Jon Hamm, Viola Davis and Tracy Morgan made the 67th Primetime Emmys, touching, sentimental and historic last night. Host Andy Samberg kept things light and perennial powerhouses “Veep” and “Game of Thrones” kept it real at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
Jon Stewart also took a final bow on the Emmy stage for his comedy series “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” on Comedy Central.
Hamm, star of the hit AMC show “Mad Men,” finally won the Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series after being nominated eight times.
The show’s final season aired earlier this year so it was a bittersweet win for the troubled actor. He’s been through rehab and a breakup with longtime girlfriend Jennifer Westfeldt since then.
“There’s been a mistake, clearly,” said the genuinely shocked actor. He had lots of praise for the cast.
“It’s impossible to have done this show with this incredible cast, these incredible people, our incredible writers, our incredible crew. And it’s incredible and impossible for me, personally, to be standing up here,” he said.
Davis was the one who made history. She was the first African-American to win Outstanding Actress In A Drama Series. Davis grasped the importance of the occasion with a speech quoting storied Civil War-era abolitionist, humanitarian and Union spy Harriet Tubman.
“In my dreams and visions, I seemed to see a line, and on the other side of that line were green fields and lovely flowers and beautiful white ladies, who stretched out their arms to me over the line, but I couldn’t reach them no-how,” she said.
“Let me tell you something: the only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity. You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there,” she said. Davis also shouted out to Kerry Washington, Taraji P. Henson and Gabrielle Union.
Morgan provide a touching close to the evening when host Samberg called him up on stage to announce the final award of the night, Outstanding Drama Series. (See related story) It went to HBO hit “Game of Thrones,” a big winner on the night.
“Veep,” a perennial darkhorse against comedy powerhouse “Modern Family,” finally broke through for to win “Outstanding Drama Series.”
“Veep” star Julia Louis-Dreyfus received an honorary Emmy. Louis-Dreyfus, who plays the vice president in a fictional presidential administration, zeroed in on the 2016 presidential race.
“What a great honor it must be for you to honor me tonight,” she told the audience, before attributing the line to Donald Trump. “It’s getting trickier and trickier to satirize this stuff,” she added.
Another emerging player in television drama, Amazon.com, won awards for “Transparent,” including an acting and directing honor for Jeffrey Tambor and Jill Soloway respectively. Tambor thanked the transgender community for their “stories” and “inspiration.”
Stewart accepted directing and writing awards for the show, which he recently left after 15 years.
“To everyone on television, cling to it as long as you can … I’ve been off of television for six weeks, this is the first applause I’ve heard,” he said.
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