“Modern Family”? Check. “
That said, let's run down the list of winners and see whether we can make some sense from the higgledy-piggledy happenings of the evening.
The favorite: "Breaking Bad"
The winner: "Breaking Bad"
Analysis: Finally. Fans would have sent Emmy voters on a trip to Belize had the show been denied its first win in this category.
The winner: "Modern Family"
Analysis: Again? Yes. Again. With its cable competitors “Louie,” “Veep” and “Girls” sharing a similar comic sensibility (you could throw
LEAD ACTOR, DRAMA
The winner: Jeff Daniels,
Analysis: If the Emmys were going to go for a movie star here, everyone assumed it’d be Kevin Spacey for “House of Cards.” Daniels, though, had a killer three-minute monologue in his Emmy episode submission.
LEAD ACTRESS, DRAMA
The winner: Danes
Analysis: Many thought voters would choose Washington for the hit "Scandal," making her the first black actress to win this category. But Danes had a stronger Emmy submission, "Q&A," that afforded her more big acting moments than could be found on Washington's soapy political drama.
LEAD ACTOR, COMEDY
The winner: Parsons.
Analysis: Parsons' Emmy submission, "The Habitation Configuration," was a flawless episode of "The Big Bang Theory" that generously demonstrated his comic timing and likability. C.K.'s Emmy episode was the first of a two-parter. It was charming enough, but not necessarily indicative of the show's ambition and comic risk-taking.
LEAD ACTRESS, COMEDY
The favorite: Julia Louis-Dreyfus,
The winner: Louis-Dreyfus, "Veep"
Analysis: Fourteen nominations. Four wins. What do you need to know? They like her! They really like her!
SUPPORTING ACTOR, DRAMA
The favorite: Mandy Patinkin, "Homeland"
Analysis: If Patinkin was going to be denied, most figured that one of the “Breaking Bad” nominees – last year’s winner
SUPPORTING ACTRESS, DRAMA
The winner: Gunn
Analysis: She joins co-stars Cranston and Paul as Emmy winners. Gunn had a stellar episode, the one where Skyler stages a suicide and later tells Walt she's waiting/hoping/wishing for him to die. A supporting performer couldn't have a better showcase.
SUPPORTING ACTOR, COMEDY
Analysis: Given how great Hale was in both "Veep" and
SUPPORTING ACTRESS, COMEDY
Analysis: Easily, the night's biggest shocker. (Maybe voters knew she'd deliver that great speech.) Did "Modern Family" nominees Bowen and