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Emmys 2014: Biggest Surprises

Reid Nakamura |
August 25, 2014 | 8:16 p.m. PDT

Staff Reporter

Apparently Emmy voters aren't done loving "Modern Family" yet. (Twitter/@TorontoStar)
Apparently Emmy voters aren't done loving "Modern Family" yet. (Twitter/@TorontoStar)

After so many out-of-left-field winners last year at what has been dubbed #weirdEmmys, no one really knew what to expect from the 66th Emmy Awards. This year ended up being a bit more of a mixed bag. Despite a number of repeat winners, this year’s ceremony delivered a few weird winners of its own. Here are a few of the more “Huh?”-inducing moments of the night:

Ty Burrell for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

The Emmys love “Modern Family,” so this shouldn’t have been a surprise, but the show has been on a downward slope in both quality and buzz. After Tony Hale managed to steal the category away from the men of “Modern Family” last year, it seemed like the Academy was finally moving on. Apparently that was just a fluke of #weirdEmmys and “Modern Family” love is alive and well.

“Modern Family” for Outstanding Comedy Series

Very much alive and well. Even against the buzzier “Orange Is the New Black” and the more popular “The Big Bang Theory,” “Modern Family” managed to win its fifth consecutive Emmy. This is one win that no one wanted to see coming, but should have.

Martin Freeman for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a TV Movie/Miniseries

HBO’s heartbreaking movie “The Normal Heart” was expected to run away with many of the TV Movie/Miniseries awards this year, but was nearly shut out by “Sherlock: His Last Vow.” The most shocking of “The Normal Heart’s” losses was in the Supporting Actor category. Matt Bomer delivered the best performance of his career and underwent a drastic weight loss for his role as a man wasting away from AIDS.

“Breaking Bad’s” Near Clean Sweep

The night was expected to be a battle between AMC’s “Breaking Bad” and HBO’s “True Detective,” but ultimately Walter White and company managed to almost completely trounce “True Detective.” With the exception of the award for writing, the series managed to win every award it was up for in its final year.

“Orange Is the New Black’s” Complete Shutout

Maybe the decision to submit the series as a comedy was a mistake. Maybe it’s been so long since the first season aired that voters had time to grow less excited about the series. Whatever the reason, the critically acclaimed Netflix series walked away without a single win at the end of the night. 

Jon Hamm Losing Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Hahaha jk.

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