The 9 Weirdest Emmy Winners
1. Jeff Daniels for Outstanding Actor in a Drama?!?
Daniels was fine and all on The Newsroom. But, seriously, Emmy voters, you picked him over Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)? Or Kevin Spacey (House of Cards)? Or last year’s winner, Damian Lewis (Homeland)? Or, for the love of all that is good and great on television, perpetual Emmy also-ran Jon Hamm (Mad Men)?
That is just weird. Even Daniels thought so, opening his speech with, “Well, crap!”
2. Bobby Cannavale for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama?!?
Look, Cannavale was crazy over-the-top in a fun way on Boardwalk Empire. But what about Breaking Bad’s Jonathan Banks or Aaron Paul? So subtle and wonderful and heartbreaking! And Game of Throne’s Peter Dinklage? So brilliant and touching and drunk! And Mandy Patinkin’s A+ beard and acting on Homeland so deserved a win this year!
Christina Hendricks’ epic side-eye said it best: This win is pretty weird, everybody.
3. Ellen Burstyn for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie?!?
Burstyn is acting royalty, and she was delicious on Political Animals. But this Emmy had already been engraved for Sarah Paulson’s career-topping work on American Horror Story: Asylum. Giving that Emmy to someone else is just really weird.
4. The Hour’s Abi Morgan for Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special?!?
For the people who are familiar with this BBC America series, it certainly was nice to see this period drama about BBC news reporters (think The Newsroom in the 1950s, and British) get recognized.
But Morgan beat out heavyweight writers Richard LaGravenese (Behind the Candelabra), Tom Stoppard (Parade’s End), David Mamet (Phil Spector), and Jane Campion (Top of the Lake, with Gerard Lee). And an upset like that? WEIRD!
5. The Voice for Outstanding Reality Competition Program?!?
It’s just so weird to see a show win here that isn’t The Amazing Race, which has had a virtual stranglehold on this category since it was invented, losing only once in 2010 to Top Chef.
6. The Colbert Report for Outstanding Variety Series?!?
That thing I said about The Amazing Race almost winning its category every year? No show other than The Daily Show has won this category since 2003, full stop. Sure, The Colbert Report is a spin-off of that show, but still, it is wonderfully weird to see someone other than Jon Stewart take home this Emmy!
7. Tony Hale for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy?!?
This category had been commandeered by the fine gentlemen over at Modern Family, and if anyone was going to upset them, the good money was on Bill Hader for his final season on Saturday Night Live.
But Veep’s Hale? So delightfully weird! Especially since he stuck around for a hilarious bit with his costar Julia Louis-Dreyfus when she won (which was a totally foreseeable win and therefore not weird at all)!
8. Merritt Wever for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy?!?
There were seven women in this category, granted, so a slimmer plurality than usual was needed to take home this Emmy. But Nurse Jackie’s sublimely offbeat Wever still managed to beat out the powerhouse women of Modern Family, and Jane Krakowski for her last season on 30 Rock — and then she delivered the most fabulously weird Emmy acceptance speech in years and years.
9. Modern Family for Outstanding Comedy?!?
After an evening of so many unexpected, shocking, and totally weird wins, the fact that Modern Family managed to eke out its fourth consecutive Outstanding Comedy win felt like the #weirdemmys had circled back upon itself and was consuming its own tail. Or something.