It was an unbelievably hot scorching night yesterday for the 67th annual Emmys in Los Angeles California. I mean that literally, as temps reach the triple digits for the prestigious award show for the best in American television.
The big winner of the night was HBO with its hit series “Games of Thrones” which slayed the completion with 11 Emmys setting a new record. The HBO fantasy drama also took the big prize of the night with best drama series honors. Then the biggest comedy surprise of the night was how dominating HBO’s “Veep” was. Starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, the cable comedy show Veep dethroned “Modern Family” as the critics top comedy.
Keeping with he comedy theme one of my favorite TV comedies “Mom” finally got some award show love with Allison Janney win. The 7 time winner is just one award behind for all-time leading Emmys wins record. Mom has been my favorite comedy since its inception with Allison and Anna Faris comedy that almost goes a bit too far but still maintains prime-time sensibility. Mom is one of my highest recommended shows on TV.
Last nights award show was a night of firsts, as there were plenty of first time winners making big splashes at the Emmys. – won his first Emmy award for his striking transgender role in – . Jon Hamm from “Mad Men” FINALLY won his very first award after 16 previous nominations. John was so flabbergasted that he didn’t even take the time to walk around the front of the stage to the stairs. No, John Hamm took the extremely Unorthodox way to accept his award by simply rolling up onto the stage from his front row set, in one of the most iconic moments in recent Emmy awards history!
Another spectacular moment of firsts for the night came from Award winning Viola Davis from the freshman TV hit show “How to Get Away with Murder“. Becoming the first African-American actress to win the award for best actress in a television series. Her speech was powerful and to the heartbreaking truth in Hollywood. There are just not enough strong-leading black woman roles to give the opportunity to win such an award. Viola Davis who is also known as an award-winning film actress in “The Help”, is set to star in DC Comics movie version of Amanda Waller in “Suicide Squad” while coming back for another season of the TV hit How to Get Away With Murder.
Returning winner Uzo Aduba who plays Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren on “Orange is the New Black.” this time picked up the Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. Peter Dinklage also won for his role in Game of Thrones beating Jonathan Banks for best supporting dramatic actor. Banks, who was the frontrunner for his powerful performance as Mike Ehrmantraut on “Better Call Saul”. Amy Schumer was a winner in the variety sketch award for “Inside Amy Schumer.” John Stewart walked away from The Daily Show with another Emmy win for best comedy series, best writing and directing for a variety series, .
While Andy Sandberg struggled with hosting the Emmys and it felt very flat to me in the opening monologue but the show did not totally disappoint overall. The special guest appearance of Tracy Morgan who has been recovering from emotional, brain and body injuries from his accident had a touching message for all. Tracy brought up the fact that a fellow comedian made a speech during the 2014 Emmys.
“Last year, Jimmy Kimmel sat on the stage and said, ‘We’ll see you back here next year, Tracy Morgan.’ Well, Jimmy, thanks to my amazing doctors, and the support of my family, and my beautiful new wife, I’m here. Standing on my own two feet.”
“I’m honored to be here at the Emmys. It’s been a long road back,” said Morgan. “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 of his recovery. “Only recently I’ve felt like myself again, which means a whole lot of women are gonna get pregnant at the afterparty!”
Morgan’s Emmys appearance only marks the start of his comeback. He will also host Saturday Night Live on Oct. 17. “So, it’s going to take more than 18 wheels,” Morgan told The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s going to take more than that to stop me from making you all laugh. I’m going to do that until I die.”