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2015 Emmy Winners Announced

The 67th Annual Emmy Awards aired on Fox yesterday, and the ceremony included quite a few firsts. Viola Davis (The Help, Suicide Squad) became the first woman of colour to win in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series category, Jon Hamm (30 RockUnbreakable Kimmy Schimdt) finally took home a statue for his role in Mad Men after eight years of back to back nominations and Modern Family finally let loose it’s death grip on the comedy categories, allowing some other shows to win for once.

Hosted by actor and comedian Andy Samberg (Saturday Night Live, Brooklyn Nine-Nine), the ceremony was dominated by HBO, which netted forty different nominations (second place was ABC with a meagre fourteen) and was the first take place after the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences changed several of it’s rules regarding nominations. The Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Comedy Series categories had their nomination number raised from six to seven, the Outstanding Miniseries category has been jettisoned in favour of the Outstanding Limited Series category (for which any show that tells a complete story in two or more episodes totalling at least 150 minutes is eligible) to make room for the rise in anthology shows like American Horror Story and True Detective, and guest actors are now considered as those that participated in less then half of the season’s episodes.

Perhaps the biggest alteration though is the decision to automatically treat thirty minute shows as comedies and hour-long shows as dramas. Last year, Orange is the New Black was submitted in the comedy categories over the more competitive drama categories despite being a pretty obvious drama. It’s not the only show to exploit the loophole and the Academy apparently decided enough was enough. Shows can petition the Academy for special consideration and in this first year three succeeded: hour long shows Glee, Shameless and Jane the Virgin were given leave to be submitted as comedies.

Winners and nominees are as follows, with the winner bolded. To be eligible for nomination the show or episode in question needed to have been aired between June 1, 2014 and May 31st, 2015.

OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES

  •  (HBO)
  • Modern Family (ABC)
  • Parks and Recreation (NBC)
  • Silicon Valley (HBO)
  • Transparent (Amazon)
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES

  • Game of Thrones (HBO)
  • Better Call Saul (AMC)
  • Downton Abbey (PBS)
  • Homeland (Showtime)
  • House of Cards (Netflix)
  • Mad Men (AMC)
  • Orange is the New Black (Netflix)

OUTSTANDING VARIETY TALK SERIES

  • The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central)
  • The Colbert Report (Comedy Central)
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live! (ABC)
  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
  • Late Show with David Letterman (CBS)
  • The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (NBC)

OUTSTANDING VARIETY SKETCH SERIES

  • Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central)
  • Drunk History (Comedy Central)
  • Key & Peele (Comedy Central)
  • Portlandia (IFC)
  • Saturday Night Live (NBC)

OUTSTANDING LIMITED SERIES

  • Olive Ketteridge (HBO)
  • American Crime (ABC)
  • American Horror Story: Freak Show (FX)
  • The Honorable Woman (SundanceTV)
  • Wolf Hall (PBS)

OUTSTANDING REALITY-COMPETITION PROGRAM

  • The Voice (NBC)
  • The Amazing Race (CBS)
  • Dancing with the Stars (ABC)
  • Project Runway (Lifetime)
  • So You Think You Can Dance (Fox)
  • Top Chef (Bravo)

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

  • Jeffrey Tambor as Maura Pfefferman on Transparent for the episode “The Letting Go” (Amazon)
  • Anthony Anderson as Andre “Dre” Johnson, Sr. on Black-ish for the episode “Sex, Lies, and Vasectomies” (ABC)
  • Don Cheadle as Marty Kaan on House of Lies in the episode “It’s a Box Inside a Box Inside a Box, Dips–t” (Showtime)
  • Louis C.K. as Louie on Louie for the episode “Bobby’s House” (FX)
  • Will Forte as Phil “Tandy” Miller on The Last Man on Earth for the episode “Alive in Tucson” (Fox)
  • Matt LeBlanc as himself on Episodes for the episode “Episode Five” (Showtime)
  • William H. Macy as Frank Gallagher on Shameless for the episode “A Night to Remem… Wait, What?” (Showtime)

OUSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus as President Selina Meyer on Veep for the episode “Election Night” (HBO)
  • Edie Falco as Jackie Peyton on Nurse Jackie for the episode “I Say a Little Prayer” (Showtime)
  • Lisa Kudrow as Valerie Cherish on The Comeback for the episode “Valerie is Taken Seriously” (HBO)
  • Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope on Parks and Recreation for the episode “One Last Ride” (NBC)
  • Amy Schumer as Amy/Various Characters on Inside Amy Schumer for the episode “Cool With It” (Comedy Central)
  • Lily Tomlin as Frankie Bergstein on Grace and Frankie for the episode “The Vows” (Netflix)

