Andy Samberg Took on Racism, Sexism & Ageism at the Emmys and Was Funny—but …

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“I think I might be late for the Emmys… How far is it from Spain? #rollingwithoutmyhomies #working’mother #wheredrogonwhenyouneedhim #bringitonhomegot!” she captioned a photo of herself standing in the street holding a few sheets of paper, revealing that she is busy filming the series’ upcoming sixth season.It was a historic night at the Emmys Sunday evening, with major breakthroughs and groundbreaking wins on different fronts as the annual celebration of television moved towards greater recognition of diverse performances and shows.

Sometime in the middle hour of last night’s Emmy Awards—the hour in which you might have realized, more than a year behind schedule, that Adrien Brody played Houdini in a History channel miniseries—John Oliver made an extremely valid point. “A limited series is, of course, a series that only runs for a limited time,” he said, presenting the award for best direction of a “limited series, movie, or dramatic special.” “Although, let’s be honest, pretty much every series is a ‘limited series.’ Every show on television will go off the air eventually, with the sole exception of ‘Jeopardy!’ ” As the broadcast went along, a few other award-show truisms, paradoxes, koans, and Catch-22s came to mind. A few years after Viola Davis turned in an Oscar-nominated performance in The Help, she has become the first non-Caucasian woman to win a best dramatic actress Emmy for her starring role in as a law professor in ABC’s drama How to Get Away with Murder. Wearing a stunning, hand-embroidered Labourjoisie gown, Janney gave her speech before talking to reporters backstage, where she opened up about her smoldering sweetheart. “I’ve been doing the Pilates, and I have three dogs that I hike with and a boyfriend who loves to work out so that helps,” Janney said of her trim new physique. The significance of the moment wasn’t lost on the esteemed, veteran actress and Tony-winner, who kicked off her acceptance speech by quoting 19th century abolitionist Harriet Tubman. “In my mind, I see a line. Louis-Dreyfus later clapped along as the event’s Latin-flavored house band covered the Buster Poindexter rendition of “Hot Hot Hot” while partygoers noshed on dishes like corn tortellini and beet and quinoa salad.

So how did “creative arts” become the going euphemism for “category so unimportant that it was dispensed with in an earlier ceremony, honoring winners who will now be insta-recycled as presenters for a more important award, if they even bother to show up.” (Margo Martindale, where were you?) Also: How is it that Uzo Aduba—not that hard to pronounce, Jamie Lee Curtis—managed to win as supporting actress in a drama series for the same character she played last year, when she won as supporting actress in a comedy series? And over that line, I see green fields and lovely flowers and beautiful, white women with their arms stretched out to me over that line, but I can’t seem to get there no how.

On the other side of the fiery event, “Game of Thrones” cast and crew such as Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Gwendoline Christie and Sophie Turner celebrated their fantasy show’s four wins Sunday after earlier winning eight statuettes at the creative arts Emmys. She was up against Uzo Aduba for Orange Is the New Black, Joanne Froggatt for Downton Abbey, Christina Hendricks for Mad Men, Christine Baranski for The Good Wife and her Game of Thrones costar Lena Headey. In addition to thanking series creator Peter Nowalk and executive producer Shonda Rhimes for having “redefined what it means to be beautiful, to be sexy, to be a leading woman, to be black,” she also gave a shout out to some of her African-American peers currently working in Hollywood – from fellow Emmy contender Taraji P. Other nominees holding court underneath the party’s blazing centerpiece included “Girls” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” star Adam Driver and “The Newsroom” leading man Jeff Daniels. The show’s final win, for outstanding drama series, was a first for the HBO hit, also making it the first fantasy program to be victorious in this category.

Later in the evening, Emmy winner Hale joined his “Veep” co-star Anna Chlumsky on the party’s dance floor, where the pair grooved to a DJ spinning dance tunes alongside bongo players. “Silicon Valley” star Thomas Middleditch briefly boogied nearby before returning to hang out with his cast mates. Other attendees at the HBO after-party included Alan Cumming, Billy Eichner, James Corden, Derek Hough, Kate McKinnon and Viola Davis, who chatted at a table with Niecy Nash late into the night as Davis’ new Emmy stood guard.

But it served as a critique of more structural problems, at once highlighting the wellspring of strong black actresses on television right now (including Aduba, Kerry Washington, and Taraji P. In her speech, she urged the audience to support equal rights for trans people, explaining for instance, that if her trans parent (whom she calls “Moppa”) wanted to rent an apartment, it is still legal for people to discriminate against her in 32 states. It also recalled a moment earlier in the night, when Jill Soloway, the creator of “Transparent,” brought up the fact that housing discrimination based on gender identity is perfectly legal in most states. “We don’t have a trans tipping point yet,” she said. “We have a trans civil-rights problem.” Cultural representation is a force worth fighting for, but it only goes so far. Heading into its sixth season and garnering ever-increasing attention and acclaim, the show was crowned with 12 wins – setting a new record for most Emmys won in a single year by knocking out previous record-holder The West Wing (which picked up nine in 2000).

Though Mad Men has, in the past, received Emmy recognition (including four consecutive best drama series wins starting in 2008), Jon Hamm has always missed out in the best dramatic actor category for his memorable role as the show’s central figure: the conflicted and complicated ad man Don Draper. Jon Hamm, who managed to become this year’s Susan Lucci-style underdog, finally won an Emmy for his iconic role on “Mad Men,” after losing in the category seven times.

That’s until last night, when Hamm memorably bypassed the stairs to clamber onto the stage and accept his trophy and was visibly taken back at the audience’s applause. Hamm slithered up on the stage, thigh first (ladies, he’s single), then gave a quietly emotional speech, in which he thanked “families who have chosen, for some reason, to take me in and be nice to me along this strange, strange road.” It was a reminder, perhaps, that Don Draper’s spiritual drift and isolation found its ideal expression in Hamm, who lost his mother when he was ten and his father when he was twenty. In a callback to Christopher Reeve’s moving appearance at the 1996 Academy Awards, Morgan said that he has finally started to “feel like myself again”—and, to prove the point, promised to get “a whole lotta women” pregnant at the after-party. These wins struck a chord for different communities, but a breezy comment from Emmy host Andy Samberg early on suggested Hollywood still has a way to go. A good, long stretch of the broadcast was devoted to honoring the miniseries “Olive Kitteridge,” which you are now frantically using Andy Samberg’s HBO password to catch up on.

Happily, this introduced the viewing audience to Jane Anderson, who wrote the screenplay, and who seems like the sprightly love child of Peter Pan and Tinkerbell.

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