“Game of Thrones” and “Veep” take top honors at the 67th annual Emmy Awards.
(HBO) – HBO shows “Game of Thrones” and “Veep” won the top prizes at the Emmy Awards for the first time on Sunday (September 20), bringing a breath of fresh air to television’s biggest night.
Jon Hamm finally snared an Emmy for his lead role as Don Draper in AMC’s 1960s advertising drama “Mad Men,” winning a standing ovation from the audience.
But “Mad Men,” a four-time best drama series winner, was shut out of all the other categories and had to be content with just Hamm’s Emmy after closing its final season earlier this year.
Instead, the 18,000 voters of the Television Academy threw their support behind the HBO medieval fantasy series “Game of Thrones,” which was the night’s biggest winner with 12 Emmys, including one for supporting actor Peter Dinklage.
“Veep” won the top comedic prize, toppling old favorite “Modern Family.” Julia Louis-Dreyfus won best comedy actress for the fourth time for playing the egotistical Selina Meyer on “Veep,” while Tony Hale, who plays her bag man, was again named comedy supporting actor. “Veep” also clinched the comedy writing statuette.
In the first Emmys for Amazon.com’s foray into original content, “Transparent” brought a lead actor Emmy for Jeffrey Tambor. It also won for directing.
Allison Janney took the comedy supporting actress award for the second year for playing a recovering alcoholic on CBS’s “Mom.”