In one of the Emmys' most surprising moments, Jeff Daniels won the best actor in a drama trophy for his work on The Newsroom, beating Bryan Cranston for Breaking Bad, thus inciting the ire of the Internet. The Emmy ceremony already seemed to be hemorrhaging viewers to AMC, which was showing the penultimate episode of Breaking Bad. Those who stayed watching with the hope of seeing Cranston take the prize had reason to be angry.
The Emmys finally discovered how to piss off the internet. #avctv— HuffPostPunk (@pilotbacon) September 23, 2013
"Hey Jeff Daniels, I would tread lightly." - Heisenberg— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) September 23, 201
Jeff Daniels has wronged both Walter White and Keyser Soze. Sleep well tonight. #emmys— Jenelle Riley (@jenelleriley) September 23, 2013
Anyone who thinks Jeff Daniels deserved an Emmy is watching the Emmys right now and not Breaking Bad.— Mark Raymond (@markraymond) September 23, 2013
Daniels's win also happened to come after another surprise, Bobby Cannavale of Boardwalk Empire snatching the supporting actor prize away from Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul and Homeland's Mandy Patinkin. When Daniels won it seemed the show had, to use a TV term, just jumped the shark.
The #Emmys just shit the bed. Oof. Sorry. Ugh.— Sasha Stone (@AwardsDaily) September 23, 2013
It's official: these Emmy Awards are taking place in an alternate universe.— Jace Lacob (@televisionary) September 23, 2013
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