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‘Game of Thrones’ snubbed, Williams honored at Emmys


Cult TV drama series Breaking Bad and comedy hit Modern Family were the big winners on Monday at the annual Emmys, which paid a 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.

“This is ... a wonderful time to be working in television,” Breaking Bad director Vince Gilligan said as he accepted 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 Bryan Cranston, and the best supporting prizes for Aaron Paul and Anna Gunn, who played his partner and wife respectively.

Modern Family 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.

The evening’s big loser was Game of Thrones, which was shortlisted in 19 categories and has already been 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, Julia 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.

“That’s not a television face, that’s a movie-star face,” Kimmel joked.

However, the ceremony took a serious turn when honoring Hollywood great Williams, who died in an apparent suicide on Aug. 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,” Crystal said, adding that 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.”

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