Game of Thrones wins best drama, shatters Emmy 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.LOS ANGELES — HBO, led by victories for the comedy “Veep,” the drama “Game of Thrones” and a four-part limited series, “Olive Kitteridge,” was the dominant network at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday night.

The premium cable network was fueled by Game of Thrones — which topped The West Wing and set a record for the most wins by a series in a single year — and Olive Kitteridge, which nearly swept the limited category. As the show began, the biggest questions centered on whether streaming services like Amazon and Netflix would win major awards, whether there would be a final hurrah for AMC’s “Mad Men” and if Emmy history could be made.

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. Jon Hamm, shut out from the Emmys despite seven previous nominations, finally won for his portrayal of the darkly charismatic advertising executive Don Draper in “Mad Men.” Jeffrey Tambor won the Emmy for outstanding actor in a comedy series for his portrayal of a transgender woman in Amazon’s “Transparent.” Mr. Tambor, who also won a Golden Globe in January, got choked up in his acceptance speech, thanking transgender people for “your patience, thank you for your courage, thank you for your stories, thank you for your inspiration, and thank you for letting us be part of the change.” Jill Soloway, the creator of “Transparent,” won her first Emmy for directing, and echoed Mr.

Uzo Aduba won the supporting actress in a drama trophy for “Orange is the New Black,” which was switched under academy rules this year from comedy competition. We have a trans civil rights problem.” 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. Henson, as a flamboyant music executive on Fox’s new hit, “Empire,” were each in a position to be the first African-American actress to win the award. They were competing against Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”), Elisabeth Moss (“Mad Men”), Claire Danes (“Homeland”) and Robin Wright (“House of Cards”). 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.) The victories for “Transparent” set up a showdown of sorts with “Veep.” Julia Louis-Dreyfus won her fourth consecutive Emmy in the best actress category for her role as the egocentric vice president-turned-president Selina Meyer in “Veep.” It was the sixth Emmy over all for Ms.

Louis-Dreyfus. “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. HBO’s “Olive Kitteridge,” about a grumpy math teacher and her forgiving husband set in small town Maine, dominated the limited series categories, winning best actress (Frances McDormand), best actor (Richard Jenkins), best supporting actor (Bill Murray), for writing and for the series itself. Samberg then posted a login — “khaleesifan3@emmyhost.com” — and password (“password1”) for his HBO Now account, and invited everyone to use it. It was also a year where many celebrated shows like “Mad Men” went off the air, including David Letterman’s and Jon Stewart’s late-night shows, and NBC’s “Parks and Recreation.” Jon Stewart got a big send-off in his final year as host of “The Daily Show,” which once 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. This year, Netflix shows landed 34 nominations, including one for best comedy for “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” The Emmys returned to their traditional Sunday night slot after airing on a Monday in late August last year, partly to accommodate NBC’s contract with the N.F.L. (the four major networks rotate the broadcasting rights every year).

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