Emmys 2015

This year's Emmy Awards ceremony was one of breaking records.

Emmys 2015

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The Emmys themselves awarded the highest award for an actress to a Black performer for the first time ever. It went to Viola Davis for her turn in How To Get Away With Murder. She gave a moving acceptance speech addressing the inequality in the industry.

Game of Thrones - despite a lacklustre previous season - won the most awards ever for a programme in a single year ever with 14.

HBO, the home of GoT, won the most awards for a cable channel ever in a single year with 43.

The oldest winner of the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy ever went to Jeffrey Tambor, aged 71. He also gave a moving acceptance speech, dedicating his award and performance to the transgender community.

Only one British win this year going to perhaps the most prolific Briton in television bar Simon Cowell - Armando Ianucci winning the award for Best Comedy Series for his creation, Veep. Also, in his first appearance after the accident that saw him in a coma for a week, Tracy Morgan thanked the Emmys when he presented the award for Best Drama Series. Amy Schumer's debut, Inside Amy Schumer won its first Emmy from its first series in the brand new category for Outstanding Sketch Variety Series. A surprisingly tame night for the previously sweeping Orange is the New Black, the only award for which going, again, to Uzo Aduba for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.

Here's the full list of winners:

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Allison Janney – Mom
Mayim Bialik – The Big Bang Theory
Kate McKinnon – Saturday Night Live
Gaby Hoffmann – Transparent
Jane Krakowski – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Anna Chlumsky – Veep
Niecy Nash – Getting On
Julie Bowen – Modern Family

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series

Drunk History
Inside Amy Schumer
Key & Peele
Portlandia
Saturday Night Live

Fox/Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series

David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik – Episodes
Will Forte – The Last Man on Earth
Louis CK – Louie
Alec Berg – Silicon Valley
Jill Soloway – Transparent
Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci and Tony Roche – Veep

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Andre Braugher – Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Adam Driver – Girls
Keegan-Michael Key – Key & Peele
Ty Burrell – Modern Family
Tituss Burgess – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Tony Hale – Veep

Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series

Phil Lord and Chris Miller – The Last Man on Earth
Louis CK – Louie
Mike Judge – Silicon Valley
Jill Soloway – Transparent
Armando Iannucci – Veep

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Matt LeBlanc – Episodes
Don Cheadle – House of Lies
Louis CK – Louie
William H Macy – Shameless
Jeffrey Tambor – Transparent
Anthony Anderson – Black-ish
Will Forte – Last Man on Earth

Fox/Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Lisa Kudrow – The Comeback
Edie Falco – Nurse Jackie
Amy Poehler – Parks and Recreation
Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Veep
Amy Schumer – Inside Amy Schumer
Lily Tomlin – Grace and Frankie

Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special

John Ridley – American Crime
Dee Rees, Christopher Cleveland, Bettina Gilois and Horton Foote – Bessie
Stephen Merchant, Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg – Hello Ladies: The Movie
Hugo – The Honorable Woman
Jane Anderson – Olive Kitteridge
Peter Straughan – Wolf Hall

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie

Regina King - American Crime
Sarah Paulson - American Horror Story: Freak Show
Angela Bassett - American Horror Story: Freak Show
Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Freak Show
Mo'Nique - Bessie
Zoe Kazan - Olive Kitteridge

Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special

Ryan Murphy – American Horror Story: Freak Show
Dee Rees – Bessie
Hugo Blick – The Honorable Woman
Uli Edel – Houdini
Tom Shankland – The Missing
Lisa Cholodenko – Olive Kitteridge
Peter Kosminsky – Wolf Hall

Outstanding Variety Talk Series

The Colbert Report
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Jimmy Kimmel Live
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
Late Show With David Letterman

Outstanding Reality-Competition Program

The Amazing Race
Dancing With the Stars
Project Runway
So You Think You Can Dance
Top Chef
The Voice

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Joanne Froggatt – Downton Abbey
Lena Headey – Game of Thrones
Emilia Clarke – Game of Thrones
Christine Baranski – The Good Wife
Christina Hendricks – Mad Men
Uzo Aduba – Orange Is The New Black

Fox/Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Richard Cabral - American Crime
Denis O'Hare- American Horror Story
Finn Wittrock- American Horror Story: Freak Show
Michael Kenneth Williams - Bessie
Bill Murray - Olive Kitteridge
Damian Lewis - Wolf Hall

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Jonathan Banks – Better Call Saul
Ben Mendelsohn – Bloodline
Jim Carter – Downton Abbey
Peter Dinklage – Game of Thrones
Alan Cumming – The Good Wife
Michael Kelly – House Of Cards

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie

Frances McDormand – Olive Kitteridge
Maggie Gyllenhaal – The Honorable Woman
Queen Latifah – Bessie
Emma Thompson – Sweeney Todd: Live From Lincoln Center
Jessica Lange – American Horror Story: Freak Show
Felicity Huffman – American Crime

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie

Richard Jenkins – Olive Kitteridge
Adrien Brody – Houdini
Mark Rylance – Wolf Hall
Timothy Hutton – American Crime
Ricky Gervais – Derek: The Final Chapter
David Oyelowo – Nightingale

Outstanding Limited Series

Olive Kitteridge
American Crime
The Honorable Woman
American Horror Story: Freak Show
Wolf Hall

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series

Joshua Brand – The Americans
Gordon Smith – Better Call Saul
David Benioff and DB Weiss – Game Of Thrones
Semi Chellas and Matthew Weiner – Mad Men
Matthew Weiner – Mad Men

