Emmy upset explained: How ‘Veep’ star Tony Hale pulled off that shockeroo

Tony Hale (“Veep“) ranked third in Gold Derby’s Emmy odds for Best Supporting Comedy Actor, but he managed to eclipse front-runners Ty Burrell and Ed O’Neill of “Modern Family.” How?

Below, the views of a few of our editors and writers:

MATT NOBLE: “When watching all the tapes he was the most ‘huggable’ as he opens up to the Vice President about his family and then gets disappointed by her at the end. He was funny, had heart and was the character voters probably wanted to see win most. His turn in ‘Arrested Development‘ may have also been kicking in voter’s minds.”

CHARLES BRIGHT: “Hale had one factor in his submission that none of his competitors did and that was sympathy. One could not help sympathizing with his character opening up to his boss, only to be shot down the very next day when she comes down off of painkillers. His vulnerability was on perfect display and the fact that he had one of the best performances on the return of “Arrested Development‘ didn’t hurt either.”

CHRIS BEACHUM: “This is win for both ‘Veep’ AND ‘Arrested Development.’ Even better than his own acceptance speech was him standing behind Julia Louis-Dreyfus while she gave her speech.”

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