5 Biggest Jaw-Droppers at the 2015 Emmy Awards

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Emmys 2015: Firsts for Viola Davis and Jon Hamm, and a Victory Lap for HBO.

Jill Soloway became the third woman to take home an Emmy for directing for a comedy series for her work on “Transparent,” joining Betty Thomas for “Dream On” and Gail Mancuso for “Modern Family.” The accomplishment is not one that Soloway takes lightly, as evidenced by both her acceptance speech and comments made in the press room after receiving her award.

See photos of Game of Thrones actor Peter Dinklage and his subtle man bun revealed during the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 20 — watch his confused reaction to his win. With Viola Davis, Regina King and Uzo Aduba all winning, the most acting victories by African American women since 1991, progress may be en route, though slowly. Looking befuddled when his name was announced instead of other contenders in the Best Supporting Actor category on Sunday — including The Good Wife’s Alan Cumming and Better Call Saul’s Jonathan Banks — a surprised Dinklage took to the stage to graciously thank his peers for their support. “I wasn’t prepared because of the other actors in my category,” Dinklage, 46, explained to the crowd about his second-ever Emmys win. “I’m still sort of awed by all their performances.” The man bun was slyly concealed earlier that night when Dinklage walked the red carpet with his wife, , with whom he shares daughter Zelig, 4. After his big win on Sunday, Dinklage told reporters backstage about how he personally overcame bullying in his own success story. “Bullying is a worldwide epidemic and none of us are really spared from it,” he noted. “I had really great parents.

Davis quoted Harriet Tubman and paid tribute to other African-American actresses, like Halle Berry and Gabrielle Union. “Let me tell you something,” she said. “The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity. Hamm, meanwhile, jokingly climbed onto the stage, and said to a standing ovation, “There has been a terrible mistake, clearly.” It was his last chance at winning the award for “Mad Men,” which concluded its celebrated run on AMC this year. It was the first time he had been on a stage since a serious car accident last year that left him in a coma for eight days. “I miss you guys so much,” he said as audience members rose from their seats to applaud. Andy Samberg, in his first time as host, took the stage with a taped song-and-dance number poking fun at the rising number of scripted television shows, and with a joke that acknowledged one of the running themes of all awards shows this year. “The big story this year is diversity,” he said from the stage at the Microsoft Theater. “This is the most diverse group of nominees in Emmys history.

The backlash was enough for the awards to earn a hashtag that spread on social media, #OscarsSoWhite. (Though “Empire,” with its largely black cast, was an enormous ratings success for Fox, the show received only one Emmy nomination in the major categories.) “What a great honor it must be for you to honor me tonight,” she said, before pausing for a beat. “I’m sorry, Donald Trump said that. This was the 15th consecutive year that HBO scored the highest number of Emmy nominations — 126 — and its 43 victories far surpassed its previous high of 32 in 2004.

It was also a year in which many celebrated shows like “Mad Men” went off the air, including David Letterman and Jon Stewart’s late-night shows, and NBC’s “Parks and Recreation.” Jon Stewart got a big send-off as host of “The Daily Show,” which again won the outstanding talk series category. But the Television Academy, which organizes the Emmys, made changes to the voting process that could potentially put an end to that feeling of familiarity.

The group disbanded the so-called blue ribbon panel this year, opening the final vote for awards like best drama and comedy series to the entire pool of academy members, not a closed-off committee. An estimated 400 scripted shows are expected to be broadcast on TV and online services like Netflix this year, up from the 211 that were on the air in 2009.

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