Amy’s Poehler and Schumer presented the first award of the evening, which was obviously a dream team we never knew we needed.
Ricky Gervais also presented and continued to be a weirdo who tries to be funny but it never quite works.
Jimmy Kimmel had one of the best bits of the night where he actually ate the name in the card before announcing who won so he could give it to whomever he wanted to.
Jeffrey Tambor had one of the best speeches (and is also the oldest Best Lead Actor in a Comedy Series winner, ever) with this line alone: “I was told to act like my life depended on it. I’ve been given the chance to act because people’s lives depend on it” SO MANY TEARS.
The fact I found most interesting from the night was that over 40 nominees have worked under Lorne Michaels. Seth Meyers and Andy Samberg gave him a World’s Best Boss mug for all his hard work (even though Shonda Rhimes technically won the mug).
Amy Poehler wore a hoodie and sunglasses for her category, giving off serious Taryn Manning a la Orange Is The New Black vibes.
Jon Oliver took the Emmys to town for calling things a ‘limited series’ (all series are technically limited - except Jeopardy!).
Samberg parodied the end of Mad Men by doing a commercial saying he wants to give the world an Emmy, but it ended in some bloodshed.
There was a cute bit where Tatiana Maslany and Tony Hale were looking for goods on the red carpet but only found a can of beans.
Then they did the worst thing a show about how great television is could do: they honoured the shows that ended this year with a bunch of clips from the final episodes, which was basically two minutes of straight spoilers. Like, really, Emmys? REALLY? No matter what you’ve done to avoid spoiling these very recent shows you were screwed if you watched this dumb two minute clip. We won’t forgive for this one, Emmys.
Jon Hamm got a standing ovation for finally winning after EIGHT attempts. Thank you Academy, finally. (Also best walk up to the stage).
Viola Davis also had one of the most powerful speeches, speaking out about women of colour and their struggles in the industry. She's the first black woman to win a Lead Actress in a Drama Series. “You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there” THANK YOU, VIOLA.
Tracy Morgan made a surprise appearance at the end to present Best Drama, his first appearance since his accident 15 months ago. He (obviously) received a standing ovation, and gave a very moving speech.
Congrats to all the winners tonight! See you next year - as long as the Emmys doesn’t spoil any more shows, but I guess bravo for keeping it in the allotted 3 hours. Win some, lose some.
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