The 67th Primetime Emmy Awards came to us live Sunday night from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, and they did not disappoint! Surprise win after surprise win kept us on our toes, making this year’s show one of the most entertaining in recent years.
Check out some of the highlights below!
Tracy Morgan Gets Standing Ovations At Surprise Emmy Appearance
Tracy Morgan shocked the world when he walked onto the Emmy stage to give out the last award of the night for Best Drama. It was his first television appearance since his gut wrenching Today interview, and although he tried to crack a few jokes, he was extremely emotional and overwhelmed by the love in the room. “God bless all you for your love, prayers and the positive thoughts over the past 15 months.”
Viola Davis Makes Emmy History
The stunning Viola Davis had the best night ever, becoming the first black woman to win the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. In her emotional speech, the How To Get Away With Murder star made sure to mention that there is a desperate need for more substantial roles for black women in Hollywood. “Let me tell you something: The only that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity. You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there.”
Jon Hamm FINALLY Wins The Emmy For Mad Men
After 16 moninations, Jon Hamm took home the elusive Emmy for his role as the iconic Don Draper in Mad Men. Good thing since the show aired it’s final season earlier this year! It was surprisingly the only performance Emmy that the show ever won. “There’s been a terrible mistake, clearly; thank you for that,” he said. In fact Hamm was so shocked after hearing his name called that he forgot to use the stairs to get on the stage!
Transparent Walks Away With Some Big Wins
The groundbreaking Amazon series Transparent won a couple of major awards, including a first time Emmy win Jeffrey Tambor as Best Actor in a Comedy Series for his role as trans woman Maura Pfefferman. “I had a teacher who used to say, ‘When you act, you have to act as if your life depends on it.’ And now I’ve been given the opportunity to act, because people’s lives depend on it,” Tambor said in his speech. Director Jill Solloway also walked away with and Emmy Sunday night and thanked her own transgender mother while also reminding people that trans civil-rights still have a long way to go. “She could tomorrow try to find an apartment, and in 32 states, it would be legal for the landlord to look her in the eye to say, ‘We don’t rent to trans people,'” Soloway said. “We don’t have a trans tipping point yet. We have a trans civil-rights problem.”
“Crazy Eyes” Wins Uzo Aduba An Emmy
Uzo Aduba took home the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama series for her ridiculously amazing work as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren on Orange Is The New Black. This was her second win in a row for the role, and the fact that the show was re-categorized this year as a drama instead of a comedy didn’t stop this all star’s talent from standing out in a huge way.
Game of Thrones Wins A Record Breaking 12 Emmys
Games of Thrones isn’t losing steam. The HBO show took home an impressive 12 Emmys this year, including Best Drama Series and Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. While the rest of the world wasn’t surprised by Peter Dinklage’s win, he sure was! “I wasn’t prepared at all,” he confessed. “I was even chewing gum.” But gum chewing aside, one thing’s for sure – this show is as unstoppable as a bunch of fire breathing dragons!