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series

Opus Moreschi, Stephen Colbert, Tom Purcell, Barry Julien, Paul Dinello, Matt Lappin, Jay Katsir, Michael Brumm, Rob Dubbin, Glenn Eichler, Max Werner, Eric Drysdale, Nate Charny, Aaron Cohen, Gabe Gronli and Ariel Dumas – The Colbert Report

Elliott Kalan, Adam Lowitt, Steve Bodow, Jon Stewart, Dan Amira, Travon Free, Hallie Haglund, Matt Koff, Dan McCoy, Jo Miller, Zhubin Parang, Daniel Radosh, Lauren Sarver, Owen Parsons and Delaney Yeager – The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Jessi Klein, Hallie Cantor, Kim Caramele, Kyle Dunnigan, Jon Glaser, Christine Nangle, Kurt Metzger, Daniel Powell, Tami Sagher and Amy Schumer – Inside Amy Schumer

Jay Martel, Ian Roberts, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele – Key & Peele

Kevin Avery, Tim Carvell, Dan Gurewitch, Geoff Haggerty, Jeff Maurer, John Oliver, Scott Sherman, Will Tracy, Jill Twiss, Juli Weiner and Josh Gondelman – Last Week Tonight With John Oliver

Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series

James Hoskinson – The Colbert Report
Chuck O'Neil – The Daily Show
Amy Schumer and Ryan McFaul – Inside Amy Schumer
Jerry Foley – Late Show with David Letterman
Dave Diomedi – The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Outstanding Drama Series

Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
Mad Men
House of Cards
Orange is the New Black
Homeland
Better Call Saul

Fox/Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

Outstanding Comedy Series

Louie
Modern Family
Parks and Recreation
Veep
Silicon Valley
Transparent
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

The Guardian/Fox/Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Kevin Spacey – House of Cards
Jon Hamm – Mad Men
Jeff Daniels – The Newsroom
Bob Odenkirk – Better Call Saul
Kyle Chandler – Bloodline
Liev Schreiber – Ray Donovan

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Claire Danes – Homeland
Viola Davis – How to Get Away With Murder
Taraji P Henson – Empire
Tatiana Maslany – Orphan Black
Elisabeth Moss – Mad Men
Robin Wright – House of Cards

The Guardian/Fox/Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

Outstanding Television Movie

Agatha Christie's Poirot: Curtain: Poirot's Last Case
Bessie
Grace of Monaco
Hello Ladies: The Movie
Killing Jesus
Nightingale

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series

Reg E Cathey – House of Cards
Alan Alda – The Blacklist
Michael J Fox – The Good Wife
Beau Bridges – Masters of Sex
Pablo Schreiber – Orange is the New Black
F Murray Abraham – Homeland

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series

Allison Janney – Masters of Sex
Diana Rigg – Game of Thrones
Margo Martindale – The Americans
Rachel Brosnahan – House of Cards
Cicely Tyson – How to Get Away with Murder
Khandi Alexander – Scandal

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

Louis CK – Saturday Night Live
Jon Hamm – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Bradley Whitford – Transparent
Bill Hader – Saturday Night Live
Mel Brooks – The Comedians
Paul Giamatti – Inside Amy Schumer

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

Tina Fey – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Christine Baranski – The Big Bang Theory
Gaby Hoffman – Girls
Pamela Adlon – Louie
Elizabeth Banks – Modern Family
Joan Cusack – Shameless

Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program

Tom Bergeron – Dancing With the Stars
Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn – Project Runway
Cat Deeley – So You Think You Can Dance
Anthony Bourdain – The Taste
Jane Lynch – Hollywood Game Night

Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program

Alaska: The Last Frontier
Deadliest Catch
Intervention
Million Dollar Listing New York
Naked and Afraid
Wahlburgers

Outstanding Structured Reality Program

Antiques Roadshow
Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
MythBusters
Property Brothers
Shark Tan
Undercover Boss

Outstanding Variety Special

Bill Maher: Live from DC
The Kennedy Center Honors
Louis CK: Live at the Comedy Store
Mel Brooks Live at the Geffen
The Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special
Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek Live!

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series

Tim Van Patten – Boardwalk Empire
David Nutter – Game of Thrones
Jeremy Podeswa – Game of Thrones
Lesli Linka Glatter – Homeland
Steven Soderbergh – The Knick

Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special

Natalie Johns – Annie Lennox: Nostalgia Live in Concert
Louis J Horvitz – The Kennedy Center Honors
Hamish Hamilton – The Oscars
Don Roy King – The Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special
Glenn Weiss – 68th Annual Tony Awards

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special

Barry Adelman, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Jon Macks, Dave Boone, Alex Baze, Robert Carlock, Sam Means, Seth Meyers, Michael Shoemaker, Eric Gurian and Meredith Scardino– The 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards

Brendan Hunt, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele and Rich Talarico – Key & Peele Super Bowl Special

Mel Brooks – Mel Brooks Live At The Geffen

Louis CK – Louis CK: Live At The Comedy Store

James Anderson, Fred Armisen, Tina Fey, Steve Higgins, Chris Kelly, Erik Kenward, Rob Klein, Seth Meyers, Lorne Michaels, John Mulaney, Paula Pell, Jeff Richmond, Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, Tom Schiller, Sarah Schnieder, Marc Shaiman, Michael Shoemaker, Robert Smigel, Emily Spivey, Kent Sublette, Jorma Taccone and Bryan Tucker – The Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special

Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special

The Case Against 8
Going Clear: Scientology And The Prison Of Belief
Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck
Sinatra: All Or Nothing At All
Virunga

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series

American Masters
Cancer: The Emperor Of All Maladies
The Jinx: The Life And Deaths Of Robert Durst
The Roosevelts: An Intimate History
The Sixties

Outstanding Informational Series or Special

Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown
Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways
Inside The Actors Studio
StarTalk With Neil deGrasse Tyson
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