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Here’s What Went Down at Last Night’s Emmys, Where Funny Ladies Made History And Game of Thrones Won Nothing


Ah, the Emmys. It can be a weird thing for fans of genre TV, since sci-fi/fantasy shows rarely get nominated, and when they do, they rarely win. Case in point: Game of Thrones, which was nominated for four awards at last night’s ceremony and didn’t win any of them. But still. When it comes to women working behind the scenes, something really cool happened. See what that is, and check out the rest of the winners, behind the jump.

For the first time in Emmy history women took home the gold for both comedy writing and directing. Writing went to Tina Fey and Tracy Wigfield for the 30 Rock finale, and Gail Mancuso was named Best Director for an episode of Modern Family, becoming only the second woman to win in that category. Gasp! Are you telling me ladies can be funny?! This was actually a banner year for female TV directors in general, as a grand total of seven of them were nominated among the four directing categories. In addition, Abi Morgan upset the competition to win for Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special for her work on the BBC’s excellent (now cancelled) The Hour.

The complete list of winners is below. As you can see, Game of ThronesPeter Dinklage and Emilia Clarke went home empty-handed, though their show did win for Best Makeup and Special Effects at the Creative Emmys held earlier this month. What do you think of the winners? Personally, not a lot of the nominees (full list here) are from things I actually watch, so I could take or leave most of what won. If you’d nominated Hannibal for anything it might’ve been a different story, Emmys.

Outstanding Comedy Series: Modern Family
Outstanding Drama Series: Breaking Bad
Outstanding Miniseries or Made for TV Movie: Behind the Candelabra
Outstanding Lead Actor, Comedy: Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Outstanding Lead Actor, Drama: Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
Outstanding Lead Actor, Miniseries or Movoie: Michael Douglas, Behind the Candelabra
Outstanding Lead Actress, Comedy: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Outstanding Lead Actress, Drama: Claire Danes, Homeland
Outstanding Lead Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Laura Linney, The Big C
Outstanding Supporting Actor, Comedy: Tony Hale, Veep
Outstanding Supporting Actor, Drama: Bobby Cannavale, Boardwalk Empire
Outstanding Supporting Actor, Miniseries or Movie: James Cromwell, American Horror Story
Outstanding Supporting Actress, Comedy: Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie
Outstanding Supporting Actress, Drama: Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Outstanding Supporting Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Ellen Burstyn, Political Animals
Outstanding Variety, Music Or Comedy Series: The Colbert Report
Outstanding Reality Competition Program: The Voice
Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program: Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn, Project Runway
Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series: Gail Mancuso, Modern Family
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series: David Fincher, House of Cards
Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special: Steven Soderbergh, Behind the Candelabra
Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series: Don Roy King, Saturday Night Live
Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series: Tina Fey, Tracey Wigfield, 30 Rock
Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series: Henry Bromell, Homeland
Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series: The Colbert Report
Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special: Abi Morgan, The Hour

(via: Deadline)

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  • Stephanie Clark

    Jim Parsons was literally the only nominee I chose who won. Ah, well… what’s a nerdgirl to do?

  • Michael R Trice

    I really need a video of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert battling with light sabers as Colbert delivers the line: “Now, I am the master.”

  • http://elisabethflaum.wordpress.com/ Elwyne

    We watched, though we’ve seen none of the nominated shows. We laughed our butts off. We screamed like little girls when Maria Hill and Willow took the stage. And Tina and Amy of course. My sis was sad about Colbert’s writing win given its dearth of women writers, but watching that one lady on stage made it worth it. You go girl. :)
    Also choreographers FTW. And Neil should host everything. (Obviously.)

  • Anonymous

    Dude is literally running away with that category. He’s been nominated each year for the last 5 years and won 3 of them. That’s insane.

  • Anonymous

    I nearly had an aneurysm that Jeff Daniels walked off with the Emmy in competition with Cranston, Hamm and Spacey!! It’s not that Daniels is bad, just that you cannot by any stretch of logic argue his was the standout performance in that group. Was it a ptiy prize to console him for having to put up with Sorkin’s inane writing?If The Newsroom had gotten any Emmy it should have been for Olivia Munn.

