"The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity" - Viola Davis. Can we talk about how perfect her speech was? I wanted to cry. That happened a few times, actually. I wanted to cry when Tracy Morgan was talking about his recovery. I wanted to cry when I saw George R. R Martin in attendance NOT writing Winds of Winter. I wanted to cry when they threatened to use Shame Nun from Game of Thrones to play people off instead of the orchestra, then didn't follow through. I guess I've been drinking too much wine. Here are the 2015 Emmy winners in the acting categories. The winners are in blue, my thoughts as always follow in green.
Outstanding Comedy Series
Parks and Recreation
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
FINALLY Veep wins best Comedy, breaking Modern Family's streak. They're the funniest thing on TV right now. They deserved it.
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Lily Tomlin - Grace and Frankie
Amy Schumer - Inside Amy Schumer
Edie Falco - Nurse Jackie
Amy Poehler - Parks and Recreation
Lisa Kudrow - The Comeback
Julia Louis-Dreyfus - Veep
I was psyched for JLD, but it seems a lot of people were angry Poehler didn't win. When I saw Seth Meyers was presenting, I actually thought she'd take it. It would've been nice to see her receive an Emmy from one of her closest friends.
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Anthony Anderson - Black-ish
Matt LeBlanc - Episodes
Don Cheadle - House of Lies
Louis C.K. - Louie
William H. Macy - Shameless
Will Forte - The Last Man on Earth
Jeffrey Tambor - Transparent
Jimmy Kimmel had the best presentation of the night when he opened the envelope early, cut out the name, then ate it. Some poor Emmy employee probably had a heart attack.
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Niecy Nash - Getting On
Julie Bowen - Modern Family
Allison Janney - Mom
Kate McKinnon - Saturday Night Live
Mayim Bialik - The Big Bang Theory
Gaby Hoffman - Transparent
Jane Krakowski - Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Anna Chlumsky - Veep
I'm happy for Janney. She has so many Emmys. I do have to take a moment to bitch about Mayim Bialik being insufferable on the red carpet again. Yes, we know you have a neuroscience degree. That does not mean you are a neuroscientist. Where are you contributing? What papers have you written recently? Yeah Bialik, we get it it. You think you're smart, but you're an actress. That's your job. Stop trying to make yourself sound superior. You play the most annoying character on the Big Bang Theory.
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy
Andre Braugher - Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Adam Driver - Girls
Keegan-Michael Key - Key & Peele
Ty Burrel - Modern Family
Titus Burgess- Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Tony Hale - Veep
The announcer said Hale was so excited to hear about his nomination that he forgot to take his daughter to camp. He thanked her in his speech.
Outstanding Drama Series
Better Call Saul
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
Orange Is the New Black
I'm so happy that Game of Thrones is finally getting recognized as the best drama, it's just a shame it was for its worst season.
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Claire Danes - Homeland
Viola Davis - How to Get Away with Murder
Taraji P. Henson - Empire
Tatiana Maslany -Orphan Black
Elisabeth Moss - Mad Men
Robin Wright - House of Cards
I quoted Viola at the beginning of my post, but her acceptance speech is seriously so perfect. Henson was so happy for her too.
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Kyle Chandler - Bloodline
Jeff Daniels - The Newsroom
Jon Hamm - Mad Men
Bob Odenkirk - Better Call Saul
Liev Schrieber - Ray Donovon
Kevin Spacey - House of Cards
I wanted Odenkirk to win this, but I'm happy for Hamm. I think the internet would've exploded if he lost again. Then I wouldn't be hear blogging.
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Joanne Froggatt - Downton Abbey
Lena Headey - Game of Thrones
Emilia Clarke - Game of Thrones
Christina Hendricks - Mad Men
Uzo Aduba - Orange Is the New Black
Christine Baranski - The Good Wife
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Jonathan Banks - Better Call Saul
Ben Mendelsohn - Bloodline
Jim Carter - Downton Abbey
Peter Dinklage - Game of Thrones
Michael Kelly - House of Cards
Alan Cumming - The Good Wife
Peter Dinklage obviously thought Jonathan Banks was going to win because he got up and was like "Jonathan Banks..and everyone else." I'm happy for Dinklage, but this was not his best season at all. Other Thrones actors were better.
Outstanding Mini Series
American Horror Story: Freak Show
The Honorable Woman
Holy crap, Olive Kitteridge cleaned house tonight.
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Mini Series or Movie
Felicity Huffman - American Crime
Jessica Lange - American Horror Story: Freak Show
Queen Latifah, Bessie
Frances McDormand - Olive Kitteridge
Emma Thompson - Mrs. Lovett
Maggie Gyllenhaal - The Honorable Woman
In case you were wondering, Frances McDormand still hates everything.
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Mini Series or a Movie
Timothy Hutton - American Crime
Ricky Gervais - Derek Special
Adrien Brody - Houdini
David Oyelowo - Nightingale
Richard Jenkins - Olive Kitteridge
Mark Rylance - Wolf Hall
Outstanding TV Movie
Agatha Christie’s Poirot — Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case
Grace of Monaco
Hello Ladies: The Movie
I thought Bessie would win more, but this is it.
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Mini Series or Movie
Regina King - American Crime
Sarah Paulson - American Horror Story: Freak Show
Angela Bassett - American Horror Story: Freak Show
Kathy Bates - American Horror Story: Freak Show
Mo’Nique - Bessie
Zoe Kazan - Olive Kitteridge
Zoe was the only Olive Kitteridge actor that didn't win, but judging by the clips they showed, these performances were all great. I'm happy for King, she looked very surprised.
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Mini Series or Movie
Richard Cabral American Crime
Denis O’Hare American Horror Story: Freak Show
Finn Wittrock American Horror Story: Freak Show
Michael Kenneth Williams - Bessie
Bill Murray - Olive Kitteridge
Damian Lewis - Wolf Hall