Pictured: Viola Davis accepting her 2015 Emmy (credit: EW)
In what was one of the most entertaining and exciting Emmy ceremonies in years, this year’s telecast highlighted primetime’s biggest and brightest series and stars with equal amounts of class and laughs.
Host Andy Samberg kicked off the show with a fun musical number that brought in the likes of Jon Hamm, Kerry Washington and Billy Eichner with a fun Les Miserables twist (props to Will Forte’s take on Javert). Trust me, it’s one to watch (see below):
Samberg followed up with a killer monologue that included jabs at Kim Davis, Donald Trump, and Bill Cosby (plus we all loved Jane Lynch as the shaming nun from “Game of Thrones,” right?), which kept the show in the right frame of funniness.
Comedy was the first highlighted genre of the night. Allison Janney made history by winning her 7th Emmy for Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (which ties her with Ed Asner and Mary Tyler Moore) for “Mom,” while Jeffrey Tambor took home his first for Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for “Transparent.”
“Veep” took home awards early in the evening – Julia Louis-Dreyfus bested the likes of Amy Schumer and Amy Poehler for Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, while Tony Hale took home his second Emmy for Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (no offense to Mr. Hale, but Tituss Burgess in “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”?! C’mon! Pinot Noir deserved a win!)
The screen stars of “Veep” and “Transparent” weren’t the shows’ only winners – Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series went to the former’s team, while Jill Soloway won for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series for the latter.
In between the awards, there were definitely some gif-able moments – including this one from Queen Amy Poehler:
And that one where the other Queen Amy (Schumer) joined her:
Also when Queen Amy I had a glare-off with Andy Samberg:
…I think we all know who the real star of the show was, right?
“The Voice” won Outstanding Reality-Competition Series, while Regina King bested three (count them: three) actresses from “American Horror Story: Freak Show” for Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for “American Crime.”
Mid-show, Samberg showed off his “Give The World An Emmy” spoof (and stabbed Larry/Jerry/Gary from “Parks and Recreation” in the process) – but hey, at least he gave out his HBO Now login info for us all to share, right? (And apparently, it’s real. Go binge-watch “Game of Thrones,” friends!)
“Olive Kitteridge” basically swept the Limited Series or Movie categories, scoring Best Limited Series and both Lead Actor and Actress trophies for Frances McDormand and Richard Jenkins respectively.
Jenkins was particularly in awe of the superstar presented who gave him his award – Lady Gaga. (Author’s note: Mother Monster looked goooooood. We were all pretty much in awe.)
“The Daily Show with John Stewart” took home several awards in the Variety category, including Writing, Directing, and Outstanding Variety Talk Series. Meanwhile, Variety Sketch Series went to “Inside Amy Schumer” (and the Internet promptly exploded).
Some of the night’s most anticipated awards came in the Drama categories, which kicked off David Benioff and D.B. Weiss winning their first Writing for a Drama Series award for “Game of Thrones” (on George R.R. Martin’s birthday, for that matter!)
“Thrones” became a record-breaking series, winning a total of 12 Emmys (including 8 Creative Arts Emmys that were previously announced) to surpass “The West Wing” as the show with the most TV Academy awards in one year. Some of those awards included Directing for a Drama Series, which went to David Nutter, and Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, which Peter Dinklage accepted with his newly minted man bun.
Uzo Aduba won her second consecutive Emmy for her Supporting Actress role on “Orange Is The New Black,” while Jon Hamm finally won his Lead Actor Emmy for “Mad Men” – and received a standing ovation. But it was Aduba’s emotional acceptance speech that had us all like
Also an emotional winner was Viola Davis. In a history-making win, she became the first African-American actress to receive the award for Lead Actress in a Drama Series for “How to Get Away with Murder.” Her impassioned speech was also one of the night’s best moments.
The top awards of the night were given out by two special guests – the legendary Mel Brooks presented “Veep” with the award for Outstanding Comedy Series, while Tracy Morgan made his triumphant (and touching) return to TV when awarding the Outstanding Drama Series trophy to “Game of Thrones.”
And to top it all off? The show finished just under time – no going over on your DVR this time, folks!
What did you think of this year’s Emmy Awards? Post your comments below and stay tuned for the next edition of Trophy Hunting covering the American Music Awards on November 22!