Assessing 2014 Emmy Speeches

Entertainment Weekly ranked the 23 acceptance speeches from the 2014 Emmy Awards. Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston (Lead Actor in a Drama Series) topped the list: 

"It was Cranston's night. He had the perfect amount of humility ('Even I thought about voting for Matthew'), humor ('I love you, especially those scenes in bed,' he told Anna Gunn) and inspiration ('find your passion, Sneaky Petes')."

Entertainment Weekly also complimented Aaron Paul, who won for best supporting actor in Breaking Bad:

"Using his Emmy acceptance speech to express his love for Cranston and praise his wife was nice. But really, he gets this high up for having the best exit, jogging backward and pumping his trophy into the air."

Other speeches were deemed too short, too long, cute, safe, uneventful, memorable, etc.

Discussion Starters:

  • Which was your favorite speech? Why?
  • Watch the last couple on Entertainment Weekly's list. Is the criticism justified?