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Emmys: Benedict Cumberbatch Wins Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie

This is Cumberbatch's first Emmy win after two previous losses in the category

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Benedict Cumberbatch

It's elementary: Benedict Cumberbatch is now an Emmy winner.

At Monday's ceremony, Cumberbatch nabbed the Emmy for lead actor in a miniseries or movie for playing the title character in BBC's Sherlock.

This is the actor's first Emmy win after losing in the category the previous two years, in 2012 for Sherlock and last year for Parade's End. He was not in attendance this year to accept the award. Sherlock also won Emmys this year for writing and for supporting actor Martin Freeman.

Sherlock executive producer/writer Steven Moffat joked backstage that Cumberbatch was "too big to come to the Emmys."

"Give him hell for that!" Moffat deadpanned.

Cumberbatch beat out frontrunner Mark Ruffalo (The Normal Heart), along with Billy Bob Thornton (Fargo), Chiwetel Ejiofor (Dancing on the Edge), Idris Elba (Luther) and Martin Freeman (Fargo).

Click here to see the best and worst moments from Monday night's ceremony.

A complete list of winners can be found here.

Philiana Ng contributed to this story.

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