The statues have been shined, the presenters have been primed and Andy Samberg has opened the show with polarizing reactions. The 2015 Primetime Emmys are here, and all that’s left to do is see who takes home TV’s top prizes, and who will go home empty-handed.
Oh, and make some judgements on the winners. Because after all, as TV lovers we certainly have some opinions on it all.
Off we go!
Better Call Saul
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
Orange Is The New Black
WINNER: Game of Thrones
From the couch: Sure, sure. Congrats guys. But what we really want to know is, IS JON SNOW COMING BACK OR NOT?
Parks & Recreation
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
From the couch: Given the way this night has turned out, we’d be lying if we said we were even a little shocked. Way to go, JLD!
LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Claire Danes, Homeland
Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder
Taraji P. Henson, Empire
Tatania Maslany, Orphan Black
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
Robin Wright, House of Cards
WINNER: Viola Davis
From the couch: *Standing ovation from Taraji P. Henson*
“The only thing that separates women of colour from anyone else is opportunity. You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there.”
Damn. We mean… damn. We were all for Viola winning — especially since she submitted the now-famous episode of HTGAWM in which she took off her hair, makeup and eye lashes, but that speech… well it left us speechless. Sorry Tatiana, we love you too, but that was… epic.
LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Kyle Chandler, Bloodlines
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
WINNER: Jon Hamm
From the couch: “There has been a terrible mistake, clearly.”
Now that Bryan Cranston can’t win this award anymore (RIP, Breaking Bad), it’s kind of nice that Hamm finally won this thing after a whopping 16 nominations. Now if only Amy Poehler and Steve Carell could have won for their final seasons of Parks and Recreation and The Office, huh?
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul
Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline
Jim Carter, Downton Abbey
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Alan Cumming, The Good Wife
Michael Kelly, House of Cards
Winner: Peter Dinklage
From the couch: “I wasn’t prepared at all… I was even chewing gum.”
Were we the only ones a) digging Dinklage’s longish hair and b) who forgot that the actor actually doesn’t have a British accent?
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey
Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black
Winner: Uzo Aduba
From the couch: “Hi. Um, okay. I just really want to say thank you a thousand times, Jenji Kohan.”
We were really hoping
Cersei Lannister Lena Headey was taking this one home for that walk of shame on Game of Thrones, but heck. We suppose that’s what happens when you use a body double. Also, Aduba just made history, as the first actress to ever win an Emmy in comedy AND drama for playing the same role (Ed Asner was the first actor for this honour).
American Horror Story: Freak Show
WINNER: Olive Kitteridge
From the couch: “Yay, HBO… and, it started as a book. IT STARTED AS A BOOK. Okay, Andy?” – Frances McDormand just gave us every reason to be on board this win.
The Amazing Race
Dancing With the Stars
So You Think You Can Dance
Winner: The Voice
From the couch: If we could sing praise for this winner we would. But um… why didn’t Blake and Adam co-accept this award? That’s kind of what we all really want… isn’t it? #YES.
LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Lisa Kudrow, The Comeback
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Amy Poehler, Parks & Recreation
Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer
Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie
WINNER: Julia Louis-Dreyfus
From the couch: “What a great honour it must be for you to honour me tonight… oh no. No, no, no. Donald Trump said that.”
We have to give it to JLD, she came out with another great one-liner. And we LOVE Veep. But man, oh man, oh man… We really feel like both Amys were completely snubbed tonight.
LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Anthony Anderson, blackish
Louis C.K., Louie
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Will Forte, Last Man on Earth
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
William H. Macy, Shameless
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent
WINNER: Jeffrey Tambor
From the couch: “I’ve been given the opportunity to act because people’s lives depend on it.”
Tambor had the luxury of following up on creator Jill Soloway’s acceptance speech for best director on Transparent. And she was pretty darned political. But Tambor came through with an equally amazing speech for his role as a transgendered woman on Transparent. “I’d like to dedicate my performance… and this award, to the transgender community.”
Can’t argue with that.
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Adam Driver, Girls
Keegan-Michael Key, Key & Peele
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Tony Hale, Veep
Winner: Tony Hale
From the couch: We don’t know if anyone else noticed, but Hale was shaking all over when he won (yes, yes, for the second time). No, he didn’t make any great jokes — other than “my zipper’s down,” but we love us some Gary and we are down with this. Times a thousand Sorry, Tituss. We’re having some pinot noir in your honour, friend.
SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
Niecy Nash, Getting On
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Allison Janney, Mom
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
Gaby Hoffmann, Transparent
Jane Krakowski, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Anna Chlumsky, Veep
WINNER: Allison Janney
From the couch: “So many lives are affected by addiction and it’s nice to work on a show that’s touched by hope.”
Okay, so maybe we were holding out for Mayim Bialik and Anna Chlumsky, but let’s be honest — with an acceptance speech in which the winner sings, is humble and then touches on an important social issue WHILE making history as the person with the most Emmy wins ever (Janney just tied with Ed Asner and Mary Tyler Moore), well… kudos, lady.
And that’s a wrap, folks. Please carry on with your regularly scheduled Sundays.