Los Angeles Times | September 20, 2015 | 8:00 PM
“Game of Thrones” won the Emmy for drama series Sunday, marking the first victory in this category for the HBO hit. The medieval fantasy series is based on the novels of author George R.R. Martin and was created by D.B. Weiss and David Benioff. More at www.latimes.com/emmys
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Emmy Awards: HBO, Jon Hamm and Viola Davis win big
How this Emmys made history
Viola Davis made history Sunday as the first African American to win lead actress in a drama. Combined with Uzo Aduba’s and Regina King’s wins earlier in the evening, the three victories for African American actresses ties a record set in 1991 for most acting Emmys awarded to black women in a single year.
„Game of Thrones” also made some Emmys history. Combined with the Creative Emmys it took home last week, the series won 12 Emmy Awards this year (including its first for drama series), which is the most any series has won in a single year.
‘Veep’ creator on leaving the series
„Veep” creator Armando Iannucci is leaving the HBO comedy, but he won’t be empty-handed. The show celebrated its first Emmy for comedy series, beating out five-time winner „Modern Family.”
„It feels like the right time,” Iannucci told reporters in the press room after the awards show on Sunday night. „I felt that I’ve taken the show to where I wanted to take it and I’m pleased to pass it on. …Every show can benefit from new energy.”
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The final tally: HBO wins huge
HBO snagged 14 wins — 10 more than the next biggest winner, Comedy Central, which had four wins.
Regina King’s disbelief
„Did they get that right? Did they really say that?”
Those were Regina King’s first thoughts when they announced she had won the Emmy on Sunday for supporting actress in a limited series or movie for her role as Aliyah Shadeed in „American Crime.”
„I’m still kind of digesting it,” the actress said in the press room after the ceremony on Sunday.
As far as celebrating goes, King said her plans entail taking off her heels and grabbing a drink.
„I think I’m going to have a martini, two times.”
She also plans to send her Emmy „some way, somehow” to Cincinnati, where her mom and grandma live.
„I think that’s the best place for her,” she said, referring to her statuette.
Amy Schumer’s Emmy memories
Ask Amy Schumer about it, and the 2015 Emmy Awards will be a memorable night for two reasons.
1) Her Comedy Central show „Inside Amy Schumer” won an Emmy Sunday night for best sketch comedy series.
2) But a moment that was also a favorite, she says, is presenting with Amy Poehler.
„She’s the best,” Schumer told reporters backstage, when she wasn’t humorously seeming interested in the publications they work for. „That I could stand there and talk … with her and Tina [Fey] during the commercial break — my life’s a dream right now.
„And this moment,” she deadpanned.
So how does the comedian plan to spend her night?
„I think you know how I’ll be celebrating tonight … I’m going to black out.”
When one reporter asked if she might make out with anyone famous in that state, like, say, Fey, with whom she locked lips earlier this summer at the Peabody Awards, Schumer didn’t limit the possibilities to just Fey.
„Honestly, anyone who’s willing,” she said. „I brought my own lube. I don’t know if that’s something that interests anyone. Literally, anyone.”
The HBO miniseries „Olive Kitteridge” cleaned up tonight with six Emmy wins, including one for Frances McDormand, who brought the project to HBO and played the title character.
Not to oversell it, but here’s what Times TV critic Mary McNamara wrote after watching it:
„Literally; when this lovely, ruthless, masterfully restrained two-night, four-hour contemplation of love, marriage, parenthood, mental illness and identity came to an end, I stood up. There was no one physically present to applaud and I felt I had to do something.”
Tracy Morgan returned to the Emmys after a devastating car accident in June 2014 nearly took his life. Morgan presented the Emmy for drama series to „Game of Thrones” and cracked several jokes during the presentation, suggesting that he’s well on his way to returning to his irreverent ways.
Morgan was nominated for supporting actor in a comedy series in 2009 for his work as Tracy Jordan on „30 Rock.”
