Credit: Frazer Harrison / Getty Images Photo: Jeff Daniels on the 2013 Emmys Red Carpet

Wow, talk about an upset! Despite the buzz surrounding a couple competitors in his category, The Newsroom’s Jeff Daniels won the 2013 Emmy for Best Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of News Night anchor Will McAvoy.

While Jeff turned in a strong performance in the show’s second season, many TV critics expected the award would be given once again to Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston, especially since the show is about to air its final episode next week. Bryan's portrayal of Walter White has been universally acclaimed since the show's inception, earning him a win in the show's first, second and third seasons. While he did not win last year, most critics agree he has been at the top of his game in the show's final, two-part season.

Behind Bryan, some optimistic Mad Men fans thought it might finally be Jon Hamm’s year. Others predicted Damian Lewis would take home a second statue for his portrayal of Nicholas Brody on Showtime’s Homeland. In fact, Jeff Daniels was probably the least expected winner in the category.

But hey, it’s no fun if you already know who’s going to win, right? We certainly didn’t envy the Emmy voters in their choice for Best Actor this year. Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville also delivered a wonderful performance in the show’s third season, while the always excellent Kevin Spacey in  House of Cards is the reason Netflix has both broadcast and cable television networks shaking in their boots.

What do you think — did the best man win, or was another nominee more deserving?


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