10 Highlights and Surprises from This Year’s Emmys

Surprise: Game of Thrones denies Mad Men from making Emmy history

Game of Thrones 03Mad Men would have made Emmy history if it had won, but Game of Thrones sneaked in and stole the win away from the show.

Highlight: Jon Hamm breaks the Emmy curse with Mad Men

Mad Men 09After 36 failed acting nominations for Mad Men, Jon Hamm finally broke the curse with his deserved win for the epic series.

Surprise: Tony Hale defeats Tituss Burgess for Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Tony HaleTituss Burgess was a supposed lock in this given category, but alas, he went home empty handed in favor of Tony Hale and his endearing performance as Selina Meyer’s loyal bag-man in Veep.

Highlight: Viola Davis makes Emmy history

Viola DavisWith Viola Davis’ win, she became the first black actress to win in the category of Lead Actress in a Drama Series.

Surprise: Regina Hall denies Sarah Paulson her Emmy

Regina HallSarah Paulson essentially starred in a double role in her performance in American Horror Story: Freak Show, but that wasn’t enough for her to win against Regina Hall and her complex performance in American Crime.

Surprise: Peter Dinklage grabs a second Emmy win

Game of ThronesJonathan Banks seemingly had this Emmy with a bow tied around it, but he was left with having to force a poker face when Peter Dinklage was called to the stage.

Surprise: Mad Men loses Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series

Shame WalkAll thought Matthew Weiner would walk away with a final Emmy win for writing the sensational finale for Mad Men, but Game of Thrones walked away with the win.

Highlight: Jeffrey Tambor wins his first Emmy

Jeffrey TamborAfter getting his first Emmy nomination in 1993 and losing 6 since, Jeffrey Tambor finally won his first Emmy for his astounding performance in Transparent.

Highlight: Bill Murray wins his first Emmy since 1977

Bill MurrayThe beloved Bill Murray won his first Emmy since 1977 and his first acting Emmy…but he wasn’t there to accept his award. People will forever speculate as to the magic of what Bill Murray could have offered in this moment in the form of an acceptance speech.

Surprise: Richard Jenkins defeats David Oyelowo in the Lead Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie Category

Richard JenkinsDavid Oyelowo was a supposed lock in this category, but Richard Jenkins and his superbly sentimental and subtle performance in Olive Kitteridge was clearly more appealing to Emmy voters.

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