Are you ready to watch Tumblr explode before your very eyes? The race this year for Outstanding Leading Actor in a Miniseries Or Movie was a contentious one. Would The Normal Heart sweep, as it was practically built to do? Would Fargo live up to its critical favor and land Billy Bob Thornton or Martin Freeman the award? And where did Chiwetel Ejiofor and Idris Elba — also two very respected actors, just in less buzzy shows — land in their chances? At the end of the day it was Benedict Cumberbatch who took home the Emmy for his long-praised titular role in Sherlock.
This was Cumberbatch's first win, though he was sadly missing from the Emmy audience and not present to accept the award. The Emmy marks a banner couple of years for the Sherlock star, though — from Star Trek: Into Darkness, to August: Osage County, to 12 Years a Slave, Cumberbatch has made himself known as an A-lister on the rise in Hollywood. He's been nominated for his role in Sherlock since the show's first season, but this is the first year Emmy voters have really paid attention to the show: Co-star Martin Freeman took home the Emmy for his role as John Watson (though he too was missing from the ceremony), and Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss won for Outstanding Writing for a Mini-Series. Sherlock has arrived, ladies and gentlemen.