The 2014 Emmys were held on a Monday night in August, preceded by the VMAs. Hosted by Seth Myers, he made an affable and reliable host.
The show began amid a few jokes about HBO and Netflix, who received 99 nominations and won 18 Emmys that night, and the latter took home seven wins out of their 31 nominations.
A handful of the same shows and people accepted their golden statues, several of them for the second, third, or even firth time.
Notably, Breaking Bad won six out of their 16 nominations. Among their wins were Best Drama Series, which the show won last year as well, and Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, and Aaron Paul all took home Emmys.
Modern Family was among the repeat winners, yet again taking home the award for Outstanding Comedy Series, making this the show’s fifth win and fifth nomination.
Jim Parsons humbly received another golden statue in the category of Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his role in Big Bang Theory, making this his sixth nomination and fourth win.
With all these recurring wins, people have begun to believe that perhaps the academy should start picking different people for such accolades.
The Normal Heart, a drama about the rise of the HIV-AIDS crisis in the 1980s, was mentioned prolifically throughout the night, earned 16 nominations, and won only two, one of which being Best TV Movie.
After the montage in memoriam of those lost since the last Emmys (which was accompanied by Sara Bareilles’ rendition of “Smile”), there was a tribute to Robin Williams, led by Billy Crystal, who spoke of him fondly.
“It’s very hard to talk about him in the past because he was so present in all of our lives,” Crystal said. “For almost 40 years, he was the brightest star in the comedy galaxy.”
Following his speech, there were clips of Williams doing what he did best: making people laugh.
Some more upbeat moments during the show involved an exaggerated kiss between Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Bryan Cranston after she didn’t remember him from Seinfeld, various quips from Jimmy Kimmel, and a bitter Ricky Gervais read his acceptance speech despite being beat by Jim Parsons.
Additionally, Weird Al Yankovic did a song and dance medley featuring Andy Samberg to satirically revamp the theme songs of shows such as Game of Thrones and Scandal.
At one point during the Emmys, Sofia Vergara was literally placed on a rotating pedestal to distract from the boring speech being given by the chairman Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, which critics say was a blatantly sexist move.
The Emmys ended rather abruptly after Breaking Bad accepted yet another award and Meyers wished the viewers a good night.
To quote the Sara Silverman, “We’re just all made of molecules and we’re hurling through space right now.”
For a full list of winners and nominations for the 2014 Emmys, click here.