2014 Best Actor in a TV Drama Golden Globe Winner Is Bryan Cranston

BySamantha Rullo

Of the four newcomers and one seasoned, returning nominee, the 2014 Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Television Series Drama goes to, duh, Bryan Cranston. It was really Bryan Cranston's prize to lose, thanks to the flawless, highly-lauded final season of Breaking Bad and his four previous nominations with no wins. (Though one was for Malcolm in the Middle, so does that count?)

Still, Cranston truly deserved the trophy over Liev Schreiber, Kevin Spacey, James Spader and Michael Sheen for his complex portrayal of Walter White as his family and meth empire came together in the way he'd always feared. He could've won the Golden Globe for the impeccable "Ozymandias" alone (an episode so good, it's insane to consider his Golden Globe — which proceeded Breaking Bad's Best Series win — was the first ever awarded to the series.)

Accepting the award, Cranston thanked the Hollywood Foreign Press, even though this is the first award they've ever given the show. The actor also thanked "genius" showrunner Vince Gilligan, the rest of the cast and AMC. Oh and his wife, who he almost forgot — nice save.

Try not to feel too bad for the losers — this was each of their first nominations for their current roles, and all of their shows have already been renewed for a second season. So congratulations Cranston, we'll miss seeing your name among the nominees next year.

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