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Jon Hamm crawls onstage to accept the award from Tina Fey for impressive lead star in a drama series for “Mad Men” at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
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2015 Emmy Awards
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D.B. Weiss and David Benioff accept the award for outstanding drama series for “Game of Thrones” at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
Viola Davis accepts the award for exceptional lead starlet in a drama series for “Ways to Get Away With Murder” at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, at Microsoft Theater in L.a.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus stand with her award for impressive lead starlet in a funny series for “Veep” at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
Mark Burnett and Carson Daly backstage with the award for outstanding reality-TV competition program for “The Voice” at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
LOS ANGELES– Enduring barriers fell at Sunday’s Emmy Awards as Viola Davis became the very first nonwhite actress to assert top drama series acting honors, Jon Hamm lastly won for “Mad Men,” and “Game of Thrones” overcame voters’ anti-fantasy resistance to claim the most prizes ever in a period.
An emotional Davis, who won for her representation of a callous lawyer in “The best ways to Get Away With Murder,” conjured up the words and spirit of 19th century black abolitionist Harriet Tubman.
“I can’t appear to get over that line,” she priced quote Tubman as saying.
“The only thing that separates females of color from anyone else is opportunity,” Davis included. “You can not win Emmys with roles that are just not there.”
“Empire” star Tariji P. Henson, another black nominee in the category, stood and praised Davis’ win. Other black actresses who prevailed Sunday were Uzo Aduba and Regina King, who won for supporting efficiencies.
“Mad Men” star Hamm asserted the best drama star Emmy that eluded him seven times previously. He bypassed the steps to the Emmy phase, clambering onto it on his stomach.
“There has been an awful error, clearly,” said Hamm, who played distressed ad man Don Draper in the series that ended its run without including another best-drama trophy to its haul of four previous wins.
It lost to “Video game of Thrones,” which became just the second so-called category series, after sci-fi drama “Lost,” to win. The blood-soaked fantasy legend won a combined 12 Emmys on Sunday and at the previous creative arts awards, eclipsing the 9 awards record set by “The West Wing” in 2000.
With an overall of 26 Emmys because it ended up being qualified to contend in 2011, “Game of Thrones” is tied with “Hillside Street Blues” and “The West Wing” as the most-honored drama series ever.
Peter Dinklage caught the best supporting drama star award for “Video game of Thrones,” which also won writing and directing prizes. Tracy Morgan, the actor-comedian seriously hurt in 2014 in an automobile accident, made a victorious go back to reveal “Video game of Thrones” as the best drama series.
Host Andy Samberg kept in mind that the 67th Emmys accompanied the 67th birthday for George R.R. Martin, whose books are the basis for “Video game of Thrones.” A grinning Martin was in the theater audience to accept the congratulations and onstage for the big win.
On the funny side, political satire “Veep” asserted the leading series award that had gone to “Modern Family” for 5 successive years.
Jon Stewart is gone from “The Daily Program” however not forgotten by Emmy voters, who offered the late-night program the best range talk series award Sunday over two hosts who likewise have proceeded, Stephen Colbert and David Letterman.
Stewart, who left “The Daily Show” this year, warned the theater audience that the perils of leaving TELEVISION consist of no applause or totally free food.
“To everyone on tv, I just want to inform you, hold on to it as long as you can,” joked Stewart, who’s turning over “The Daily Show” to Trevor Noah.
Besides Colbert, who left his Funny Central reveal to end up being host of CBS’ late-night program, the tough competition included another channel alum, John Oliver.
“Transparent” became an early winner, recording a best funny actor trophy for Jeffrey Tambor and a directing award for its creator, and providing both winners an opportunity to pay tribute to the show’s transgender themes.
“I wish to devote my efficiency and this award to the transgender community. … Thanks for letting us belong to the change,” said Tambor, who plays a man travelling towards womanhood.
Jill Soloway, who based the series on the life of her own “moppa,” as she calls her parent, utilized her directing prize approval speech to request for equivalent rights for transgender people.
“It is legal in the majority of U.S. states to refuse to lease to trans individuals,” she said, saying the country has a civil rights problem that have to be dealt with.
Aduba won the supporting starlet in a drama trophy for “Orange Is the New Black,” which was switched under academy rules this year from funny competition. Aduba won a visitor actress award in 2014 for her representation of the character referred to as “Crazy Eyes” in the series.
Emmys voters didn’t give up their fondness for picking the familiar over groundbreaking in other categories, as well.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus was honored as finest lead comedy actress for “Veep” for the fourth time. Allison Janney of “Mom” and Tony Hale of “Veep” were repeat winners for supporting comedy acting honors.
Janney, who plays a dysfunctional moms and dad, thanked series producer Chuck Lorre for producing a deeply flawed character and “thinking about me to play her.”
“This is nuts,” stated Hale, thanking his program’s authors and lauding his fellow nominees: “You make me laugh hard.”
“Olive Kitteridge,” based upon the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Elizabeth Strout, nearly swept the limited series classifications, with 6 prizes including the leading award and lead acting honors for Frances McDormand and Richard Jenkins and a supporting award for Bill Murray.
“King of “American Criminal activity” won supporting starlet honors for a restricted series. “Inside Amy Schumer” won for best variety sketch series.
“The Voice” won a finest reality-TV series trophy, breaking the hold that “The Incredible Race” long had on the classification and snaring an award that has actually always eluded “American Idol.”
Samberg kicked off the ceremony with a video where he made sophisticated enjoyable of the overload of TV programs available.
“So many shows, so little bit,” he sang prior to getting in a “TELEVISION watching bunker” to binge view on all the chosen shows. A bearded, shaggy-haired Samberg emerged to boast to contenders Hamm and Kerry Washington that he had them and everybody else covered.
Appearing onstage, groomed, Samberg touched briefly on the political scene.
“Sure, Donald Trump appears racist,” he stated. “What else?”
HBO dominated the Emmys with 43 awards, followed by NBC with 12, Comedy Central and FX Networks with eight awards each, ABC with six and Amazon with 5.
For a complete list of this year’s winners, go to Emmys.com.