Jeff Daniels won his first-ever Emmy Award on Sunday night, September 22. The 58-year-old picked up the prize for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series through his portrayal of Will McAvoy on "The Newsroom".
It was a surprise for many who expected Bryan Cranston to win and Daniels looked surprised, too. "Well crap. Didn't expect this," the "Dumb and Dumber" actor said on stage. "I usually don't win anything!"
Taking the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, meanwhile, was Claire Danes for her "Homeland" role. It was her third Emmy after snatching the same prize last year through her brilliant performance on the Showtime series.
"Wow, thank you, thank you. I think all actors know how indebted we are to our writers, especially in television," she humbly said. "But I have to take this moment to acknowledge our most treasured, one of our very most treasured writers, Henry Bromell, who won tonight. He passed away in March and we just loved him so much. HE was a brilliant person and so kind and we think of him every day as we continue to work on the show that he helped define. So Henry."
Bobby Cannavale also received his first Emmy ever that night, defeating another "Breaking Bad" actor Aaron Paul who was a favorite to win. The "Boardwalk Empire" actor said, I didn't write anything down. I can't believe I get to be mentioned with these other incredible actors." He gave a shoutout to fellow nominee Mandy Patinkin, who was his "favorite person," and thanked "the love of my life, Rose [Byrne]."
Critically-acclaimed filmmaker David Fincher was another first-time Emmy winner at the ceremony, nabbing Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for Netflix's series "House of Cards".
Stephen Colbert got his chance to show up on stage when collecting Outstanding Writing in a Variety Series for "The Colbert Report". The show also won best variety series, defeating ten-time winner "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart". "Jon never told me how good this feels," Colbert jokingly said when taking the latter award.
Don Roy King accepted Outstanding Directing in a Variety Series for "Saturday Night Live". The Outstanding Reality-Competition Program went to "The Voice", while "Dancing with the Stars" dancer Derek Hough won Outstanding Choreography award after performing a dancing number with host Neil Patrick Harris on stage.