Small Screen Chat: 2015 Emmy Awards!

The biggest TV event of September is, of course, the Emmy Awards! Hosted this year by Andy Samberg, there were some BIG winners of the night, including Game of Thrones, Olive Kitteridge, Veep, Transparent and The Daily Show.

Game of Thrones, the epic fantasy series you can’t ignore, swept the Emmys drama category, taking home the big one, Outstanding Drama Series. Other wins for the series included Outstanding Supporting Actor, Outstanding Writing, and Outstanding Directing for a fantastic night for the show.

Olive Kitteridge is an HBO mini-series about a retired school teacher living in Maine with her husband, based on a novel and focusing on the drama of human relationships. In the miniseries category, it snatched up Outstanding Miniseries, Outstanding Lead Actor, Outstanding Lead Actress, Outstanding Supporting Actor, Outstanding Writing, and Outstanding Directing.

Veep was the winning comedy series of the night, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus as the Vice President of the United States. The awards included Outstanding Lead Actress, Outstanding Supporting Actor, Outstanding Writing, Outstanding Casting, and overall Outstanding Comedy Series.

Transparent was the other comedy series to take the stage, which is notable because of the unique nature of the show – as an Amazon original series about an older man who reveals to his family that he is transgender and transitioning to becoming a woman. This series won Outstanding Lead Actor, Outstanding Guest Actor, Outstanding Directing, and Outstanding Costumes.

The Daily Show, with a proper send off to the beloved Jon Stewart, won Outstanding Variety Talk Series, Outstanding Writing, and Outstanding Directing. We will miss you, Jon, but we’re excited for Trevor Noah.

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A few other notables from the night include Viola Davis’ historic win for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama (How to Get Away with Murder), the first African-American woman to do so, and her following speech about the need for diversity and opportunity in the film industry.

Lastly, while it is a smaller award, one of my favorites is the choreography award – the two winners were the Hough siblings’ Elastic Heart, from Dancing with the Stars, and three routines by the incomparable Travis Wall from So You Think You Can Dance, I strongly recommend you check both out!

I will leave you with the wonderful Amy Poehler, losing to Julia Louis-Dreyfus.