Last night, the 67th Primetime Emmy’s Award show was aired in Los Angeles and despite the 100-degree heat, television’s biggest and best gathered to celebrate. Kicking off the show, host Andy Samberg treated us to a musical number reflecting on the endless numbers of scripted drama series available this year. But as far as the night’s proceedings go, it was monumental as records were set and history made.
Medieval fantasy series Game of Thrones conquered the awards show by snagging a record-breaking 12 awards from its 24 nominations including the award for best writing and directing as well as the evening’s biggest award, Best Drama Series. The win capped a huge night for HBO as the network racked up a total of 43 Emmys, claiming Best Comedy Series for Veep and Best Miniseries for Olive Kitteridge. The limited series took home almost every category it was nominated for; while Veep’s victory denied Modern Family the chance of a sixth consecutive win in the category.
It truly was a night of first’s as Amy Schumer won her first Emmy Award for Inside Amy Schumer in the brand new category Outstanding Variety Sketch Series. Meanwhile, Mad Men’s Jon Hamm finally won Outstanding Lead Actor for his role as Don Draper and Viola Davis picked up the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in How to Get Away With Murder – a prestigious award made all the more special because it marked her as the first African-American actress to receive such an award. Davis’ stirring acceptance speech was charged with emotion as she stated
“The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity […] You can not win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there.”
In addition to the above, here’s a roundup of our favorite moments from the evening:
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) September 20, 2015
Ricky Gervais got the dress code.
Contraband at the Emmys A photo posted by Sofia Vergara (@sofiavergara) on
Sofia Vergara sneaks in popcorn.
A photo posted by Uzo Aduba (@uzoaduba) on
Crazy eyes by name, crazy by nature.
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January Jones congratulates co-star Jon Hamm
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) September 21, 2015
Jimmy Kimmel pisses off Matt LeBlanc.
A photo posted by Eric Stonestreet (@ericstonestreet) on
Eric Stonestreet shows us how to stay cool under pressure.
— Cindy Hively (@cindyhively) September 21, 2015
Jane Lynch rings the shame bell.
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) September 21, 2015
Amy Poehler is a mean girl.
— CNBC (@CNBC) September 21, 2015
Until next year…