The 2015 Emmy Awards proved we’re very much living in the Golden Age of Television. Here are our fifteen favorite moments from the ceremony, including the best acceptance speeches and Andy Samberg’s funniest jokes.
1. Musical opening numbers are tricky, but Andy Samberg pulled it off pitch-perfectly. The bit expressed what so many of us feel about today’s TV-saturated world: too many good shows, too little time. (And apparently a lot of the shows are about wives.) But seriously though, it would take a lot longer than a year to get through them all.
2. Samberg’s musical number was followed by a bold and laugh-out-loud monologue, the best jokes of which had nothing to do with television. Kim Davis and Donald Trump were skewered, of course, but that True Detective dig got the biggest laugh. How long until he’s hosting the Oscars?
3. It was lovely when Transparent creator Jill Soloway thanked her moppa (the inspiration for the show’s lead) and Goddess in her acceptance speech. It was even more moving when she reminded everyone that there are still 32 states where a transgender person can be discriminated against. “We don’t have a trans tipping point,” Soloway said, “we have a trans civil-rights problem.”
4. Fans of Arrested Development must have been overjoyed to see Jeffrey Tambor and Tony Hale take home statues tonight, for best actor and best supporting actor, respectively. Like Hale, we owe Mitch Horowitz a big thank you for giving him his first job as the unforgettable Buster Bluth.
5. Even though Julia Louis-Dreyfus has won for best actress in a comedy award four years in a row now, she still brings it when she delivers an acceptance speech. “What an honor it is for you to honor me,” she said, supposedly quoting the writers of her show, Veep, before adding, “No, wait, no, I’m so sorry, Donald Trump said that. It’s getting trickier and trickier to satirize his stuff.” Bonus points for taking a selfie with Mel Brooks on stage when the series won for best comedy.
6. You have to hand it to James Corden—he’s really the only person capable of getting a standing ovation from the audience for the accountants of Ernest & Young.
7. On Twitter, the most popular commercial of the evening was by far Apple Music’s delightful ad starring a dancing Kerry Washington, Taraji P. Henson, and Mary J. Blige. Who else is dying for an invite to their next hang?
8. Leave it to Samberg, the guy who started SNL’s viral Digital Shorts, to bring the night’s weirdest bit of comedy, with the sketch “Emmys Can Kill.” Of course Jerry from Parks and Rec would be the one to take the fall.
9. The spoiler-heavy “In Memoriam” piece for this year’s dearly departed shows not only gave away the endings to some of the series in your Netflix queue, but it also proved which series went out with a bang (Jon Stewart, Colbert, Mad Men), and which ones barely registered a whimper. (We’re looking at you, Two and a Half Men.)
10. The Amys said it best: Awards shows are typically an excuse for the Internet to ignore talent and weigh in only on how actresses look. So it’s pretty refreshing to see Frances McDormand pick up award after award for Olive Kittridge in a clean face and simple ponytail—a reminder that you don’t have to win the red carpet horse race to actually win at the Emmys.
11. Still, it was nice of Amy Schumer to thank her makeup artist for that perfect smoky eye in her acceptance speech for best comedy sketch show. Also, who else was left wondering what a “stupid sex talk show that nobody wanted” from Schumer would look like?
12. It took only sixteen nominations, eight of them for his role as Don Draper, for Jon Hamm to finally win an Emmy. Here’s hoping he wins another for the proposed prequel, Dick Whitman: Horny Hobo.
13. There were a lot of great acceptance speeches tonight, but the most powerful came from Viola Davis, who became the first African-American woman to win for best actress in a drama, then opened with a quote by Harriet Tubman. “The only thing that separated women of color from anyone else is opportunity,” she then said. “You cannot win Emmys for roles that simply aren’t there.” Amen.
14. We weren’t the only ones surprised to see Tracy Morgan return to the stage after his devastating car accident: Many in the audience were visibly overwhelmed. It seemed like this was going to be the first time we saw the serious side of Tracy Morgan, but it took only a minute before he was cracking jokes about impregnating more than a few women at the after-party.
15. Seriously, can we get Andy Samberg to host everything? The man ended the show a minute early!
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