What do the following folks have in common: Patricia Arquette, Michael Chiklis, Jon Cryer, Ricky Gervais, Katherine Heigl, Archie Panjabi, and James Spader? They all pulled off jawdropping upsets at the Emmys. Sometimes the surprise was because of who they beat. Sometimes it was because their episode submission was not great, making us wonder if other factors — buzz, hit films, industry love — gave them the edge on Emmy night.
Imagine if you had predicted any one of these surprises. Very few Emmy experts did. We know that not every frontrunner will prevail this year. After all, “Picket Fences” trumped the red-hot “NYPD Blue” for Best Drama Series in 1994 while “Everybody Loves Raymond” edged out the first season of “Desperate Housewives” in 2005.
What are some of the possible shockers that might happen this year? Could “American Idol” finally win Best Reality-Competition Series after eigth straight losses? Could Comedy Actress contender Melissa McCarthy (“Mike & Molly”) capitalize on the success of her hit film “Bridesmaids”? Could the final season of “Friday Night Lights” beat “Mad Men” and “Boardwalk Empire” for Best Drama Series? Can Lady Gaga take down Paul McCartney, Oprah Winfrey and Bette Midler to claim the prize for Best Variety Special? Take a tour of the top 12 potential upsets before you make your Emmy predictions. VIEW GALLERY