Biggest Emmy shockers: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Jessica Lange, …

What was the biggest shocker at this year’s Emmy Awards? That there weren’t that many of them!

Almost everything went according to script at TV’s top award. The biggest exception? A slew of upsets in the telefilm/miniseries genre; indeed, only the two program prizes went to our predicted winners during that portion of the kudofest.

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While we like to be right about our predictions, such surprises keep the show exciting.

Biggest Emmy shockers: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Jessica Lange

1. What was up with the Movie/Mini races this year?
Almost every category had a surprise winner! The only ones that went according to plan were Miniseries going to “Fargo” and TV Movie to “The Normal Heart.”

Matt Bomer was supposed to be a sure thing for his supporting performance in “The Normal Heart” with odds of 2/13, but he lost out to second-ranked Martin Freeman for “Sherlock: His Last Vow,” who had odds of only 20/1.That streak continued as Benedict Cumberbatch (50/1 odds) won Movie/Mini Actor and Steven Moffat (33/1 odds) claimed Movie/Mini Writing.

Then there were the upsets by those dames from “American Horror Story: Coven,” with leading lady Jessica Lange (9/1 odds) edging out Tony champ Cicely Tyson (1/5 odds) for “The Trip to Bountiful” and featured player Kathy Bates (33/1 odds) taking down Julia Roberts for “The Normal Heart” (6/5 odds).

2. Ty Burrell winning Comedy Supporting Actor
We knew that Ty Burrell was a threat but most of the talk in this category centered on his “Modern Family” co-star, Jesse Tyler Ferguson (9/2 odds) and last year’s winner for “Veep,” Tony Hale (15/8 odds). No one was more surprised about Burrell’s second trophy than the man himself.

3. Jim Parsons winning Comedy Actor
While he was ranked second in our predictions center with odds of 17/10, talk of Jim Parsons winning his fourth Emmy for “The Big Bang Theory” was eclipsed by that of Ricky Gervais claiming his third career Emmy with his performance in “Derek.” His brilliant episode submission gave him the lead with 27/20 odds. But we learned to never underestimate Sheldon Cooper being drunk as Parsons joins Carroll O’Connor (“All in the Family”) and Kelsey Grammer (Frasier”) who each won this category four times for playing their iconic roles. 

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4. “The Amazing Race” winning Reality-Competition Series
Many thought that the run of “The Amazing Race” winning Reality-Competition Program ended last year with the surprise victory by “The Voice.” But it would seem that all that is old is new again with the show reclaiming its crown. Since the show was in second place in our predictions center with odds of 15/2, it might be more disappointing than a shock.

5. Sarah Silverman winning Variety Special Writing
We didn’t have this category in our predictions center but a lot of us probably weren’t thinking she would knock out competition like Billy Crystal for “700 Sundays” and the team behind The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards.” But comedy specials with one writer have prevailed many times in this category, which has happened the past two years with specials by Louis C.K.

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4 thoughts on “Biggest Emmy shockers: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Jessica Lange, …

  1. I don’t know why Benedict and Martin winning would be shocking, they are fantastically talented as anyone who watches Sherlock knows.

  2. Jessica Lange was superb this year. Her character’s painful descent was portrayed perfectly by Lange, who is quite simply one of the most underated and underused actresses today. Two Oscars, two Emmys, why isn’t she doing more feature films?

  3. “according to plan”? Whose plan may I ask? If everything had to go according to plan then why bother with giving out awards?

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