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What Was the Biggest Surprise of the Emmys?

What a night! There were some expected wins, like America Ferrera winning for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy and "The Sopranos" taking home the Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series. But then there were some major surprises, too. I found these things to be most startling wins of the 2007 Primetime Emmy Awards:

James Spader — Seriously?! I'm slightly surprised Spader beat out Hugh Laurie, but most of all, how is it possible he beat out James Gandolfini in the final season of "The Sopranos"?

Jaime Pressly — I had the toughest time figuring out who might win in this category because, between Elizabeth Perkins, Vanessa Williams and Jenna Fischer the talent was so tremendous. I just didn't think Pressly would take this one.

Sally Field — Again, the competition in Field's category was very strong (Edie Falco and Kyra Sedgwick?), and this was Field's first season on a new show, so I never truly expected her to take the award.

Ricky Gervais — Don't get me wrong, I'm happy for Gervais because I think he's a genius, but I didn't realize the voters would really choose him, considering some of the mainstream hits that Gervais was up against (Sheen of "Two and a Half Men" and the previous voters' favorite Tony Shalhoub).

"30 Rock" — Wow, did I not see this coming at all! This scrappy young NBC series took a little while to find its footing, and up against other beloved series like "Entourage" and even "Ugly Betty," I figured it wouldn't be the voters' favorite.

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demeter demeter 10 years
30 Rock
sumnboutme sumnboutme 10 years
i thought the Office would take home the title this year...i was also surprised that James Gandolfini didn't win...
gruaig_rua gruaig_rua 10 years
James Spader winning
Linda-McP Linda-McP 10 years
James Spader's win was a surprise and a disappointment. James Gandolfini really did have a great season and deserved the win.
MindayH MindayH 10 years
I thought it was most surprising how boring the show was overall. I felt like a lot of categories relating to Mini-series and varieties took up a good chunk of time, and the big categories were really rushed. I didn't expect much out of Fox, but something a little better.
RCLdesigngirl RCLdesigngirl 10 years
I was shocked about James Spader, but I agree that he deserves the win. He is absolutely mesmerizing onscreen!
Phil Phil 10 years
The biggest surprise for me was James Spader's win. He is well deserving although most of the actors were just as deserving of the trophy that night! The biggest upset - 30 rock winning bets comedy. Such a terrible choice, especially considering Entourage, Ugly Betty and The Office were all ten times more deserving!
redsilkshoes redsilkshoes 10 years
John Locke! (Terry O Quinn) winning BSAiaD. Never saw it coming. I expected Michael Emerson (Ben) to win before Terry and quite honestly I expected the Lost votes to be divided, thus ensuring a Michael Imperioli win. GOOOOOOO Locke!
Phasekitty Phasekitty 10 years
Dennis Leary had this look on his face when James Spader won that was like, "He was nominated?" and to be honest, I was thinking the same, exact thing! That was a total shock to me! The rest of them were surprising too, though, this year was full of surprises!
liola liola 10 years
im so irritated gandolfini didnt win. makes you wonder who on earth is voting!
laneylaney laneylaney 10 years
ugh, yuck. i just don't like james spader's acting! i find him so annoying on that show the few times i watched it. gandolfini deserved that one! but i am so, so proud of 30 Rock! congrats!
ElizabethRae ElizabethRae 10 years
I thought there were a bunch of bad choices. James Spader was the biggest shocker, but Sally Field suprised me too, along with 30 Rock. And I agree, Lorelei, I don't get the Ugly Betty obsession.
Lorelei-Spirit Lorelei-Spirit 10 years
I can't explain it, but I am hugely anti- Ugly Betty. I think people have been brain-washed by the hype machine that it's a good show. It's not!! ;)
kikidawn kikidawn 10 years
Boston Legal is an AWESOME show. (And plenty of people 'under 50' watch it) James Spader does a great job with his character. I am not surprised at all that he won. Oh and I love Brothers and Sisters so I am very happy Sally Field won. She does a great job on that show.
amanaceer amanaceer 10 years
james gandolfini should've won. i agree that if he didn't win then hugh laurie should have.
kapchis kapchis 10 years
At least Ricky is hilarious enough to deserve the award. I didn't know anyone under 50 watched Boston Legal.
amgmd amgmd 10 years
30 Rock was not a surprise if you've been watching the show. It is hands down the funniest thing on TV since its debut. Great writing, good timing, fabulous cast make it all one of my favorite comedies of all time! After catching one random episode one night, I dedicated an entire sick day to watching the entire first season on I was hooked. You should go to the website and catch the train to funny! And no, I am not Tina Fey.
musiclvr224 musiclvr224 10 years
James Spader wining was the most shocking. The Academy should have chosen Hugh Laurie if they were going to pick somone to possibly beat out James Gandolfini. I thought for sure it was going to be James Gandolfini who would win.
lala788 lala788 10 years
i didn't watch it! so everything was surprise to me
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