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

  • Jon Hamm as Don Draper on Mad Men for the episode “Person to Person” (AMC)
  • Kyle Chandler as John Rayburn on Bloodline for the episode “Part 12” (Netflix)
  • Jeff Daniels as Will McAvoy on The Newsroom for the episode “What Kind of Day Has It Been” (HBO)
  • Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill on Better Call Saul for the episode “Pimento” (AMC)
  • Live Schreiber as Ray Donovan on Ray Donovan for the episode “Walk This Way” (Showtime)
  • Kevin Spacey as President Frank Underwood on House of Cards for the episode “Chapter 32” (Netflix)

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

  • Viola Davis as Professor Annalise Keating on How to Get Away with Murder for the episode “Freakin’ Whack-a-Mole” (ABC)
  • Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison on Homeland for the episode “From A to B and Back Again” (Showtime)
  • Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon on Empire for the episode “Pilot” (Fox)
  • Tatiana Maslany as Various Characters on Orphan Black for the episode “Certain Agony of the Battlefield” (BBC America)
  • Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olsen on Mad Men for the episode “Person to Person” (AMC)
  • Robin Wright as First Lady Claire Underwood on House of Cards for the episode “Chapter 32” (Netflix)

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE

  • Richard Jenkins as Henry Kitteridge on Olive Kitteridge (HBO)
  • Ricky Gervais as Derek Noakes on Derek: The Special (Netflix)
  • Adrien Brody as Harry Houdini on Houdini (History)
  • Timothy Hutton as Russ Skokie on American Crime (ABC)
  • David Oyewolo as Peter Snowden on Nightingale (HBO
  • Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell on Wolf Hall (PBS)

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE

  • Frances McDormand as Olive Ketteridge on Olive Kitteridge (HBO)
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal as Nessa Stein on The Honorable Woman (SundanceTV)
  • Felicity Huffman as Barbara “Barb” Hanlon on American Crime (ABC)
  • Jessica Lange as Elsa Mars on American Horror Story: Freak Show (FX)
  • Queen Latifah as Bessie Smith on Bessie (HBO)
  • Emma Thompson as Mrs. Lovett on Live From Lincoln Center – Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street in Concert with the New York Philharmonic (PBS)

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

  • Tony Hale as Gary Walsh on Veep for the episode “East Wing” (HBO)
  • Andre Braugher as Captain Ray Holt on Brooklyn Nine-Nine for the episode “The Mole” (Fox)
  • Tituss Burgess as Titus Andromedon on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt for the episode “Kimmy Goes to School!” (Netflix)
  • Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy on Modern Family for the episode “Crying Out Loud” (ABC)
  • Adam Driver as Adam Sackler on Girls for the episode “Close-Up” (HBO)
  • Keegan-Michael Key as Various Characters on Key & Peele for the episode “Sex Detective” (Comedy Central)

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

  • Allison Janney as Bonnie Plunkett on Mom for the episode “Dropped Soap and a Big Guy on a Throne” (CBS)
  • Mayim Bialik as Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler on The Big Bang Theory for the episode “The Prom Equivalency” (CBS)
  • Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy on Modern Family for the episode “Valentine’s Day 4: Twisted Sister” (ABC)
  • Anna Chlumsky as Amy Brookheimer on Veep for the episode “Convention” (HBO)
  • Gaby Hoffmann as Alexandria “Ali” Pfefferman on Transparent for the episode “Rollin'” (Amazon)
  • Jane Krakowski as Jacqueline Voorhees on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt for the episode “Kimmy Gets a Job!” (Netflix)
  • Kate McKinnon as Various Characters on Saturday Night Live for the episode “Host: Taraji P. Henson” (NBC)
  • Niecy Nash as Denise “DiDi” Ortley on Getting On for the episode “The 7th Annual Christmas Card Competition” (HBO)

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

  • Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister on Game of Thrones for the episode “Hardhome” (HBO)
  • Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut on Better Call Saul for the episode “Five-O” (AMC)
  • Jim Carter as Charles Carson on Downton Abbey for the episode “A Moorland Holiday” (PBS)
  • Alan Cumming as Eli Gold on The Good Wife for the episode “Undisclosed Recipients” (CBS)
  • Michael Kelly as Doug Stamper on House of Cards for the episode “Chapter 27” (Netflix)
  • Ben Mendelsohn as Danny Rayburn on Bloodline for the episode “Part 12” (Netflix)

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

  • Uzo Aduba as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren on Orange is the New Black for the episode “Hugs Can Be Deceiving” (Netflix)
  • Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart on The Good Wife for the episode “Loser Edit” (CBS)
  • Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen on Game of Thrones for the episode “The Dance of Dragons” (HBO)
  • Joanne Froggatt as Anna Bates on Downton Abbey for the episode “Episode Eight” (PBS)
  • Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister on Game of Thrones for the episode “Mother’s Mercy” (HBO)
  • Christina Hendricks as Joan Harris on Mad Men for the episode “Lost Horizon” (AMC)

