Actress Merritt Wever got the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards off to a surprising start on Sunday night (22Sep13) by picking up the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series prize for Nurse Jackie.

Wever was up against heavyweights Sofia Vergara, Julie Bowen and Jane Lynch but stunned viewers by becoming a first-time Emmy winner.

And she was just as surprised to be called to the stage.

The stunned star said, "Thank you so much, thank you so much... I gotta go. Bye." And then walked offstage.

Lynch was part of a comedy skit that kicked off the show at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. She was among the former Emmy Awards hosts who joined this year's host Neil Patrick Harris to bicker about their past glories.

As they argued over who was the best presenter, Kevin Spacey - in character as his devious House of Cards character Frank Underwood - turned to the camera from his seat in the audience and said, "It's all going according to my plan! I was promised the hosting job this year and they turned me down. They said they wanted someone more likeable... Look at that parade of blabbering buffoons; they couldn't host a child's birthday party."