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Worst: Jeff Daniels Snubs the AARP (and wins)
The Lead Actor in a Drama series category is always one of the most competitive in Emmy-land. You had last year's winner, Damian Lewis. You had two-time Oscar winner Kevin Spacey. You had three-time Emmy winner Bryan Cranston. You had always-the-bridesmaid favorite Jon Hamm. You also had Hugh Bonneville, whose show is an Emmy favorite. And then you had Jeff Daniels for "The Newsroom." Let nobody say that Jeff Daniels isn't good on "The Newsroom" or say that "The Newsroom" doesn't have fans. He is. It does! But given the competition in this category and the level of dramatic acting excellence across the board on TV -- Another 10 slots could be filled with fantastic snubbed actors -- it's just hard to know how this was the way the vote came out. Oh and when he got up, Daniels said that this meant more to him than his AARP Award for "The Squid and the Whale." Ouch. But mostly? What a strange win. [On a side note, I thought Daniels was really great in "The Squid and the Whale" and absolutely should have been nominated for an Oscar.]
- Daniel Fienberg