So full disclosure: As a Pittsburgh Steelers fan (don't make fun of me, it's been a rough season), I was only able to watch a solid two minutes or so of the Emmys last night. But that doesn't mean I didn't check out who won -- and was legitimately shocked by the winners list this year. Upsets seemed to rule the evening.
Thank goodness though Breaking Bad won for Best Drama Series since this is its last season. If you haven't tuned in, you really ought to immediately. It was the show's first win in the category, and it would have been borderline tragic had it not been recognized during its incredible five-season run.
But then we have ... Jeff Daniels winning Best Actor for The Newsroom over Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) and Kevin Spacey (House of Cards)? Especially because Newsroom so far has been pretty meh and the other two seemed to be the only heavy players. As Daniels said when he went up to the podium:
Who would have thought Will McAvoy would come out on top over Heisenberg? Also, Bobby Cannavale, who plays Gyp Rosetti in Boardwalk Empire, managed to score the Emmy for Best Supporting Actor, when mostly everyone thought Aaron Paul from Breaking Bad would surely take home the prize, or even Peter Dinklage from Game of Thrones. Merritt Wever was another delightful surprise, as her speech was awkwardly hilarious and quite appropriate for a three-hour long broadcast.
Though not as surprising, Claire Danes won the award for Lead Actress in a Drama for her work on Homeland -- but sadly that meant Kerry Washington lost, and she would have been the first black woman to win an Emmy for this category. Hard to believe it's 2013 and no black woman has ever won Best Actress in a Drama before!
"This just in: No one in America is winning their Emmy office pool," joked host Neil Patrick Harris toward the end of the show. "Surprises galore."
No Emmys for Aaron Paul or Bryan Cranston in their last go on Breaking Bad was a shock to many (though they've won multiple times in this category before). And no Emmys besides Outstanding Makeup for a Single-Camera Series and Outstanding Special Visual Effects for Game of Thrones?? Come on, this was its best season by far. Surely "The Rains of Castamere" should have won an Emmy all on its own for being the most badass episode of television ever. Hopefully Daenerys and Tyrion will be able to score an award for season 4, which is promising to be equally astounding, violent, and memorable.
PS: Downton Abbey wasn't able to win any of its seven prime-time nominations either. Though I guess this isn't really all that shocking, but die-hard Downton fans were probably disappointed.
Granted, all around these awards mean jack shit, and people will continue to watch whatever they want to watch. Still, you can't help but be surprised by some of these upsets, though the actors who won surely deserve all the praise they can get and should relish in these post-Emmys moments. Congrats! And maybe in the future, everyone can look to Merritt Wever's example and keep their speeches to 11 words long, huh?
Which upset were you most surprised by in the 2013 Emmys?
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