Will ‘Game of Thrones” Emmy win boost genre films like ‘The Martian’?

22 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Emmy Awards 2015: The TV awards ceremony is a night of first-time wins (+video).

This year’s Emmy Awards included major victories for the HBO shows “Game of Thrones” and “Veep,” actor Jon Hamm of “Mad Men,” and actress Viola Davis, who became the first black actress to win the Emmy Award for best lead actress in a drama for her work on the ABC show “How to Get Away With Murder.” “The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity,” Davis said during her acceptance speech. “You cannot win Emmys with roles that are simply not there.” Actor Jeffrey Tambor won the Emmy for best lead actor in a comedy for the Amazon show “Transparent,” while Julia Louis-Dreyfus of “Veep” won the award for best lead actress in a comedy. The 2015 Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Andy Samberg, had a record low of 11.9 million viewers, the lowest in the history of the awards ceremony, CNN reports. Martin, whose novels are the wellspring for the fondly nicknamed “GOT” and who turned 67 Sunday — the same age as the prime-time Emmys, but likely more venerated for his years.

The lower ratings this year could partly be due to the fact that the awards had to compete with NBC’s Sunday Night Football, a tasty fixture that pitted the Green Bay Packers against the Seattle Seahawks in a rematch of last year’s NFC Championship game. Though lead comedy Emmy winner Jeffrey Tambor was the belle of the 67th Emmy Awards Governors Ball, the 71-year-old actor had his own star sighting at the after-party. “Oh my God, that’s Andrea Bocelli!” he exclaimed, running to get a better view of the famous tenor’s performance. —Impressive record set by “Game of Thrones”: One, with its 12 awards topping the single-season record of nine trophies set by “The West Wing” in 2000. Located directly across from the Microsoft Theater, the Ball — this year themed “Reigning with Radiance” and boasting 30-feet tall chandeliers and decor embedded with 45,000 Swarovski crystals — is the first stop for partygoers.

Still, after almost ten years of going home empty-handed, the Emmys finally caught up to him. “It’s not my first time around the briar patch here,” Hamm told E! In addition to the performance by Bocelli, who was joined by David Foster on piano, the evening featured a three-course meal by Patina Catering and a station where Emmy winners could get their names engraved on their statues.

News backstage at the 2015 Emmys following his win. “I was not expecting anything other than to try and have a nice night and see some friends and hopefully some friends win and I would say ‘hooray’ but I got to say ‘hooray’ for me, so that was nice.” In fact, he was the only one of his fellow Mad Men nominees to go home with a statue, but that didn’t stop the room full of his peers—and the rest of the world watching—from standing up to cheer him on. A few days after the 2005 Emmys — precisely 10 years ago today, in fact — Lost’s second season premiere set the show’s viewership record with 23 million viewers. Since the 44-year-old was sitting in the front row directly in front of the stage, instead of walking to the set of stairs towards the side when his name was called, he walked right up to center stage, threw one leg up and flung his body onto the floor of the stage, gripping until he could get his whole body up. Lost got better, but it also got weirder, and anyone who has worked in a video store/been to an American high school can tell you that weird doesn’t always/maybe never equals popular. With two statues for outstanding writing and best comedy, “Veep” creator Armando Iannucci joked that he could do weightlifting exercises with his Emmys.

And it wasn’t nominated the next year, either — and that was the year that the Emmys nominated shiny new bauble Heroes, back when Heroes was a show people loved. The singer, who makes her small screen acting debut in this season’s “American Horror Story: Hotel,” held court at a reserved table as fans approached her one by one. “I loved you on Howard Stern,” gushed one guest. “Thank you so much,” said Gaga, holding the fan’s trembling hand. But it sits nicely in Emmy history in the genre of “Highbrow Shows About Attractive White People Who Work/Sleep Together.” Back in the ’90s, The X-Files lost Best Drama four times, to NYPD Blue and ER and Law & Order and The Practice. Mindy Weiss designed the wedding-themed interior and outdoor patio spaces and DJ Mia Moretti flew in from NYC to spin tunes at the event, where “Modern Family” casters Eric Stonestreet, Sofia Vergara and Ty Burell feasted on edibles by chef Neal Fraser of Redbird, who treated guests to a crudo station and live Robata grill, shucking oysters on the spot.

