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2015 Primetime Emmys

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The Emmys happened! Yes, they aired tonight and this year the host was Andy Samburg. I never used to be a fan of awards shows. They’re long, the speeches are sometimes annoying and cringeworthy, and the host (and their jokes) are usually lame and not funny.

However, lately they’ve really kind of been growing on me and I find myself becoming one of those people who really, really likes awards shows. And you know what? I’m okay with that. And I’ll continue being okay with that if more of them are like this.

The opening number was great! I saw mixed reviews on the Internet just after it happened, but personally I really enjoyed it. I laughed a lot and just thought overall it was really fun.

Andy Samburg is actually funny. I always love when hosts of awards shows take serious situations that have been happening and use satire and sarcasm in their speeches and that’s exactly what Andy Samburg did. From Bill Cosby to Donald Trump, he had a lot of material to use.

There were many presenters this year from Lena Headey to Taraji P. Henson to James Corden.

Many of the winners this year brought attention to serious issues in their speeches. Jill Soloway and Jeffrey Tambor both won Emmys for their work on Transparent and during their speeches brought attention to the Trans* rights movement.

Viola Davis won for her role on How to Get Away With Murder and made a moving speech about opportunities in the acting business for women of colour. It was truly emotional and spectacular and if you can find it online I highly recommend watching/listening to it.

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 20: Actress Viola Davis accepts an award onstage during the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 20, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)

Amy Schumer made a fantastically hilarious speech (of course) and I loved Peter Dinklage’s speech after he won for best supporting actor in Game of Thrones.

Azo Aduba’s speech was wonderful. She was so emotional and it just made me really happy to know she was really happy. It also made me really happy when Jon Hamm won for his role in Mad Men. I never saw the show (it’s on my list of things to watch), but I think everyone knows how huge it was and with it ending this year I don’t think it was a surprise to anyone that he won.

The memorial video was incredibly sad. Seeing all the men and women who have passed away this past year is actually so surprising. You hear about the death when it happens and you’re shocked, but to see all these faces, one name after the other, all in one go, it’s even more surprising.

There were many awards presented tonight and you can find the full list of winners/nominees as well as who presented each award below!

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (Presented by Amy Poehler and Amy Shumer):

Allison Janney (Mom) – Winner
Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory)
Julie Bowen (Modern Family)
Anna Chlumsky (Veep)
Gaby Hoffmann (Transparent)
Jane Krakowski (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)
Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live)
Niecy Nash (Getting On)


Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series (Presented by Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross)

Veep (“Election Night”), Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, and Tony Roche – Winner
Episodes (“Episode Nine”), David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik
The Last Man on Earth (“Alice in Tucson”), Will Forte
Louie (“Bobby’s House”), Louis C.K.
Silicon Valley (“Two Days of the Condor”), Alec Berg
Transparent (“Pilot”), Jill Soloway


Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (Presented by Ricky Gervais)

Tony Hale (Veep) – Winner
Andre Braugher (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)
Ty Burrell (Modern Family)
Adam Driver (Girls)
Keegan-Michael Key (Key & Peele)


Guest Actor/Actress in a Comedy Series (Presented by John Stamos and Gina Rodriguez)

Bradley Whitford (Transparent) – Winner
Mel Brooks (The Comedians)
Louis C.K. (Sautday Night Live)
Paul Giamatti (Inside Amy Schumer)
Bill Hader (Saturday Night Live)
Jon Hamm (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)

Joan Cusack (Shameless) – Winner
Pamela Adlon (Louie)
Elizabeth Banks (Modern Family)
Christine Baranski (The Big Bang Theory)
Tina Fey (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)
Gaby Hoffmann (Girls)


Best Comedy Director (Presented by Bradley Whitford and Joan Cusack)

Transparent, Jill Soloway – Winner
The Last Man on Earth, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller
Louie, Louis C.K.
Silicon Valley, Mike Judge
Veep, Armando Iannucci


Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (Presented by Jimmy Kimmel)

Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent) – Winner
Anthony Anderson (Black-ish)
Don Cheadle (House of Lies)
Louis C.K. (Louie)
Will Forte (The Last Man on Earth)
Matt LeBlanc (Episodes)
William H. Macy (Shameless)


Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (Presented by Seth Myers)

Julie Louis-Dreyfus (Veep) – Winner
Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie)
Lisa Kudrow (The Comeback)
Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation)
Amy Schumer (Inside Amy Schumer)
Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie)


Reality Competition Program (Presented by Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele)

The VoiceWinner
The Amazing Race
Dancing with the Stars
Project Runway
So You Think You Can Dance
Top Chef


Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special (Presented by Terrance Howard and Taraji P Henson)

Olive Kitteridge, Jane Anderson – Winner
American Crime, John Ridley
Bessie, Dee Reese, Christopher Cleveland, Bettina Gilois, and Horton Foote
Hello Laides: The Movie, Stephen Merchant, Gene Stupitsky, Lee Eisenberg
The Honorable Woman, Hugo Blick
Wolf Hall, Peter Straughan


Supporting Actress for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special (Presented by Terrance Howard and Taraji P Henson)

Regina King (American Crime) – Winner
Angela Bassett (American Horror Story: Freak Show)
Kathy Bates (American Horror Story: Freak Show)
Zoe Kazan (Olive Kitteridge)
Mo’Nique (Bessie)
Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story: Freak Show)


Directing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special (Presented by John Oliver)

