The Latest: AP critic calls Samberg a smooth host

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‘Game of Thrones’, ‘Veep’ win big at 2015 Emmy Awards.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — HBO was on fire at the Emmys with a record 14 wins, and the network’s stars appropriately celebrated at a flame-filled after-party following the ceremony. “Veep” co-stars and Emmy champs Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Tony Hale posed for photos — including selfies — underneath a mammoth rotating fire sculpture erected outside the Pacific Design Center. Los Angeles: HBO shows and Veep won the top prizes at the Emmy Awards for the first time on Sunday, bringing a breath of fresh air to television’s biggest night on an evening that also made history for black actresses.Los Angeles: Breaking its four-year-old jinx, fantasy epic ‘Game of Thrones’ bagged the outstanding drama gong at the 2015 Emmy Awards, along with three other honours, tying with ‘Veep’ whose trophies included the outstanding comedy series. ‘Game of Thrones’, HBO’s darling series, was a favourite this year as it bagged nods in all the 24 nominations.

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. Jon Hamm finally snared an Emmy for his lead role as Don Draper in AMC’s 1960s advertising drama Mad Men, winning a standing ovation from the audience. “There’s been a terrible mistake clearly,” said Hamm, who clambered onto the stage rather than walking up the stairs. “It’s incredible and impossible for me to be standing here.” “It doesn’t come without a cost and a lot of mental and emotional baggage that gets torn through and weighs on you after a while,” he told reporters backstage. Here are 10 things you missed from the surprisingly entertaining show, from actors making history to the inevitable HBO dominance: The “How to Get Away With Murder” star became the first African-American woman to win the Emmy for lead actress in a drama, and gave an emotional speech that had Taraji P.

Louis-Dreyfus later clapped along as the event’s Latin-flavored house band covered the Buster Poindexter rendition of “Hot Hot Hot” while partygoers noshed on dishes like corn tortellini and beet and quinoa salad. But Mad Men, a four-time best drama series winner, was shut out of all the other categories and had to be content with just Hamm’s Emmy after closing its final season earlier this year. It defeated biggies like ‘Better Call Saul’, ‘Downton Abbey’, ‘Homeland’, ‘House of Cards’, ‘Mad Men’ and ‘Orange is the New Black’ to bag the coveted trophy.

On the other side of the fiery event, “Game of Thrones” cast and crew such as Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Gwendoline Christie and Sophie Turner celebrated their fantasy show’s four wins. Other nominees holding court underneath the party’s blazing centerpiece included “Girls” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” star Adam Driver and “The Newsroom” leading man Jeff Daniels. Backstage, the showrunners were asked by reporters why Thrones finally won this year. ‘We knew that there would be some resistance at first to a show set in this genre… He looked emotional as he thanked his doctors and family and then ended with a classic Tracy Morgan joke: “Only recently I’ve started to feel like myself again, which means a whole lot of y’all women gonna get pregnant at the after-party.” Finally, a super-rich, handsome, successful actor gets a break!

Later in the evening, Emmy winner Hale joined his “Veep” co-star Anna Chlumsky on the party’s dance floor, where the pair grooved to a DJ spinning dance tunes alongside bongo players. “Silicon Valley” star Thomas Middleditch briefly boogied nearby before returning to hang out with his cast mates. Other attendees at the HBO after-party included Alan Cumming, Billy Eichner, James Corden, Derek Hough, Kate McKinnon and Viola Davis, who chatted at a table with Niecy Nash late into the night as Davis’ new Emmy stood guard.

HBO struck gold at Emmys as besides becoming the best comedy series, its show ‘Veep’ swept awards in categories– outstanding lead actress for Julia Louis-Dreyfus, outstanding supporting actor for Tony Hale, outstanding writing for Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci and Tony Roche. Inside Amy Schumer, the no-holds-barred female comedy which is written and directed by Schumer, proved a popular first-time winner in the variety sketch series category.

Maybe, but there’s a pretty low bar for Emmy hosts and Samberg easily cleared it with a mix of timely, funny bits that didn’t interrupt the flow of the show. But Schumer, the hottest new talent in comedy, could not dislodge perennial Emmy favourite The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, which won three Emmys for best variety series, writing and directing. See here for a selection of his legitimately hilarious monologue jokes — here’s his parody song that kicked off the show looking at “peak TV”: Really!

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. Well, according to Andy Samberg, who pointed out early on that Asner is the last actor to win in both the comedy and drama category for the same role. 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. 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.

The miniseries won six Emmys throughout the limited series categories (including acting wins for Frances McDormand, Richard Jenkins and a no-show Bill Murray) despite only a million people watching its original broadcast last year. 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. Tambor also thanked the community: “Thank you for your patience, thank you for your courage, thank you for your stories, thank you for your inspiration, thank you for letting us be part of the change.” Would David Letterman, who notoriously hates to play nice in Hollywood, win the final variety talk show trophy for his final season?

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