Every year the Emmys provide us with a variety of surprising and moving moments, and this year was certainly no exception. Both in terms of unexpected winners, unexpected speeches and unexpected features, the awards ceremony made us laugh, cry and drop our jaws in sheer shock.
The biggest winners to leave the Nokia Theatre this year, included British series Sherlock and cult TV show Breaking Bad. Sherlock‘s Stephen Moffat won the award for outstanding Writing in a TV Mini Series or Movie, beating the likes of Noah Hawley for Fargo and Neil Cross for Luther, whilst best actor went to Sherlock‘s ever-popular Benedict Cumberbatch, who, to the dismay of his multitude of admirers, stayed at home. He has however, participated in the almost as important ice bucket challenge so we will let him off.
Breaking Bad was the biggest winner, dominating multiple categories including Best Supporting Actor which went to Aaron Paul, Best Supporting Actress which went to Anna Gunn, Best Drama and Best Actor in a Drama Series which was awarded to critics’ favourite Bryan Cranston.
The biggest shock of the night came when the winner of Best Actor in a Comedy Series was announced, with even the winner himself expressing seeming disbelief. Our favourite TV geek, Jim Parsons, who plays Sheldon in The Big Bang Theory walked away with the Emmy, beating critics choices Louis C.K. for Louie, William H. Macy for Shameless and our very own Ricky Gervais for Derek.
Popular comedy, Modern Family also did pretty well, with Ty Burrell winning Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series and Gail Mancuso winning Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series whilst the show itself was awarded Best Comedy Series.
One of the highlights of the night included Sarah Silverman’s seemingly bizarre (even for her) remarks. When the comedy actress won the Outstanding Writing for a Variety Show award, she finished her impromptu speech with the phrase “We are all molecules hurtling through space”. Hmm, interesting insight Sarah.
The fact that she announced to Guiliana Rancic on the red carpet that she was carrying liquid pot in her handbag could possibly account for this odd statement.
The ceremony would not be complete without some more serious, moving moments, and this year with the passing of some highly admired industry legends, these moments were aplenty.
The annual sad parade reminded us that we have lost some seriously talented actors and actress’s this year, including Paul Walker, Uncle Phil from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Shirley Temple.
Finished with Billy Crystal’s moving speech in memory of his friend Robin Williams, 2014 was certainly an emotionally turbulent year at the Emmys.