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE

  • Bill Murray as Jack Kennison on Olive Kitteridge (HBO)
  • Richard Cabral as Hector Tonz on American Crime (ABC)
  • Damian Lewis as Henry VIII of England on Wolf Hall (PBS)
  • Denis O’Hare as Stanley on American Horror Story: Freak Show (FX)
  • Michael K. Williams as Jack Gee on Bessie (HBO)
  • Finn Wittrock as Dandy Mott on American Horror Story: Freak Show (FX)

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE

  • Regina King as Aliyah Shadeed on American Crime (ABC)
  • Angela Bassett as Desiree Dupree on American Horror Story: Freak Show (FX)
  • Kathy Bates as Ethel Darling on American Horror Story: Freak Show (FX)
  • Zoe Kazan as Denise Thibodeau on Olive Ketteridge (HBO)
  • Mo’Nique as Ma Rainey on Bessie (HBO)
  • Sarah Paulson as Bette and Dot Tattler on American Horror Story: Freak Show (FX)

OUTSTANDING DIRECTING IN A COMEDY SERIES

  • Jill Soloway on Transparent for the episode “Best New Girl” (Amazon)
  • Phil Lord and Christopher Miller on The Last Man on Earth for the episode “Alive in Tucson” (Fox)
  • Louis C.K. on Louie for the episode “Sleepover” (FX)
  • Mike Judge on Silicon Valley for the episode “Sand Hill Shuffle” (HBO)
  • Armando Iannucci on Veep for the episode “Testimony” (HBO)

OUTSTANDING DIRECTING IN A DRAMA SERIES

  • David Nutter on Game of Thrones for the episode “Mother’s Mercy” (HBO)
  • Tim Van Patten on Boardwalk Empire for the episode “Eldorado” (HBO)
  • Jeremy Podeswa on Game of Thrones for the episode “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken” (HBO)
  • Lesli Linka Glatter on Homeland for the episode “From A to B and Back Again” (Showtime)
  • Steven Soderbergh on The Knick for the episode “Method and Madness” (Cinemax)

OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A VARIETY SERIES

  • Chuck O’Neil on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart for the episode “Episode 20103” (Comedy Central)
  • James Hoskinson on The Colbert Report for the episode “Episode 11040” (Comedy Central)
  • Amy Schumer and Ryan McFaul on Inside Amy Schumer for the episode “12 Angry Men Inside Amy Schumer” (Comedy Central)
  • Jerry Foley on Late Show with David Letterman for the episode “Show 4214” (CBS)
  • Dave Diomedia on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon for the episode “Show 203” (NBC)

OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A LIMITED SERIES, MOVIE, OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL

  • Lisa Cholodenko on Olive Kitteridge (HBO)
  • Ryan Murphy on American Horror Story: Freak Show (FX)
  • Dee Rees on Bessie (HBO)
  • Hugo Blick on The Honorable Woman (SundanceTV)
  • Uli Edel on Houdini (History)
  • Tom Shankland on The Missing (Starz)
  • Peter Kosminsky on Wolf Hall (PBS)

OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A COMEDY SERIES

  • Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci and Tony Roche on Veep for the episode “Election Night” (HBO)
  • David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik on Episodes for the episode “Episode Nine” (Showtime)
  • Will Forte on The Last Man on Earth for the episode “Alive in Tucson” (Fox)
  • Louie C.K. on Louie for the episode “Bobby’s House” (FX)
  • Alec Berg on Silicon Valley for the episode “Two Days of the Condor” (HBO)
  • Jill Soloway on Transparent for the episode “Pilot” (Amazon)

OUTSTANING WRITING FOR A DRAMA SERIES

  • David Benioff and D. B. Weiss on Game of Thrones for the episode “Mother’s Mercy” (HBO)
  • Joshua Brand on The Americans for the episode “Do Mail Robots Dream of Electric Sheep?” (FX)
  • Gordon Smith on Better Call Saul for the episode “Five-O” (AMC)
  • Matthew Weiner and Semi Chellas on Mad Men for the episode “Lost Horizon” (AMC)
  • Matthew Weiner on Mad Men for the episode “Person to Person” (AMC)

OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A VARIETY SERIES

  • The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central)
  • The Colbert Report (Comedy Central)
  • Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central)
  • Key & Peele (Comedy Central)
  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A LIMITED SERIES, MOVIE, OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL

  • Jane Anderson on Olive Kitteridge (HBO)
  • John Ridley on American Crime (ABC)
  • Dee Rees, Christopher Cleveland, Bettina Gilois and Horton Foote on Bessie (HBO)
  • Stephen Merchant, Gene Stupnitsky, and Lee Eisenberg on Hello Ladies: The Movie (HBO)
  • Hugo Blick on The Honorable Woman (SundanceTV)
  • Peter Straughan on Wolf Hall (PBS)

About Lawson Kiehne

Lawson Kiehne

Lawson Kiehne is an aspiring Australian writer who is fascinated by everything involving stories. In his spare time he enjoys reading, playing video games and watching films and television and hopes to one day be a published novelist.