THE 66TH PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS TRANSCRIPTS
**Transcripts here are ordered by the most recent transcript received at the top.** = Will be updated
OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
VINCE GILLIGAN: Wow. Holy cow. Fastest Emmys ever. This thing flew. Thank you so much for this wonderful farewell to our show. You have been very kind to us indeed. And congratulations to all the other nominees who we are honored to stand amongst. This is indeed a wonderful time to be working in television. I think you all know that. We’re lucky. We’re lucky all to be working now. And I want to thank AMC and Sony, and I want to thank the best damn crew ever in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I want to thank our wonderful producers and the best cast, the best writers and directors. Colin Bucksey, who tonight, Adam Bernstein over there too. Congratulations to you guys. And Michelle MacLaren, all our other directors. And, of course, Mr. Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Dean Norris, who couldn’t be here tonight, RJ Mitte, Betsy Brandt. Thank you very much.
OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES
STEVEN LEVITAN: Thank you so much. When my daughter was ten, she came to work with me on a day that we were trying to come up with a story. She sat with a room full of writers, watching them think, talk, share anecdotes, watch YouTube videos, anything to spark an idea, and eight long hours later, we had absolutely nothing. We went home, and I was a little bit embarrassed. And, then, she looked up at me in these big eyes, and she said, “Thanks for taking me to work with you, Daddy. I really loved it so much. I learned what you did, and it makes me so proud.” And, then, she turned to the kitchen and said to my wife, “It’s a wonder we have a roof over our heads.” (Laughter.) It’s all a wonder that we get to do this for a living, that we get to be the ones up here when there are so many deserving shows, that we get to touch so many people’s lives, and that we get to work with such extraordinary people like this every single day. I don’t know how else to say it, but “Modern Family” has been a big, beautiful dream for the last five years, and we thank you for not waking us up. Thank you. (Applause.)
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA series
BRYAN CRANSTON ‑‑ “BREAKING BAD”
BRYAN CRANSTON: Oh, wow. Even I thought about voting for Matthew.
My friend. I don’t know why I have been blessed with an abundance of good fortune in my life. I was a kid who always looked for the shortcut, a schemer. My own family nicknamed me Sneaky Pete.
My own family.
So I did happen to stumble upon finding a passion that created a seed and bloomed into something so wonderful for me. I love to act. It is a passion of mine, and I will do it until my last breath. I can only say that I have gratitude for everything that has happened. I have gratitude for the Academy, for this lovely honor. To the love of my family, I love you guys. To gratitude for AMC and Sony. And especially Vince Gilligan to make this possible for me to have this role of a lifetime
Gratitude for our writers, our directors, the wonderful crew that we have in New Mexico and this intimate cast that we created. And my dear friend, Aaron Paul, I love you so much. You were with me all the way and I appreciate that and helping each other. To Anna Gunn, my television wife extraordinaire, I love you. And especially those scenes in bed.
Finally, I want to just say that I’d like to dedicate this award to all the Sneaky Petes of the world who thought that maybe settling for mediocrity was a good idea because it was safe. Don’t do it. Take a chance. Take a risk. Find that passion. Rekindle it. Fall in love all over again. It’s really worth it. God bless you. Thank you very much.
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
JULIANNA MARGULIES ‑ “THE GOOD WIFE”
JULIANNA MARGULIES: Thank you so much. What a wonderful time for women on television. And all the women that I’m nominated with here tonight is such a testament to that. But truly, this belongs to Robert and Michelle King; all our writers, who never cease to amaze me with 22 episodes a year. And I have to thank my gorgeous cast. You are spectacular. Christine Baranski, you are a beacon of light to all of us. And Josh Charles, I miss you every day. What were you thinking? And to my amazing, amazing crew: my sweet Nellies, my Joe. Alex Nhancale and Cari Ross, for keeping me alive. And I just want to say a big thank you to Jim McKay, who directed the episode is that I ‑‑ I submitted with such clarity. And to the two best things that ever happened to me, Keith and Kieran. Best part of my day is coming home to you. I love you. Thank you.
OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A DRAMA SERIES
Moira Walley‑Beckett: “Breaking bad”
MOIRA WALLEY‑BECKETT: Vince Gilligan, this is your fault. Thank you for your mentorship and your mad skills, yo. I share this ‑‑ I share this wholeheartedly with you and with my fellow writers: Sam Catlin, Tom Schnauz, Peter Gould, George Mastras, and Genny Hutchison. I couldn’t have asked for better fellow comrades all those years in that CD Fox hole in Burbank. To my brilliant cast of actors, writing for you was pure joy. To my wonder twin, Director Rian Johnson, you realize you do this beautifully. Melissa Bernstein, thank you for taking a chance at bringing me to Vince. To my agent, Josh Hornstock, for your unwaivering support. To AMC and Sony for being so damn cool. And to the Academy, it’s not possible for me to be more thrilled by this gleaming honor. Thank you. (Applause.)
