Viola Davis, Jon Hamm, Game of Thrones, win big at this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards

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Best Actress in Drama Series Winner Viola Davis
Best Actress in Drama Series Winner Viola Davis

The 67th Primetime Emmy’s Awards saw an array talented actors, dressed in designer finery, walk the red carpet. From actors, to writers, and directors, this year’s Emmy’s was a gathering of many a talented beings.

The awards, held annually, honour the best of television, in drama, comedy, limited series or TV movies, reality competition programme, and variety talk show.

The awards this year, unlike the past, saw the exceptional win of actress Viola Davis. Davis, an African-American, broke several age old barriers, when she became the first African-American actress to claimed the top acting honour in the drama category.

Davis, who won for her portrayal of a university law professor, and defense lawyer, Annalise Keating, was overwhelmed with emotions, as she went on state to accept the award.

To express her joy, and pride, Davis invoked the spirit of the prolific, African-American abolitionist, Harriet Tubman, by quoting Tubman in her acceptance speech. Davis said, “The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity.” She went on to add, that, “You cannot win Emmys with roles that are simply not there.”

Best Supporting Actress winner in a Drama Series, Uzo Aduba
Best Supporting Actress winner in a Drama Series, Uzo Aduba

Fellow nominee, Taraji P. Henson, honoured her contemporary’s win with a standing ovation. Other actresses of African-American origin, to win big at the awards were, Uzo Aduba and Regina King, who won for supporting performances in Orange is the New Black, and American Crime, respectively.

Best Actor in a Drama Series winner Jon Hamm
Best Actor in a Drama Series winner Jon Hamm

The other big winners, at this year’s ceremony, were actor Jon Hamm, for his portrayal of the suave Don Drapper (Mad Men), and Game of Thrones, for nabbing the award for the best drama series. The win were a first for both the actor and the drama series, in their respective categories.

Julia Louis Dreyfus, grabbed her fourth award for the best actress in a comedy series, for her show, Veep. Jeffery Tambor won the best actor award, in the same category, for his show, Transparent.

Left: Jeffery Tambor Right: Julia Louis Dreyfus  The big winner in Comedy
Left: Jeffery Tambor
Right: Julia Louis Dreyfus
The big winners in Comedy

The Voice won the best reality competition programme, and The Daily Show as the big winner in the talk show category.

The show aired on HBO, and was hosted by the comically talended, Andy Samberg, who left no stones unturned to take a dig at Republican Presidential candidate, Donald Trump.

You can find the complete list of winners, here.

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