Emmys: snubs and surprises

2014-08-27 00:00

LOS ANGELES — Predicting the Emmys is always tricky, but this year’s ceremony was as confusing as ever. On one hand, most of the trophies went to the nominees who were winners from previous years — from Breaking Bad to Allison Janney (who reminded the audience she had six Emmys, after picking up her prize for Mom), Modern Family, Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) and Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep). On the other hand, many of the night’s frontrunners, including recent Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey, went home empty-handed.

Here are the biggest snubs and surprises from Monday night.

SNUB: Matthew McConaughey, True Detective. “Even I thought about voting for Matthew,” said winner Bryan Cranston who picked up his fourth acting Emmy for his already iconic performance as Walter White in Breaking Bad. But McConaughey — who was widely considered the favourite for his gritty turn in the HBO series — went home empty-handed after his first Oscar win earlier this year. And there goes his chance of inching closer to becoming an EGOT (Emmy, Globe, Oscar, Tony).

SNUB: Netflix. Even with its record 31 Emmy nominations, the streaming service lost the big categories on Monday night for its comedy series Orange is the New Black (which couldn’t beat Modern Family) and House of Cards for best drama (which went to Breaking Bad). Net­flix made a stronger show a week ago at the Creative Arts Emmys, with seven wins.

SNUB: True Detective. The HBO series lost best actor and best series, mostly because of the decision to enter the show in the Best Dramatic Series category (where Breaking Bad dominated) instead of best mini-series, which went to Fargo.

SNUB: The Normal Heart cast. The HBO TV movie based on the Larry Kramer play was considered a frontrunner in several categories, especially Matt Bomer for Best Supporting Actor in a TV Movie. But not only did Bomer lose the award, so did his three co-stars in the category (Joe Mantello, Alfred Molina and Jim Parsons) in favour of Martin Freeman (Sherlock). Mark Ruffalo and Julia Roberts also stayed seated.

SNUB: Billy Bob Thornton. Fargo. He was the frontrunner for Best Actor in a Mini-series, but lost to Benedict Cumberbatch for Sherlock.

SURPRISE: The Sherlock sweep. After choosing only Emmy winners who had won before — from Jim Parsons in The Big Bang Theory to Allison Janney in Mom — the Emmys finally went hip by giving Internet fan favourite Benedict Cumberbatch an Emmy for his breakout role as Sherlock Holmes. Sadly, Cumberbatch, like his co-star Martin Freeman (also a surprise winner), wasn’t in attendance to accept the award. And Steven Moffat won best writer over Ryan Murphy.

SURPRISE: Kathy Bates for American Horror Story: Coven. Almost every pundit predicted Allison Tolman would take the gold for Fargo, though a few thought Julia Roberts’s star power might help her take the win. But in the end, it was Kathy Bates who walked away with the award. Of course, Tolman has gone from an unknown to being nominated opposite three Oscar winners (Roberts, Bates and Ellen Burstyn), so she’s probably not shedding any tears.

SURPRISE: Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles. After winning the red carpet with her hilarious interview where she revealed she’d brought “liquid pot” to the ceremony, Sarah Silverman won again when Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles took the award for outstanding writing for a variety special. Besting Billy Crystal’s Tony-winning 700 Sundays and the Tony Awards themselves, Silverman was a surprisingly edgy choice for a category that also included a Beatles special and this year’s Tina Fey/Amy ­Poehler-hosted Globes.

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