The 2015 Emmys — otherwise known as the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards — were held in Los Angeles Sunday evening and everything small-screen-Hollywood was on display and seemingly up for an Emmy Award. The three-hour ceremony was broadcast live on Fox Television and came complete with record-setting wins and one award that has been decades late in coming — that of Viola Davis, the first ever African American to win for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.
As Entertainment Weekly reported September 21, the 2015 Emmys went rather smoothly and was highlighted by well-deserved wins, like Jon Hamm finally winning the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his role on “Mad Men” and Viola Davis’ history-making win for (finally being the first African-American to take home the Lead Actress Emmy for a drama) her role on “How To Get Away With Murder.” But it was Davis’ acceptance speech that brought home the poignancy of the moment, especially when she implored Hollywood to provide more leading roles for women of color.
“The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity,” she told the riveted theatre audience. “You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there. So here’s to all the writers… who have redefined what it means to be beautiful, to be sexy, to be a leading woman, to be black.”
“Game Of Thrones” dominated the drama category, taking home the Outstanding Drama Series trophy. Along with Writing, Directing, and Peter Dinklage’s win for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, the HBO show, according to CNN, took home an astounding single-season record twelve 2015 Emmys.
HBO also won big for “Olive Kitteridge,” which won seven Emmys, including Outstanding Limited Series, and “Veep,” which took home six, including Outstanding Comedy Series.
But “Game Of Thrones,” “Olive Kitteridge,” and “Veep” only accounted for 20 (count of the major awards, of which there were seven, seven, and six wins, respectively) of HBO’s total 2015 Emmys take. HBO was the night’s big network winner, gathering up a record 43 Emmy awards in all the 2015 categories, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Jon Stewart, who ended his run as the host of “The Daily Show” after 17 years in August, saw his series win another three Emmy awards, giving the show a record eleven in the Outstanding Variety, Music, or Comedy Series and Jon Stewart himself the top spot in individual wins (which includes every category) with twelve. If anything, it was a testament to leaving while on top.