Aliya Drake | Staff Writer
The 67th annual Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by actor and comedian Andy Samberg, was a night filled with historic wins, broken winning streaks, and Emmy firsts. Olive Kitteridge, Veep, and Game of Thrones accepted the most wins Sunday night. Viola Davis also made history with her win and powerful acceptance speech.
Viola Davis broke the color barrier Sunday night by being the first African American woman to win Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series for her role in ABC’s How to Get Away With Murder. This award was her first Emmy nomination and award.
Her compelling acceptance speech began with a quote from Harriet Tubman, “In my dreams and visions, I seemed to see a line, and on the other side of that line were green fields, and lovely flowers, and beautiful white ladies who stretched out their arms to me over that line, but I couldn’t reach them no-how.
I can’t seem to get over that line.” She then went on to explain that opportunity is the boundary between women of color and everyone else.
Thanking fellow actresses Kerry Washington, Taraji P. Henson, Megan Good, Halle Berry, Nicole Beharie and Gabrielle Union for taking black women over that line, Davis’ remarkable acting performance has proven to be a huge success.
Uzo Aduba also made history for being the first woman to win an Emmy in both the drama and the comedy categories playing the same character. Brand new Emmy rules re-categorized Orange is the New Black from a comedy series to a drama series.
Game of Thrones won the night’s highest honor, Outstanding Drama Series. Breaking the streak of wins that aren’t in the fantasy genre, and giving more critics a better respect for the show. This award led to David Benioff and D.B. Weiss thanking HBO for believing in dragons. Game of Thrones also won twelve Emmys, topping any other series in a single year.
Veep had a successful night as well, winning several awards and knocking out a five year winning streak. Modern Family withheld the title Outstanding Comedy Series deeming each of its seasons the best on television.
She later revealed that Donald Trump was the actual source of the quote. Her humor delighted the audience.
Olive Kitteridge won six Emmy’s including Outstanding Miniseries, and Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or a Dramatic Special.
Frances McDormand won Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie and said, “We’re all here because of the power of the stories that need to be told. Sometimes that’s enough. Thank you,”
Transparent also had a big night taking home 3 Emmys. The television show puts a comedic spin on the life of a family who discovers their father is transgender. . Jeffrey Tambor proudly received Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series dedicating his win to all those that are transgender. “Thank you for your patience. Thank you for your courage. Thank you for your stories. Thank you for your inspiration. Thank you for letting us be apart of the change. God bless you.”
Tracy Morgan got a standing ovation as he humbly walked the stage to present the final award of the night. After suffering a traumatic brain injury in June of 2014, Morgan jokingly described his first thoughts waking up from his coma saying he “was just ecstatic to learn I wasn’t the one who messed up.” He gave thanks to his doctors, and beautiful wife for helping him on his recovery road back to feeling like himself.
The 2015 Emmy Awards was a successful show filled with lots of surprises. Racial barriers were broken, first time winners received their award, and a star recovering from life threatening injuries presented an award on stage all in one night. Of course this was not all of the great moments from Sunday’s three-hour show so you’ll have to catch the rerun for more of the 67th annual Emmy’s.