Miniseries or Movie
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Miniseries or Movie
Who won? “Behind the Candelabra”
Was this a surprise? An HBO vanity project about Liberace, directed by Stephen Soderbergh and starring Matt Damon and a recovering-from-cancer Michael Douglas? A movie made to win Emmys.
How was the speech? Soderbergh was brief but Douglas got some of the evening’s best laughs when he accepted his best actor award and generally came off as a Hollywood A-lister.
Supporting Actress in a Drama
Who won? Anna Gunn for “Breaking Bad”
Was this a surprise? A bit, yes. Maggie Smith seems like a perennial favorite but momentum was on Gunn’s side, even if her character on “Breaking Bad” was so despised that she wrote an op-ed in the New York Times to defend herself.
How was her speech? Not as combative/“hi haters” as some may have liked.
Supporting Actor in a Drama
Won won? Bobby Cannavale for “Boardwalk Empire”
Was this a surprise? Yes. “Boardwalk Empire” is that rare Sunday show without deafening buzz, and despite his previous win Cannavale had to be considered an underdog in a category with Aaron Paul, Mandy Patinkin and Peter Dinklage.
How was his speech? Fine. Unexciting.
Supporting Actress in a Comedy
Who won? Merritt Wever for “Nurse Jackie”
Was this a surprise? Yes, because when you Googled her name to find out who she is, you probably spelled it “Weaver” and not “Wever”
How was her speech? Nothing short of amazing. Emphasis on short. “Thank you so much. Thank you so much. I gotta go — bye!”
Supporting Actor in a Comedy
Who won? Tony Hale for “Veep”
Was this a surprise? Definitely. The “Modern Family” guys splitting votes was somewhat predictable, but that led many to think departing “SNL” cast member Bill Hader would take it home.
How was his speech? Boring. He just reeled off a bunch of names of people we’ve never heard of, who I’m sure mean a lot to him. And no “Arrested Development” references.
Outstanding Variety Series
Who won? “The Colbert Report”
Was this a surprise? “The Daily Show” won 10 straight years, so yes. But it felt like this was finally the year viewers realized “The Colbert Report” has for a few years been more essential viewing than “The Daily Show.”
How was the speech? Nobody combined comedy with humility like Colbert. He is an all-time great.