Game of Thrones Just Broke a Major Emmys Record

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Emmy wins for Viola Davis, Jon Hamm ‘Transparent,’ ‘Veep’.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Mad Men” star Jon Hamm finally won the best drama actor Emmy Award that eluded him seven times before, an overdue honor that was eclipsed Sunday by “How to Get Away with Murder” star Viola Davis’ lead actress trophy that ended a whites-only reign. “The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity,” an emotional Davis said. “You cannot win Emmys with roles that are simply not there.” Jon Stewart is gone from “The Daily Show” but not forgotten by Emmy voters, who gave the late-night show the best variety talk series award Sunday over another host who’s moved on, Stephen Colbert. Viola Davis, right, presents Peter Dinklage with the award for outstanding supporting actor in a drama series for “Game of Thrones” at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)The Associated PressViola Davis arrives at the 4th Annual Woman Making History Brunch at the Skirball Cultural Center on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP)The Associated PressEXCLUSIVE – Jon Hamm and Amy Poehler at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images)The Associated PressTaraji P.Dinklage was up against Jonathan Banks (Better Call Saul), Ben Mendelsohn (Bloodline), Jim Carter (Downton Abbey), Alan Cumming (The Good Wife) and Michael Kelly (House of Cards) for the award. Jill Soloway, who based the series on the life of her own “moppa,” as she calls her parent, used her directing trophy acceptance speech to ask for equal rights for transgender individuals. “It is legal in the majority of U.S. states to refuse to rent to trans people,” she said, saying the country has a civil rights problem that must be addressed. The “Game of Thrones” team accepted its award from comedy actor Tracy Morgan, making his first major appearance after suffering a severe brain injury last year.

Supporting comedy actress winner Allison Janney brought an unexpected friend with her to field questions from reporters backstage at the Emmys: lead comedy actress winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Hamm, who was widely regarded as the frontrunner in the category for his nuanced work on the slow-burning AMC series, beat out Kyle Chandler as a stoic sheriff’s detective with dark family secrets in Bloodline, Jeff Daniels as a prickly cable-news anchor in The Newsroom, Bob Odenkirk as a fast-talking lawyer in Better Call Saul, Liev Schrieber as a brooding Hollywood fixer in Ray Donovan, and Kevin Spacey as a Machiavellian politician in House of Cards.

It’s fitting, of course, that it’s Hamm who finally broke the losing streak, given that he was the lead, his Don Draper the avatar for the series’s themes of identity and American yearning. Janney, who won for her role in the sitcom “Mom,” explained that she was feeling nervous and overwhelmed to have been the first winner of the night and wanted some friendly support. With arms linked, the “Mom” and “Veep” stars spoke about their wins, the discomfort of posing for photos on the red carpet, and the time Louis-Dreyfus met Mary Tyler Moore during a photo shoot and started to bawl uncontrollably in her presence.

Reflecting on the conclusion of Mad Men earlier this year, Hamm told EW, “It’s a long run and a long ride, and a lot of people worked really hard on it. Allison Janney of “Mom” and Tony Hale of “Veep” were repeat winners for supporting comedy acting honors. “Olive Kitteridge,” based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Elizabeth Strout, nearly swept the limited series categories, with six trophies including the top award and lead acting honors for Frances McDormand and Richard Jenkins and a supporting award for Bill Murray. “The Voice” won a best reality series trophy, breaking the hold that “The Amazing Race” long had on the category and snaring an award that always eluded “American Idol.” “So many shows, so little,” he sang, before entering a “TV viewing bunker” to binge-view on all the nominated shows. His narrative was slightly better than Hamm’s: he’d worked for years successfully as a sitcom actor on Malcom in the Middle, but then there he was, a casting risk, doing this cool, edgy, dark show. Henson a run for “red carpet gold.” The Emmys host gave out a password to HBO’s streaming service HBO Now, saying he knew many watchers couldn’t afford to pay for the service. He also noted that the pay network has said it isn’t concerned about paying customers sharing their passwords. “The Voice” producer Mark Burnett and host Carson Daly snapped selfies with their new statuettes after the show won the outstanding reality competition.

Tambor plays Maura — formerly Mort — Pfefferman, a transgender character of Amazon’s “Transparent.” He dedicated his Emmy to the transgender community, thanking them for their patience, courage and inspiration. Which all meant that, while Hamm was in the mix every one of those years, circumstances conspired to keep him off the stage until the last possible minute. Another reason the Emmy didn’t go to Hamm earlier, or to any of the other actors on Mad Men, may be that the show, despite its many accolades, was difficult, with its opacity and metaphor and mysterious mood.

She said she was quoting her show’s writers in saying, “what a great honor it must be for you to honor me tonight.” Then she said Donald Trump actually said that. 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. The men are faring little better, with Pablo Schreiber fanning himself with his hands and Jonathan Banks ditching his tuxedo jacket and telling fans, “You know how stupid we all are to be out in this!” With temperatures nearing 100 degrees in downtown Los Angeles, fans in the bleachers outside the Emmy Awards are resorting to fans — both paper and electric — to keep cool.

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