2015 Emmys Led by Game of Thrones, Mad Men, How to Get Away with Murder & More

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2015-Emmys-Winners-led-by-Game-of-Thrones-Mad-MenWith Oscar season pretty much upon us, it’s easy to forget that we celebrate the best in television at this time of year. The 2015 Emmys were held out in LA last night, with Game of Thrones winning big across the board, and HBO deservedly on top with their consistently-brilliant programming.

After winning eight awards at Creative Arts Emmys earlier in the month, Game of Thrones added another four statues to their treasure trove last night, setting a new record at the Emmys with twelve wins. The previous record was held by The West Wing with nine wins, which Game of Thrones tied last night, before surpassing with a further three statues. Its wins included the coveted Outstanding Drama Series, marking a first for the series following only nominations over the previous four seasons. Peter Dinklage won Outstanding Support Actor in the Drama category for the second time for his performance in Hardhome, the eighth episode of Season 5. And the finale, Mother’s Milk, won Outstanding Directing in the Drama category for David Nutter as well as Outstanding Writing for co-creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.

Mad Men finally came to an end this year, and it was the last chance for Jon Hamm to take home the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Don Draper. He’d racked up a total of seven nominations for previous seasons, and the voters rallied behind him for his eighth nomination this year, giving him the win that he so deserved. The series itself may have ultimately lost to Game of Thrones in the Outstanding Drama Series category, but Hamm’s win was incredibly well deserved.

Viola Davis became the first African American to win Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama for her performance in ABC’s How to Get Away With Murder. Davis returns to lead the second series, which begins later this week.

Amazon also had a great night last night, with Jeffrey Tambor winning Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his role in Transparent. The show had clocked up three wins at the Creative Arts Emmys, with Bradley Whitford taking Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series, Dustin O’Halloran winning for his main title theme, and the series winning in the costumes category. And director Jill Soloway also won last night for her work helming the episode Best New Girl, beating out competition from The Last Man on Earth, Silicon Valley, Louie, and Veep.

I would have loved to have seen Silicon Valley get a little more recognition last night, following two wins at the Creative Arts Emmys. And the same for Modern Family, which lost Outstanding Comedy Series for the first time in its six seasons to Veep. But you can’t have all your favourite shows winning all the time. And, overall, I think the 2015 Emmys got it pretty much spot on. It’s been another amazing year on the small screen, with Netflix and Amazon continuing to expand the playing field beyond our traditional TV screens. No doubt we’ve got plenty more awesome things in store over the next year from them, and definitely from HBO.

Outstanding Drama Series

  • Game of Thrones (HBO)
  • Better Call Saul (AMC)
  • Downton Abbey (PBS)
  • Homeland (Showtime)
  • House of Cards (Netflix)
  • Mad Men (AMC)
  • Orange is the New Black (Netflix)

Outstanding Comedy Series

  • Veep (HBO)
  • Louie (FX)
  • Modern Family (ABC)
  • Parks and Recreation (NBC)
  • Silicon Valley (HBO)
  • Transparent (Amazon)
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)

Outstanding Limited Series

  • Olive Kitteridge (HBO)
  • American Crime (ABC)
  • American Horror Story: Freak Show (FX)
  • The Honorable Woman (SundanceTV)
  • Wolf Hall (PBS)

Outstanding Variety Talk Series

  • The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central)
  • The Colbert Report (Comedy Central)
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC)
  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
  • Late Show with David Letterman (CBS)
  • The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (NBC)

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series

  • Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central)
  • Drunk History (Comedy Central)
  • Key & Peele (Comedy Central)
  • Portlandia (IFC)
  • Saturday Night Live (NBC)

Outstanding Reality – Competition Program

  • The Voice (NBC)
  • The Amazing Race (CBS)
  • Dancing with the Stars (ABC)
  • Project Runway (Lifetime)
  • So You Think You Can Dance (Fox)
  • Top Chef (Bravo)

 

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

  • Viola Davis – How to Get Away with Murder
  • Claire Danes – Homeland
  • Taraji P. Henson – Empire
  • Tatiana Maslany – Orphan Black
  • Elisabeth Moss – Mad Men
  • Robin Wright – House of Cards

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

  • Jon Hamm – Mad Men
  • Kyle Chandler – Bloodline
  • Jeff Daniels – The Newsroom
  • Bob Odenkirk – Better Call Saul
  • Liev Schreiber – Ray Donovan
  • Kevin Spacey – House of Cards

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Veep
  • Edie Falco – Nurse Jackie
  • Lisa Kudrow – The Comeback
  • Amy Poehler – Parks and Recreation
  • Amy Schumer – Inside Amy Schumer
  • Lily Tomlin – Grace and Frankie

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Jeffrey Tambor – Transparent
  • Anthony Anderson – Black-ish
  • Don Cheadle – House of Lies
  • Louis C.K. – Louie
  • Will Forte – The Last Man on Earth
  • Matt LeBlanc – Episodes
  • William H. Macy – Shameless

