2015 Primetime Emmys

Emmys

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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Game of Thrones Season Five Finale: “Mother’s Mercy”

Game of Thrones

Season 5 | Episode 10 | Aired June 14, 2015

****WARNING: This post will contain MAJOR spoilers for the season five finale of Game of Thrones. If you haven’t seen it yet, STOP READING!****

Alright, normally this would’ve been up on Sunday night or Monday morning, but I was still recovering then so here it is.

Anyone who watches Game of Thrones knows that the season finale is going to be epic. Not only that, but with all the build up this season, there were a lot of hints to stuff that might happen and there were a lot of theories floating around. Despite this, I was not prepared for what actually happened.

After last week’s shocking scene involving Stannis’s daughter, Princess Shireen, being burned at the stake as a sacrifice to the Lord of Light, it seems things are not going in Stannis’s favor. While the snow may be melting, granting them passage to Winterfell, half his army has deserted him (presumably because they watched him kill his only child) and his wife hung herself out of grief. Not only that, but Melisandre left! She got on a horse and took off, heading back to The Wall! I think this was probably the moment Stannis realized he wouldn’t be winning this war, but there was no turning back now.

Stannis and what is left of his army march on Winterfell, only to be mercilessly slaughtered by Ramsay and the Bolton army who had been waiting for them. Stannis ends up being killed by Brienne who had been waiting to kill him ever since Stannis and Melisandre killed Renly.

Stannis

This would have been all well and good if it weren’t for the fact that Brienne had to leave her post of watching over Sansa to kill him. She turned away at the exact moment Sansa lit a candle in the window, the sign that she needed help and wanted to leave. I was shouting at the TV when this happened. Like, of course that’s how it would go. You knew the moment the scene changed from Stannis and his army marching to Sansa at the tower that this was going to happen, but it was still so infuriating!

So, needless to say we weren’t off to a good start. This all happened in I think less than half an hour and we’re already down one main character, one secondary character, and an entire army. We also may be down a Stark sister.

As Ramsay’s army returns, Sansa is cornered by Myranda who threatens her with a bow and arrow. In a shocking turn of events (though one I think we all saw coming in some way), Theon kills Myranda and he and Sansa make their escape by jumping off the wall of Winterfell. And that was it. That’s the last we saw of them. Um, what? I’m assuming they didn’t die, but at the same time I’ll find it really hard to believe if neither of them suffered an injury that didn’t slow down their escape from Ramsay and his army.

Sansa and Theon Jump

I’ve kind of been able to predict where things were going so far, but I’m totally stumped here and honestly? I don’t want to know what’s going to happen. This’ll be one of the things I’ll be waiting for in season six, to see what on earth happened to Sansa and Theon. Hopefully they’ll be able to do more with her character next season and make Sansa the badass we all know she can be.

Speaking of badasses, Arya finally crossed another name off her list on Sunday night when she killed Meryn Trant. She used one of the faces to trick him into letting her close and then killed him. However, Meryn Trant wasn’t the one she was supposed to kill and because of this, she was punished by the Many Faced God and it seems she becomes blind.

arya Blind

This is pretty significant for two reasons. First, as many have speculated, this is symbolic because Arya was so blinded by hatred when she killed him that she was punished by becoming actually blind. It was also incredibly significant because one of the first things she does to Meryn Trant is stab him in the eyes. I’ll be intrigued to see if she remains blind and how this will affect her character in the future.

So, what are we at now? Stannis, his wife, his entire army, Meryn Trant, Myranda, and possibly Sansa and Theon. And we’re not done yet!

Myrcella began her journey back to King’s Landing with Trystane, Jaime, and Bronn. On the way there it was revealed that she knows Jaime is actually her father and has known for ages, possibly even her whole life. Now, I’m not down with incest, pretty certain no one is. But something that’s always interested me and, if the internet is anything to go by, many other fans, is the relationship between Jaime and the children.

We don’t see a whole lot of interaction between them, but I think it’s always been pretty obvious that he probably cared for them more than Robert did. This scene solidified that. Myrcella didn’t care that her uncle was also her father, she loved him and was fine with it and Jaime looked so happy then that I couldn’t stop aw’ing. It was really sweet.