OUTSTAND SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Anna Gunn ‑‑ “Breaking Bad”
ANNA GUNN: Thank you so much to the Academy. I am just so honored to be in the company of my fellow nominees and I am inspired by all of your work. It is luck that brought me seven years ago to getting a phone call from Sharon Bialy, our amazing casting director, who said, “Get your patootie in here and read for the show. It’s the best thing that you ‑‑ it’s the best pilot script I’ve ever seen.” She was right and it turned into the most extraordinary journey over the past seven years, and I have been unbelievably fortunate. And, Vince Gilligan, you are the reason for that, so thank you.
Our amazing producers, our incredible writers, our amazing crew back in New Mexico and also, the most remarkable cast that I could ever have asked to work with every single day, especially Bryan Cranston, my TV husband, the baddest and the absolute best human being and the best scene partner I could have ever asked for. I love you. And, mom and dad, you’re my heart and thank you for keeping me going all these years and never letting me give up. Thank you very much.
OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A DRAMA SERIES
CARY JOJI FUKUNAGA ‑ “TRUE DETECTIVE” ‑ WHO GOES THERE
CARY JOJI FUKUNAGA: Oh, man. I should have written something. This is awesome. Goddamn. You’re going to need a broom to sweep up the names I’m about to drop. Thank you to HBO, Lombardo, Alan Berg, Levine [sp.], Thank you to the television Academy. Thank you to Golan, Michael Sugar at Anonymous, WME, Craig Kestel, the whole crew during production and post; of course, to my family and to my friends back home watching in New York. What’s up? This is awesome. I’m at a loss for words. Thank you.
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Aaron Paul: “Breaking bad”
AARON PAUL: Oh, wow. I feel like I’m going to throw up. Can we please have another round of applause for Jim Carter, Josh Charles, Peter Dinklage, Jon Voight, and Mandy Patinkin. (Applause.) I am so ‑‑ I know I can speak for everyone in this room. We are so happy you found this gift inside you guys and decided to share it with us. So thank you. Thank you so much. My God, “Breaking Bad,” it has changed my life. And I am standing up here because of one man, and that is Vince Gilligan. Thank you so much, Vince. Thank you for believing in me, trusting in me to play this guy. I miss him, you know. I love him, the best cast and crew I’ve ever worked with and for. Bryan, there’s not a ‑‑ there’s not a single day that goes by that I do not miss running to work to be able to work opposite of you, my friend. I’ve learned so much on screen and off. Thank you. Thank you. Cast, I love you guys. My friends, my family, thank you. And to my wife, my God, thank you for marrying me. Thank you for dedicating your life to spread kindness across the world. We all appreciate it. If you guys don’t know what she does, look up Kind Campaign. Do yourself and your children a fair, Kind Campaign. Thank you so much. Thank you. (Applause.)
OUTSTANDING VARIETY SERIES
“The Colbert Report”
JIMMY FALLON: It’s unbelievable. She said it wrong, so there MUST be a mistake. So it’s just very interesting. It’s unbelievable. I love ‑‑ I want to see the envelope. I want to see the envelope, because that ‑‑
I just want to thank Stephen and all his writers for doing such a great job. I mean, you guys are the best. Colbert, you guys are the greatest. And we want to thank Comedy Central, of course. They’re great.
(Stephen Colbert whispering in Jimmy Fallon’s ear) I want to thank his wife and his children. They’re just fantastic. And everyone who’s worked on the show for the last nine years. And you know who you are. If you don’t know who you are, go to IMDb. It’s very comprehensive, so you could probably ‑‑ if you always wanted to work on the show and you don’t have a chance now because it’s ending, just put your name on IMDb and I’ll back you up. Just call yourself like a creative consultant or some bullshit like that.
That’s ‑‑ don’t make me say that (to Stephen Colbert). You’re in trouble.
STEPHEN COLBERT: No, you said it.
JIMMY FALLON: No, you said it. Here (hands Stephen Colbert Emmy Award).
STEPHEN COLBERT: Thank you. It has been a ton of fun to do the show for the last nine years. Thank you so much for giving us this award. We want to thank Jon Stewart again. We want to thank everybody who’s not on this stage, who worked on the show. Our writers won last week for writing a variety series. I’m so proud of those guys and one woman. (Audio interruption.) And sorry for that, for some reason.
