6 Things You Missed at the 2015 Emmy awards
If you missed the show and wish you hadn't, here's a roundup of the major moments from this year's Emmy Awards. Full story: http://bit.ly/1gGS42H
- •The big winner wasn't a show. It was a network.HBO won 14 awards, spread among the three shows that performed best for it. Add those to the 29 awards it won at the Creative Arts Emmys, and you have a total haul of 43 trophies. That's the second-most won by a single network in a single year ever. The record holder is CBS for 1974, when it had M*A*S*H and The Mary Tyler Moore Show and All in the Family. CBS won 44 prizes that year, just one more than HBO.
- •There weren't any big losers, thoughNearly every section of the TV landscape had a good night in one form or another. Broadcast networks might have struggled the most, but they could boast a couple of prime acting wins in Viola Davis's win for ABC's How to Get Away with Murder and Allison Janney's prize for CBS's Mom. Basic cable had Comedy Central's dominance of the Variety categories, thanks to The Daily Show and Inside Amy Schumer. Plus, AMC's Mad Men finally took home an award for Jon Hamm.
- •Andy Samberg is just the right kind of goofy for an awards showThere are very few people who can host an awards show without immediately inducing eyerolls. But Andy Samberg beat the odds to deliver a consistently solid performance that traded in on his particular brand of silly charm. Throughout the show, Samberg had the bearing of someone who loved the pageantry of a show like the Emmys while simultaneously poking fun at its expense, a very delicate balancing act to maintain.
- •A wave of new winners made for some truly touching speechesSince there were so many new winners when compared to years past, the speeches were also less routine than usual. Transparent creator Jill Soloway accepted her award for Best Directing in a Comedy Series with a deeply personal reminder that transgender visibility does not equal transgender equality: "We don't have a trans tipping point yet. We have a trans civil rights problem."
- •Viola Davis made history, and a truly gorgeous speechDavis became the first African American woman to win Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role in How To Get Away with Murder. "The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity," she said in her acceptance speech. "You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there."
- •In 2015, everybody wants to work for HBOHBO is the network with stability. HBO is the network with enough cash to spend some of it on quirky little personal projects. Yes, it likely won many of its awards because it has lots of voters within the Academy. But it also puts on great TV shows. If you want to feel like you have a safe, stable career going forward, your voting preferences at the Emmys just might reflect the place you'd love to be work. And that? It's not TV. It's HBO.