“Breaking Bad” has received widespread critical acclaim since its debut in 2008, but the AMC series has never won the top award for Best Drama at the Emmys. It has been nominated five times and has won seven Emmys – including three consecutive wins for Best Actor Bryan Cranston and two wins for Best Supporting Actor Aaron Paul. Overall, the series has won 35 industry awards and 117 nominations. So, what are its chances to win Best Drama (the big award it has yet to capture) at the 2013 Emmys? Pretty darn good, which is great news for true blue fans, especially since this is the fifth and final season for “Breaking Bad.”
Bryan Cranston, who brilliantly plays chemistry teacher turned meth dealer Walter White, won the Emmy Award three consecutive years from 2008-2010. He was also nominated in 2011 and 2012, but lost to Kyle Chandler from “Friday Night Lights” and Damian Lewis from “Homeland.” Aaron Paul was nominated for a Supporting Actor Emmy in the drama category in 2009, but lost to Michael Emerson from “Lost.” However, Paul went on to win two Emmy Awards in 2010 and 2012.
In 2013, Cranston is once again nominated for Lead Actor in a Drama. He’s competing against Kevin Spacey from “House of Cards,” “Hugh Bonneville from “Downton Abbey,” Jeff Daniels from “Newsroom,” Jon Hamm from “Mad Men,” and Damian Lewis from “Homeland.” Paul is also nominated for Supporting Actor in a Drama. He’s up against co-star Jonathan Banks from “Breaking Bad,” Bobby Cannavale from “Boardwalk Empire,” Jim Carter from “Downton Abbey,” Peter Drinkage from “Game of Thrones,” and Mandy Patinkin from “Homeland.”
The series is also nominated for the big award in 2013: Best Drama. “Breaking Bad” is competing against “Downton Abbey,” “Game of Thrones,” “Mad Men” and newcomer “House of Cards.”
“Game of Thrones” and “Breaking Bad” are currently the front runners in the Best Drama category for a 2013 Emmy. With only five episodes remaining, “Breaking Bad’s” popularity factor is bigger than ever. Voters could very well give the series a final farewell hug and the big prize. However, top contender “Game of Thrones” generated huge buzz at the end of its sensational third season and could give “Breaking Bad” a run for its money. In the end, the votes will be close, but it looks like “Breaking Bad” is the show to beat at the 2013 Primetime Emmys. It’s also quite possible that Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul could win in the Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor categories. It may be just too hard to stop the “Breaking Bad” express.
CBS will air the 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards at 8 p.m. EST (5 p.m. PST) on Sunday, Sept. 22.
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