And I love my wife and I love my children, and thank you for all your patience with me. Thank you.
OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A VARIETY SPECIAL
GLENN WEISS ‑ “67TH ANNUAL TONY AWARDS”
GLENN WEISS: Thank you, yes. Thank you. This is beyond surreal, but also awesome, doing this while you’re doing a show. The Tony Awards are such a passion project. I love doing them. But this represents a big, big, big team of people, like 700 people or so, working from Broadway and television. I love and respect them all. No director is anything without his DGA, AD, and stage management team. I thank the AD and stage management team from the Tony Awards, from the Emmy Awards, from every other show we do because you guys are awesome. I also thank everyone who is on headsets listening to all the fun stuff we do here. I want to thank my producing partner Ricky Kirshner, the head writer, Dave Boone, and most importantly, for an insane open and an insane show, Mr. Neil Patrick Harris. You are awesome. The show was great. I thank you so much. Sydney, Taylor, I wish you guys were here. Too bad you’re not. Taylor, look, I wore it, and it brought me luck. Thank you. Mom and Dad, I love you. Thank you very much. I appreciate this. We have to go back out and continue the show. Jan, thanks for being a part of this. And here we go. Stand by, announcer. Cue announcer. Take aid.
OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A VARIETY SPECIAL
“Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles”
SARAH SILVERMAN: This didn’t even occur to me. Um, thank you to my Jews at CAA, Larry, Moe, Curly, and Nick Usiphoro. Heidi Erzod produced it, and Liam Lynch directed it. We’ve got the old team back together: HBO, Michael Lombardo, Nina Rosenstein, and Funny Or Die, Betsy and Ana and “Amy’s V,” my friends and my manager and my partner, and thank you for being such a huge part of my life. Flanny, Mark Flanagan at Largo, thank you for making Largo my home and for introducing me to my love, Mr. Fancy Pants Sheen. And we are all just made of molecules, and we are hurling through space right now. Thank you. (Applause.)
OUTSTANDING TELEVISION MOVIE
“THE NORMAL HEART” – HBO
RYAN MURPHY: Thank you to the Academy. Thank you to HBO, particularly Michael Lombardo and Richard Plepler, Len Amato and Dana Walden and Gary Newman (phonetic) for believing in this movie. We’re only here because one person and that’s Mr. Larry Kramer.
We did this for him. Special thanks to our wonderful cast. Particularly a shout‑out to Julia Roberts and Mark Ruffalo who got this movie made.
After 30 years, it took the superpowers of Erin Brockovich and The Incredible Hulk to finally get this thing alive.
We’re going to use the rest of our time to ask young people watching to become Larry Kramers, to find a cause you believe in, that you will fight for, that you will die for. Go online. Look up amfAR. Look up the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.
This is for all of the hundreds of thousands of artists who have passed from HIV/AIDS since 1981. Your memory and your passion burns on in us. And this is for them. Thank you.
NOAH HAWLEY: Okay. This is a true story. The first time I talked to Joel and Ethan Coen was when they called me after they read the script. And I had a baby strapped to me. I mean, my baby, not a random baby. And they said, “Look, we hate imitation, but it was eerie reading this because it felt like you were channeling us.” So who else can I thank but Joel and Ethan Coen, who, of course, don’t watch the Emmys? But they let me pretend, if only for five minutes, that I was one of the greatest filmmakers alive. And I want to thank them for that. I want to thank John Landgraf and everyone at FX. I want to thank everyone at MGM, my amazing cast, Billy and Martin and Allison and Colin, and everyone. I want to thank my amazing producers, my crew. Let’s do it again. What do you say?
WOMAN: Yes, please.
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR A MOVIE
JESSICA LANGE: “AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN”
JESSICA LANGE: I am profoundly surprised at this but very grateful. Thank you to the Academy and a special thanks to everybody who is part of my life on this show, starting with, as Kathy said, one of the greatest crews that work tirelessly, to our amazing set of directors, our incredible writers, and a cast that is just a dream come true beginning to end; and, of course, to Brad and to my darling Ryan who makes this all possible. I don’t know what to say. I truly am so surprised. So thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you very much. (Applause.)
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR A MOVIE
BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH ‑ “SHERLOCK: HIS LAST VOW (MASTERPIECE)”
Unable to attend
OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A MINISERIES, MOVIE, OR A DRAMATIC SPECIAL
COLIN BUCKSEY, “FARGO” BURIDAN’S ASS
COLIN BUCKSEY: This is it’s such a surprise. I’m so glad I got back from the loo in time. Noah Hawley, Warren Littlefield, thank you for asking me to do this show. Thank you to a fantastic cast. To my fellow technicians in Calgary, who froze in subzero temperatures along with me. And my thanks to the Academy. This is a real honor. Thank you.
