! She looks positively gaunt! It is wonderful to see Heidi Klum aging gracefully and not trying to be mutton dressed like lamb. Keke Palmer needs someone to explain the uses of 'tape' - she could have been the belle of the ball if she only knew about tape

Aug 26, 2014 11:26 | 1 replies

ytieduniS

MommaC - She is, but her new TV show (extant) suuucks.

Aug 27, 2014 10:43 | 0 replies

Shredder

Angela Bassett - Class, class, class. I always loved this woman. Angela Basett was Keke Palmer's mother in Akeelah and the BEE, now look at Keke. Tjo! She is a grown lady now. Oh! The tities are jumping out of the dress girlfriend.

Aug 26, 2014 11:28 | 0 replies

Shredder

Sowetan - Your counter is a mess. It says, there are 107 comments in this article. Actually is fluctuating. Yerr!! What a crap counter.

Aug 26, 2014 11:30 | 0 replies

s.cold

Gabourey Sidibe IS THE WIFE TYPE FOR YOU @SHREDDER @MGIJIMI AND @MAGOSH6,,,,BUT BATHI UNEKUKU ELIMNANDI ELISHISAYO ELICHAMISA UMTHONDO IN A BLINK OF AN EYE LOLO!!!!!!

Aug 26, 2014 11:34 | 1 replies

Shredder

Hihihihi. Usuza ngomlomo manje

Aug 26, 2014 11:45 | 0 replies

maneater

KERRY WASHINGTON!!!!!! my oh my YOU ARE BEAUTIFULL!!!

Aug 26, 2014 11:35 | 0 replies

s.cold

HALLE BERY UGUGILE SISI,,,,,,,SARAH PIC 6 AHHHHHHHHHHH BABYYYYYYYY,,,,,KEKE PIC 9 VALA IBELE SON OR UFUNA NGILIMUNCE,,

Aug 26, 2014 11:37 | 0 replies

Tabeya

Ooh my favorites:- Angela Basset;Halle Barry: Keke Palmer (o godile babe); Kerry Washington and Sofia Vergara. OMG Gabouri Sidibe tlhe!!!! Ao Morena

Aug 26, 2014 11:42 | 0 replies

CHUCKNORRIS1106

WTF is going on on Pic2? Yerrrrr.

Aug 26, 2014 11:48 | 1 replies

s.cold

SHE IS YOUR CHIC SON NGIKUPHA YENA

Aug 26, 2014 12:24 | 0 replies