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Emmys 2012: Aaron Paul of 'Breaking Bad' wins Best Supporting Drama Actor

09/23/2012 by Corinne Heller

Aaron Paul has won the 2012 Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series for his role as Jesse Pinkman in the AMC show "Breaking Bad," marking the actor's second win and third nomination.

The 33-year-old beat co-star Giancarlo Esposito, Jared Harris of AMC's "Mad Men," Brendan Coyle and Jim Carter of PBS' "Downton Abbey and last year's winner - Peter Dinklage of HBO's "Game of Thrones."

The actor earned his first Emmy nomination in 2009, for his role on "Breaking Bad." He won the following year. The show debuted in 2008 and stars Bryan Cranston as chemistry teacher Walter White, who leads a secret life as a crystal meth maker and dealer, in part to pay for his cancer treatments and provide for his family. Paul's character is his business partner and his former student.

Paul, an Idaho native, is also known for past roles on shows such as "Big Love," "The Ghost Whisperer" and "Criminal Minds," as well as movies such as "Mission Impossible III," "Bad Girls From Valley High" and "Smashed." He also played the main character in the 2010 television movie "Weird: The Al Yankovic Story."

"Breaking Bad" was nominated for 13 Emmys this year and had previously won six. The series is set to end its run in after the current fifth season, which premiered in July. Following a hiatus, the final episodes are set to air in the summer of 2013.

The 2012 Emmy Awards ceremony was held at L.A. Live's Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday, September 23 and aired on ABC. The event was hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, who also hosts the network's hit late-night talk show "Jimmy Kimmel Live!."

Check out a full list of 2012 Emmy nominees and winners.

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