The Emmys are often slow to recognize newer shows and performances and tend to reward old favorites long after they've jumped the shark. Nonetheless, at Sunday night's 68th Annual Primetime Emmys, there were still some unexpected winners and some odds-on favorites who were passed over.
COMEDYVeteran comic Baskets," beating Best Supporting Comedy Actor favorite Veep." Maybe a bit less of a surprise, given the nice shout-out he got from Jimmy Kimmel during his opening monologue. It was still nice to see him finally win some Emmy love after the overabundance of awards over the years for "Veep."
Master of None." Again, the expected winner was "Veep" (for the dramatic "Mother" episode). That "Veep" episode was also the favorite for Comedy Directing, but it went instead to Transparent."
"Saturday Night Live" MVP Mom."
LIMITED SERIES AND MOVIESThe biggest surprise may have been The Night Manager," even though half the nominees in the directing category came from Academy favorite "The People vs. O.J. SImpson: American Crime Story."
American Crime" was a mild surprise, since crime boss Fargo" was favored to win. "Sherlock: The Abominable Bride" was a longshot winner for Best Movie, since an HBO movie ("All the Way") was up for the prize. Of course, "O.J.," the most nominated project in the category, won the Best Limited Series prize, but it was too bad "Fargo" got shut out.
VARIETYInside Amy Schumer" was also the favorite for Variety Sketch Series, but "Key & Peele" pulled off a deserved win,
DRAMAMaybe the biggest shocker of the evening was Orphan Black." Not that she didn't deserve it for playing all those clones, but the Academy rarely rewards sci-fi and genre show performers. (Rami Malek's Best Actor prize for "Mr. Robot," while far less surprising, is another sign the Academy's tastes are broadening to include genre fare.)
Of course, Maslany's win meant snubs for Keri Russell (finally nominated for "The Americans") and Viola Davis, who'd been expected to repeat for "How To Get Away With Murder."
Nearly as big a shocker was Australian actor Bloodline." He certainly deserved the trophy (sorry, Jon Snow); alas, he wasn't there to pick it up.
Downton Abbey") and Game of Thrones") were the two likeliest Best Supporting Actress winners, so Smith's victory meant a snub for Headey. (As Kimmel predicted, Smith won again without bothering to show up, so he grabbed the trophy and said he'd put it in "lost-and-found.")
Another Emmys, another awards show that ends with you feeling like you have to add so many new shows to your watch list.