Today is the television industry's biggest event, with the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Andy Samberg, airing live today, starting at 8 PM ET/5 PM ET on Fox. History was made during the telecast, when Viola Davis became the first African-American actress ever to win the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, for her role in ABC's How to Get Away with Murder, while Mad Men star Jon Hamm ended his Emmy losing streak by picking up his first ever statuette. The big winner tonight, though, was HBO's Game of Thrones, which took home four Emmy Awards tonight, bringing its total to 12, counting the Creative Arts Emmy Awards that were held earlier this month (visit Emmys.com for the full list of winners).
After being nominated for Outstanding Drama Series for its first four seasons on the air, Game of Thrones finally won the big award tonight, beating Better Call Saul, Downton Abbey, Homeland, House of Cards, Mad Men and Orange Is the New Black. Series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss also won the Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series for the Season 5 finale, Mother's Mercy, with David Nutter winning the Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for the same episode. Peter Dinklage also won his second Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor In a Drama Series. The show's 12 awards broke a longstanding record of the most Emmy's by one show in a year, besting The West Wing's mark of nine Emmy's in 2000.
It was a huge night for the entire HBO network as a whole, with Olive Kitteridge winning six Emmy's and Veep taking home four awards, breaking Modern Family's five-year winning streak for Outstanding Comedy Series. Olive Kitteridge won almost every award it was nominated for, except Outstanding Supporting Actress In a Miniseries or TV movie, which was won by Regina King for American Crime, her first ever Emmy win. Game of Thrones, Olive Kitteridge and Veep were the top three award winners of the night, and, counting the Creative Emmys, HBO took home a whopping 4 Emmys in total. That tally is just one award shy of an Emmy record of 44 wins by CBS back in 1974, when there were only three networks airing primetime programming. The network's 14 Primetime wins represented more than half of the entire field, with Comedy Central coming in a distant second place with four awards.
Orange Is the New Black star Uzo Aduba pulled off a rare feat by winning Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series, becoming just the second performer to win Emmy's for the same role, in both Comedy and Drama categories. The actress won Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren in Orange Is the New Black last year, but this season, the show switched to the Drama category. The only other actor to pull off this feat was Edward Asner, who won Comedy and Drama Emmy's for the role of Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and the spinoff Lou Grant.
Amy Schumer won her first Emmy Award for Inside Amy Schumer in the brand new category Outstanding Variety Sketch Series. In previous years, shows like Inside Amy Schumer were combined in the Outstanding Variety Series category, where late-night shows such as The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, which won this year just weeks after the show's longtime host Jon Stewart left the show after his iconic 16-year run. You can check out the winners below, and you can also visit Emmys.com for the full list of the Creative Arts Emmys that were announced earlier this month.
Outstanding Drama Series
Outstanding Comedy Series
Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series
Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series
Outstanding Variety Series
Outstanding Miniseries Or Movie
- Olive Kitteridge
- American Crime
- American Horror Story: Freak Show
- The Honorable Woman
- Wolf Hall