The Emmy Awards 2015

Benjamin Vu ‘16
Senior Entertainment Editor

Actress Viola Davis with her Emmy from the 67th annual Primetime Emmy Awards

Actress Viola Davis with her Emmy from the 67th annual Primetime Emmy Awards. Photo courtesy of UsMagazine.com

On September 20, the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards took place at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles, California. Emmy Awards are given to those who have shown excellence in the television industry, similar to the Academy Awards for film or the Grammy Awards for music, as chosen by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. This year, for the first time, the event was hosted by Andy Samberg.

That night, history was made as Viola Davis became the first African-American woman to win the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. In her acceptance speech, Davis quoted the phrase of Harriet Tubman by saying “In my mind, I see a line. And over that line, I see green fields and lovely flowers and beautiful white women with their arms stretched out to me, over that line. But I can’t seem to get there no how. I can’t seem to get over that line.”

Davis then proceeded to mention that opportunity was the sole obstacle that separated women of color from everyone else. It is impossible to win an Emmy for a role that is not yet available or existent.

Additionally, Jon Hamm won his first Emmy with his 16th nomination for his role in Mad Men. Although Hamm was triumphant in his victory, the series did not win in the Best Drama, an honor which instead went to Game of Thrones. Game of Thrones would ultimately win big, earning 12 total Emmys to become the single most a series has ever won in a year.

Modern Family has had a five year monopoly on the Emmy Awards for Best Comedy. However, this year it was a showdown between HBO’s Veep and Amazon’s Transparent for the coveted title. The two shows would be seen trading off wins for the entirety of the comedy themed awards and Veep and Transparent’s acceptance speeches would respectively joke with the audience or advocate for trans issues.

A complete list of the Emmy Awards can be seen below:

Outstanding Drama Series
“Game Of Thrones” (HBO) *WINNER

Outstanding Comedy Series
“Veep” (HBO) *WINNER

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Jon Hamm, “Mad Men” *WINNER

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Viola Davis, “How to Get Away With Murder” *WINNER

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent” *WINNER

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep” *WINNER

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones” *WINNER

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Uzo Aduba, “Orange Is the New Black” *WINNER

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Allison Janney, “Mom” *WINNER

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Tony Hale, “Veep” *WINNER

Outstanding Variety Talk Series
“The Daily Show” (Comedy Central) *WINNER

Outstanding Writing For A Variety Series
“The Daily Show” (Comedy Central) *WINNER

Outstanding Directing For A Variety Series
“The Daily Show” (Comedy Central) *WINNER

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series
“Inside Amy Schumer” (Comedy Central) *WINNER

Outstanding Reality-Competition Program
“The Voice” (NBC) *WINNER

Outstanding Structured Reality Program
“Shark Tank” (ABC) *WINNER

Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program
“Deadliest Catch” (Discovery) *WINNER

Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Program
Jane Lynch, “Hollywood Game Night” *WINNER

Outstanding Variety Special
“The Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special” (NBC) *WINNER

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
Reg E. Cathey, “House of Cards” *WINNER

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Margo Martindale, “The Americans” *WINNER

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
Bradley Whitford, “Transparent” *WINNER

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
Joan Cusack, “Shameless” *WINNER

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
“Game Of Thrones” — “Mother’s Mercy” (David Benioff and D.B. Weiss) *WINNER

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
“Veep” — “Election Night” (Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci and Tony Roche) *WINNER

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
“Game Of Thrones” — “Mother’s Mercy” (David Nutter) *WINNER

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series
“Transparent” — “Best New Girl” (Jill Soloway) *WINNER

Overall, the Emmys was a night of both grand, dramatic speeches and whimsical jokes. Although it was the last chance for shows such as Mad Men and Parks and Recreation to win awards, it was surely a night to remember, if not for the stage antics on screen, then at least for the chance for TV enthusiasts to know which shows they should definitely be watching on their Netflix, Amazon Prime, or HBO Go accounts.

 

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