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67th Emmy Awards (Updates)

The cast and crew of HBO’s “The Game of Thrones” congratulate each other on the win for Outstanding Drama Series during the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California September 20, 2015. – Reuters

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Believing in dragons – Blood-spattered fantasy epic “Game of Thrones” takes the Emmy for best drama. The series has been nominated for the award five times and is the first fantasy series to win the award.

In his speech, co-creator of the series David Benioff salutes the crew members of the show who are working in Belfast, Northern Ireland before moving on to thank both the network and the people on stage with him.

“Thank you to HBO, who in their wisdom, paired a couple of novice producers with people of great experience.

“We want to thank them, standing behind us — Bernie Caulfield, Chris Newman, Frank Folger, Carolyn Strauss — you know you’re the reason we’re up here. And finally, just thanks again HBO, for believing in dragons.”

Earlier in the evening, “Game of Thrones” won for best drama series writing for the episode “Mother’s Mercy.”

Jon Hamm accepts the award for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series for AMC’s “Mad Men” at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California September. – Reuters

After leaving empty handed for years, Jon Hamm finally wins the award for outstanding actor in a drama series for his role as Don Draper on AMC’s “Mad Men.” It was his eighth nomination and his last chance for Draper to bring him the coveted trophy.

With great applause from the audience, he climbs onto the stage looking visibly relieved.

“Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. There has been a terrible mistake. Clearly. Thank you for that,” he says.

“It’s impossible to be standing here, up here. It’s impossible to have done this show with this incredible cast, these incredible people, incredible writers, incredible crew. It’s incredible and impossible for me personally to be standing here. So want to thank the people to whom i owe an incredible debt, people who, in my life, have gotten me here, families who have chosen for some reason to take me in and be nice to me along this strange, strange road.”

Viola Davis accepts the award for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series for her role in ABC’s “How To Get Away With Murder” during the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California September 20, 2015. – Reuters

Viola Davis wins the award for lead actress in a drama series for her role in “How to get Away with Murder.”

Davis is the first African American woman to win this award, which is the last major Emmy award to be won by an African American.

Quoting Harriet Tubman, she powerfully speaks about the importance of this milestone.

With tears in her eyes, she thanks Taraji P. Henson and many other African American actresses before departing the stage to a standing ovation.

2015 Emmy winners in key categories

Here is a list of the winners in key categories for the 2015 Primetime Emmy awards, which were handed out in Los Angeles on Sunday:

LEAD ACTOR, DRAMA: Jon Hamm, “Mad Men“
LEAD ACTRESS, DRAMA: Viola Davis, “How to Get Away with Murder“
LEAD ACTOR, COMEDY: Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent“
LEAD ACTRESS, COMEDY: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep“
SUPPORTING ACTOR, DRAMA: Peter Dinklage, “Game Of Thrones“
SUPPORTING ACTRESS, DRAMA: Uzo Aduba, “Orange is The New Black“
LEAD ACTOR, LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE: Richard Jenkins, “Olive Kitteridge“
LEAD ACTRESS, LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE: Frances McDormand, “Olive Kitteridge“

Earlier reports:

Tambor wins best comedy actor Emmy for Amazon’s ‘Transparent’

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Jeffrey Tambor won the Emmy for best actor in a comedy series on Sunday for his portrayal of a transgender woman on Amazon’s “Transparent” — the first major win for the online retail giant’s original programming.

The series — about how the family of Tambor’s character reacts to her transition — also took home the award for best directing for a comedy. It won three awards presented at an earlier ceremony, bringing the total to five so far.

“I have been given the opportunity to act because people’s life depend on it,” Tambor said in his acceptance speech.   “I’d like to dedicate my performance and this award to the transgender community. Thank you for your patience. Thank you for your courage. Thank you for your stories. Thank you for your inspiration.”

Actor Jeffrey Tambor accepts Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for ‘Transparent’ onstage during the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 20, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. – AFP

Series creator Jill Soloway, who won the directing prize, thanked Amazon boss Jeff Bezos for giving her “incredible freedom,” and urged greater public awareness of the difficulties faced by trans men and women.

“We have a trans civil rights problem,” she said, urging people to visit the website of the National Center for Transgender Equality and voice support for a bill protecting trans-equality.

The series, which has earned raves from critics and has been renewed by Amazon for a second season, won Golden Globes earlier this year for Tambor and for best comedy.

Television’s annual Emmys show opens

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – The annual Emmy Awards show got under way in Los Angeles on Sunday, with “Mad Men” and “Game of Thrones” among the many shows vying for glory, and many records possible on several fronts.

Hollywood’s A-list — from “Mad Men” star Jon Hamm to Lady Gaga, who will star in the upcoming “American Horror Story: Hotel — strutted down the red carpet in scorching heat, with several blotting the sweat off their faces.

Host Andy Samberg kicked off the 67th Emmys with a musical video skit about the wealth of quality television now on offer, featuring several other stars like Hamm and Kerry Washington, the star of “Scandal.”

Show host Andy Samberg and guest Jane Lynch, as the “Shaming Nun” from “Game of Thrones,” perform at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California . – Reuters

Samberg — the star of Fox’s sitcom “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and a former cast member of US comedy show “Saturday Night Live” — then hailed this year’s show for recognizing diversity.

“This is the most diverse group of nominees in Emmy history,” he said, adding: “So congratulations Hollywood, you did it. Yeah, racism is over.”

The biggest suspense at this year’s three-hour ceremony is whether Hamm will finally go home with a statuette for best actor in a drama.

Industry watchers predict Hamm — whose portrayal of the dashing but troubled Draper has defined AMC’s classic show about the advertising industry in 1960s New York and earned him eight nomination — will take home the trophy.

This year’s ceremony could  be the first time a black actress wins in the top drama category.

Viola Davis is vying for best lead actress in a drama for ABC’s “How to Get Away with Murder” and Taraji P. Henson for Fox’s music melodrama “Empire”.

“Cookie represents the American dream,” said Henson, as she arrived for the ceremony in a sleek black Alexander Wang dress, referring to her character in the series. “She came from nothing and built an empire.”

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