Jaime and Myrcella

And then she died. Yup, in true Game of Thrones fashion, something adorable happened and then Myrcella died, seemingly from poison given to her by Ellaria. Now this isn’t going to stand. Jaime is going to lose it; Cersei is going to lose it; Tommen, the poor boy, isn’t going to know what to do, but he’ll have no choice but to do something now. As for Trystane, he’s going to have to pick a side. I have a feeling there’s a war coming and it isn’t going to be pretty.

Now, things weren’t too pretty for Cersei this episode. The High Sparrow said she could return to the Keep until her trial. Great, sounds perfect. By that time Jaime would probably be back with Myrcella and he could deny the accusations as well. But! There was a catch. Cersei was forced to have her hair cut off and then was stripped and had to walk through the streets, all the way back to the castle, completely naked. All the while, people in the city were throwing things at her and shouting obscenities at her.

Cersei is one of those characters we love to hate. But I felt so bad for her in this moment. I mean, she’s essentially being punished for loving someone everyone else says is wrong. She’s being called a whore and a bitch and a ton of other words I can’t list here and being completely humiliated in front of everyone and I genuinely felt bad for her.

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When she makes it back to the castle she is carried off to get cleaned up by a knight whose face we do not see, but he is a giant. I’m wondering if this is The Hound? Since we never actually learned what happened to him? He seemed way too big though, so I’m not really sure. Whoever it was, I can’t wait to see what happens next. What is Tommen going to do when he finds out? What is Jaime going to do?

What is Cersei going to do when she finds out her daughter is dead? I don’t think this’ll help with denying the incest thing because Myrcella died in Jaime’s arms. I don’t think he’ll be able to hide his grief. He’s had to hide the fact that he was their father all their lives and he finally got to see what it was like to have one of his kids acknowledge him for who he really was to them. I don’t think he’ll be able to continue with the facade anymore.

And can I just take a minute here to address something? I see a lot of people saying how sexist the show is because they’ll show breasts and a vagina, but won’t show a penis. While I agree that there are parts of the show that come across as being kind of sexist (I’m not getting into that right now), I don’t know what show you’re all watching cause I’ve seen penis all over the place, including right in front of Cersei during her walk of shame.

Back to the review. Dany flew off at the end of last week’s episode on Drogon’s back. This week she’s who knows where with him and he’s being lazy. Mr. Badass Dragon just slept in his pile of bones while Dany is stranded and unable to get back to ruling her kingdom. Ruling therefore fell to Tyrion who finally met up with Varys again, where’s that guy been? I can’t wait to see where that goes. Maybe Tyrion can become king. I’d be okay with that. What do you think?

Drogon

Alright, on to the thing that has had most people talking: Jon Snow. I think most of the time, fans of the show, whether we’ve read the books or not, can predict a death. This one, I didn’t see coming. Now I want to remind everyone that I haven’t read all the books yet so for all I know he might not be dead. I don’t want to know until next season.

All I know is the Sam and Gilly left The Wall and little Olly told Jon that one of the Wildlings knew Jon’s Uncle Benjen. Jon went running and instead he had a bunch of Crows stab him “For The Wall”. And you know what happened? Jon Snow died.

Jon Snow

Are. You. Kidding. Me? No! I mean, Jon Snow has never been my favourite character, I even said earlier this season that all that stuff at The Wall sometimes bores me, but I didn’t want him to die! He’s one of the last remaining Starks! Rickon is who knows where, Bran is off at the tree, Arya is blind, and Sansa is maybe dead! This is not okay! The writers need to stop torturing the Stark children! What did they ever do to you? I know they have Boromir’s DNA, but that is no reason to keep killing them off!

This season finale was intense. Maybe the most intense season finale I’ve seen yet. There were several good battles this season, some fantastic character development, some wonderful moments between characters, and there were also some really awful things that happened. Overall I think season five was pretty fantastic and I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen in season six. I reckon this’ll finally be when they have a big war, but I’ve been saying that all season and I said it last season too so I’m probably wrong.

But what do you think? Did you enjoy the season finale? Whose death shocked you the most? Predictions for season six?

I’ll be back with more reviews when the new season starts! Anything you guys would like to see change in those reviews? Anything else you’d like to see about Game of Thrones? I’ve been thinking I might go back through all the season and rate different things that happened in the show.

Maybe I’ll do the same thing I did with The Walking Dead season finale and react with GIFs. What do you think?

Thanks so much for sticking with me this season! I’m glad to know we could go through this together!

Meanwhile… on the Narrow Sea

Gendry Still Rowing

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