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

  • Frances McDormand – Olive Kitteridge
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal – The Honorable Woman
  • Felicity Huffman – American Crime
  • Jessica Lange – American Horror Story: Freak Show
  • Queen Latifah – Bessie
  • Emma Thompson – Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street – Live from Lincoln Center

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

  • Richard Jenkins – Olive Kitteridge
  • Adrien Brody – Houdini
  • Ricky Gervais – Derek the Special
  • Timothy Hutton – American Crime
  • David Oyelowo – Nightingale
  • Mark Rylance – Wolf Hall

 

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

  • Uzo Aduba – Orange is the New Black
  • Christine Baranski – The Good Wife
  • Emilia Clarke – Game of Thrones
  • Joanna Froggatt – Downton Abbey
  • Lena Headey – Game of Thrones
  • Christina Hendricks – Mad Men

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

  • Peter Dinklage – Game of Thrones
  • Jonathan Banks – Better Call Saul
  • Jim Carter – Downton Abbey
  • Alan Cumming – The Good Wife
  • Michael Kelly – House of Cards
  • Ben Mendelsohn – Bloodline

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

  • Allison Janney – Mom
  • Mayim Bialik – The Big Bang Theory
  • Julie Bowen – Modern Family
  • Anna Chlumsky – Veep
  • Gaby Hoffman – Transparent
  • Jane Krakowski – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  • Kate McKinnon – Saturday Night Live
  • Niecy Nash – Getting On

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Tony Hale – Veep
  • Andre Braugher – Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  • Tituss Burgress – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  • Ty Burrell – Modern Family
  • Adam Driver – Girls
  • Keegan-Michael Key – Key & Peele

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

  • Regina King – American Crime
  • Angela Bassett – American Horror Story: Freak Show
  • Kathy Bates – American Horror Story: Freak Show
  • Zoe Kazan – Olive Kitteridge
  • Mo’Nique – Bessie
  • Sarah Paulson – American Horror Story: Freak Show

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

  • Bill Murray – Olive Kitteridge
  • Richard Cabral – American Crime
  • Damian Lewis – Wolf Hall
  • Denis O’Hare – American Horror Story: Freak Show
  • Michael Kenneth Williams – Bessie
  • Finn Wittrock – American Horror Story: Freak Show

 

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series

  • David Nutter – Game of Thrones (Mother’s Mercy)
  • Lesli Linka Glatter – Homeland (From A to B and Back Again)
  • Jeremy Podeswa – Game of Thrones (Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken)
  • Steven Soderbergh – The Knick (Method and Madness)
  • Tim Van Patten – Boardwalk Empire (Eldorado)

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series

  • Jill Soloway – Transparent (Best New Girl)
  • Louis C.K. – Louie (Sleepover)
  • Armando Iannucci – Veep (Testimony)
  • Mike Judge – Silicon Valley (Sand Hill Shuffle)
  • Phil Lord & Chris Miller – The Last Man on Earth (Alive in Tucson)

Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special

  • Lisa Cholodenko – Olive Kitteridge
  • Hugo Blick – The Honorable Woman
  • Uli Edel – Houdini
  • Peter Kosminsky – Wolf Hall
  • Ryan Murphy – American Horror Story: Freak Show (Monsters Among Us)
  • Dan Rees – Bessie
  • Tom Shankland – The Missing

Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series

  • Chuck O’Neil – The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Episode 20103)
  • Dave Diomedi – The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (Show 203)
  • Jerry Foley – Late Show with David Letterman (Show 4214)
  • James Hoskinson – The Colbert Report (Episode 11040)
  • Amy Schumer – Inside Amy Schumer (12 Angry Men Inside Amy Schumer)

 

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series

  • David Benioff & D.B. Weiss – Game of Thrones (Mother’s Mercy)
  • Joshua Brand – The Americans (Do Mail Robots Dream of Electric Sheep?)
  • Gordon Smith – Better Call Saul (Five-O)
  • Matthew Weiner – Mad Men (Person to Person)
  • Matthew Weiner & Semi Chellas – Mad Men (Lost Horizon)

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series

  • Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci & Tony Roche – Veep (Election Night)
  • Alec Berg – Silicon Valley (Two Days of the Condor)
  • David Crane – Episodes (Episode 409)
  • Louis C.K. – Louie (Bobby’s House)
  • Will Forte – The Last Man on Earth (Alive in Tucson)
  • Jill Soloway – Transparent (Pilot)

Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special

  • Jane Anderson – Olive Kitteridge
  • Hugo Blick – The Honorable Woman
  • Stephen Merchant, Gene Stupnitsky & Lee Eisenberg – Hello Ladies: The Movie
  • Dee Rees, Christopher Cleveland, Bettina Gilois & Horton Foote – Bessie
  • John Ridley – American Crime (Episode One)
  • Peter Straughan – Wolf Hall

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series

  • The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
  • The Colbert Report
  • Inside Amy Schumer
  • Key & Peele
  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

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Posted by Emmys / Television Academy on Sunday, September 20, 2015

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