Viola Davis made history, Jon Hamm finally won, and good shows ruled: Why we …

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‘Veep,’ ‘Thrones’ stars celebrate Emmy wins at HBO party.

The sitcom, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus as the President of the United States, is an American spin-off of Ianucci’s hit British series The Thick Of it, about the spin doctors behind British politics.Andy Samberg may have said he didn’t care what the critics thought of his performance as host of this year’s Emmys, but he oversaw a telecast that was a critic’s dream.Actors Sophie Turner, Gwendoline Christie, Maisie Williams, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Carice van Houten, writer David Benioff, actor Peter Dinklage, Conleth Hill, writer D.

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.The awards, held annually, honour the best of television, in drama, comedy, limited series or TV movies, reality competition programme, and variety talk show. Louis-Dreyfus scooped the award for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series for the fourth year in a row for her portrayal of gaffe-prone President Selina Meyer, while co-star Tony Hale took home outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series for his role as her devoted aide Gary Walsh.

Fast-paced and mercifully uncluttered by too much “hostiness,” the telecast mostly stayed out of its own way, with just enough jokes that didn’t work to make us appreciate the ones that did. 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. 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.

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. As tradition dictates, Samberg followed up with a monologue that dinged the requisite categories on the slightly fraying Awards Show Host checklist: The genre (“This year ‘Orange is the New Black’ is officially a drama and ‘Louis’ is officially jazz”); the industry (“this is the most diverse group of nominees in Emmy history…racism is over; don’t fact check that”) and current events (“Bernie Sanders always looks like he just missed his flight).

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. 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. Davis, an African-American, broke several age old barriers, when she became the first African-American actress to claimed the top acting honour in the drama category. 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. To express her joy, and pride, Davis invoked the spirit of the prolific, African-American abolitionist, Harriet Tubman, by quoting Tubman in her acceptance speech. Davis said, “The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity.” She went on to add, that, “You cannot win Emmys with roles that are simply not there.” Fellow nominee, Taraji P.

She remained quite serious when she won for best actress – “we are all here because of the power of a story well-told and sometimes that is enough” — but when she accepted for best limited or miniseries, she finally cracked. “Obviously there’s been a terrible mistake,” he said with a laugh, and then all eyes were on the best actress race, with its historic potential. Which was fulfilled by a truly glorious Viola Davis accepting with the one speech that was not stuttered in surprise or read from a crumpled bit of paper.

The show aired on HBO, and was hosted by the comically talended, Andy Samberg, who left no stones unturned to take a dig at Republican Presidential candidate, Donald Trump. 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.

Tags: Emmy winners 2015, How to get away with murder, jon hamm, julia louis dreyfus, Mad Men, primetime emmy awards, television awards, Veep, viola davis The opening skit had him going into a bunker for a year to watch all the shows he’d missed, emerging with long hair and a beard. “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart won the Emmy for best variety show, beating two other comedy hosts who ended long-running programs the year — Comedy Central colleague Stephen Colbert and CBS “Late Show” host David Letterman. In fact, it’s only the third different comedy to win an Emmy in nine years; “30 Rock” had won for the three years before that. “Veep” star Julia Louis-Dreyfus has her own winning streak going: it was her fourth straight win as best comic actress. 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. It was a big win for the Amazon streaming service. “I’d like to dedicate my performance and this award to the transgender community. … 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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