Bryan Cranston, Best Actor TV Drama Golden Globes 2014

01/12/2014 08:46 pm ET | Updated Jan 23, 2014

Bryan Cranston won the award for Best Actor in a TV Drama for portrayal of Walter White in the final season of AMC's "Breaking Bad." Heralded as one of the finest shows on TV, "Breaking Bad" ended its five-season run with a groundbreaking series finale in September.

Cranston was nominated three other times for this role, but this is his first win. In 2003, he was nominated for a Golden Globe - Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or TV Film for his role as Hal in "Malcolm In the Middle."

Cranston beat out Liev Schreiber ("Ray Donovan"), Michael Sheen ("Masters Of Sex"), Kevin Spacey ("House Of Cards") and James Spader ("The Blacklist").

"Such a lovely way to say goodbye to the show that meant so much to me," Cranston said in his acceptance speech, thanking Vince Gilligan, Aaron Paul and his "TV wife" Anna Gunn, among others.

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosted the 71st annual Golden Globes, which were held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. Last year, Damian Lewis won the Golden Globe for his role on Showtime's "Homeland."

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