The competition for the Emmy for outstanding lead actor in a drama series was intensely fierce — so much so that even presenter Julia Roberts  couldn't believe the list of great performances that were battling against one another. The lead battle appeared to be between True Detective's Matthew McConaughey , who would have made history if he'd won the same year he won an Oscar, and Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston, who was coming off his show's flawless final season. Despite nearly everyone assuming that Matthew would win (including presenter Jimmy Kimmel ), Bryan snagged the award. Relive the exact moment that Matthew realized he had lost and quickly started clapping above and watch Bryan's winning speech below.
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