    I am happy Colbert finally won though. I am a Daily Show girl first and foremost, but objectively I think the writers/producers of Colbert do work of oustanding quality that is too often overlooked.
    Can’t wait to see how the two shows will make fun of this new turn of events!!

  • Anonymous

    There’s an award for hosting a reality show?

  • Laura Truxillo

    Well, Bobby Cannavale sure deserved it, I’ll say that much. I’ve never seen a character bring as much tension into every single scene as he did. You couldn’t look away from the screen for a second if he was in the room, because you never knew when/if something would set him off and what he would do. It was kind of fantastic.

  • Laura Truxillo

    I’d've like to have seen Danny Pudi or Donald Glover take it, even if the recent season was no great shakes.

  • Robert McCoy

    I agree with GRRM’s comment that if GOT didn’t win for this season it’ll never win. Oh well, at least Breaking Bad deserves everything they win.

  • Anonymous

    Oh I’m really glad The Hour won something. I only watched it from the second series (somehow the first one completely passed me by). I got really into it, it ended on a cliffhanger and I thought, “Oh I’m looking forward to that coming back. I’ll just check Google and see if there’s a broadcast date for series 3…. Oh.” Disappointed it got cancelled. Of course now Capaldi’s Doctor Who, he wouldn’t have the time to appear in it I don’t suppose!

    I haven’t watched much else from the winners’ list, although I’m always glad when Laura Linney wins something because I really like her (she’ll always be my Mary Ann Singleton though).

    And I’m looking forward to seeing Behind The Candelabra. I missed it in cinemas but a local cafe has monthly film nights and that’s November’s. A friend’s taking me for a birthday treat!

  • Lien

    Louis C.K. lost over the leading comedy actor award to big bang theory? I huh… don’t know what to say.

  • Anonymous

    The Emmys are invalid for snubbing Orphan Black.

  • Anonymous

    The Emmys are invalid for snubbing Orphan Black.

  • Anonymous

    You lost me at “Sorkin’s inane writing”. No actually you lost me at Hamm.

  • Anonymous

    No big surprise for me, really though I wish Spacey had won, but I’m happy Daniels was awarded. Danes was a no-brainer since the new nominees are either jokes or were thrown in for the sake of network tv (or Vera Farmiga, who is brilliant in Bates Motel but is only a de facto lead). If they’d nominated Tatiana Maslany (in all or any acting categories really), that would have been a different story.
    Glad Anna Gunn won, just to piss off the haters.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001702773745 Charles M. Hagmaier

    If by “fantastic” you mean bearing no relation to reality, then sure, why not? Seriously, the character was a cartoon, all pop-eyes and lowest-common-Pesci overacting. Pretty much *any other actor* on the nomination list for that category would have been an improvement.

  • Rizz Rustbolt

    That Don Cheadle was super-robbed?

  • Anonymous

    I was frustrated at who many of the awards went to, but certainly not because Game of Thrones won nothing. The one award GoT might have deserved this year would be for Diana Rigg’s acting, but Carrie Preston is always so amazing in The Good Wife that she deserved it just as much.

  • BabeWoreRed

    I really, REALLY wanted to see Anthony Bourdain win the best reality host. Parts Unknown is amazing, gorgeous, thought provoking, and occasionally frightening (the Libya episode!!)…can’t say the same for Klum.

  • Anonymous

    I lost COMPLETE interest in the Emmys when Tatiana Maslany wasn’t nominated for Orphan Black. (Hell, that Orphan Black wasn’t nominated for anything). I’m not saying that Clair Danes isn’t phenomenal in Homeland– But she doesn’t play 6 separate and distinct characters and make you forget that she’s playing each and every one of them. Add onto that my feelings about the rest of the “genre” shows I watch… And I just can’t be bothered anymore.

  • Anonymous

    You can’t please all of the people all of the time :)

  • Anonymous

    I’m not sure this season was The Win season for GOT – regardless of the Red Wedding. The next season will be an excellent opportunity for Tyrion, Jon and Dany to really deal with some hardship and tough decisions. Unless they truly screw up Dinklage should get another nomination next year.