The TV industry may implode as the stars gather to celebrate the 67th Emmy Awards tonight. With heavy hitters like Game of Thrones, Transparent, Empire, Mad Men, Modern Family, American Horror Story: Freak Show, and House of Cards vying for top honors, this year’s Emmy Awards will be a night to remember.
Will Jon Hamm finally receive his first Emmy win for this iconic role as Don Draper? Will Better Call Saul make its mark like its predecessor Breaking Bad? Will Transparent gain the recognition everyone and their mother believes it should? Will Modern Family finally stop winning awards it shouldn’t?
I’ll be live blogging the tonight’s awards ceremony with an updated 67th Emmy Awards winners list and my reactions in case you miss a beat. Hosted by Andy Samberg, the telecast airs live coast-to-coast at 8:00 p.m. EST/5:00 p.m. PST on FOX from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
Andy Samberg opens with a pretty damn good musical number. Tremendously witty, it puts perspective on how many stupid shows there are about wives – holy crap.
Moving along. Samberg delivered a decent opening monologue that poked fun at Jared Fogle, Bill Cosby, and other recent events such as diversity, sexism, and feminism in Hollywood.
And he issued a forewarning for winners who dare to go over their 40-second speech limit. That warning comes in the form of Jane Lynch dressed as Septa Unella from Game of Thrones. It’s a really funny idea, but there are so many sensitive people these days that it may be considered disrespectful since speeches have recently lent themselves as a mini platform for social change. This is why we can’t have nice things. They probably won’t incorporate it, but it was a good gag for the monologue.
Here we go.
67TH EMMY AWARDS WINNERS:
To present the first award, Amy Poehler and Amy Schumer are up.
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series
- Mayim Bialik as Amy Farrah Fowler (The Big Bang Theory)
- Niecy Nash as Denise “Didi” Ortley (Getting On)
- Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy (Modern Family)
- Allison Janney as Bonnie (Mom) WINNER
- Kate McKinnon as Various characters (Saturday Night Live)
- Gaby Hoffmann as Ali Pfefferman (Transparent)
- Jane Krakowski as Jacqueline Voorhees (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)
- Anna Chlumsky as Amy Brookheimer (Veep)
I’ve never seen Mom, but Allison Janney is a wonderful actress. And as the first inspirational speech of the evening, Janey talks hope.
Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross are the next presenters of the evening to continue the comedy awards.
Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series
- “Episode 409” written by David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik (Episodes)
- “Alive In Tucson (Pilot)” written by Will Forte (The Last Man On Earth)
- “Bobby’s House” written by Louis C.K. (Louie)
- “Two Days Of The Condor” written by Alec Berg (Silicon Valley)
- “Pilot” written by Jill Soloway (Transparent)
- “Election Night” written by Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, and Tony Roche (Veep) WINNER
I’m really disappointed that Louie did not win. Veep is funny, it has the most hilariously creative uses of foul language I’ve ever seen, but it’s not as smart as Louie.
Ricky Gervais is the next presenter as the self deprecating man that he is.
Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series
- Andre Braugher as Captain Ray Holt (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
- Adam Driver as Adam Sackler (Girls)
- Keegan-Michael Key as Various characters (Key & Peele)
- Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy (Modern Family)
- Tituss Burgess as Titus Andromedon (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)
- Tony Hale as Gary Walsh (Veep) WINNER
I’m not quite sure how Keegan-Michael Key didn’t win.
John Stamos and Gina Rodriguez are the next up to present. Creepy grandpa and virgin jokes ensued.
Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series
- Mel Brooks as Mel Brooks (The Comedians)
- Paul Giamatti as Juror #10 (Inside Amy Schumer)
- Bill Hader as Host (Saturday Night Live)
- Louis C.K. as Host (Saturday Night Live)
- Bradley Whitford as Marcy (Transparent) WINNER
- Jon Hamm as Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)
It couldn’t have gone to anyone else. Whitford was fantastic. Sadly, Transparent should be thrown into the Drama category and Jon Hamm should have won for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series
- Christine Baranski as Dr. Beverly Hofstadter (The Big Bang Theory)
- Gaby Hoffmann as Caroline Sackler (Girls)
- Pamela Adlon as Pamela (Louie)
- Elizabeth Banks as Sal (Modern Family)
- Joan Cusack as Sheila Jackson (Shameless) WINNER
- Tina Fey as Marcia (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)
Bradley Whitford and Joan Cusack make up the next presenters.
Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series
- “Alive In Tucson (Pilot)” directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (The Last Man on Earth)
- “Sleepover” directed by Louis C.K. (Louie)
- “Sand Hill Shuffle” directed by Mike Judge (Silicon Valley)
- “Best New Girl” written by Jill Soloway (Transparent) WINNER
- “Testimony” directed by Armando Iannucci (Veep)
A really strong pool of directors. A well deserved win for Jill Soloway.
