July 24, 2011 at 12:08 pm #222731
Hype is a huge factor in deciding the Emmy winner. But sometimes, a hyped-about person fails to win the award in an upset. Who can you think of that this has happened to. The first one that comes to my mind: Kyra Sedgwick/Julianna Margulies. Others I can think of are:
Bryan Cranston/Michael C. Hall
Jon Cryer/Neil Patrick Harris
Jean Smart/Amy Poehler
Patricia Heaton/Calista Flockhart
Which ones can you think of?July 24, 2011 at 1:37 pm #222733
You can add Helen Hunt/Calista Flockhart. I think Hunt won her fourth when “Ally McBeal” had its first season and Calista Flockhart was the person everyone was talking about.
Felicity Huffman beating Teri Hatcher and Marcia Cross for the first season of “Desperate Housewives” was a big example of this.
Zeljko Ivanek/Ted Danson
Allison Janney/Jennifer GarnerJuly 24, 2011 at 5:27 pm #222734
Lorraine Bracco/Edie Falco, both from The Sopranos 2001.
Lily Tomlin, Damages/Ann-Margret, Law & Order SVU 2010
Robert Downey Jr/Peter McNicol, both from Ally McBeal 2001
Nancy Marchand, The Sopranos/Holland Taylor, The Practice 1999
Ricky Gervais, Extras/Steve Carrell, The Office, 2007
James Gandolfini, The Sopranos/James Spader, Boston Legal, 2007
Edie Falco, The Sopranos/Sally Field, Brothers & Sisters, 2007
David Caruso/Dennis Franz, NYPD Blue, 1994July 24, 2011 at 6:23 pm #222735
How about Picket Fences over NYPD Blue in 1994 and then NYPD Blue over ER in 1995? Picket Fences certainly had momentum winning the year before, but look at all of the nominations that NYPD Blue scored and all of the hype it had and it is an impressive repeat. ER had that level of hype the next year, but NYPD Blue took home the award. The first few years of both shows were such draws that it is amazing to think that each only one outstanding drama series once.July 25, 2011 at 12:53 pm #222736
Here’s one that goes back a few decades: 1977 – Mary Kay Place (for Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman) over Betty White and Georgia Engel in the last season of The Mary Tyler Moore Show.July 28, 2011 at 2:50 pm #222737
Isn’t it more of Jean Smart/Vanessa Williams that year?
Probably Everybody Loves Raymond finale season over Desperate Housewives first season. Of course, GD peeps already predicted it’s either Arersted Development for a consecutive win or ELR but all the buzz scream Housewives.
Ricky Gervais over Steve Carell and Alec Baldwin.
Tony Shalhoub over Steve Carell
Katherine Heigl over Sandra Oh and Lorraine BraccoJuly 29, 2011 at 4:01 am #222738
Patricia Arquette, Medium, 2005 (over Glenn Close of The Shield; Frances Conroy of Six Feet Under; Jennifer Garner of Alias; Mariska Hargitay of Law & Order: SVU)
Kathy Baker, Picket Fences, 1996 (for the much-maligned and final season of Picket Fences, over Claire Danes of My So-Called Life; Sherry Stringfield of Outstanding Drama Series winner ER; Cicely Tyson of Sweet Justice; Angela Lansbury of Murder, She Wrote)
Tyne Daly, Christy, 1996 (over Bosson, who had to be the frontrunner; two NYPD Blue nominees; Margulies the incumbent, whose show won the top prize this year)
Christopher Lloyd, Road to Avonlea, 1992 (the Emmy system at its strangest)
Leigh Taylor-Young, Picket Fences, 1994 (over three NYPD Blue nominees and Jill Eikenberry for the final season of L.A. Law)
Sela Ward, Sisters, 1994 (over co-star Swoosie Kurtz, who was nominated the year before; Jane Seymour for the first season of Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, Baker the incumbent; Lansbury)
There’s also some examples in the miniseries/movies categories: Kirstie Alley and Michael Goorjian winning for David’s Mother, Ellen Barkin winning over double-nominee Angelina Jolie, etc.