Continuing the trend from this year's Academy Awards ceremony, theaterfolk dominated at last night's 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, racking up some of the evening's top prizes while Tony host extraordinaire Neil Patrick Harris steered the ship.
Drama Desk winner and two-time Tony nominee Bobby Cannavale (who appeared on Broadway this past season in The Big Knife and Glengarry Glen Ross) walked away with a statue for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his role in HBO's Boardwalk Empire, while Jeff Daniels, a 2009 Tony nominee for God of Carnage, won Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his performance in HBO's The Newsroom. Daniels was nominated against Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston, who is currently stretching his stage muscles at Boston's American Repertory Theater, where he stars as President Lyndon B. Johnson in All the Way.
The award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series went to Jim Parsons, a Drama Desk Award winner for the 2011 Broadway production of The Normal Heart and star of last season's Harvey. Broadway alum James Cromwell (Hamlet) bested current Glass Menagerie star Zachary Quinto for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie, while in an act of theatrical karma, both Anna Gunn, who originated the role of Sarah Goodwin in Time Stands Still at the Geffen Playhouse, and three-time Tony nominee Laura Linney, who premiered the same role on Broadway, took home statues (Gunn won Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her role in Breaking Bad, and Linney won Outstanding Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for The Big C: Hereafter).
Tony winner Ellen Burstyn, seen on Broadway last season in Roundabout Theatre Company's revival of Picnic, took home the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for her role in USA's Political Animals. Luck was not on the side of the absent Broadway legend Elaine Stritch, who earned her eighth nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress with her performance on NBC's 30 Rock. The star was bested by Melissa Leo for her performance in Louie, though Leo did acknowledge Stritch in her acceptance speech, saying, "I also want to give a shout-out to Elaine Stritch. We hope you're doing well."