The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards this Sunday threw the experts to a head scratching halt. The show itself was very quant, with little to gawk over, no ‘twerking’ or underdressed actor, an elegant affair all around. Unlike the usual award ceremonies that are over shadowed by the above mentioned, we tend to forget why we are watching the televised assembly of A-list celebrities.
The contender for the coveted title of “Outstanding” was predicted to lean strongly for the gritty series, Breaking Bad. With the series final set for Sunday, the show would go out recognizing it leads, Bryan Cranston (Lead Actor in a Drama) and Aaron Paul (Supporting Actor in a Drama) for their “outstanding” portrayals as drug dealers, but in fact the wheels churned an entirely different way.
The awards went to the underdogs of the group. Although, every nominee has an insatiable amount of talent, the fan favorites didn’t convince the academy.
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama was awarded to Jeff Daniels as Will McAvoy in The Newsroom. Daniels is a veteran to the screen, both big and small, starring in George Clooney’s, Good Night, and Good Luck and Dumb and Dumber with Jim Carrey. However this is the first nomination and win for Daniels, humorously stating in his speech, “Well, crap, I usually don’t win anything, “ and later heckling, “the last award I won was for best actor over 50 in the AARP.”
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama went to Bobby Cannavale as Gyp Rosetti on Boardwalk Empire. New to Boardwalk Empire, Cannavale was a bit shaken when he heard his name called. “I didn’t write anything,” he stated in his acceptance speech. Cannavale has won a previous Emmy award in 2005 for his appearance on Will & Grace as Eric McCormack’s character Will’s, long-term boyfriend.
For Lead Actress in a Drama, Kerry Washington’s role in Scandal was highly favored however Claire Danes walked away with the statue for her role in Homeland. Talk surrounded Washington walking with the Emmy, which could have made her the first African-American woman to receive an award in this category. Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy went to Julia Louis-Dreyfus for her role in Veep, winning over favorites, Tina Fey and Edie Falco. Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama did go to Breaking Bad’s, Anna Gunn, playing Bryan Cranston’s wife.
Other notable wins went to Jim Parsons, for outstanding lead in a comedy in The Big Bang Theory, Tony Hale for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy in Veep, and the reigning comedy, Modern Family, for outstanding comedy series.
Breaking Bad ended a dry night by ultimately receiving Outstanding Drama Series, leaving the airways with 13 nominations and 42 awards to date.
Despite a fairly dull soirée, the highlight of the night goes to Merritt Wever for her supporting actress in a comedy acceptance speech. A teary Wever comically blurted, “Thank you so much, thank you so much. I gotta go, Bye.”
It was definitely a night for the underdog.