Emmys: ‘Game of Thrones’ Wins Writing for Drama Series

21 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘Olive Kitteridge’ is a big winner.

Perennial favorite “Veep” and groundbreaking Amazon series “Transparent” are looking good at the 67th Emmy awards, with two wins for “Transparent” and three for “Veep,” while limited series “Olive Kitteridge” leads the pack with six. “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” won three Emmys, for variety talk series, writing for a variety series and as well as Chuck O’Neill for directing. “Thank you so much — you will never have to see me again!” Stewart proclaimed, as it was his last season on the show. The HBO limited series based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Elizabeth Strout, a contemplative examination of a sharp-edged school teacher and her relationships, dominated the awards Sunday night, winning six trophies in the limited series categories.HBO usually picks up a bunch of Emmys for its critically feted, ambitious miniseries, and tonight’s ceremony was no different: Olive Kitteridge cleaned up. HBO’s “Olive Kitteridge” won six Emmys including best limited series and trophies for lead actress Frances McDormand, lead actor Richard Jenkins and supporting actor for Bill Murray, though the actor was not on hand at the ceremony.

The four-hour character study based on Elizabeth Strout’s 2008 novel dominated the show’s middle section by winning six Emmys. (Five of its awards were presented live.) Jane Anderson won first for writing the show; Lisa Cholodenko won for its direction; Frances McDormand and Richard Jenkins won for their lead performances as the Kitteridges; and the series itself capped the run off by winning the award for Outstanding Miniseries. HBO will be thrilled with the sweep, as it marks the network’s return to pole position in the category — FX’s Fargo beat out the final season of Treme for the award last year. The outstanding actress in a comedy series went for the fourth time to Julia Louis-Dreyfus for “Veep,” the HBO show’s third win of the night. “Veep’s” Tony Hale won his second Emmy as supporting actor, comedy. By the time Olive Kitteridge won its last award, its creators and actors didn’t seem quite as excited: their walk up to the stage was brisk, and McDormand’s summative speech was concise above all else.

But as Soloway said, more needs to be done, noting that in 32 states transgenders can still be rejected as potential renters: “We have a trans civil rights problem,” she said, urging the passage of a trans equality bill. The Emmy Awards kicked off Sunday after stars walked a sweltering red carpet at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles. “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star Andy Samberg is hosting the celebration of television talent for the first time. Samberg’s musical opening started with a nod to “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” as he emerged from a TV viewing bunker, joking about how many shows have “wives” in the title. Don’t fact check that.” Among Emmy presenters are Amy Schumer, Lady Gaga, Will Forte, Jimmy Kimmel, Mel Brooks, “Jane the Virgin” star Gina Rodriguez, and “Scream Queens” star Jamie Lee Curtis.

Stars who received guest actor trophies at last weekend’s Creative Arts Emmys and are returning as presenters include Bradley Whitford (“Transparent”), Joan Cusack (“Shameless”), Reg E. Regina King won outstanding supporting actress for limited series or movie for “American Crime.” “I should have brought one of those papers that all the comedy people had,” the genuinely shocked actress said. In the Emmys intro, Andy Samberg makes fun of “Peak TV,” locking himself in a bunker until he finishes “Transparent” and “Empire” and “House of Cards” and “Scandal” and even “Castle”! (Once he gets a stern look from Nathan Fillion.) Andy Samberg gets on stage and breaks the bad news: Justin Timberlake won’t be there. But now it’s time to celebrate the best in TV this year. “Sorry books: Not tonight!” Some changes in how shows are classified this year: “‘Orange is the New Black’ is now technically a drama while ‘Louie’ is now technically jazz.” He hits the typical talking points: Donald Trump (“He’s racist!”).

Fewer “special cameras” for mani and clutch-spectating is one great step forward for womankind, but it might have made for a more boring red carpet. Cate Blanchett called out the “glam cam,” asking the cameraman who was panning over her dress, “Do you do that to the guys?” But E!’s Emmys red carpet has been slightly less offensive. Ryan Seacrest didn’t even ask Amy Poehler who designed her dress, instead questioning her about (gasp!) her work, including her nominations for “Parks and Rec” and the recent “Wet Hot American Summer” series on Netflix. She also teases a bit with Andy Samberg that may or may not happen tonight, but is mostly looking forward to getting drunk and having no responsibilities since she’s not the host.

Anthony Anderson (nominated for “Black-ish”) says he didn’t bring his mom to the Emmys because she would make it all about her, but then his 15-year-old son joins him during the interview and totally steals the show by being charmingly adorable. It might be 100 degrees on the red carpet, but nothing will stop E! red carpet hosts Ryan Seacrest and Giuliana Rancic from chatting with/harassing celebrities.

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