Well, if the red carpet was any indication of how HOT the 2015 Emmy’s were going to be (no really, temperatures reached over 100 degrees in LA), I still wouldn’t have thought the night would be so fantastic. Nonetheless, the 67th annual television awards were historical, as records were broken, speeches moved some to tears, and a surprise brought the crowd to its feet.
The night began on the red carpet as always with some stunning gowns and some not-so- cute get-ups. My personal favorite was the multi-colored sequined Armani Prive gown worn by Thor actress Jaimie Alexander, who made some serious arm candy for fiancee Peter Facinelli. The two shared a long, passionate kiss during the pre-show that was hotter than the blazing California sun! It was cute, unlike Heidi Klum’s bright yellow Versace dress that landed her on plenty of worst dressed lists and drew comparisons to Big Bird. Ouch.
There were some other ouch moments throughout the night, including those awkward speeches where the get-off-the-stage-now music starts to play, but there were some speeches that were refreshingly unforgettable.
One of the major highlights of the night, came when Viola Davis took the stage to accept the Emmy for Outstanding Actress in a Drama for her role in How To Get Away With Murder, making her the first black woman to win the award. In the most moving speech of the night, Davis quoted Harriet Tubman and proclaimed that “the only thing that separates woman of color is opportunity,” praising fellow black actresses Taraji. P Henson, Kerry Washington, and Gabrielle Union for their work in the acting world. Davis was a stunning vision in white and a beacon of hope for aspiring black actresses like herself.
However, Davis wasn’t the only record breaker in the crowd. The entire company involved in the making of Game of Thrones had something to be grateful for, taking home the most prestigious award of the night for Best Drama and shattering a previously held record for most Emmy’s won in a single year. The HBO series took home 12 Emmy’s, surpassing that of The West Wing, who held the record with nine.
Other notable moments throughout the night included Jon Hamm FINALLY taking home the award for Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Don Draper on HBO’s Mad Men. After previously being nominated seven consecutive times for the role, unable to overcome Bryan Cranston for his role as Walter White in AMC’s Breaking Bad, it was perfect timing for Hamm to come out victorious considering Mad Men has come to a close. Consider him the Leo DiCaprio of the Emmy’s. Hamm’s speech reflected that of his surprise, admitting that “there’s been a terrible mistake, clearly” acknowledging the great actors in his category. 8th time’s the charm, eh?
HBO’s Veep also took home some Emmy’s, including the award for Best Comedy Series, bringing Modern Family’s winning streak to a halt and contributing to the 14 Emmy’s that HBO won Sunday night, which is more than any other network or streaming service.
Two other memorable speeches came from Jeffrey Tambor and Jon Stewart. Tambor, the star of the show Transparent about a transgender father opening up to his family about identifying with being a woman, thanked the transgender community for their patience as he accepted his award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. Stewart, who has stepped down from his hosting role on The Daily Show beat out Stephen Colbert and longtime TV host David Letterman for Best Variety Show, gave a hilarious, but very real speech about life outside of being on television, promising we would never have to see him again. *Sniffles*
Last but not least was the triumphant return of comedian and former 30 Rock star Tracy Morgan, who suffered an accident that left him with brain damage months ago. Morgan received a very warm welcome for his surprise appearance to announce the final award of the night.
The perfect ending to a perfect show.