It was an emotional and funny night of firsts at the 2015 Emmy Awards, and it also took place on one of the hottest days in California. With temps on the red carpet rising to 99 degrees, and Jon Hamm in line for his last shot at an Emmy for his work on Mad Men, it was a night of excellent TV that celebrated excellent TV. Check out the highlights.
1. Andy Samberg’s opening number
Satirizing the fact that there are just too many TV shows these days to watch, Samberg began his hosting gig by descending into a bunker a la Kimmy Schmidt to watch weeks-worth of television. Emerging with a full beard, Samberg launched into a Les Miserables-inspired musical number, and disappointed us all by commenting that he and Justin Timberlake famous skit, “Dick In A Box” was not a possibility for this evening.
2. Jon Hamm finally won for Mad Men
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) September 21, 2015
This was Jon Hamm’s last chance to take home an Emmy for his work on Mad Men, as the show debuted its final season this year. Hamm won the award for Lead Actor in a Drama Series for portraying Don Draper, a category and role for which he was nominated many, many times. He gave a heartfelt acceptance speech about not deserving the award:
There’s been a mistake, clearly. It’s impossible to be named with all of those extraordinary gentlemen. It’s impossible to have done this show with this incredible cast, these incredible people, our incredible writers, our incredible crew. And it’s incredible and impossible for me, personally, to be standing up here.
Oh, and he also crawled up the stage in typical goofy Jon Hamm fashion.
3. Julia Louis-Dreyfus satirizes Donald Trump [and her own character on Veep]
Louis-Dreyfus quoted her Veep character, saying, “What a great honor it must be for you to honor me tonight.” She then added that Donald Trump actually said that before continuing, “It’s getting trickier and trickier to satirize this stuff.”
4. Modern Family didn’t win for Comedy Series
Modern Family broke their winning streak, instead handing off the torch to Veep.
5. Viola Davis won Outstanding Actress In A Drama Series
The star of How to Get Away with Murder became the first African-American to win this award, and she accepted her award by quoting Harriet Tubman:
In my dreams and visions, I seemed to see a line, and on the other side of that line were green fields, and lovely flowers, and beautiful white ladies, who stretched out their arms to me over the line, but I couldn’t reach them no-how.
Let me tell you something: the only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity. You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there.
6. Andy Samberg’s jokes were pretty funny
Following earlier advice during the opening musical number to not be too “edgy,” Samberg kept the political jokes to a lighthearted minimum. He quipped at one point, “his is the most diverse group of nominees in Emmy history, so congratulations Hollywood, you did it. Racism is over. Don’t quote me on that.”
At another point he poked fun at Republican front-runner Donald Trump, saying, “Donald Trump of course is running for President, to the delight of uncles everywhere. But I gotta say, Donald Trump sure seems racist…what else?”
And despite some opinions that his Girls joke fell flat, Samberg was a strong and funny host. Oh, and he also gave out his password for his HBO Now account, which apparently worked: “Khaleesifan3@EmmyHost.com.” Password? “Password1”