By Sam Bertschmann
As host Neil Patrick Harris put it, “No one in America is winning their office Emmy pool.”
The Concordiensis Arts Staff was no exception. The 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were riddled with upsets, and the predictions I made in the last issue with Elana Katz ‘14, Lane Roberts ‘14 and Ryan Asselin ‘15 were largely incorrect.
Though Emmy juggernaut Modern Family took home the award for Outstanding Comedy Series, the Pritchett-Dunphy clan left without any Supporting Actor or Actress awards for the first time in the show’s history. I picked Sofia Vergara and Jesse Tyler Ferguson as the likely winners, but the honors went to Merritt Wever for Nurse Jackie and Tony Hale for Veep instead. Wever seemed as surprised as any by her win, merely stating that she had to go and promptly exiting the stage in lieu of giving a traditional acceptance speech.
Katz and I both predicted that Tina Fey would win Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Liz Lemon in 30 Rock, but the award went to Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer in Veep for the second year in a row. Louis-Dreyfus was joined on stage by Hale, who plays her lackey in the HBO comedy and jokingly gave her helpful notes and reminders throughout her speech.
Katz chose Jason Bateman as Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series for Arrested Development and I picked Alec Baldwin for 30 Rock, but Jim Parsons won for The Big Bang Theory.
Roberts and I favored Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, but the prize was awarded to Bobby Cannavale for Boardwalk Empire. Given the consistently strong performances from Paul and fellow nominees Mandy Patinkin (Homeland) and Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), Cannavale’s win came as a shock.
Heisenberg’s crew did not leave empty-handed; Anna Gunn won Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Skyler White and, as Asselin and I predicted, Breaking Bad was named Outstanding Drama Series, marking its first win in this category.
While Katz and I believed that Bryan Cranston was a lock to win Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series for Breaking Bad, Katz got her wish for Jeff Daniels to win for The Newsroom. Like Wever, Daniels did not appear to have expected his award, opening his acceptance speech with, “Well, crap!”
Katz pegged Kerry Washington as Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series for Scandal, but I correctly guessed that Claire Danes would take home her second Emmy for Homeland.
Asselin was right in picking The Voice as Outstanding Reality Competition, which won the award for the first time.