Claire Danes, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jim Parsons all come home with acting trophies

Breaking Bad won the ‘Outstanding Drama Series’ prize at last night’s Primetime Emmy Awards, beating off strong competition from Game Of Thrones, Homeland, Mad Men, House Of Cards and Downton Abbey.

Breaking Bad took home a second trophy as Anna Gunn beat Downton Abbey‘s Maggie Smith in the ‘Supporting Actress In A Drama Series’ category, but star Bryan Cranston lost out on the ‘Actor In A Drama Series’ gong to Jeff Daniels, who won for The Newsroom.

Claire Danes won the ‘Actress In A Drama Series’ award for the second year running for her performance in Homeland and other acting accolades went to The Big Bang Theory‘s Jim Parsons, The Big C‘s Laura Linney, Boardwalk Empire‘s Bobby Cannavale and two Veep stars: Tony Hale and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

However, Veep was beaten to the ‘Outstanding Comedy Series’ gong by Modern Family, which also vanquished competition from Girls, 30 Rock, Louie and The Big Bang Theory.

Liberace biopic Behind The Candelabra, which was released in cinemas in the UK but shown on premium cable network HBO in the US, won three major prizes on the night: ‘Outstanding Miniseries Or Movie’, ‘Directing For A Miniseries Or Movie’ for Steven Soderbergh and ‘Actor In A Miniseries Or Movie’ for Michael Douglas.

The 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were held last night (September 22) at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Neil Patrick Harris hosted and the ceremony featured a performance from Elton John, who played ‘Home Again’ from his new album ‘The Diving Board’ in tribute to fellow piano-playing icon Liberace.