These women are excited for Viola Davis
“Game of Thrones” has won the Emmy for drama series, marking the first victory in this category for the HBO hit.
Based on fantasy novels by author George R.R. Martin and created by D.B. Weiss and David Benioff, “Game of Thrones” depicts the violent power struggles between warring factions in the imaginary Seven Kingdoms of Westeros. The intensely bloody and densely plotted epic wrapped its fifth season on HBO in June and has become the network’s most-watched series. Its large ensemble cast includes Emmy nominees Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage and Emilia Clarke.
Despite backlash over its frequent depictions of sexual violence, „Game of Thrones” received 24 nominations this year, the most of any series. It also took home eight awards at the Creative Arts Emmys on Sept. 12.
The show’s victory in one of Emmy’s marquee categories represents a major breakthrough for the fantasy genre, which has long fought for awards recognition. It’s also HBO’s first win in the drama series category since the final season of „The Sopranos” in 2007.
“Game of Thrones” faced increased competition in the drama series category, which was expanded to seven nominees this year. The other contenders were “House of Cards” (Netflix), „Mad Men” (AMC), „Downton Abbey” (PBS), „Homeland” (Showtime), „Orange Is the New Black” and „Better Call Saul” (AMC).
As has been the case since 2012, the four major commercial broadcast networks were shut out of the category.
After eight lead actor in a drama Emmy nominations for playing Don Draper on „Mad Men”, Jon Hamm has finally taken home the prize.
As notable as it is that this is just Hamm’s first Emmy for the role, it’s even more interesting to realize that his victory is the first, and only, acting Emmy „Mad Men” ever received.
The show went an astonishing one for 37 in acting categories at the Emmys during its eight years on the air.
Winner: ‘Veep’ for comedy series
HBO’s „Veep” has won the Emmy for comedy series, ending the five-year winning streak of ABC’s „Modern Family” in the category.
„Veep” began its life in 2012 with Julia Louis-Dreyfus portraying a bumbling, discontented vice president striving to gain more influence with the show’s (unseen) president.
This season, the show’s fourth, saw Louis-Dreyfus stepping in as U.S. president and struggling to adjust to her newfound power in the White House. Already a critical favorite, the new plot development brought „Veep” even wider acclaim.
Other nominees in the category included „Louie” (FX), „Parks and Recreation” (NBC), „Modern Family” (ABC), „Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Netflix), „Transparent” (Amazon Studios) and „Silicon Valley” (HBO).
Frances McDormand wants more ‘Olive Kitteridge’
Sure, she just won an Emmy, but Frances McDormand would like to start a social media campaign.
She may have given what seemed the shortest acceptance speech in awards show history, but maybe that’s because McDormand is not ready to leave the world of „Olive Kitteridge.”
The limited series based on short stories from Elizabeth Strout, which chronicled the titular character’s 25-year relationship with her husband, Henry, played out over four installments on HBO. That, frankly, was not enough for McDormand.
„I would like you to all start a social media campaign so we can film more of the short stories from ‘Olive Kitteridge,'” she said.
The actress said she championed the initial book-to-TV adaptation so strongly because she found the world Strout brought to life to be „infinitely interesting to read.” And it wasn’t just the character she took on to critical acclaim that piqued her interest.
„I thought that it could be a great town to spend some time in,” McDormand said. „Not necessarily the character [Olive], the whole town of Crosby, Maine.”
What’s the deal with the green ribbons?
Jeffrey Tambor’s green ribbon went from his lapel on the red carpet to a spot of honor on his Emmy for lead actor in a comedy series. George R.R. Martin flashed his in the audience. Julia Louis-Dreyfuss reportedly tacked hers to her clutch.
It’s about climate change: The green ribbons are to raise awareness of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s efforts to get the Clean Power Plan passed at a federal level.
Not as fun of a mystery as figuring out whether the „Jen” mentioned at the end of Jon Hamm’s acceptance speech referred to his longtime partner and recent ex, Jennifer Westfeldt, but hey, at least this mystery is solved.
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