The 67th Annual Emmy Awards took place last Sunday, Sept. 20, and were a history-making affair. Host Andy Samburg’s opening song was a tribute to how there is just so much good television nowadays, it’s nearly impossible to keep up. (Unless, of course, you hide out in a ‘viewing bunker’ for a year.)HBO won more than half of all statuettes, a first for any network. Their total by the end of both the Primetime Emmys and the Creative Arts Emmys was 43.
HBO’s major Primetime winners were the political comedy Veep, with four wins, the epic fantasy Game of Thrones, with four wins, and six wins for the limited series Olive Kitteridge. In addition to HBO winning the most Emmys of any network in a single year, Game of Thrones, its most popular show, took home the most Emmys of any show in a single year. GOT claimed 8 Creative Arts Emmys, bringing its total up to 12. Those 12 include the prize for Outstanding Drama Series.
Not all the firsts went to HBO, however. Viola Davis became the first African-American woman in history to win Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role on How to Get Away with Murder. Her acceptance speech proved to be one of the more emotional moments of the night when, speaking of opportunities for women of color, she said, “You can not win an Emmy for roles that are not there.”
Another actress came one step closer to making history when CBS’ Mom star Allison Janney took home Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. It was her seventh Emmy, tying her and Ed Asner for second place for most-ever Emmy wins by a single person. Cloris Leachman still holds the all-time record with eight.
Other notable moments include the fact that Jon Hamm of AMC’s Mad Men finally won his first Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series after having been nominated for all of the past seven years. Jeffrey Tambor took home Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his role in Transparent, an award he dedicated to the transgender community.
And finally, there was one other way in which the awards were ground-breaking…
It was the hottest red carpet ever, with on-set thermometers reading up to 120 degrees. Both Mother Nature and the heat-trapping plastic tarp thrown over the red carpet (ironically, to provide shade) were to blame.
What were your favorite Emmy moments this year?
Written By: Sara Mcdermott