True, TV's biggest night had its share of repeat winners, notably
But the winners in several of the major acting categories proved the prognosticators wrong.
In fact, the first award of the night went to first-time winner
Clearly shocked by the win, she said simply: "Thank you so much.... I gotta go, bye."
On the dramatic series side, the so-called experts were widely predicting wins for
"I didn't expect this," Daniels said, joking that he rarely wins anything besides "best actor over 50" from AARP, so he didn't have any prepared remarks.
It wasn't only the acting categories that defied expectations.
NBC's singing competition series
Jon Stewart" and its 10 consecutive wins.
Another winner who appeared stunned to be holding his first Emmy was
Though not entirely a surprise, "Breaking Bad" — which ends its series run Sept. 29 — picked up its first win in the drama category, topping last year's winner, "Homeland."
It was no surprise, however, that HBO's "Behind the Candelabra" proved to be the biggest winner, with 11 trophies.
The biopic about the flamboyant and closeted gay pianist Liberace and his love affair with a younger man started the night with eight wins from last week's Creative Arts ceremony.
It won three more awards Sunday, best miniseries or movie, director for Steven Soderbergh and lead actor in a movie or miniseries for
Douglas delivered an innuendo-laced speech, much of it directed at costar
That jovial exchange stood in stark contrast to much of the rest of the show, which "Modern Family" executive producer Steve Levitan called "the saddest Emmys of all time." The night's somber tone was set by the decision to stage memorial moments for high-profile TV personalities who died in the last year: actors
The Emmys program itself had a surprise of its own.
In fact, one of the funniest lines of the night belonged not to Harris but to Kevin Spacey, who was channeling his smarmy