Emmys Recap: Jon Hamm Won't Use Stairs, 'Game of Thrones' Wins Big
The 67th Primetime Emmys went down tonight at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles. Game of Thrones took home the most awards, and there were some great, well-deserved surprise wins. Here are some of our favorite moments from tonight’s show.
Andy Samberg Motorboated A Statue
Samberg began his hosting duties with a sketch about locking himself in a bunker and watching every show. He also had a few jokes that went over well with the crowd.
"Sure Donald Trump seems racist," Samberg said. He then paused for a moment. "What else?" He followed this up with, "Is is just me or does Bernie Sanders always look like his flight is delayed?"
He also motorboated a giant Emmys statue and called it his HBO Girls impression.
Viola Davis' Milestone Win
Viola Davis is the first black actress to win an Emmy in the Lead Actress in a Drama category for her role in How To Get Away With Murder.
In the media room, Davis said, "I keep saying the same quote over and over because it hit me so hard: 'stories never end.' My story doesn't end here. Yeah, it feels fantastic, but you know my husband and I started a production company. I just think that there is so much work that needs to be done in so many areas in the business with actors of color—so many narratives that need to be seen by people...I know that it doesn't end here."
Newcomer 'Transparent' Wins
'Transparent' series creator Jill Soloway (Photo by Juliet Bennett Rylah/LAist)
Transparent creator Jill Soloway took home an Emmy for Best Directing for a Comedy Series, and in her touching speech, she mentioned her transgender parent. "We have trans civil rights problem," she said. Soloway pointed out that in 32 states, "It would be legal for the landlord to look her in the eye and say, 'We don't rent to trans people.'" She encouraged viewers to go to transequality.org and vote to pass the Trans Equality Bill.
Jeffrey Tambor also won an acting for Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his role as Maura in Transparent, saying, "I'd like to dedicate my performance and this award to the transgender community." He also said that he's been "given the opportunity to act because people's lives depend on it."
Uzo Aduba's Tearful Speech
Because the Emmys changed up the rules this year, making all shows longer than 30 minutes (including comedies) compete in the drama category, Orange is the New Black did just that this year. Uzo Aduba won Best Guest Actress in a Comedy last year for her role as Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren, and Best Supporting Actress in a Drama this year for the same role. She gave a touching and tearful speech, and mentioned in the media room that her emotions were high as this was the first year that show creator Jenji Kohan was in the same room when her win was announced.
"I appreciate you for putting belief back in my heart," she said to Kohan.
Jane Lynch's Shame Nun
This year, Samberg revealed that winners who went on for too long in their speeches would be interrupted by the Game of Thrones Shame Nun—who turned out to be Jane Lynch in a black robe. Disappointingly, she never actually did it.
Amy Schumer Won Her First Emmy
Amy Schumer (Photo by Juliet Bennett Rylah/LAist)
Inside Amy Schumer won for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series, now a separate category from variety shows like The Daily Show with Jon Stewart or Last Week Tonight. A tearful Schumer said, "This show fights for what believe in," before reading the 'please wrap up' sign and thanking several people including "the girl that gave me kind of a smokey eye." She also noted that her team didn't even have Final Draft, a screenwriting software, until Comedy Central picked up the show.
In the media room, Schumer said she'd be celebrating her win by blacking out later and making out with anyone who was willing. "Literally, anyone." To be fair, this was prompted by a reporter asking her if she planned to make out with Tina Fey.
Even Peter Dinklage Seemed To Think It Was Jonathan Banks' Night
We love Peter Dinklage in Game of Thrones, but we also love Jonathan Banks in Better Call Saul. Dinklage took home the Emmy for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, but even he seemed surprised by his win.
At one point, Dinklage said, "Jonathan Banks, you are..." and trailed off with a laugh.
Jon Hamm Doesn't Care About Stairs
Hamm won an award for his portrayal of Don Draper on Mad Men, finally. He chose to not use the stairs, climb-slash-rolling up on the stage instead.
In the media room, Hamm said playing Don Draper for so long was both a blessing and a curse. "When you look at the people I got to work with day in and day out, it's a dream job in many ways. But it doesn't come without a cost—lots of mental and emotional baggage and it really weighs upon you after a while. I've always said this. It's not like I'm a lead miner, it's not the hardest job in the world, but that doesn't discount the fact that just anyone can do it either. I've put a lot of hard work into this and my own time and effort and sweat and blood and tears, and it's nice to have it recognized as much as it has been and was tonight."
Jon Stewart Wins His Last Emmy...For Now
Jon Stewart (Photo by Juliet Bennett Rylah/LAist)
Jon Stewart and company took home their last Emmy for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart for Best Writing in a Variety Series and Outstanding Variety Series.
In the media room, Stewart expressed having a good time now that he's retired from the hectic show. "If I had known what life was like on the other side, I probably would have left earlier. It's fun out there, man. You can do whatever you want; you can get a smoothie at 2!"
He said he'll still be commenting on the news from his living room, likely in his underwear, and has had nothing but confidence for his successor, Trevor Noah. "Trevor is such a talented guy," he told reporters.
When asked if he would consider returning in the event that Donald Trump wins the presidency, he said absolutely not. "I would consider getting in a rocket and going to another planet because clearly the planet's gone bonkers."
Our favorite moment, though, was when a reporter introduced himself as being from Time Warner Cable and Stewart yelled, "You motherfuckers!"
Tracey Morgan's Tearful Speech
Tracy Morgan at the media room at the 2015 Emmy Awards (Photo by Juliet Bennett Rylah/LAist)
After being severely injured in a car crash when a Wal-Mart truck crashed into his vehicle last June, Morgan made a surprise appearance at tonight's show, presenting the award for Best Drama to Game of Thrones. His speech was touching, though not without jokes. "When I finally regained consciousness, I was ecstatic to learn I wasn't the one who messed up," he said.
In the media room, Morgan took questions while seated, talking about what kept him going.
The Emmys Ran A Bunch Of Spoilers
In their tribute to shows that ended this year, the Emmys showed several spoilers. So if you're not caught up on Sons of Anarchy, True Blood and Boardwalk Empire, definitely don't watch the montage here.
Game of Thrones Won Best Drama
'Game of Thrones' wins Best Drama (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)
Game of Thrones won Outstanding Drama this year, beating Mad Men and Orange Is The New Black. Between the Creative Arts and tonight's awards, Game of Thrones won 12 total Emmys, including both Outstanding Writing and Outstanding Director for a drama series for the episode "Mother's Mercy."