One thing is clear about the 2014 Emmy Awards: Most of the winners were pretty sure they were going to win. Many champs last night had won previously, and most of them were favored to win again. It made for an anticlimactic evening, but some of these thespians were better able to feign surprise than others. But who was the least surprised winner of all? We rank the top five.
5. Aaron Paul
Look, I clap and dance every time Aaron Paul gets to give a speech. He's a great actor with a seemingly great attitude who seems like he's obsessed with his job. Although I believe he was genuinely disoriented when he took the stage, he name-checked his nominees so quickly that it's clear he was pretty sure he'd be visiting the dais that night. Still: "Price is Right" Aaron Paul forever.
Surely when you plan a theatrical smooch with Bryan Cranston before you hit the stage (and a subsequent one-liner), you're pretty sure you're about to win an award. But JLD has been a habit of good award prep. Remember the year she motioned to her costars offstage as if they were her yes-men characters on "Veep"? Or that time Amy Poehler gave her a speech to read? Both were classics, and this is another gem in her Emmy-heavy history.
3. Ty Burrell
Confession about Ty Burrell: There are times when he is really, really, rally attractive. He has a sinisterness. And perfect eyebrows. It works for him. Trust. But man, he popped right into that "Oh, these crazy kids wrote me a speech bit!" the second he hit the stage. It was like Julie Bowen hit "play" and he was off. Cute jokes, but it was an oddly canned speech for the first podium of the night.
2. Bryan Cranston
See, this is how you do a prepared Emmy moment. Cranston didn't oversell a moment of his cool, sincere speech, yet he must've been 100% positive he was going home with the trophy that night (particularly after costars Aaron Paul and Anna Gunn won too).
1. Jim Parsons
The richest man on TV was also the least surprised winner in the room. The impeccably dressed "Big Bang Theory" star practically felt like a radio commercial actor as he whizzed through his acknowledgements with the breezy, unembellished flair of a pro. Good for Parsons, but sigh: This was an especially predictable evening.
1996 | Crime | RSummary: Jerry, a small-town Minnesota car salesman is bursting at the seams with debt... but he's got a plan. He's going to hire two thugs to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. It's going to be a snap and nobody's going to get hurt... until people start ...Director: Joel Coen
Cast: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
2013 | Thriller | RSummary: Based on the true story of Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) a Miami bodybuilder who wants to live the American dream. He would like to have the money that other people have. So he enlists the help of fellow bodybuilder Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) and ex-convict, Christian bodybuilder Paul Doyle (D...Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
2007 | Comedy | PGSummary: Newlyweds Nick (Ice Cube) and Suzanne (Long) decide to move to the suburbs to provide a better life for their two kids. But their idea of a dream home is disturbed by a contractor (McGinley) with a bizarre approach to business.Director: Steve Carr
Cast: John C. McGinley, Ice Cube, Nia Long, Aleisha Allen
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