Emmys 2013: The 5 Biggest Surprises

"No one in America is winning their Emmy office pool."

Writer and talk show host Stephen Colbert accepts the award for best writing for a variety series for "The Colbert Report" at the 65th Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, in Los Angeles, Calif.

Writer and talk show host Stephen Colbert accepts the award for best writing for a variety series for "The Colbert Report" at the 65th Emmy Awards Sunday.

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"No one in America is winning their Emmy office pool," Emmy host Neil Patrick Harris told viewers about midway through the show, and boy he wasn't kidding. From the first award doled out on Sunday's broadcast – to Merritt Wever for "Nurse Jackie" – everyone was shocked, the recipient included. Here were the night's biggest surprises,

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5. "The Colbert Report" for Outstanding Variety Series

Critics and fans have been long cheering for "The Colbert Report" to beat out its Comedy Central sibling, "The Daily Show," But that didn't make its victory this year – ending a 10-year "Daily Show" dynasty – any less satisfying.

4. "The Voice" for Outstanding Reality Show Program

Like "The Daily Show," everyone figured that "The Amazing Race" would win this year because it always wins. But "The Voice," which also surprised some by stealing the "American Idol" spot among the nominees, ultimately pulled out a victory and a great lead-in for Monday's season 4 premiere.

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3. Merritt Wever of "Nurse Jackie" for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy

Even with the stellar Edie Falco as its lead, "Nurse Jackie" didn't generate much buzz this year, and Wever is no household name. Considering that she was competing against Jane Krakowski, long overdue for an Emmy for "30 Rock," and the "Modern Family" block, Wever really wasn't on anyone's radar. But even if you didn't think she should win the award, at least you can appreciate her very short but sweet acceptance speech.

2. Bobby Cannavale of "Boardwalk Empire" for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama

Like "Nurse Jackie," "Boardwalk Empire" doesn't get a lot of love, especially when compared to the other shows that had actors in this category. Cannavale's win will certainly bring it some extra attention as it continues its fourth season.

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1. Jeff Daniels of "The Newsroom" for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama

This may have been the biggest upset of all, as "The Newsroom" is extremely polarizing, and not well liked by the critics (though few blame Daniels for the show's weaknesses). Furthermore, Jon Hamm, star of the consistently well-received "Mad Men," has yet to win an Emmy for it. Kevin Spacey, with all his Hollywood cred, also seemed like an attractive choice for Emmy voters.

 

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