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Viola Davis has made Emmy history, by becoming the first African American woman to take the accolade of Best Actress in a Drama Series. The award was for her starring role of Annalise Keating in How to Get Away with Murder.
The ceremony, which took place last night at the Microsoft Theatre, Los Angeles, was hosted by Andy Samberg of Saturday Night Live and Brooklyn Nine Nine fame.
Viola, who at the moment is working on a Harriet Tubman biopic, thanked ABC and showrunner Shonda Rhimes pointing out, “You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there.” Viola has previously won an Obie Award and two Tony Awards.
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Actor Jon Hamm also received his first Emmy and slinked on to the stage stomach-first to accept it! The award of Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series was for the role of Don Draper in the Mad Men series.
The audience gave Jon a standing ovation. He humbly joked, “There has been a terrible mistake, clearly.” Jon has played the role of Don for the past eight years.
Other winners at the ceremony included Amy Schumer who won the Emmy for Best Variety Series. Amy emotionally thanked her sister Kim, amongst others, saying, “she is the only reason that I’m alive and breathing.”
Political comedy Veep finally knocked sitcom Modern Family off the top spot, taking the award of Outstanding Comedy Series. It also took another three awards including Best Lead Actress (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), Best Supporting Actor (Tony Hale) and Best Writing.
Drama Game of Thrones set a new record, adding another four awards to the eight gained at the Creative Emmy’s, making twelve awards in total (a record of nine was previously set by The West Wing, back in 2000). The catagories included Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series and Outstanding Drama Series.