Andy Samberg didn't hold back during his first-time hosting the Emmy Awards. The Brooklyn Nine-Nine star kicked things off with a musical number about locking himself in a bunker and watching "every damn show" in preparation for hosting. This resulted in Samberg name-dropping everything from Grace of Monaco to The Jinx to "all the Wives" shows while dancing around in a Cast Away beard. But when it came to his monologue, Samberg went very political. He took on Hollywood's diversity problem ("Racism is over. Don't fact check that") to its misogyny ("I gotta say, [Amy] Schumer is really, really funny -- you know, for a person.) Of course, the comedian couldn't resist poking fun at the presidential candidates. "Sure, Donald Trump seems racist. What else?" Samberg joked. And since this is the Emmys, Samberg didn't forget to make a few great TV burns as well. After listing all the great shows that ended this year, Samberg quipped, "And we also said goodbye toTrue Detective, even though it's still on the air."
Taking a photo with an Emmy is just like winning an Emmy. So declared Ricky Gervais when he was presenting for best supporting actor in a comedy series. But, as he pointed out, "no one remembers" who wins anyway. "In a few days' time, people will see a picture of me up here and they'll go, 'Well, he won then,'" Gervais said. Pictures don't lie, do they?
Transparent star Jeffrey Tambor made Emmys history Sunday, becoming the first actor to win an Emmy Award for playing a transgender character. Tambor, who spoke about "the responsibility and the privilege" he was given when he landed the role of Maura Pfefferman in Amazon's groundbreaking series, dedicated his award to the transgender community. "I had a teacher who used to say, when you act, you have to act as if your life depends on it," a visibly moved Tambor said. "And now I've been given the opportunity to act because people's lives depend on it."
What happens on the carpet after the Emmy red carpet ends? Host Andy Samberg gave us surprising insight on Sunday night when halfway through the show, he cut back to the "carpet cam" on the now-empty arrivals area to find Tatiana Maslany -- with a metal detector. She found a can of beans and started snacking (to be fair, none of these women have eaten in weeks) only to be interrupted by recent Emmy winner Tony Hale... who also had a metal detector. And was also hungry, it seemed. The two fought until security arriver, thankfully ending the bit. "The red carpet: significantly less glamorous after you leave it," Samberg quipped.
Frances McDormand, who is notoriously unimpressed by awards shows, got a chance to bring her infamous nonchalance to the Emmys stage on Sundaywhen she won Best Actress in a Limited Series for Olive Kitteridge. "Hi. My colleagues Jane [Anderson] and Lisa [Cholodenko] have already given the thank yous that needed to be said. We're all here because the power of a story well told. Sometimes, that's enough," McDormand said, before abruptly walking off the stage. McDormand did manage to show some excitement when the show won for Best Limited Series. We hope it didn't take too much out of her.
Inspired by Don Draper in the Mad Men finale, Emmys host Andy Samberg was inspired to buy the world an Emmy. But the spot-on spoof of Draper's Coke epiphany took an unexcited turn when Parks and Recreation's
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It's really turning into a banner year for Amy Schumer, who took home the Emmy for Variety Sketch Series on Sunday night. Though she said on the red carpet that she was really hoping to win the award for directing aTwelve Angry Men-themed episode of Inside Amy Schumer, it was clear that the series win was just as thrilling. "I almost made a stupid sex talk show that nobody wanted," Schumer said in her acceptance speech, giving credit to the show's head writer Jessi Klein who recently had a baby. "She got drunk and told me that I had to follow my dreams and make my dream show. ... I'm so proud, and this show fights for what we believe in."
Stars, they really are just like us -- meaning they sometimes get adorably flustered in front of their favorite celebrities. Case in point: Richard Jenkins, who continued Olive Kitteridge's dominance at the Emmy Awards Sunday night with a win for Best Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie. But he was more impressed with his award presenter, Lady Gaga, than with the brass itself. "That was Lady Gaga," an evidently star-struck Jenkins marveled, before giving his acceptance speech. (Cut to Gaga, blushing.) "So Dad, what'd you do last night?" Jenkins quipped, shaking his head. Do we think Jenkins is a bigger fan of ARTPOP or The Fame Monster?
Uzo Aduba is the new Ed Asner! The Orange Is the New Black star won for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren., becoming the first person to win a statuette for the same role in a drama and a comedy since Ed Asner. And she had alllllll the feels abut it. She kicked off her acceptance speech by thanking series creator and showrunner Jenji Kohan. "If I could say thank you a thousand times, it would not be enough to cover the amount of thanks that I feel for you," she began, shaking and starting to tear up. "Jenji Kohan, I love you so much. I appreciate you for putting belief back in my heart." Aduba went on to thank Netflix and Lionsgate and every member of her team, as well as the cast and crew of the show. She finished with a special sentiment to her sister, who was her date for the evening. "My sister Chi-Chi, you are my very best friend, I am humbled to call myself your sister, I love you so much."
Is Jon Stewart regretting leaving The Daily Show? During his acceptance speech after the show won the Emmy Award for Best Variety Talk Series Sunday night - its 11th Emmy win - Stewart had a piece of advice for people on TV. "Cling to it, as long as you can, like death," Stewart deadpanned. "I have been off of television for six weeks, seven weeks, whatever it is. This is the first applause I've heard. It is a barren wasteland out there." The only thing worse, according to Stewart? The lack of craft services.
What's going to happen to that Losers Party now? Jon Hamm finally won the Emmy for Leading Actor in a Drama Sunday night for playing Don Draper on Mad Menfor the past eight years. "There has been a terrible mistake, clearly," he joked after crawling on his belly to the stage (no, really) as the audience roared with applause and gave him a standing ovation. "This is impossible. It's impossible to be named with all of those extraordinary gentlemen. It's impossible to be standing up here. It's impossible to have done this show with this incredible cast, these incredible people, these incredible writers, our incredible crew." Hamm went on to thank a long list of loved ones, including "Jen," who is probably his long-time girlfriend Jennifer Westfeldt, from whom he split earlier this month after 18 years together.
When Viola Davis' name was called as Best Actress in a Drama at Sunday's Emmys, anyone watching the broadcast may have thought Taraji P. Henson won. Henson leapt out of her seat and gave her fellow nominee a giant bear hug. And, in a sense, Davis' victory was a shared one: She is the first black woman to ever win a Best Actress Emmy. In her speech, Davis thanked Henson, Kerry Washington, Halle Berry and other actresses of color. "Thank you for taking us over that line," she said, in reference to a Harriet Tubman quote with which she began her speech."The only thing that separates women of color from anything else is opportunity. You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there."
After a long and difficult recovery, Tracy Morgan is back. In June 2014, he was in a car crash that left him in a coma for more than a week. On Sunday night, he came on stage to present the final award of the night - and even though it was a somber, emotional moment, he even got a few laughs. "I suffered a traumatic brain injury that put me in a coma for eight days. When I finally regained consciousness, I was just ecstatic to learn that I wasn't the one who messed up," he joked. "Only recently I've started to feel like myself again, so, which means a lot of y'all women are gonna get pregnant at the after-party." Welcome back, Tracy!
All the changes the television academy made definitely worked in Game of Thrones' favor. The HBO drama swept the Emmys, winning 12 awards out of 24 total nominations. The previous record was held by The West Wing, which won nine Emmys in 2000. But thanks to some major wins, including for Outstanding Directing and Writing in Drama for "Mother's Mercy," Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama for Peter Dinklage and Outstanding Drama Series, Game of Thrones broke the record harder than Khaleesi plans on breaking that wheel. If only Jon Snow were around to celebrate...