It was a record breaking year at the Emmys, as HBO took home a whopping 43 awards. (That is including the Creative Arts Emmys) HBO was able to take home both Best Comedy Show with Veep and Best Drama for Game of Thrones while their miniseries Olive Kitteridge also won for Best Limited Series.
The biggest winner last night really has to go to Viola Davis, as she was the first ever woman of color to win best actress in a drama series in the Emmys 67 years. She gave a wonderful and powerful speech that brought the house down. Viola Davis is definitely one of the greatest actresses of our generation, and I am glad she is getting the accolades she deserves.
Viola Davis isn’t the only woman of color to take home a statue as both Regina King won for Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series and Uzo Aduba for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama. Uzo also made history, being the second person to ever win an award in both comedy and drama for playing the same character. Only Ed Asner has done the same.
A most people will be talking about Viola’s win, the one thing that I am surprised not as many people are talking about is the fact that two women won best directing honors. Jill Soloway won Best Director for a Comedy Series for Transparent and and Lisa Cholodenko won for Directing Olive Kitteridge. I think this is phenomenal and I hope this helps paves the way for other awards to honor women filmmakers.
Now, not everyone can leave a winner, and I am very sad that Amy Poehler went home empty handed. It’s a shame as Leslie Knope is one of the best characters to ever appear on TV, and Amy Poeher’s performance was simply amazing. Leslie could have been one of the most annoying characters ever, but Amy portrayal of her kept her grounded and human.
Now, I am not the biggest fan of Veep, as it’s not really my type of humor. (I find it to be a little too negative, but it is funny and very witty.) I am very happy that it was able to stop Modern Family from winning another Best Comedy Series award. Now, Modern Family isn’t a bad show at all, but it is the most average and broad show that doesn’t even try to challenge its viewers. It plays it safe every single time, where as Veep really goers for the jugular and its nails it. I am glad the rein of Modern Family is finally over.
I have one last gripe with the Emmys and it is with the Best Reality TV Host category. Cat Deeley keeps not winning and that’s a travesty. She is so charismatic, charming, and plain ol wonderful. She really cares about the contestants on So You Think You can Dance, and she hosts the crap out of that show. I don’t understand how she can keeps losing to Jane Lynch, who is fun on Celebrity Game Night, but COME ON! Give give a girl a chance! Okay, rant over.
Overall, I am happy with the Emmys results. As you read above, I disagree with just a couple of the awards, but the majority are spot on. I hope they keep up this trend of keep the awards diverse and interesting. Also, Andy Samberg was fantastic as the host. Maybe he should host the Golden Globes next.
Here is a run down of the winners from last night’s Emmys.
|Outstanding Drama Series||Game of Thrones (HBO)|
|Lead Actor||Jon Hamm Mad Men (AMC)|
|Lead Actress||Viola Davis How to Get Away With Murder (ABC)|
|Supporting Actor||Peter Dinklage Game of Thrones (HBO)|
|Supporting Actress||Uzo Aduba Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)|
|Guest Actor||Reg E. Cathey House of Cards (Netflix)|
|Guest Actress||Margo Martindale The Americans (FX)|
|Writing||David Benioff & D. B. Weiss Game of Thrones (HBO), “Mother’s Mercy”|
|Directing||David Nutter Game of Thrones (HBO), “Mother’s Mercy”|
|Outstanding Comedy Series||Veep (HBO)|
|Lead Actor||Jeffrey Tambor Transparent (Amazon)|
|Lead Actress||Julia Louis-Dreyfus Veep (HBO)|
|Supporting Actor||Tony Hale Veep (HBO)|
|Supporting Actress||Allison Janney Mom (CBS)|
|Guest Actor||Bradley Whitford Transparent (Amazon)|
|Guest Actress||Joan Cusack Shameless (Showtime)|
|Writing||Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, & Tony Roche Veep (HBO), “Election Night”|
|Directing||Jill Soloway Transparent (Amazon), “Best New Girl”|
|Outstanding Limited Series||Olive Kitteridge (HBO)|
|Outstanding Made for Television Movie||Bessie (HBO)|
|Lead Actor||Richard Jenkins Olive Kitteridge (HBO)|
|Lead Actress||Frances McDormand Olive Kitteridge (HBO)|
|Supporting Actor||Bill Murray Olive Kitteridge (HBO)|
|Supporting Actress||Regina King American Crime (ABC)|
|Writing||Jane Anderson Olive Kitteridge (HBO)|
|Directing||Lisa Cholodenko Olive Kitteridge (HBO)|
|Variety Sketch Series||Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central)|
|Variety Talk Series||The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (Comedy Central)|
|Writing for a Variety Series||The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (Comedy Central)|
|Directing for a Variety Series||Chuck O’Neil The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (CC)|
|Variety Special||Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special (NBC)|
|Writing for a Variety Special||Louis C.K. Louis C.K.: Live At The Comedy Store|
|Reality Competition||The Voice (NBC)|
|Reality Program – Structured||Shark Tank (ABC)|
|Reality Program – Unstructured||Deadliest Catch (Discovery)|
|Reality Host||Jane Lynch Hollywood Game Night (NBC)|
|Animated Program||Over the Garden Wall (Cartoon Network)|
|Childrens Program||Alan Alda and the Actor Within You (HBO)|
|Documentary Series||The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst (HBO)|
|Documentary Film||Citizenfour (HBO)|
|Documentary Special||Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (HBO)|
|Informational Series or Special||Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown (CNN)|
|Interactive Program||Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)|
|Special Class Program||Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (PBS)|
|Short-Format Live-Action Program||Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis: Brad Pitt (FunnyOrDie)|
|Short-Format Nonfiction Program||A Tribute to Mel Brooks (FX)|