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‘Breaking Bad,’ N.M. feeling Emmy love

Aaron Paul and Neil Patrick Harris shared duties on Thursday to announce the Emmys.
Aaron Paul and Neil Patrick Harris shared duties on Thursday to announce the Emmys.
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“Breaking Bad” is feeling some Emmy love.

The AMC drama based and filmed in Albuquerque picked up a total of 13 nominations on Thursday.

Four of them were acting nominations for Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn and Jonathan Banks.

The critically acclaimed series will begin airing its final eight episodes on Aug. 11 and filming wrapped up in April in the Duke City.

 

“Taking nothing for granted, this Emmy nomination — and that of my fellow ‘Breaking Bad’ family, is as sweet as ever,” Bryan Cranston said in a statement. “I’m very grateful for the recognition.”

Jonathan Banks is shown in a scene from "Breaking Bad." Banks was nominated for an Emmy Award for best supporting actor in a drama series.

Jonathan Banks is shown in a scene from “Breaking Bad.” Banks was nominated for an Emmy Award for best supporting actor in a drama series.

Cranston has picked up three Emmy Awards for his portrayal of Walter White — a high school chemistry teacher turned drug lord.

Meanwhile, two-time award winner Aaron Paul picked up his fourth nomination for Jesse Pinkman — White’s former student turned business partner in the series.

Paul also hosted the nomination ceremony with New Mexican Neil Patrick Harris. Harris stepped in for original host Kate Mara, who was couldn’t make her flight out of Santa Fe due to plane trouble.

Mara is currently in New Mexico filming the science fiction thriller “Transcendence” with Johnny Depp.

Paul tweeted, “The love this morning has been unreal. Thank you so much for the undying support for me and for Breaking Bad. Love u all.”

Anna Gunn is shown in a scene from "Breaking Bad." Gunn was nominated for an Emmy Award for best supporting actress in a drama series.

Anna Gunn is shown in a scene from “Breaking Bad.” Gunn was nominated for an Emmy Award for best supporting actress in a drama series.

Gunn, a graduate of Santa Fe Prep, garnered her second Emmy nomination for her role as White’s wife, Skylar.

Banks is nominated garnered his first Emmy nomination for his role as Mike Ermantraut.

There were also other New Mexicans or New Mexico projects honored with nominations.

St. Pius High School alum, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, was nominated for his role in the ABC comedy, “Modern Family.”

“I’m thrilled and honestly surprised by this nomination today,” he said. “I just got off the phone with Eric Stonestreet who was the first to congratulate me. Congrats to Ed, Ty, Sofia, Julie, Chris Lloyd, Steve Levitan, Nathan Lane and our amazing director Gail Mancuso on their nominations as well. We are all so grateful and lucky to have this job and days like this make for an embarrassment of riches.”

The film, “SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Osama bin Laden,” picked up two Emmy nominations. The film chronicled the group of Navy SEALs that were responsible for killing bin Laden. It was filmed mostly in Santa Fe on the ground of the prison.

Also, “Game of Thrones” picked up 14 nominations — with only one acting nod. The HBO series is based off of Santa Fe resident George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” fantasy collection. “Game of Thrones.”

The PBS documentary, “The Dust Bowl,” picked up two nominations and was partly filmed in northeastern New Mexico.

Bryan Cranston as Walter White, left, and Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman in a scene from "Breaking Bad."  he program was nominated for an Emmy Award for outstanding drama series on, Thursday July 18, 2013.  Paul was nominated for best supporting actor in a drama series and Cranston was nominated for best actor in a drama series.

Bryan Cranston as Walter White, left, and Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman in a scene from “Breaking Bad.” he program was nominated for an Emmy Award for outstanding drama series on, Thursday July 18, 2013. Paul was nominated for best supporting actor in a drama series and Cranston was nominated for best actor in a drama series.

  • Actor Bryan Cranston plays Walter White on AMC's "Breaking Bad."

  • (Journal Photo)

  • At left Michael Chandross, tries to impress judges in the Bryan Cranston look-alike contest held at the YDI Wool Warehouse on Tuesday December 4, 2012 . Dozens of fans took part in the contest in tribute to the "Breaking Bad" TV series character. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Journal)

  • Bryan Cranston, center, star of the television series "Breaking Bad," poses with fellow cast members, left to right, RJ Mitte, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul and Bob Odenkirk after Cranston received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

  • From left, Jesse Pinkman, played by Aaron Paul and Walter White, played by Bryan Cranston in a scene from episode 9 of season 5. The final eight episodes will air in August. (Courtesy of Ursula Coyote/AMC)

  • Bryan Cranston as Walter White at the fictional restaurant "Los Pollos Hermanos" in a scene from season 2 of the AMC series "Breaking Bad." A Twisters burrito restaurant in Albuquerque that serves as the location for the restaurant has become an international tourist attraction as people come from all over the world to see the spot where a fictional drug trafficker runs his organization. (AP Photo/AMC)

  • Steven Michael Quezada of “Breaking Bad,” stands near a portrait of Bryan Cranston, the show’s star. Quezada was elected to the board of the Albuquerque Public Schools on Tuesday. He represents District 5 on the West Side. (Journal File)

  • (Journal Photo)

  • (Journal Photo)

  • From left, Old Joe played by Larry Hankin, Walter White played by Bryan Cranston, Jesse Pinkman played by Aaron Paul, and Mike played by Jonathan Banks are shown in a scene from the season five premiere. The scene was shot on location in the South Valley. (PHOTO COURTESY OF AMC/URSULA COYOTE)

  • Bryan Cranston, left, and Aaron Paul star in AMC's "Breaking Bad." The company released this photo to promote the series' fifth and final season.

  • Actor Bryan Cranston, who plays the character Walter White on the hit television seires "Breaking Bad," jokes around with the media and asks if he has any fly away hairs before announcing his May 19 charity softball game at Isotopes Park on Tuesday. (Pat Vasquez-Cunningham/Journal)

  • From right, Betsy Brandt, from Breaking Bad, high fives her teammates, Bryan Cranston, also from Breaking Bad; Buck, from 104.1 FM; and Colbie Smulders, from How I Met Your Mother, at the start of the celebrity softball game at Isotopes Park, Sunday, May 8, 2011. Photo Credit - Morgan Petroski/Journal

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