By: Mary Kate Dorr – A&E Editor
As a pop culture fanatic, I live, breathe and die by awards shows. I mean, c’mon, it’s a giant room filled with wildly talented and attractive celebrities I will never look like nor be allowed to date dressed to the nines and giving moving-slash-hilarious speeches. There are almost too many highlights from last night’s 67th-annual Primetime Emmy Awards to form into a single column, but for you, my people, I will try.
I have to start by saying that if you don’t watch “Game of Thrones,” you probably should. I mean, I don’t, but the HBO show won a record-breaking 12 awards, including Best Drama Series, Best Writing and Best Direction, so it’s probably alright.
Don Draper, or I guess you could say Jon Hamm, finally won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series for his role on HBO’s “Mad Men” after a depressingly long losing streak. The show aired its finale last May, so this was basically his last chance to be credited for his performance. You go Jon Hamm! You know what they say, eighth times a charm.
For all of my fellow Shonda Rhimes fans out there, “How To Get Away With Murder” star Viola Davis became the first African-American to win Outstanding Actress In A Drama Series. Davis made history as she took the stage and offered a powerful acceptance speech in which she quoted Harriet Tubman: “The only thing that separates women of color from everyone else is opportunity.”
Ah, and we cannot forget about the Amy’s. The show’s first presenters and my role models-slash-best friends I’ve never actually met, Amy Schumer and Amy Poehler, took the stage as a comedic power couple. Both women made a point to comment on the media’s scrutiny of females, with Poehler hiding behind a hoodie and sunglasses while Schumer stated, “Let’s not forget what this night is really about…celebrating hilarious women and letting the Internet weigh in on who looks the worst.” Schumer later won Best Variety Sketch Series for her show, “Inside Amy Schumer,” because she rocks. Duh.
In a touching moment, Tracy Morgan shocked viewers by making a surprise appearance on stage. The former “30 Rock” star received a standing ovation for one of his first public appearances since suffering from a traumatic brain injury in June 2014.
Host Andy Samberg received both praised and ‘eh’ reactions from viewers on his performance. I definitely give him an ‘eh’ rating, solely because he didn’t bring his “Saturday Night Live” BFF Justin Timberlake with him. I mean, I know everyone is entitled to their opinion; I just get to publish mine.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus made some enemies with the cast of “Modern Family” after her comedy “Veep” received the win for Best Comedy Series. “Modern Family” has won the title for the past five years and hoped to finally beat out “Frazier,” which also housed five awards.
And finally, I strongly advise you to not watch that clip that left viewers hot with anger. The Emmy’s became literally the worst people ever for bidding farewell to beloved television shows that came to a close this year, including “Mad Men” and “Parks and Recreation,” by playing a series of spoilers from every series finale because THEY APPARENTLY ARE INSENSITIVE B——S WHO HAVE NO CHILL. Sorry for the aggression, but no one messes with me and my love for “Parks and Rec.” No one.
Overall, the show was a solid way to kill a few hours and procrastinate on any and all responsibilities I have. Now you can all return to binge-watching every show mentioned in this column because who even uses a TV anymore?