Last night, television’s biggest stars gathered to celebrate the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards. The ceremony – hosted by the hilarious and charming Andy Samberg — honored achievements in a rapidly changing medium, and during what some are calling “the golden age of television.” Many of the night’s winners came as no surprise to diehard TV viewers, while some actors and actresses experienced vindication after years of honing their craft. Just in case you missed last night’s festivities, we at Eventful want to give you a rundown of the evening’s most exciting moments.
The big winner of the night – at least in terms of volume – was HBO. The premium channel took home a total of fifteen Emmys at last night’s ceremony, spread across the shows Veep, Game of Thrones, and the miniseries Olive Kitteridge. Each of the shows won for Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Drama Series, and Outstanding Miniseries, respectively. Surprisingly, this was Game of Thrones’ first win for Outstanding Drama Series, but the win broke the record for a show winning the most “Academy” awards in a single year. Julia Louis-Dreyfus picked up her fifth Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her role in Veep, while her co-star Tony Hale received his second award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.
Even the HBO film Bessie – starring Queen Latifah as legendary singer Bessie Smith – took home the award for Outstanding Television Movie. However, it was the HBO miniseries Olive Kitteridge that nabbed nearly every award for which it was nominated; including Richard Jenkins for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie, Frances McDormand for Outstanding Lead Actress, and Bill Murray for Outstanding Supporting Actor.
While some TV juggernauts performed as expected, there were a few surprises at last night’s awards. After eight years of the hit AMC show Mad Men, Jon Hamm was finally recognized for his phenomenal work as Don Draper with an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. This year, the acclaimed Netflix Series, Orange is the New Black, found itself in the Drama category instead of Comedy; which, as host Andy Samberg pointed out, made Uzo Aduba the first actor since Ed Asner to win Best Supporting Actor/Actress for the same character in both categories. Most significantly, actress Viola Davis became the first African-American actress ever to win the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her work on How to Get Away with Murder, setting a huge precedent for the award show and television in general.
That about wraps up our biggest wins of the 2015 Primetime Emmy Awards. Be sure to keep binge-watching and filling up your DVR, and we’ll be back next year to survey the continued heyday of TV!