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There were many surprises earlier in the night.
With all the frenzy surrounding “Breaking Bad,” and headlines about Netflix invading the Emmy Awards, the award for lead actor in a drama goes to … Jeff Daniels?
The leading man from HBO’s “The Newsroom” pulled off a shocking win in a category in which he was up against Bryan Cranston and “House of Cards’s” Kevin Spacey, not to mention last year’s winner Damian Lewis (“Homeland”) and perennial runner-up Jon Hamm (“Mad Men.”) “I usually don’t win anything,” a surprised Daniels admitted, saying his last prize was a “best actor over 50” award from the AARP for 2005 film “The Squid and the Whale.” HBO continued its hot streak with another surprise, as “Boardwalk Empire’s” Bobby Cannavale scooped up a supporting actor in a drama, over two-time winner Aaron Paul of “Breaking Bad,” and “Homeland” star Mandy Patinkin.
In another surprise, Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” finally snapped “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart’s” 10-year winning streak in the variety series category. A genuinely moved Colbert thanked his “brother and friend,” Stewart. “Jon never told me how good this feels, actually,” he said, hoisting the Emmy trophy in the air.
Host Neil Patrick Harris noted the number of surprising wins during the night. “No one in America is winning their Emmy office pool,” he announced in the middle of the show.
In some categories the status quo prevailed, as old favorites Julia Louis-Dreyfus of HBO’s “Veep” and Jim Parsons of CBS’s “The Big Bang Theory” scored lead actress and actor in a comedy prizes, respectively. That’s Dreyfus’s second win a row for playing frazzled vice president Selina Meyer, while Parsons’s notched his third career win as lovably nerdy physicist Sheldon Cooper and beat Alec Baldwin, who earned his seventh straight nomination in the category for his role as TV network head honcho Jack Donaghy in the NBC comedy “30 Rock,” which aired its final episode this spring.
Claire Danes scored her second consecutive win for lead actress in a drama as bipolar CIA agent Carrie Mathison on Showtime’s “Homeland.” Danes topped Kerry Washington, star of the buzzy “Scandal”; Washington was the first African-American actress to be nominated in the category since Cicely Tyson in 1995. Sticking with D.C.-themed shows, Netflix’s “House of Cards” finally won a big prize as David Fincher was named best director in a drama.