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What the Emmys Got Right and Wrong

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PEOPLE's TV Critic: What the Emmys Got Right and Wrong

Originally posted 09/23/2013 03:00PM

Late into the 65th annual Emmys ceremony Sunday on CBS, host Neil Patrick Harris announced: "No one in America is winning their Emmy office pool."

If you did happen to win, you should consider a career in statistical forecasting. The awards were all over the place.

Of the night's many surprises, the biggest was in the category of best actor. Academy voters for once decided not to give the prize to Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston – but instead of rewarding Mad Men's Jon Hamm, the perennial also-ran, they chose Jeff Daniels of HBO's The Newsroom. Perhaps they concluded that Hamm is already lousy with nominations, and handsome as the devil, and that should hold him. Daniels is a fine actor, as you'll discover if you catch just about any of his many performances of the past three decades, but The Newsroom's first season was a pounding surf of angry, righteous yammering. Oh well.

Here's what else the Emmys got right and wrong:

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Inside the Winners' Photo Booth with Tina Fey, Jim Parsons and More | Jim Parsons

Inside PEOPLE's 2013 Emmys Photo Booth

Originally posted 09/23/2013 07:00AM

Picture perfect with PEOPLE!

Soon after picking up their Emmys, the newest winners stepped into the PEOPLE/CBS photo booth to show off their statuettes.

From Jim Parsons to Tina Fey and Bobby Cannavale to Merritt Wever, check out who stopped by for an exclusive snap.

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Too Scared to Speak? More on Merritt Wever's Brief Speech and Whom She Wants to Thank

Merritt Wever's Acceptance Speech: The Best of All-Time?

Originally posted 09/22/2013 09:25PM

Best acceptance speech ever?

Merritt Wever barely uttered two sentences as she stepped onstage to collect her Emmy for outstanding supporting actress in a comedy, for her role as Zoey Barkow in Nurse Jackie – but her look of shock said it all.

"Thanks so much. Thank you so much," she said while fumbling with the card presenters Amy Poehler and Tina Fey had just pulled out of an envelope, apparently attempting to confirm her name was indeed there.

For a moment it looked as though Wever, 33, would give a traditional speech, but she apparently decided against it.

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