Primetime Emmys Award Allison Janney, Jim Parsons, Tony Awards and "Normal Heart" In Live Broadcast

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25 Aug 2014

The 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards, honoring excellence in television, were held Aug. 25 at the NOKIA Theatre in Los Angeles, CA.

NBC began the ceremony at 8 PM EST. Comedian and SNL alum Seth Myers hosted the live broadcast.

Broadway and the theatre community were well represented in the nominations, and also well represented in the winner's circle.

As previously announced, Creative Arts Emmy Awards were given out Aug. 16. Winners included stage veteran Allison Janney, "The Sound of Music Live!," stage veteran Joe Morton for "Scandal," Tom Kitt and Lin-Manuel Miranda for their song "Bigger" at the 67th Annual Tony Awards and Uzo Aduba, who plays Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren in "Orange Is The New Black."

The first award of the live broadcast was presented to Ty Burrell ("Modern Family") who was presented with the Emmy for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. Though known for his role as Phil Dunphy on the award-winning series, he is a stage veteran, having appeared on Broadway in Macbeth and throughout the regions at some of the largest theatres in the country.



"The Normal Heart" won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Television Movie - the film was the sixteen-time-nominated - and director Ryan Murphy urged America's youth, "to become Larry Kramers...[and] to find a cause," in a moving acceptance speech. The Emmy for Variety Special Directing was presented to Glenn Weiss for the 67th Annual Tony Awards, amongst several other stage-related programs nominated. Weiss thanked his Tony host, Neil Patrick Harris in his acceptance speech, which he delivered while live directing the Emmy broadcast.

For best supporting actress in a comedy series, the primetime Emmy was presented to stage veteran Allison Janney, earning her sixth career Emmy and second Emmy win of this season for her role on the show, "Mom." Janney is a Broadway regular, having appeared on Broadway in 9 to 5, Present Laughter and A View From the Bridge.

Broadway's LBJ, Bryan Cranston (All The Way), presented the Emmy Award for Lead Actor in a Comedy to Jim Parsons of "The Big Bang Theory" - and an original cast member of the Broadway productions of The Normal Heart and Harvey, who thanked his late father for encouraging his career from the beginning.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Movie or Miniseries was presented to Kathy Bates for "American Horror Story" - Bates has appeared on Broadway several times, most recently in the 1983 production of 'Night Mother - which is currently being eyed for a revival on the Great White Way.

Outstanding Leading Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie was presented to Jessica Lange, most recently seen on Broadway in 2005's The Glass Menagerie, for "American Horror Story: Coven."

Other highlights from the broadcast included recording artist Weird Al Yankovic's comedic sitcom theme-song medley, the In Memoriam tribute with song from Sara Bareilles and Billy Crystal's personal tribute to the late Robin Williams.