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR A MOVIE
MARTIN FREEMAN: “Sherlock: His Last Vow” (Unable to attend.)
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR A MOVIE
KATHY BATES ‑ “AMERICAN HORROR STORY: Coven”
KATHY BATES: Okay. Well, I was sure I wasn’t going to win. I’m serious, because the first place I went when I got here was the green room and there were guys in there with the little silver suitcase and they had it open. It was like they were going through the winners and losers. So they caught my eye when I walked in and they both kind of tilted their heads in that sort of social worker I’m sorry way. Then I came in tonight and I was way over there and I thought, yeah, that’s right, I’m not going to win.
Anyway, I have to thank everybody who had anything to do with our show. Last season was awesome. This season is going to be great. I want to thank especially our crew, our writers, but our crew in new Orleans who worked grueling hours, grueling hours to bring this wonderful show to life. This is for them. Thank you all so very much. Thank you.
OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A MINISERIES, MOVIE OR A DRAMATIC SPECIAL
STEVEN MOFFAT ‑ “SHERLOCK: HIS LAST VOW (MASTERPIECE)”
STEVEN MOFFAT: Well, thank you to PBS Masterpiece for suggesting that I prepare something in advance in the event I won, and apologies to the same for not doing that. And to the BBC, the greatest broadcaster in the world, and to Hartswood Films, who, you know, actually make it. A huge thanks to my brilliant, sexy producer, whom I also married. And although I would marry him, I haven’t married Mark Gatiss. He should be up here because every word of Sherlock is done to him as well, and I apologize for him not being up here at the same time. Thank you so much. This is utterly thrilling.
OUTSTANDING REALITY ‑ COMPETITION PROGRAM
“The Amazing Race”
BERTRAM VAN MUNSTER: I can assure you we didn’t expect this at all, really. So I want to thank the Academy, CBS, Les Moonves, Nina Tassler, Chris Castello over there, and all of the hundreds and hundreds of people that worked so hard on this show around the world. The world is not a bad place. Actually, you can go safely to a lot of places, contrary to what they make you believe. So thank you all so very, very much. (Applause.)
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
JULIA LOUIS‑DREYFUS ‑ “VEEP”
(Brian Cranston kisses Julia Louis Dreyfus on her way to the stage.)
JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS: Yeah, he (Brian Cranston) was on “Seinfeld”, no.
Okay. I would love to thank HBO because, honestly, I’ve worked in a lot of places in this town and it’s absolutely my favorite place I’ve ever worked. I’d like to thank ‑‑ yay. I’d like to thank everybody on our show. Obviously, our intrepid, hilarious writers. Huge shout‑out to them, of course. And specifically, to Tony Roche, Simon Blackwell, and Chris Addison our director without whom we couldn’t do this program. And our great cast whom I adore and all of our producers and all of our crew who work so hard. And, of course, our superb leader, Armando Iannucci. I mean, come on, forget about it. But I have to say this show is very dense, as you might notice, and it takes ‑‑ it’s a huge labor of love, and every labor of love takes a lot of labor, so a lot of labor. This one particularly. So I really want to thank everybody on the show for having such extraordinary grace under pressure and for having so much fun. Thank you. Thank you. And thank you.
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
JIM PARSONS ‑ “THE BIG BANG THEORY”
JIM PARSONS: Wow. Oh, my God. I really don’t believe this. I want to start off by saying to the other nominees in the category, to say that I watch your work and I feel inspired is a bit of an understatement. I watch you work, and all of you, and I see you people doing things that I couldn’t do. I see people doing things that I wouldn’t do. I see people doing things, in all seriousness, that are so divergent and all over the place and all of us doing such different things that I do pray to do one day. I really do. But that’s the landscape we live in. And this is all a long way of saying there’s no accounting for taste, and that it’s through a lot of good fortune I stand up here tonight. Thank you, Warner Bros. and CBS. Thank you, Chuck Lorre. Thank you, Steve Molaro and Bill Prady. I want to thank somebody that I’ve never thanked before, largely because he passed away shortly before this craziness started, even though I think he was able to see it in his own way. But it’s my father Mickey Parsons. He was always ‑‑ he encouraged me to be an actor. He never discouraged me to be an actor. And in a career that hinges so much on confidence a lot of the time, that was a really great gift. So thank him and thank all of you. I mean that. Thank you. Good night.
OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A COMEDY SERIES
Gail Mancuos: “Modern Family”
GAIL MANCUSO: Whew. Wow. Thank you so much to the television Academy. I really, really appreciate it. And congratulations to all my fellow nominees. They are ‑‑ it was an amazing, healthy category this year. I feel like I’m going to lose it. I feel like I want to look at my cast, and I love them so much. And if you don’t mind, Matthew McConaughey, I’m just going to make contact with you right now. Whew. That’s much better. Thank you. So, Matthew, I’m going to talk about how great my producers are over there. Jeff Morton, Steve Levitan, Chris Lloyd. I can’t look at them because I’ll cry. They produce a wonderful show, and I wish it was written by ‑‑ if the cameraman could get out of my way a little bit, that would be great. Thank you. I’m just trying to direct this. Right there, baby. Right there. Thank you for staying with me. If ‑‑ thank you. The Las Vegas episode was written by amazing writers, Chris Lloyd, who is also a showrunner, Bill Wrubel, Brad Walsh, and Paul Corrigan ‑‑ I got it ‑‑ and acted by our fabulous talent. I’m going to shift my gaze just for a second to my ‑‑ to my cast over there, which I love, and you guys trusted me this whole time during the Las Vegas farse [sp] episode, and I thank you for that. Who else? Okay. I really am going to now take my eyes off of you because I want to look at my husband, Brian, who I love so much. And I never get tired of looking at you. I love you, Honey. Thank you so much. But what’s really significant about this is this is the 66th Emmy Awards. Sixty‑six years ago this week, my parents Jerry and Viman Mancuso got married, produced three kids: Gary, Greg, and Gail. And I just want to thank them for giving me a great life. Thank you. (Applause.)
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
ALLISON JANNEY ‑‑ “MOM”
ALLISON JANNEY: Thank you so much. Thank you to the members of the Television Academy. Listen, I play a mom on “Mom.” I play a grandmother and, as of last season, I play a great‑grandmother. And I’m just crossing my fingers this season, I’ll be incontinent. That’s, that’s my ‑‑
I want to thank Chuck Lorre. It’s an honor and privilege to work for you.
A genius man, really. All the writers on “Mom.” Eddie Gorodetsky, Gemma Baker, Nick Bakay, and all my friends at CBS, Les Moonves and Nina Tassler. And at Warner Bros. Peter Roth, the best hugger on the planet. If anyone’s ever worked, you know that. Anna Faris, I share this with you. She is the sister I never had. She is the daughter I never had. She is everything I never had. She is beautiful and sublime, as my entire cast is. I thank them and the whole crew and all the people that work behind the scenes to make what I choose look like it was my idea. Hensey (phonetic) and Seabert (phonetic) and Rice (phonetic) and Sam Fellipo (phonetic). This is an amazing honor. Thank you. Number 6. Let’s go.
OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A COMEDY SERIES
Louis C.K. ‑ “Louie ‑ “So Did the Fat Lady”
LOUIS C.K.: Thank you. That’s very nice. I appreciate that. Thank you. I want to thank Sarah Baker, who played the main role in the episode.
Great. And Bobby Kelly also. He was great in it. And Blair Breard, who produces my show, and FX and Pamela Adlon and Steven Wright and Vernon Chatman, who helped me with the writing. And I’d like to thank Ron Lynch, who gave me my first shot as a comedian, and Conan O’Brien, who gave me my first job on television. That goes way back. That’s all. I really appreciate this very much. Thank you.
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
TY BURRELL: Hi. I had a speech, but, apparently, the kids in the cast of “Modern Family” wrote one, too. They handed it to me when I got here. So I’ll read that instead. Thank you so much to the Academy for this Emmy and also to Fox and ABC for my job. I should probably thank my wife because she’s super pretty. I also want to thank my two children that I bring to set sometimes. They are definitely cute. They are just not “I can support my whole family” cute. (Laughter.) All right. Speaking of children, I want to thank the kids on “Modern Family” for their incredible performances week in and week out. I would give them a big hug right now, but it would take me 20 minutes to get to their seats. The adults in the cast deserve our nominations even though the kids have never been nominated because we do something totally different than they do. All right. We complain. J.K., J.K. No. Seriously, the adults really do deserve the Emmys in this cast because we have more material, we work harder, and we are always so prepared. Sometimes it’s hard to tell from the written word. So, to be clear, that was sarcasm. (Laughter.) Anyways, I’m so grateful for this award, and I can’t wait to give it to Nolan Gould. Thank you very much. Thank you. (Applause.)