Emmys: Andy Samberg Mocks Bill Cosby, Celebrates TV Diversity in Opening Monologue

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All the action from the 2015 Emmy Awards: the winners, nominees, shocks, jokes and more.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Here’s the latest from Sunday night’s 67th annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, presented by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (all times local): The show won two out of the first three comedy awards, with its writers snagging a trophy and then Tony Hale winning for best supporting actor in a comedy series. Kim Lane and Margie Benefield of Rockmart, Ga., were among hundreds of fans in the bleachers Sunday at the 67th prime-time Emmy Awards, hoping to catch a glimpse at history before it happened.It’s anyone’s game too — unlike in previous years, where you could pretty much pick who’d take out the big categories, there are few sure things this year. “Game of Thrones,” this year’s top nominee overall, could make a notable showing with a best drama victory: It would become the second fantasy or sci-fi show to get the award, following “Lost” in 2005.

Blackwell, a British writer, joked, “We’d also like to thank HBO for letting us come over here and make fun of American politics and make American money.” The actress won her seventh career Emmy Sunday for playing the title role in the CBS comedy “Mom.” Despite the show’s title, she’s a supporting actress to series star Anna Faris, playing dysfunctional Bonnie Plunkett. The video poked fun at the massive amounts of television now and audiences’ struggled to keep up, locking Samberg in a bunker for a year while he got caught up.

Television’s annual celebration of itself is always a big night, but performers and shows this time could be setting records and making breakthroughs. First, the stars had to navigate a sweltering afternoon in which the temperature in downtown Los Angeles was pushing 100 degrees. “Even being from the South, this is hot,” Lane said. Making a last stand are star Jon Hamm, whose portrayal of troubled ad man Don Draper has been nominated for each of the drama’s eight seasons, along with best actress nominee Elisabeth Moss and supporting actress contender Christina Hendricks. Henson of “Empire” used a cardboard fan to create a breeze for herself, while actress Jaimie Alexander used an electric fan from the moment she stepped onto the red carpet, putting it away only to take photos. Henson and Viola Davis of “How to Get Away with Murder” have a chance to become the first African-American to win as best drama series actress. “I gotta win!

Gender-identity issues brought to the fore by Caitlyn Jenner and others likely will be a notable part of the ceremony airing live on Fox with host Andy Samberg. “Transparent” star Jeffrey Tambor, considered a front-runner for the best comedy actor trophy, would earn the first Emmy for portrayal of a transgender character.

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