Call it a night of reruns.
If you were looking for Emmy Award surprises on Monday, you came to the wrong place. Academy voters mostly gave the cold shoulder to fresh faces as they continually bestowed prizes on past winners, some of whom already have overcrowded trophy cases (Sorry, "Modern Family," you're a classic but don't deserve five straight trophies for top comedy).
With that in mind, we had to scramble to find our five biggest Emmy surprises:
1. 'TRUE' UPSET?: It shouldn't stun anyone that Bryan Cranston won his fourth Emmy for "Breaking Bad." The man just crushed it during an epic run.
But many experts, taking into account Emmy's love of movie stars, simply assumed that Matthew McConaughey would win the prize for his blazing performance in HBO's "True Detective." With the loss, McConaughey missed making history as the only lead actor since George C. Scott -- in 1971 -- to win an Oscar and Emmy in the same year.
2. MARVELOUS MARGULIES: Julianna Margulies, star of "The Good Wife," was a very worthy winner as best lead actress in a drama series. Still, few thought she would actually strike gold, especially considering how voters snubbed her CBS show in the best drama series category.
Margulies not only beat out Robin Wright ("House of Cards"), who was widely considered the favorite, but two-time winner Claire Danes ("Homeland").
3. NO LOVE FOR NETFLIX: This was the year when Netflix was supposed to break through with a win or two in the major categories. It didn't happen.
"House of Cards" and "Orange Is the New Black" both came up empty and "Orange" was the biggest stunner. Many experts expected the buzzy prison saga to halt the "Modern Family" streak, but voters stuck with the tried-and-true.
Apparently, they thought "Orange" more of a drama than comedy.
4. OH, THE HORROR: Jessica Lange and Kathy Bates both copped Emmys for their work on "American Horror Story: Coven" -- worthy winners each. But the surprise was who they beat.
Bates prevailed over Julia Roberts ("The Normal Heart") and Lange was given the nod over longtime Emmy darling Cicely Tyson ("The Trip to Bountiful"). Even Lange couldn't believe it.
"I'm profoundly surprised at this," she said. "... I don't know what to say."
5. PUNCHING THE CLOCK: Maybe the night's most welcome surprise was the length of the show. Seth Meyers may not have dazzled anyone with his first hosting gig, but at least he was solidly efficient while helping to bring the telecast in at a slim and trim three hours.
Take note, Oscar.