Olive Kitteridge, Lisa Cholodenko – Winner
American Horror Story: Freak Show, Ryan Murphy
Bessie, Dee Rees
The Honorable Woman, Hugo Blick
Houdini, Uli Edel
The Missing, Tom Shankland
Wolf Hall, Peter Kominsky


Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie (Presented by Maggie Gyllenhaal and Liev Schrieber)

Bill Murray (Olive Kitteridge) – Winner
Richard Cabral (American Crime)
Damian Lewis (Wolf Hall)
Denis O’Hare (American Horror Story: Freak Show)
Michael K. Williams (Bessie)|
Finn Wittrock (American Horror Story: Freak Show)


Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie (Presented by Rob Lowe and Kerry Washington)

Frances McDormand (Olive Kitteridge) – Winner
Maggie Gyllenhaal (The Honorable Woman)
Felicity Huffman (American Crime)
Jessica Lange (American Horror Story: Freak Show)
Queen Latifah (Bessie)
Emma Thompson (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street)


Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie (Presented by Lady Gaga)

Richard Jenkins (Olive Kitteridge)
Adrien Brody (Houdini)
Ricky Gervais (Derek: The Special)
Timothy Hutton (American Crime)
David Oyelowo (Nightingale)
Mark Rylance (Wolf Hall)


Outstanding Limited Series (Presented by Lena Headey and Margo Martindale)

Olive KitteridgeWinner
American Crime
American Horror Story: Freak Show
The Honorable Woman
Wolf Hall


Writing for a Variety Series (Presented by Mindy Kaling and Zachary Levi)

The Daily Show with Jon StewartWinner
The Colbert Report
Inside Amy Schumer
Key and Peele
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver


Outstanding Variety Sketch Series (Presented by Jane Lynch and Eric Stronestreet)

Inside Amy SchumerWinner
Drunk History
Key and Peele
Portlandia
Saturday Night Live


Directing for a Variety Series (Presented for Colin Hanks and Will Forte)

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Chuck O’Neil – Winner
The Colbert Report, James Hoskinson
Inside Amy Schumer, Amy Schumer and Ryan McFaul
Late Show with David Letterman, Jerry Foley
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Dave Diomedi


Outstanding Variety Talk Series (Presented by LL Cool J)

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart – Winner
The Colbert Report
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Late Show with David Letterman
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon


Outstanding Guest Actor/Actress in a Drama Series (Presented by Ben McKenzie and Jamie Alexander)

Reg E. Cathey (House of Cards) – Winner
Murray Abraham (Homeland)
Alan Alda (The Blacklist)
Beau Bridges (Masters of Sex)
Michael J. Fox (The Good Wife)
Pablo Schreiber (Orange is the New Black)

Margo Martindale (The Americans) – Winner
Khandi Alexander (Scandle)
Rachel Brosnahan (House of Cards)
Allison Janney (Masters of Sex)
Diana Rigg (Game of Thrones)
Cicely Tyson (How to Get Away With Murder)


Writing for a Drama Series (Presented by Reg E. Cathey)

Game of Thrones (“Mother’s Mercy”), David Benioff and D.B. Weiss – Winner
The Americans (“Do Mail Robots Dream of Electric Sheep”), Joshua Brand
Better Call Saul (“Five-O”), Gordon Smith
Mad Men (“Lost Horizon”), Matthew Weiner and Semi Chellas
Mad Men (“Person to Person”) Matthew Weiner


Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Presented by Jamie Lee Curtis and Emma Roberts)

Uzo Aduba (Orange is the New Black) – Winner
Christine Baransku (The Good Wife)
Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones)
Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey)
Lena Headey (Game of Thrones)
Christina Hendricks (Mad Men)


Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series (Presented by Jamie Lee Curtis and Emma Roberts)

Game of Thrones (“Mother’s Mercy”), David Nutter – Winner
Boardwalk Empire (“Eldorado”), Tim Van Patten
Game of Thrones (“Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken”), Jeremy Podeswa
Homeland (“From A to B and Back Again”), Lesli Linka Glatter
The Knick (“Method and Madness”), Steven Sonderbergh


Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) – Winner
Jonathan Banks (Better Call Saul)
Jim Carter (Downton Abbey)
Alan Cumming (The Good Wife)
Michael Kelly (House of Cards)
Ben Mendelsohn (Bloodline)


Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (Presented by Tina Fey)

Jon Hamm (Mad Men) – Winner
Kyle Chandler (Bloodline)
Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom)
Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul)
Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan)
Kevin Spacey (House of Cards)


Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (Presented by Adrien Brody)

Viola Davis (How to Get Away with Murder) – Winner
Claire Danes (Homeland)
Taraji P. Henson (Empire)
Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black)
Elizabeth Moss (Mad Men)
Robin Wright (House of Cards)


Outstanding Comedy Series (Presented by Mel Brooks)

VeepWinner
Louie
Modern Family
Parks and Recreation
Silicon Valley
Transparent
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt


Outstanding Drama Series (Presented by Tracy Morgan)

Game of Thrones – Winner
Better Call Saul
Downton Abbey
Homeland
House of Cards
Mad Men
Orange is the New Black


The 67th Emmys were great. So many amazing shows, writers, actors/actresses, and directors were honoured this and so many more were nominated!

Veep and Game of Thrones walked away with four awards tonight, Transparent and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart got three, while Olive Kitteridge won six!

Peter

Congratulations to all the winners. You all worked very hard and it paid off!

See you next year!

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