Jimmy Kimmel finds his way on the stage as the next presenter. He makes a valid point about the power given to him as a presenter because he doesn’t necessarily have to call out the right winner. What would they do? So he ate the name.
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series
- Anthony Anderson as Andre Johnson (black-ish)
- Matt LeBlanc as Matt LeBlanc (Episodes)
- Don Cheadle as Marty Kaan (House Of Lies)
- Will Forte as Phil Miller (The Last Man On Earth)
- Louis C.K. as Louie (Louie)
- William H. Macy as Frank Gallagher (Shameless)
- Jeffrey Tambor as Maura Pfefferman (Transparent) WINNER
A very, very deserving win for Tambor. This is his seventh Emmy nomination, first Emmy win, and his first nomination as lead actor.
Seth Myers joins Andy Samberg to honor Lorne Michels (SNL), but the real awards presentation goes to.
Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series
- Lisa Kudrow as Valerie Cherish (The Comeback)
- Lily Tomlin as Frankie (Grace And Frankie)
- Amy Schumer as Amy (Inside Amy Schumer)
- Edie Falco as Jackie Peyton (Nurse Jackie)
- Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope (Parks And Recreation)
- Julia Louis-Dreyfus as President Selina Meyer (Veep) WINNER
Good on Louis-Dreyfus for winning her fourth consecutive Emmy and her sixth Emmy win. She’s awesome, but come on. Amy Poehler should have had this one in the bag.
Amy Poehler wins anyway. pic.twitter.com/i12mPU9AlK
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) September 21, 2015
Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele begin the awards categories for reality TV.
Outstanding Reality-Competition Program
- The Amazing Race (CBS)
- Dancing With The Stars (ABC)
- Project Runway (Lifetime)
- So You Think You Can Dance (FOX)
- Top Chef (Bravo)
- The Voice (NBC) WINNER
James Corden arrives on stage to honor the accountants from Ernst & Young who tabulate the votes for the Emmys.
Taraji P. Hensen and Terrence Howard are the next awards presenters to hit the stage.
Outstanding Writing For A Limited Series, Movie Or A Dramatic Special
- “Episode One” written by John Ridley (American Crime)
- “Bessie” written by Christopher Cleveland, Bettina Gilois, and Horton Foote
- “Hello Ladies: The Movie” written by Stephen Merchant, Gene Stupnitsky, and Lee Eisenberg
- “The Honorable Woman” written by Hugo Blick
- “Olive Kitteridge” teleplay by Jane Anderson WINNER
- “Wolf Hall” written by Peter Straughan
One of these days I’ll watch all of these honored miniseries/TV movies.
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Limited Series Or A Movie
- Regina King as Aliyah Shadeed (American Crime) WINNER
- Sarah Paulson as Dot & Bette Tattler (American Horror Story: Freak Show)
- Angela Bassett as Desiree Dupree (American Horror Story: Freak Show)
- Kathy Bates as Ethel Darling (American Horror Story: Freak Show)
- Mo’Nique as Ma Rainey (Bessie)
- Zoe Kazan as Denise Thibodeau (Olive Kitteridge)
Wow, I’m surprised that the Emmy did not go to Sarah Paulson. All the buzz was around her from what I read. The odds were stacked for American Horror Story, and King rose above it.
Andy Samberg arrived back on stage to note HBO’s lack of care against password sharing for HBO NOW. So he conveniently gave it out:
Sadly, there have been too many incorrect login attempts from people trying to change the e-mail address and password to their own. So now no one can use it. If people didn’t try to change the login and password everyone could have had a free HBO NOW account to use. They basically tried to giveaway a free HBO NOW account, which turned out to be an incredible PR stunt for HBO. This is why we can’t have nice things.
John Oliver is the next presenter and delivers probably the best quip of the night about Jeopardy and Alex Trebek.
Outstanding Directing For A Limited Series, Movie Or A Dramatic Special
- “Monsters Among Us” directed by Ryan Murphy (American Horror Story: Freak Show)
- “Bessie” directed by Dee Rees
- “The Honorable Woman” directed by Hugo Blick
- “Houdini” directed by Uli Edel
- “The Missing” directed by Tom Shankland
- “Olive Kitteridge” directed by Lisa Cholodenko WINNER
- “Wolf Hall” directed by Peter Kosminsky
Bill Murray and Maggie Gyllenhaal are the next presenters.
Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Limited Series Or A Movie
- Richard Cabral as Hector Tonz (American Crime)
- Denis O’Hare as Stanley (American Horror Story: Freak Show)
- Finn Wittrock as Dandy Mott (American Horror Story: Freak Show)
- Michael Kenneth Williams as Jack Gee (Bessie)
- Bill Murray as Jack Kenninson (Olive Kitteridge) WINNER
- Damian Lewis as Henry VIII (Wolf Hall)
Of course Bill Murray did not show up. He’s probably on an island in some karaoke bar.
Our first Andy Samberg digital short of the ceremony parodies the the Mad Men finale and it is horrific and hilarious.
Rob Lowe and Kerry Washington are the next presenters.
Outstanding Lead Actress In A Limited Series Or A Movie
- Felicity Huffman as Barb (American Crime)
- Jessica Lange as Elsa Mars (American Horror Story: Freak Show)
- Queen Latifah as Bessie Smith (Bessie)
- Maggie Gyllenhaal as Nessa Stein (The Honorable Woman)
- Frances McDormand as Olive Kitteridge (Olive Kitteridge) WINNER
- Emma Thompson as Mrs. Lovett (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street)
I guess we all should be checking out Olive Kitteridge.
The growing annoyance of film dudes realizing that maybe they should have seen Olive Kitteridge is a dark, quiet pleasure.
— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) September 21, 2015
Lady Gaga makes her first appearance at the Emmy Awards.
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Limited Series Or A Movie
- Timothy Hutton as Russ (American Crime)
- Ricky Gervais as Derek (Derek Special)
- Adrien Brody as Harry Houdini (Houdini)
- David Oyelowo as Peter Snowden (Nightingale)
- Richard Jenkins as Henry Kitteridge (Olive Kitteridge) WINNER
- Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell (Wolf Hall)
Olive Kitteridge is all about the Emmys tonight.
Fred Savage is next on stage to introduce a tribute video of series finales, final appearances of late night hosts, and the end of certain variety shows, including The Newsroom, Glee, Letterman, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, Justified, Sons of Anarchy, Nurse Jackie, and many more. Many final scenes aired and no spoiler alert was even delivered. So many character deaths shown. WOW.
Lena Headey and Marcia Gay Harden are the next award presenters.
Outstanding Limited Series
- American Crime (ABC)
- American Horror Story: Freak Show (FX Networks)
- The Honorable Woman (SundanceTV)
- Olive Kitteridge (HBO) WINNER
- Wolf Hall (PBS)
Olive Kitteridge basically sweeps the TV movie/limited series category in all categories except supporting actress, holy cow.
Mindy Kaling and Zachery Levi are the next presenters.
Outstanding Writing For A Variety Series
- The Colbert Report (Comedy Central)
- The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (Comedy Central) WINNER
- Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central)
- Key & Peele (Comedy Central)
- Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)
Jane Lynch and Eric Stonestreet are the next award presenters.
Outstanding Variety Sketch Series
- Drunk History (Comedy Central)
- Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central) WINNER
- Key & Peele (Comedy Central)
- Saturday Night Live (NBC)
This could have gone to Amy or K&P. It would be tough to call, but Inside Amy Schumer made a strong case this year.
Colin Hanks and Will Forte are the next presenters.
Outstanding Directing For A Variety Series
- “Show 11040” directed by James Hoskinson (The Colbert Report)
- “Show 20103” directed by Chuck O’Neil (The Daily Show With Jon Stewart) WINNER
- “12 Angry Men” directed by Amy Schumer and Ryan McFaul (Inside Amy Schumer)
- “Show 4214” directed by Jerry Foley (Late Show With David Letterman)
- “Show 203” directed by Dave Diomedi (The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon)
LL Cool J is the next presenter to close out the Variety Series categories.
Outstanding Variety Talk Series
- The Colbert Report (Comedy Central)
- The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (Comedy Central) WINNER
- Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)
- Late Show With David Letterman (CBS)
- The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (NBC)
Ben McKenzie and Jamie Alexander are the next presenters.
Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series
- Alan Alda as Alan Fitch (The Blacklist)
- Michael J. Fox as Louis Canning (The Good Wife)
- F. Murray Abraham as Dar Adal (Homeland)
- Reg E. Cathey as Freddy Hayes (House Of Cards) WINNER
- Beau Bridges as Barton Scully (Masters Of Sex)
- Pablo Schreiber as George “Pornstache” Mendez (Orange Is The New Black)
Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series
- Margo Martindale as Claudia (The Americans) WINNER
- Diana Rigg as Lady Olenna Tyrell (Game Of Thrones)
- Rachel Brosnahan as Rachel Posner (House Of Cards)
- Cicely Tyson as Ophelia Hartness (How To Get Away With Murder)
- Allison Janney as Margaret Scully (Masters Of Sex)
- Khandi Alexander as Maya Pope (Scandal)
Reg E. Cathey is next to present in his booming, deep voice.
Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series
- “Do Mail Robots Dream Of Electric Sheep?” written by Joshua Brand
- “Five-O” written by Gordon Smith (Better Call Saul)
- “Mother’s Mercy” written by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss (Game Of Thrones) WINNER
- “Lost Horizon” written by Semi Chellas and Matthew Weiner (Mad Men)
- “Person To Person” written by Matthew Weiner (Mad Men)
I did not see that one coming. I would have put my life savings on Weiner to win. Whoa.
Emma Roberts and Jamie Lee Curtis are the next presenters.
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series
- Joanne Froggatt as Anna Bates (Downton Abbey)
- Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister (Game Of Thrones)
- Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen (Game Of Thrones)
- Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart (The Good Wife)
- Christina Hendricks as Joan Harris (Mad Men)
- Uzo Aduba as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren (Orange Is The New Black) WINNER
Lena Headey was robbed. Uzo Aduba did a great job in season 2 of Orange, but this was Cersei’s year. SHAME!
Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series
- “Eldorado” directed by Tim Van Patten (Empire)
- “Mother’s Mercy” directed by David Nutter (Game of Thrones) WINNER
- “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken” directed by Jeremy Podeswa (Game of Thrones)
- “From A To B And Back Again” directed by Lesli Linka Glatter (Homeland)
- “The Knick” directed by Steven Soderbergh (The Knick)
“Hardhome” should have been the episode to nominate and to win, but whatever. A win is a win for GoT, right?
Viola Davis is our next presenter tonight.
Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series
- Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut (Better Call Saul)
- Ben Mendelsohn as Danny Rayburn (Bloodline)
- Jim Carter as Mr. Carson (Downton Abbey)
- Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister (Game Of Thrones) WINNER
- Alan Cumming as Eli Gold (The Good Wife)
- Michael Kelly as Doug Stamper (House Of Cards)
And the Dinkles pulls off the big W. I would have liked and pegged Jonathan Banks to win after such a riveting speech in episode six of Better Call Saul, but good on the Drinkles.
Tina Fey is our next presenter of the night.
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series
- Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill (Better Call Saul)
- Kyle Chandler as John Rayburn (Bloodline)
- Kevin Spacey as Francis Underwood (House Of Cards)
- Jon Hamm as Don Draper (Mad Men) WINNER
- Jeff Daniels as Will McAvoy (The Newsroom)
- Liev Schreiber as Ray Donovan (Ray Donovan)
It’s about damn time. I hate that Hamm had to win for the final season because it feels as though they’re just giving it to him to honor the character. His performance was incredible and definitely better than the rest of the nominees, but I wish he won it earlier for this role. Although, Bryan Cranston did deserve it each and every time for Breaking Bad, which has held back Jon Hamm from winning. Congratulations Mr. Hamm.
Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series
- Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon (Empire)
- Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison (Homeland)
- Robin Wright as Claire Underwood (House Of Cards)
- Viola Davis as Annalise Keating (How To Get Away With Murder) WINNER
- Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson (Mad Men)
- Tatiana Maslany as Sarah, Alison, Cosima, Helena, Rachel and Krystal (Orphan Black)
Davis’ first Emmy win and nomination. Viola is the first African American to win the Leading Acress in a Drama category. She dominates film and now the small screen. She can’t be stopped. She delivered an incredibly powerful speech.
Mel Brooks is up to present the final comedy award of the night.
Outstanding Comedy Series
- Louie (FX Networks)
- Modern Family (ABC)
- Parks And Recreation (NBC)
- Silicon Valley (HBO)
- Transparent (Amazon Instant Video)
- Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
- Veep (HBO) WINNER
Come on. Really? I’m really glad that Modern Family finally didn’t win, but Veep is not the funniest or greatest comedy out of the bunch. Transparent should have had this in the bag for as much heart and humanity it presents in a comedic form.
And Tracy Morgan is final presenter of the evening.
Outstanding Drama Series
- Better Call Saul (AMC)
- Downton Abbey (PBC)
- Game Of Thrones (HBO) WINNER
- Homeland (Showtime)
- House Of Cards (Netflix)
- Mad Men (AMC)
- Orange Is The New Black (Netflix)
I don’t even know at this point. It’s as if HBO campaigned really hard this year, which is sad because it comes down to advertising dollars and who gets the word out the most.
It’s disgusting to think that one of the most polarizing and weakest seasons of Game of Thrones beat out the final season of Mad Men. It makes no sense.
Like what were they thinking?
It’s a sad day for this golden age of television.
I feel dirty. And I’m glad this night is over.
Thanks for reading!
Nominee List: Emmys.com