HBO also won the two biggest awards of the night. On that night, the series also won for Original Main Title Music (Dustin O’Halloran) and Costumes for a Contemporary Series, Limited Series or Movie (Marie Schley and Nancy Jarzynko).
Lesbian director Lisa Cholodenko ( who helmed the big-screen film The Kids Are All Right ) also took home an Emmy.
Jeffrey Tambor won best actor in a comedy for his role as a transgendered person on “Transparent“. “The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity”.
That point was brought home in Hollywood this morning, as the city woke up with an Emmy-sized hangover, with news that around 11.9 million people watched the 67th annual prime-time Emmy Awards.
It’s hard to believe “Mad Men” star Jon Hamm had never won before tonight, despite being nominated 16 times.
Sunday’s Emmys were dominated by HBO, whose “Game of Thrones” set an Emmy record for most wins in a year.
“Mad Men’s” Jon Hamm was the sentimental favourite in the very competitive lead drama actor category and voters did not deny him the gold in his final season of eligibility.
The three-hour ceremony was broadcast live on Fox Television and came complete with record-setting wins and one award that has been decades late in coming – that of Viola Davis, the first ever African American to win for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.
Veep left its imprint at the Emmys this year, as out of its nine nominations, it swept four awards, including Outstanding Lead Actress In a Comedy Series for Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Outstanding Comedy Series. Its other accolades included best writing, best direction and best supporting actor for Peter Dinklage, who plays Tyrion Lannister. (OK, anyone who hadn’t seen Olive Kitteridge was probably surprised that it won six awards.) The Emmys needed to recognize that ABC’s Modern Family is nowhere near as good as it used to be and, considering all the love that Veep had been shown before, it seemed like the obvious next victor. “Thank you so much”.
Amy Poehler and Amy Schumer prove that two Amys are better than one. And that’s all you need really.