General Hospital’s Nancy Lee Grahn Apologizes After Criticizing Viola Davis …

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Emmy wins for Viola Davis, Jon Hamm, ‘Game of Thrones’.

Viola Davis poses in the press room with the award for outstanding lead actress in a drama series for “How to Get Away With Murder” at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) (The Associated Press) LOS ANGELES – Viola Davis made history on Sunday by becoming the first black woman to win an Emmy for best drama series actress, but said there is still work that needs to be done in getting more diverse stories on screen. Hamm was a sentimental favorite for winning best actor in his last chance with “Mad Men,” and Morgan was an emotional surprise in appearing onstage following his traumatic brain injury in an auto accident last year. And famous names and fans alike were quick to jump on Twitter and Facebook to add to the conversation, making it the most talked-about moment on social media. “Wow, WOW! The pay cable network won 14 awards Sunday night, with “Game of Thrones” named best drama, “Veep” best comedy and the miniseries “Olive Kitteridge” best limited series.

Game of Thrones’ win for Outstanding Drama Series brought the hit HBO show’s Emmy count to 12 (including wins for Peter Dinklage for Outstanding Supporting Actor, as well as for the writing and directing teams), breaking the record for most Emmy Awards for a single show. ALL women belittled,” she wrote, but the tweet has since been deleted. “I think she’s the bees knees but she’s elite of TV performers,” she tweeted in response to a fan. “Brilliant as she is. His opening monologue touched on politics — mocking both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, and taking a dig at Kim Davis — before riffing on the nominees. When King was announced the winner in this category, over heavy-hitters like Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett, she could hardly contain her excitement, walking all the way up to the podium with her mouth agape and eyes wide. Other African-American actresses who prevailed Sunday were Uzo Aduba of “Orange is the New Black” and Regina King of “American Crime.” Hamm had been nominated seven times before for his portrayal of Don Draper in the AMC drama and hadn’t won.

The American Crime actress, who brought her young son, Ian, as her date, called “being a mother” her greatest accomplishment during her acceptance speech. It has been a rough year for the actor, who underwent a stint in rehab and broke up with a longtime girlfriend, and the emotion showed on his face. “I turned around and realized that people were clapping for me,” he said later backstage. “I was mortified. He also demonstrated he was feeling like himself again by vowing to impregnate “a lot of women” at the afterparty, a joke that delighted a crowd already moved by his very presence.

The dapper actor thanked the “incredible” people who had made his win possible, and also gave a special nod to his ex-girlfriend Jennifer Westfeldt, from whom he split earlier this month. When I finally regained consciousness, I was just ecstatic to learn that I wasn’t the one who messed up.” Samberg was a witty host, with an on-point opening montage that touched on the latest worry among television executives: that there are just too many shows out there for people to keep track of. I miss you guys so much,” he told the audience tearfully. “Last year Jimmy Kimmel said on this stage, ‘We’ll see you back on this stage next year, Tracy Morgan.’ Well, Jimmy, thanks to my amazing doctors, and the support of my family and beautiful wife, I’m here. This is the first applause I’ve heard,” he said. “It is a barren wasteland out there.” “Veep” claimed the top comedy award that ABC’s “Modern Family” had won for five straight years. But the comedian nailed it, taking swings at everyone from Donald Trump to Jon Hamm to Amy Schumer, and even giving out his HBO Now password live on-air at one point.

She read a line she attributed to her show’s writers about how it must be an honor to honor her, then said it had actually been said by GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump. “Transparent” captured a best comedy actor award for Jeffrey Tambor and a directing award for creator Jill Soloway, giving both winners a chance to pay tribute to the show’s transgender themes. As one of the evening’s first wins, Tambor set the tone for the night with an emotional speech about his part on Transparent, dedicating his win to the transgender community: “Thank you for your patience. Thanks for letting us be part of the change,” said Tambor, who plays Maura, the former Mort, Pfefferman. “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.

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