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Behind the Candelabra takes top Emmy awards

The Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra has taken the top honours at this year’s Emmy awards, held in Los Angeles on Sunday, according to bbc.co.uk.

The film, shown on the cable network HBO in the US, won three awards including best TV movie and a best actor award for Michael Douglas. Breaking Bad was named best drama, while Modern Family took the leading comedy award for the fourth time. Claire Danes took the best actress prize for her role in Homeland.
Accepting his first ever Emmy award, Douglas thanked his family and his wife, Catherine Zeta Jones. The couple, who have been married for 13 years, announced last month that they were “taking time apart”. Douglas also thanked his co-star, fellow nominee Matt Damon. “You’re magnificent,” he said, adding: “The only reason I’m standing here is because of you.”
It was the second consecutive Primetime Emmy award win for Danes in the leading actress category for her portrayal of troubled CIA officer Carrie Mathison in Homeland. She paid tribute to Henry Brommell, one of the writers of the critically acclaimed series, who died in March and received a writing award posthumously during the ceremony. Her co-star, British actor Damian Lewis lost out in the lead actor category to Jeff Daniels, who was the surprise winner for his role in The Newsroom.
It was the first ever Emmy nomination and win for Daniels, who plays self-righteous news anchor Will McAvoy. Daniels beat stiff competition from Kevin Spacey, nominated for House of Cards, Mad Men’s Jon Hamm and Breaking Bad actor Bryan Cranston, who was widely tipped to take the coveted accolade.
As well as taking the top honour of best drama series, Breaking Bad was also successful in the supporting actress category, with Anna Gunn winning ahead of Downton Abbey’s Dame Maggie Smith and Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss.Best supporting actor in a drama series went to Bobby Cannavale for Boardwalk Empire.  British screenwriter Abi Morgan had success with newsroom drama The Hour, claiming the award for best writer in the mini-series or movie category.
In the best comedy actress category, Julia Louis-Dreyfus won her fourth Emmy for her role as the US vice-president in Veep, from The Thick Of It creator Armando Iannucci. She also won an Emmy for Veep last year. Jim Parsons of The Big Bang Theory won his third Emmy for best actor in a comedy. Parsons, who plays Sheldon Cooper in the CBS comedy, scored the hat trick after previous wins in 2010 and 2011.
The glittering ceremony included a performance by Sir Elton John, who paid tribute to the late pianist Liberace.The Sopranos star James Gandolfini was also honoured during the ceremony.
The actor, who won three Emmys for his role as a therapy-seeking mob boss in the show, died in June following a heart attack.

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