Jeff Daniels scores best actor upset win at Emmys, Claire Danes wins best actress again
LOS ANGELES - Jeff Daniels, who plays a jaded anchorman in HBO's The Newsroom, scored an upset win for the best actor in a drama at the Primetime Emmys on Sunday, while Claire Danes was a return winner as best drama actress for her role as a bipolar CIA agent in Homeland. Daniels beat front-runner Bryan Cranston, who was looking for his fourth best actor Emmy in his role as unlikely drug kingpin Walt White in AMC drama Breaking Bad, and Kevin Spacey, who made waves as a cutthroat congressman in House Of Cards, from online streaming company Netflix.
"I didn't expect this," Daniels said. "I usually don't win anything. The last thing I won was for The Squid And The Whale, best actor over 50 from the AARP. With all due respect to the AARP, this is better."
TV's top honours both celebrated and mocked the latest trends of an industry in transition, like binge-watching, mobile viewing and online streaming pioneered in the last year by Netflix.
Making light of the television fads of the day host Neil Patrick Harris opened the televised ceremony enclosed in a room trying to catch up on every episode.