Losing the Emmy to a doctor show, a lawyer show, and two cop shows: If that weren’t a true story, it would be a poignant allegory for the plight of genre fare at the Emmys. Emmy host Andy Samberg yukked it up with guests while Will Forte, the heavily-bearded star of Fox’s meta end-of-the-world comedy “Last Man Standing,” hung out by the dessert table. “It’s a ton of work and I don’t really have any life outside of (the show), but I’m really proud of it,” said Forte. “It’s an amazing group of people I get to work with, so it’s good to have a very special experience.” When asked to rate Samberg’s hosting duties, Forte said, “He was so great. Star Trek: The Next Generation received a Best Drama nod in its final season — and the original Star Trek got nominations for its first two seasons. (It lost to Mission: Impossible both times. Picture young Jeffrey Jacob Abrams, not even 2 years old, gazing at the TV screen and dreaming of the day decades hence when he would reboot both franchises.) But when it comes to genre fare, the Emmys function a little bit like the Oscars. Oh my God, so many little things made me laugh out loud.” For the 13th year, HBO transformed the Pacific Design Center, this year channeling fire with reds and gold-colored decor and a mammoth golden sculpture rotating in the center — around which stars from the network’s crowning shows toasted their Emmy sweep (of 43 wins).

Thrones keeps getting more viewers, probably because its so binge-friendly. (You could watch the entire run of Thrones so far in 50 hours, which is coincidentally as long as it would take you to watch a couple seasons of The Good Wife and listen to your friends promise you that it gets really good in season 5.) The comparison is almost too easy to make, but this really is the TV equivalent of Return of the King sweeping the Oscars: Less a reward for a specific project, more of an admiring standing ovation by the motion picture industry for the sheer size and success of a phenomenon. Elsewhere, Adrien Brody occupied a front table near the band (he’s had a fun weekend run, but is looking forward to Monday when this is over), while a sprightly Kiernan Shipka chatted with “Modern Family’s” Nolan Gould by the bar. And on the fashion front, Joe Zee ogled over Laverne Cox’s ring; Zac Posen ardently embraced Naomi Campbell in a big hug; Damian Lewis looked sharp in a thin black tie; and Bryan Fuller worked a blue paisley suit (“I like clothes,” he said). Following key wins for Jill Soloway, who nabbed a directing statuette for her groundbreaking comedy series, “Transparent,” and Jeffrey Tambor, who won the lead actor award for his performance as a transgender woman on the show, the mood was both celebratory and familial at Amazon’s soiree in downtown L.A. Lost ultimately became a show about time traveling pantheist Christ figures, but it started off with real people crashing onto a somewhat strange island.

Guests gathered by the rooftop pool of the hotel, snacking on sliders, sipping vodka-pink lemonade cocktails and snapping photos with Soloway, who circulated the party in Birkenstocks and a pajama-inspired, polka-dotted pants and blouse ensemble, hoisting her Emmy in the air. Putting aside any questions of quality, The Walking Dead can’t hide itself in the same way: Especially after the departure of initial showrunner Frank Darabont, Dead fully indulges itself as a zombie-bloodbath gorefest (even when they do a Terrence Malick episode.) Likewise, the gloriously indulgent American Horror Story has gotten a Miniseries/Movie nomination for all of its steadily-less-hinged installments — and it positively mints acting nominations — but it has yet to take home the big prize. Meanwhile, “Transparent” cast members Amy Landecker and guest star winner Bradley Whitford shared a table with Landecker’s dad, who made a run to the hotel’s gift shop, returning shortly thereafter with treats.

Landecker, who plays Sarah, the fiancé of Tammy (Melora Hardin) on the series, cautioned, “Don’t get too invested in their relationship” come this next season. “The first episode of the next season starts with their wedding, but then Sarah goes into the woods and has this whole transformation. Elsewhere at the busy shindig, nominees including “Better Call Saul’s” Jonathan Banks and “The Honorable Woman’s” Maggie Gyllenhaal rubbed shoulders with the likes of “Portlandia’s” Carrie Brownstein, “Orphan Black’s” Kristian Bruun and “Rectify’s” Abigail Spencer, while super-producers Vince Gilligan and Matthew Weiner exchanged hugs with well-wishers near the buffet. Newly-minted Emmy winner Amy Schumer celebrated her double win (one at the Creative Arts Emmys) by eating cheeseburgers at the Comedy Central bash — where many a “Daily Show” writer was spotted walking around with an Emmy in hand, thanks to Jon Stewart’s farewell season racking up three awards Sunday night. “Daily Show” correspondents past and present made their way through the crowded patio, including Jessica Williams, John Hodgman and Al Madrigal. The Sunset Blvd. soirée was full of young party-friendly and funny attendees, such as comedians Trevor Noah and Chris Hardwick, who attended with his new fiance (of a week) Lydia Hearst. Inside, partygoers swarmed at the entrance around Tituss Burgess, who was nominated for “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” — and further into the soirée, his costar and fellow nominee Jane Krakowski was chatting with her “30 Rock” alum Jack McBrayer on the outdoor patio.

Also at the intimate gathering was a conversation-consumed Ricky Gervais, and “House of Cards” star Kevin Spacey, who was schmoozing with a small crowd in the middle of the dimly-lit courtyard.

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