“Thanks to the girl who gave me this sort of smoky eye”. The comedian rose to fame as part of musical comedy trio The Lonely Island, whose hits includeI’m On A Boat, before landing a role on Saturday Night Live.
Tambor won the award for lead actor in a comedy series for his portrayal of the transgender woman Maura Pfefferman on the Amazon show. He dedicated his Emmy to the transgender community, thanking them for their patience, courage and inspiration.
With Los Angeles sweltering in a late-summer heat wave, Janney said she didn’t want to move from the spot.
Streaming services are changing the course of the industry, a notion that is reflected on the nominations list which features a number of Netflix and Amazon original series. “We have a trans civil rights problem”.
Emmys voters didn’t give up their fondness for choosing the familiar over the groundbreaking in other categories as well. Allison Janney of “Mom” and Tony Hale of “Veep” were repeat winners for supporting comedy acting honors.
The best moment came when Amy Poehler and Amy Schumer took to the stage to present the first award of the night. The show, on its fifth nomination for best drama, has yet to win top honors. With Andy Samberg as the host, there’s no telling what surprises we may encounter.
The digital outlets have set off a revolution online, with entire seasons available for binge viewing on TVs, mobile phones and tablets. When he emerged from the bunker, Samberg sneaked up on Jon Hamm and Kerry Washington, causing them to gag on his poor hygiene.
Appearing on stage, groomed, Samberg touched briefly on the political scene. “I’ve got to say, sure, Donald Trump seems racist…wait what else?”
Becoming the first African-American woman to win best actress in a drama, Viola Davis’ speech opened with a Harriet Tubman quote, paid homage to her peers and succinctly summed up why she’s the first to notch this historic win: “You can’t win Emmys for roles that don’t exist”.
“So congratulations, Hollywood, you did it. Racism is over!”
“The Emmys are a top tier show in terms of exposure and degree of difficulty”, Samberg said in a conference call on Monday. “Game of Thrones“, an ambitious medieval fantasy drama, was the most honored program with 12 trophies, while limited series “Olive Kitteridge” won eight.
David Nutter of “Game of Thrones” for directing for a drama series. The cast hasn’t fared as well, never winning despite repeated nods.
When it comes to ratings, Fox is counting on more than the audience’s love of TV as the attraction.
Add in a couple of amusing if forgettable digital shorts by Samberg – and one brilliant skit about stars fighting over a can of beans on the red carpet – and you had yourself a historic and historically good show. He did not single out SNL alum Seth Meyers, whose straightforward, old-school opener as host of last year’s Emmy ceremony was considered a terrific showcase for viewers who had not yet sampled his NBC late-night show, but was not the kind of opener people are still talking about months later.