Bryan Cranston went home from the 2014 annual Primetime Emmy Awards a lucky, lucky man. In addition to locking lips with one of Hollywood’s hottest stars at the awards ceremony (seriously, didn’t Julia Louis-Dreyfus look amazing?), the actor also snagged the event’s most coveted award for his portrayal of Walter White in the hit AMC series “Breaking Bad.”
This marked Cranston’s fourth time winning the category of Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama series for his role as Heisenberg on the critically acclaimed series. He previously won the title in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
Speculation had Matthew McConaughey winning the award for Outstanding Lead for his role on the HBO anthology “True Detective,” according to Hollywood Reporter. Even Cranston was rooting for the “True Detective” actor to come out on top! But ultimately it was “Sneaky Pete” who snuck away with the golden statuette.
“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 – schemer. My own family nicknamed me Sneaky Pete,” he quipped. “My own family!”
Cranston explained that it wasn’t until he found his passion for acting did he begin to start taking the longer road, which is why he dedicated his award to all the Sneaky Petes in the world.
“To all the Sneaky Peter of the world who thought that 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,” he said, ending his speech for the final “Breaking Bad” award he would ever receive. The show aired its series finale on Sept. 29, 2013.
Cranston won Outstanding Lead Actor against fellow nominees Jon Hamm (“Mad Men”), Kevin Spacey (“House of Cards”), last year’s winner Jeff Daniels (“The Newsroom”), Woody Harrelson (“True Detective”) and McConaughey (“True Detective”).
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