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Worst: HBO category jumping yields no fruit
HBO put "True Detective" in the Drama Series category rather than submitting it as a Miniseries and the logic seemed simple: Keep "True Detective" and "Normal Heart" from overlapping in the key acting categories and you can double the haul of wins on Emmy night. And when both "Normal Heart" and "True Detective" scored big with nominations, it looked like HBO's play had paid off. Ooops. On the Movie/Miniseries side, "Normal Heart" fell victim to a strong field, including the unexpected rise for "Sherlock: His Last Vow" and saw seeming sure-things like Julia Roberts and Matthew Bomer go down in stunning defeat. Yes, it won for Outstanding Movie, but HBO had to have hoped for a lot more from the high profile project. And as for "True Detective," things were even rougher. Cary Joji Fukunaga won for directing, but creator Nic Pizzolatto (unthanked by Fukunaga) lost and, in the evening's biggest shocker, Matthew McConaughey went down in defeat. HBO always knew it was taking a risk going against the powerful "Breaking Bad," but things couldn't have gone much worse.
- Daniel Fienberg