TV’s biggest night of the year is here, the 2015 Emmy Awards. The show honors the best in television for 26 categories from dramas and comedies to reality and variety shows.
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Game of Thrones and American Horror Story: Freak Show lead all programs with the most nominations. However, it’s also a big year for streaming services with huge nominations for Netflix and Amazon, from House of Cards to Transparent.
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Will HBO dominate everything with Game of Thrones, Veep, Silicon Valley, Olive Kitteridge, Bessie and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver? Will Transparent break new ground for Amazon and will Mad Men make a strong showing in its final season? And what will win the first-ever Emmy for Variety Sketch Show, a new category added this year?
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Here is my live blog of the 67th Annual Emmy Awards, hosted by Andy Samberg, with all of the winners.
Andy Samberg opens with a musical number about locking himself in a bunker for a year to watch every show on TV. The highlights include a Les Miserables parody with Will Forte as Javert and Andy singing a list of TV shows, getting stuck on about 50 different shows with “Wives” in the title.
Andy’s monologue features a few awkward yet interesting jokes like how he’s honored to be hosting, following in the footsteps of Robert Blake and Bill Cosby. The jokes about TV kind of bomb, but he gets more laughs with political comedy about Donald Trump. There are some funny Emmy record jokes about how Uzo Aduba and Allison Janney are both the new Ed Asner.
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Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Allison Janney, Mom
Out of an astounding eight nominees, Janney wins her second Emmy in a row for this role and her seventh Emmy overall. She starts singing during her acceptance speech.
Writing for a Comedy Series: “Election Night,” Veep
It’s the first win for the show, winning for the season 4 finale. This could bode well for the show’s chances at the top prize.
Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Tony Hale, Veep
This is his second win and another win for Veep. The show is on a hot streak. For the last six years in a row, this award has gone to Hale twice, as well as Modern Family‘s Ty Burrell and Eric Stonestreet twice each.
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Directing for a Comedy Series: “Best New Girl,” Transparent
After four years in a row of Modern Family winning this award, Transparent puts a stop to the Veep domination. Jill Solloway speaks about transgender rights. This is also the third year in a row a female director won this award.
Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent
This isn’t much of a surprise since he’s been so critically praised. It’s his first Emmy win in seven nominations, and now Transparent is in a dead heat with Veep. He dedicates the award to the transgender community.
Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
She’s good, but this is her fourth win in a row for this role. It’s also her fifth overall win in this category (she even won for The New Adventures of Old Christine). The only other women to win this award five times are Candice Bergen and Mary Tyler Moore.
Reality Competition Program: The Voice
Wow, this is the second time it’s won and only the third time in the 13 years this category has existed that The Amazing Race didn’t win.
Writing for a Limited Series/TV Movie: Olive Kitteridge
Oh joy, some HBO miniseries that I didn’t watch.
Supporting Actress in a Limited Series/TV Movie: Regina King, American Crime
Wow, the trio of actresses from American Horror Story: Freak Show lost out. She’s the first African-American woman to win this category in over 20 years, and in a year with a record number of African-American nominees.
Directing for a Limited Series/TV Movie: Olive Kitteridge
We get it, HBO can make a classy, fancy miniseries. She got played off with music, but just kept talking and talking.
Supporting Actor in a Limited Series/TV Movie: Bill Murray, Olive Kitteridge
He’s not there. That’s a shame, his speech probably would’ve been funny.
Lead Actress in a Limited Series/TV Movie: Frances McDormand, Olive Kitteridge
Well damn, they really, REALLY love this thing. This brings its total to six, with two Creative Arts wins last week.
Lead Actor in a Limited Series/TV Movie: Richard Jenkins, Olive Kitteridge
Yet again, Olive dominates. It’s up to seven wins while HBO now has eight of the 13 Emmys from tonight.
Outstanding Limited Series: Olive Kitteridge
The HBO miniseries concludes it’s epic run by winning eight Emmys. This also gives HBO it’s 38th Emmy of the year. The all-time record for any network in one year is 44, with CBS way back in 1974.
Writing for a Variety Series: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
In the past 13 years, The Daily Show has won nine times while The Colbert Report won four times. Late Night with Conan O’Brien is the only other program to win during that run.
Outstanding Variety Sketch Series: Inside Amy Schumer
This is the first time this category has existed and it definitely helped Schumer, who otherwise would’ve been competing against talk shows like The Daily Show. Amy Schumer is surprisingly emotional and earnest, but with a few trademark jokes.
Directing for a Variety Series: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
This is just making me sad that Jon Stewart isn’t on the show anymore.
Outstanding Variety Talk Series: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
And The Daily Show makes a comeback after losing the last two years in a row to The Colbert Report. But before that, it won 10 times in a row, so this is #11. Jon Stewart’s speech is funny about missing the applause and other perks of being on TV.
Writing for a Drama Series: “Mother’s Mercy,” Game of Thrones
Wow, it beat the series finale of Mad Men and gets its first Writing win. And now Game of Thrones ties the all-time record of most wins in one year for a series with nine.
Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black
I guess she’s now the new Ed Asner, winning Emmys for the same role in both the Comedy and Drama categories. She won last year for Guest Actress in a Comedy Series. Like Regina King earlier, she’s the first African-American to win in this category in over 20 years.
Directing for a Drama Series: “Mother’s Mercy,” Game of Thrones
This is the show’s first-ever win in this category. And Game of Thrones now has the new record by winning 10 Emmys in one year.
Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Wow, that’s the 11th win for the show and Dinklage’s second Emmy as Tyrion Lannister. He praises the other nominees, but mostly Jonathan Banks “and the rest.”
Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Jon Hamm, Mad Men
FINALLY! This is the first ever acting win for Mad Men and for Hamm, whose Don Draper is one of the most iconic characters in the history of TV. He gets a ton of applause and is very humble.
Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Viola Davis, How to Get Away with Murder
FINALLY! She’s the first-ever African-American to win in this category. And it’s only appropriate that she gets the award from Adrien Brody, who was famously given his Academy Award by the first black woman to ever win the Lead Actress Oscar, Halle Berry. Her speech is inspiring about opportunities for black women in TV.
Outstanding Comedy Series: Veep
Huzzah! The HBO comedy deserves it after four amazing seasons. It breaks Modern Family‘s streak of winning for the last five years in a row. It’s only the second HBO show to ever win, joining Sex and the City and those are the only two times a cable show has ever won this award.
Outstanding Drama Series: Game of Thrones
The award was presented by an inspiring Tracy Morgan, who was in a horrific car accident more than a year ago. He’s back and funny as ever. And Thrones prevails with an epic year for HBO and the show. Game of Thrones won 12 Emmys this year, including the top prize for the first time ever, while HBO won an astonishing 43 Emmys this year, including 14 out of the 26 given tonight.
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