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Inside the 2015 Emmy Awards, By Adrienne Papp

Screen Shot 2015-09-21 at 7.42.46 PMBy Adrienne Papp

At the 2014 Emmy Awards, if you were nominated and a previous Emmy winner, the chances were pretty good that you would win another Emmy in your category. And that was true for losers as well. If you had been nominated numerous times and never won, there was a good chance you weren’t going to win the coveted award this time either. Repeat winners (and losers) were the norm in a lot of the major categories.

 

That all changed at this years’ 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. While there were some repeat winners, there was also enough real change to make for a refreshing new take on the extensive programming now available, with game changing breakthroughs in some major categories.

 

The most obvious breakthrough was the big win for Viola Davis for best dramatic actress in “How to Get Away with Murder,” the first win in the category for an African American woman. In a truly moving speech that seemed straight from the heart and without using notes, she quoted Harriet Tubman from the 1880s and also said “The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity. Here’s to all the writers, people who have redefined what it means to be beautiful, to be sexy, to be a beautiful woman, to be black.”

 

Regina King‘s win for best supporting actress in “American Crime” also seemed to be something of a surprise, as did Uzo Aduba‘s win for comedic supporting actress in “Orange is the New Black,” making her the first person, since Ed Asner to win an Emmy in comedy and drama for the same role. The wins for the African American actresses ties a record set in 1991 for most acting Emmys awarded to black women in a single year.

 

Another emotional moment was Jon Hamm finally getting his Emmy, to a standing ovation, for his role as advertising executive Don Draper in “Mad Men,” which ended in May. He had seven previous nominations for the role but no wins, and it was fitting that he got recognition for his work in the series as it ended.

In other awards that indicate the shifting landscape in not only television viewing but also cultural values, Jeffrey Tambor, won the Emmy for best actor in Amazon’s comedy “Transparent,” and dedicated his award to members of the transgender community, thanking them for “…your patience, your courage and for allowing us to be part of the change.” Jill Soloway won the award for best comedy director for “Transparent,” and ended her acceptance speech by saying that her own transgender dad could still barred from renting an apartment in 32 states.

Olive Kitteridge,” behind the cheerleading of Frances McDormand, had the most wins of any show, taking home six Emmys. It won for best limited series, best actress for McDormand, best actor for Richard Jenkins and best supporting actor for Bill Murray. Lisa Cholodenko won for best director in the category, and Jane Anderson won for writing.

Amy Schumer, currently one of the hottest names in Hollywood, won an Emmy for her comedy sketch series “Inside Amy Schumer.” Emmy veteran Allison Janney picked up her seventh Emmy for supporting actress in the comedy series “Mom,” and “The Voice” won for the second time in the reality category.

Other big winners included HBO, with its “Game of Thrones” winning for best drama series. The award was presented by Tracy Morgan, an inspirational moment for the actor who suffered a traumatic brain injury in devastating car accident that nearly killed him 15 months ago. Overall, HBO programming ended up with a record-setting 43 wins in various categories.

There were some predictable wins also. “Veep” star Julia Louis-Dreyfus won for best actress in a comedy for the fourth straight year and “The Daily Show,” maybe in a final salute to the greatness of Jon Stewart as he leaves television, won for every category it was nominated in.

The night also included a collage of clips honoring shows that had recently ended, including “Mad Men,” “Parks and Recreation,” “Parenthood,” “Late Show With David Letterman,” (after almost 22 years on CBS), “The Colbert Report” and crowd favorite “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart.”
Screen Shot 2015-09-21 at 8.42.00 PMAll in all the Emmys were very colorful this year quite literally. It reminded me of my favorite artist, Daniel Hanifan, who does not only paint amazing colors but also works behind the scenes of theater and movie sets.

Art by Daniel Hanifan

Art by Daniel Hanifan

I myself have received a tremendous number of complements on my dress that was an artistic creation by  Jessica Bazan, an up and coming young designer, who made dresses for a number of ladies  in television.
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List of Nominees and Winners:

OUTSTANDING DRAMA

Better Call Saul

Downton Abbey

Game of Thrones — WINNER

Homeland

House of Cards

Mad Men

Orange Is the New Black

 

LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA 

Claire Danes, Homeland

Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder — WINNER

Taraji P. Henson, Empire

Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black

Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men

Robin Wright, House of Cards

LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA

Kyle Chandler, Bloodline

Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom

Jon Hamm, Mad Men — WINNER

Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul

Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan

Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

 

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA

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 — WINNER

Christine Baranski, The Good Wife

 

 

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA

Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul

Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline

Jim Carter, Downton Abbey

Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones — WINNER

Michael Kelly, House of Cards

Alan Cumming, The Good Wife

 

GUEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA

Diana Rigg, Game of Thrones

Rachel Brosnahan, House of Cards

Cicely Tyson, How to Get Away With Murder

Allison Janney, Masters of Sex

Khandi Alexander, Scandal

Margo Martindale, The Americans — WINNER (at Creative Arts ceremony)

 

GUEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA Screen Shot 2015-09-21 at 7.41.51 PM

Alan Alda, The Blacklist

Michael J Fox, The Good Wife

Murray Abraham, Homeland

Reg E. Cathey, House of Cards — WINNER (at Creative Arts ceremony)

Beau Bridges, Masters of Sex

Pablo Schreiber, Orange Is the New Black

 

DIRECTING IN A DRAMA

Game of Thrones (David Nutter) — WINNER

 

WRITING IN A DRAMA

Game of Thrones (David Benioff and D.B. Weiss) — WINNER

 

OUTSTANDING COMEDY

Louie

Modern Family

Parks and Recreation

Silicon Valley

Transparent

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Veep — WINNER

 

LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie

Lisa Kudrow, The Comeback

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep — WINNER

Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer

Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie

 

LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY

Anthony Anderson, black-ish

Louis C.K., Louie

Don Cheadle, House of Lies

Will Forte, Last Man on Earth

Matt LeBlanc, Episodes

William H. Macy, Shameless

Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent — WINNER

 

 

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

Niecy Nash, Getting On

Julie Bowen, Modern Family

Allison Janney, Mom — WINNER

Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live

Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory

Gaby Hoffmann, Transparent

Jane Krakowski, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Anna Chlumsky, Veep

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SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY

Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Adam Driver, Girls

Keegan-Michael Key, Key & Peele

Ty Burrell, Modern Family

Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Tony Hale, Veep — WINNER

 

 

GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

Gaby Hoffmann, Girls

Pamela Adlon, Louie

Elizabeth Banks, Modern Family

Joan Cusack, Shameless — WINNER (at Creative Arts ceremony)

Christine Baranski, The Big Bang Theory

Tina Fey, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

 

GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY

Mel Brooks, The Comedians

Paul Giamatti, Inside Amy Schumer

Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live

Louis C.K., Saturday Night Live

Bradley Whitford, Transparent — WINNER (at Creative Arts ceremony)

Jon Hamm, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Adrienne Papp of Youthful&Ageless™, Dress by Jessica Bazan

Adrienne Papp of Youthful&Ageless™, Dress by Jessica Bazan

 

DIRECTING IN A COMEDY
Transparent (Jill Soloway) — WINNER

 

WRITING IN A COMEDY

Veep (Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche) — WINNER

 

VARIETY, MUSIC, OR COMEDY SERIES

The Colbert Report

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart — WINNER

Jimmy Kimmel Live

Last Week Tonight

Adrienne Papp of Atlantic Publicity, Dress by Jessica Bazan

Adrienne Papp of Atlantic Publicity, Dress by Jessica Bazan

Late Show With David Letterman

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

 

VARIETY SKETCH SERIES

Drunk History

Inside Amy Schumer — WINNER

Key & Peele

Portlandia

Saturday Night Live

 

WRITING FOR A VARIETY SERIES

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart — WINNER

DIRECTING FOR A VARIETY SERIES

Adrienne Papp, President of Atlantic Publicity, Dress by Jessica Bazan

Adrienne Papp, President of Atlantic Publicity, Dress by Jessica Bazan

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (Chuck O’Neil) — WINNER

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LIMITED SERIES

American Crime

American Horror Story: Freak Show

The Honorable Woman

Olive Kitterridge — WINNER

Wolf Hall

 

LEAD ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE

Timothy Hutton, American Crime

Ricky Gervais, Derek Special

Adrien Brody, Houdini

Dr. Steven Wong, World Renown Scientist and Oncologist

Dr. Steven Wong, World Renown Scientist and Oncologist

David Oyelowo, Nightingale

Richard Jenkins, Olive Kitteridge — WINNER

Mark Rylance, Wolf Hall

 

LEAD ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE

Felicity Huffman, American Crime

Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Freak Show

Queen Latifah, Bessie

Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Honorable Woman

Frances McDormand, Olive Kitteridge — WINNER

Emma Thompson, Sweeney Todd

 

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE

Regina King, American Crime — WINNER67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards – Show

Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Freak Show

Angela Bassett, American Horror Story: Freak Show

Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Freak Show

Adrienne Papp, Emmys 2015, Dress by Jessica Bazan

Adrienne Papp, Emmys 2015, Dress by Jessica Bazan

Mo’Nique, Bessie

Zoe Kazan, Olive Kitteridge

 

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A LIMITED 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 — WINNER

Damian Lewis, Wolf Hall

 

DIRECTING IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE

 

Richard Jenkins

Richard Jenkins

Olive Kitteridge (Lisa Cholodenko) — WINNER

WRITING IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE

Olive Kitteridge (Jane Anderson) — WINNER

 

TV MOVIE

Agatha Christie’s Poirot — Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case

Bessie — WINNER (at Creative Arts ceremony)

Grace of Monaco

Hello Ladies: The Movie

Killing Jesus

Nightingale

 

REALITY SHOW COMPETITION

The Amazing Race

Dancing With the Stars

Project Runway

So You Think You Can Dance

Top Chef

The Voice — WINNER

 

REALITY SHOW HOST

Tom Bergeron, DWTS

Jane Lynch, Hollywood Game Night — WINNER (at Creative Arts ceremony)

Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, Project Runway

Cat Deeley, SYTYCD

Anthony Bourdain, The Taste

 

Screen Shot 2015-08-13 at 2.28.43 PMAbout the Author of This Article:  Adrienne Papp is a recognized journalist, economist and feature writer, who has written for many publications including Savoir; The Westside Today Publications ; such as Beverly Hills 90210; Malibu Beach; Santa Monica Sun; The Beverly Hills Times; Brentwood News; Bel-Air View ; Celebrity Society ; Celeb Staff It Magazine Chic Today LA2DAY West Side Today among many others. She is the President and CEO of Los Angeles / New York-based publicity company, Atlantic Publicity and publishing house, Atlantic Publisher. Adrienne writes about world trends, Quantum Physics, entertainment and interviews celebrities, world leaders, inventors, philanthropists and entrepreneurs. She also owns Atlantic United Films that produces and finances true stories made for theatrical release or the silver screen. Spotlight News Magazine is owned by Atlantic United, IncAtlantic Publicity just opened a new extension to it : PublicityLosAngelesAdrienne Papp is a member of the International Press Academy.

She is the Founder, CEO and President  of Youthful & Ageless ™, Bringing Information to Billions™, An Honorable Cause

 

 

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