This week the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced its nominees for the 66th Annual Emmy Awards, and Breaking Bad garnered the most Outstanding Drama Series nominations for Basic Cable and the most nominations in the series’ history with 16, including three-time Emmy winner Bryan Cranston for Lead Actor, two-time Emmy winner Aaron Paul for Outstanding Supporting Actor and a second consecutive nomination for Emmy Award winner Anna Gunn for Outstanding Supporting Actress. Vince Gilligan was nominated for Outstanding Directing and Writing for the Season 5, Episode 16, “Felina” and Moira Walley-Beckett was nominated for Outstanding Writing for the Season 5, Episode 14, “Ozymandias.” The series also garnered nominations for Michael Slovis for Outstanding Cinematography as well as nominations for Casting, Single Camera Picture Editing, Sound Editing, Sound mixing, Makeup and Prosthetic Makeup.
For a complete list of Breaking Bad’s Emmy nominations, check out the Television Academy’s press release here.
The 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will be broadcast live Sunday, August 25 at 8/7c on NBC.
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Watch the clip titled “Shiner” for the film Hellion, where Hollis (Aaron Paul) asks his son Jacob (Josh Wiggins) where he got his black eye, and is relieved to hear he did not fight back.
Last night, the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) announced their winners of the 4th annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards and Breaking Bad has been honored with two wins: Best Drama Series and Best Supporting Actor in Drama Series.
This is only his second nomination and the first win for Paul.
Congratulations to Aaron Paul and all cast and crew of Breaking Bad.
Paul, 34, won two Emmy awards for playing drug-addled teen Jesse, a role that earned him a cult fan base.
In Hellion, Paul plays Hollis, an alcoholic single father who struggles to connect with his two young sons, causing his eldest, 13-year-old Jacob, to rebel while his youngest is taken away by child welfare services.
The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and will be out in U.S. theaters today.
Paul spoke to Reuters about playing a father, working with children and directing.
Q: Hollis feels like a step away from your role as Jesse Pinkman on “Breaking Bad” – what drew you to him?
A: I was just instantly connected to the story and these characters and especially connected to Hollis. I loved Hollis, and his pain was living, breathing on every single level and he’s not realizing that he’s doing something very wrong. He’s kind of abandoned his boys, that’s why Jacob is rebelling. He lost his mother but he kind of lost his father as well. Both the kids are in desperate need of some sort of guidance.
Q: You work extensively in the film with the two young actors that play your sons: Josh Wiggins and Deke Garner. How did you develop your relationship with them?
A: The main thing Kat (Candler, the director) wanted us to do before we started shooting is just get some quality face time and just do what fathers and sons do. I also told Kat I don’t want to get an incredible relationship before we start because Hollis is kind of absent in a way. He’s not really there. So I’d take them to the arcade and bowling to just kind of get to know them. On set, we were shooting this movie for no money so we had no trailers to go back to in between takes. We’d all just hang out inside the house over the majority of the film. All the stuff between me and the boys took place inside those walls, so we were just there all day long spending some time. I just love those kids.
Q: After hanging up your meth goggles as Jesse, what characters are you finding yourself drawn to?
A: I’m definitely open for everything but I tend to find myself gravitating towards the more affected side of things, characters that are affected, that’s kind of like how life is.
I just like feeling those emotions because in my day-to-day life I feel very fortunate, very lucky and generally pretty happy, so I like diving into the heavier side of things when it comes to work.
Q: It’s been nearly a year since we said goodbye to Walter White and Jesse Pinkman, but they still crop up in pop culture. How have you responded to that?
A: It’s so crazy to me. I would have never dreamt anything like this. I’ve been wanting to be an actor ever since I could remember, and when I first started acting and I was doing random little small odd jobs like a co-star with a couple of lines, or a guest star with a couple of scenes, back then when no one knew who I was I truly felt like I was living out my dream. I was doing what I loved, and that was great. But now it’s just such a different thing.
Q: Do you have any aspirations to step behind the camera?
A: Yes, one day for sure. They kept teasing me about wondering when I would direct an episode of Breaking Bad, and I wish I would have jumped at that opportunity, but you know, it deserves someone who really knew what they were doing. But I’m starting to produce, which is very exciting, I love putting things together, it’s so much fun.
In exclusive interview with amc.com, Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul talks about his latest film Hellion, in which he plays an alcoholic widower who struggles with a delinquent, motocross-racing son (newcomer Josh Wiggins) and a sister (Juliette Lewis) who believes she knows best. Paul discusses what it was like to play a father for the first time, his future as a producer, and his thoughts on the upcoming Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul.
Q: The character of Hollis in Hellion is a real change of pace for you. What was it like to play your first father role?
A: It was definitely different, but it was a lot of fun. It was all pretty much on the page, so it was very easy. All the characters are so well-developed. That’s the reason why I had to jump at the opportunity to do this. I just fell in love with the script.
Q: Did you draw inspiration from any other films that portray troubled fathers?
A: To be honest, not really. It was just the script. I didn’t really need to take anything from anywhere else. Kat’s direction — she kind of guided us the entire way.
Q: The motocross racing scenes feel pretty authentic. Were you a fan of motocross before the movie?
A: When I was a kid I used to ride little [1950s-style] small bikes. I think every young kid is a fan of motorbikes.
Q: You also served as a producer on the film. What about this movie made you say, “I have to help get this made”?
A: My heart lies in independent film. So when I read [writer/director] Kat Candler’s brilliant script, I thought it was so beautifully honest. I just really connected to all these characters. So when she flew out to Georgia, where I was shooting at the time, to meet with me, after the first few minutes of talking to her face-to-face I knew I had to jump on this opportunity.
Q: Are you interested in doing more producing in the future?
A: Yeah, absolutely. That was my first hand at [producing] but it sort of paved the way for other projects. I have my first show [the animated series Bojack Horseman] coming out at the end of August.
Q: You seem like such a positive person; how do you channel these damaged characters? Particularly in Hellion, where you’re playing a man who has lost his wife and is in danger of losing his sons.
A: Over the years I’ve just learned you have to put yourself in that situation. You sort of force yourself to believe that those things are actually happening to you as that character. It’s just really about knowing who the person is and knowing the story you’re telling. The more you know, the easier it is.
Q: After playing Jesse for so long in Breaking Bad, has it been weird being away from him? Do you find his mannerisms creeping into other roles or into your daily life?
A: Not so much anymore. It’s been over a year since I played him. I used to dream as if I were him. That was a little strange. People still call me “bitch” every day.
Q: Does that get weird at all?
A: No, I’m used to it.
Q: Could you see yourself playing Jesse again, possibly on Better Call Saul?
A: Yeah, if they’ll have me, I’d love to be a part of it. I’m not sure if that’s in the cards. I’m so jealous that everyone is back in Albuquerque, back in the same stages where we shot Breaking Bad. It’s so strange to me that the Saul Goodman office has been rebuilt and they’re shooting on it right now. I’m so happy for everyone involved.
Hellion hits theaters in New York on June 13th and Los Angeles on June 20th.