"This just in: No one in America is winning their Emmy office pool."
Truer words from 2013 Emmy Awards host Neil Patrick Harris, as he summed up the outcome of the 65th annual ceremony. Of course, awards shows are always wont to throw a curveball or two, but it seemed Sunday's ceremony was especially rife with unexpected winners and losers. To wit, here are the biggest surprises and snubs from the night:
Merritt Wever ("Nurse Jackie"), Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
TV watchers weren't the only ones taken aback by the "Nurse Jackie" star's win over Jane Lynch ("Glee"), Mayim Bialik ("The Big Bang Theory"), Sofia Vergara ("Modern Family"), Julie Bowen ("Modern Family") and Anna Chlumsky ("Veep"). Nope, Wever was more surprised than anyone, leading to one of the shortest Emmy speeches in history: "Um, thank you so much. Um, thank you so much. I've gotta go. Bye," she said before fleeing the stage.
Tony Hale ("Veep"), Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
The last time a non-"Modern Family" star won this award was 2009, so you'd forgive the "Veep" actor for being nearly as shocked as Wever when his name was drawn from the envelope.
Bobby Cannavale ("Boardwalk Empire"), Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Betting guys and gals probably put their money on either "Breaking Bad" star Aaron Paul or "Game of Thrones" star Peter Dinklage to rule this category (as they have for the past three years). But it was Cannavale who won this game of statuettes thanks to his role as Gyp Rosetti on the HBO series. This was Cannavale's second Emmy, having previous won in 2005 for his guest role on "Will & Grace." (And, incidentally, it was his second nomination this year; he also received a nod for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his appearance on "Nurse Jackie.")
The "Modern Family" actors Julie Bowen, Eric Stonestreet and Ty Burrell have all won Emmys at least once over the course of the past three years. Tonight, however, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences was not so much in the "Family" way.
"American Horror Story: Asylum"
Nominated for a field-best 17 Emmys, the FX series walked away with only one major award: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie, which went to James Cromwell. (The show did, however, rack up another win for Outstanding Sound Editing earlier during the creative arts Emmys.) Scary, indeed.
Much was made of the streaming network's 14 nominations for "House of Cards" and "Arrested Development," and though the drama won a couple of creative arts Emmys and Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series (David Fincher), Netflix was largely snubbed in the "major" categories. At least we got multiple Kevin Spacey cutaways during the telecast out of the deal.