'Sherlock' stars Benedict Cumberbatch (left) and Martin Freeman have each won an Emmy award.
British programme Sherlock seems to be a favourite in the US now.
PBS’ Sherlock pulled off a string of surprise wins at the 2014 Emmy Awards, including lead and supporting actor gongs for stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, who faced stiff competition in the crowded miniseries/movie category.
In the lead actor category, Cumberbatch – who was absent from the ceremony – faced off against Freeman (also nominated for his role on Fargo) along with Billy Bob Thornton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Idris Elba and Mark Ruffalo. Among pundits, consensus seemed split between Thornton and Ruffalo for the victory, but Academy voters seemed high on the cerebral British drama.
In the supporting actor race, Freeman was up against Fargo co-star Colin Hanks, as well as Normal Heart stars Jim Parsons, Joe Mantello, Alfred Molina and Matt Bomer.
Series creator Steven Moffat’s work on Sherlock: His Last Vow also won Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special, although the show missed out on scoring the Outstanding Movie award, which went to The Normal Heart.
Backstage, Moffat told reporters, “I didn’t think we’d win anything, genuinely... very shocked and surprised.” While he pointed out that the show has won plenty of awards outside the United States, they had almost written off any chance of an Emmy given that the show is ageing.
“We’re delighted that we’ve made it here and hopefully that it will get more people watching.” As for how they plan to top last year’s highly rated season, Moffat declared, “We have a plan to top it, and I do think our plan is devastating. We practically reduced our cast to tears by revealing the plan.”
He said he and co-creator Mark Gatiss are probably “more excited than we’ve ever been” about where the show is heading. Moffat joked that Cumberbatch is now “too big to come to the Emmys”, but admitted that wrangling the busy stars has always been a challenge, given that they have no ongoing deals with the cast and are required to pitch them every year.
“We all know what’s happening with Sherlock is unusual, we know this won’t happen again in our lives... we’re keen to keep making Sherlock as long as it’s a good show,” he promised. — Reuters
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