Emmy Awards Winners Contain Fan Favorites & Major Surprises

The 66th Annual Emmy Awards, hosted by Seth Meyers, saw some expected wins as well as some unexpected upsets. Who thought that Kathy Bates would win over Julia Roberts? Or that True Detective would triumph over stiff competition like Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey, and, well, every other show in the directing category? Or Benedict Cumberbatch over Mark Ruffalo? Here are the winners in the major categories.


Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife) for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.

Bryan Cranston won for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, which rounded out a Breaking Bad sweep of most major categories. Anna Gunn and Aaron Paul also took home acting awards for the popular AMC series, which ended last year.

Breaking Bad took home the award for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series.

Breaking Bad won Outstanding Drama Series. It beat out heavy competition in House of Cards, Game of Thrones, Mad Men, True Detective, and Downton Abbey.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus won Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for VEEP. Sorry, Lena Dunham!

Jim Parsons won for Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for Big Bang Theory. But this gave Ricky Gervais great material when he presented later and riffed hilariously on his loss.

A fan favorite win was Uzo Aduba, who won for her portrayal of "Crazy Eyes" in Orange Is the New Black.

Modern Family took home several awards, including Outstanding Comedy Series.

Jessica Lange was another fan fave, who won for her creepy role in American Horror Story: Coven. And no-show Benedict Cumberbatch missed his chance to collect an Emmy for Sherlock: His Last Vow.

Kathy Bates triumphed over Julia Roberts in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie category for her role in American Horror Story: Coven.

Martin Freeman won for Sherlock over Matt Bomer for The Normal Heart. Sorry, Matt fans.

Jane Lynch stole the award from Betty White for a Reality or Reality Competition Program, and seriously, how did that happen?

All in all, Seth Meyers kept the show humming with just the right amount of humor that wasn't too insulting to anyone, and pretty much everyone managed to give short, interesting, touching, and often funny speeches. (And how about giving Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey a shot at co-hosting something? These two were adorable.)

Not too shabby, Emmys.

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