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Emmy upsets: Which was the biggest? [Poll]

September 19, 2011 |  2:52 pm

Kyle chandler

Upsets ruled this year's Emmys. After three previous losses, Jon Hamm was widely picked to win lead drama actor. But, even though "Mad Men" just won best drama series for a historic fourth time (tying the record held by "The West Wing," "Hill Street Blues" and "L.A. Law"), its star continued to be snubbed. Instead, Kyle Chandler caught a Hail Mary pass and ran for an Emmy touchdown after the final season of "Friday Night Lights." The series, shockingly, even beat "Mad Men" for best drama series writing.

"Mad Men's" John Slattery was presumed to be the front-runner for best supporting drama actor, but he lost to Peter Dinklage ("Game of Thrones"). Before this year, three-time champ Laura Linney had never lost an Emmy race and most pundits believed she'd prevail easily for best comedy actress in "The Big C," but she was beat out by Melissa McCarthy ("Mike & Molly").

No leading media pundits picked Barry Pepper to win lead actor in a TV movie/mini for portraying Bobby Kennedy in "The Kennedys." Most believed it would go to Edgar Ramirez ("Carlos").

-- Tom O'Neil


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Photo: Kyle Chandler exults in his surprise Emmy victory. Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images