21 September 2015 - Emmy Awards
Emmys 2015: Firsts for Viola Davis and Jon Hamm, and a Victory Lap for HBO
John Koblin (The New York Times)
It was a night of firsts, and a night for establishment cable at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday.
Viola Davis became the first African-American woman to win an Emmy for best lead actress on a drama series, for her role as a defense lawyer on ABC’s “How to Get Away With Murder”; Jon Hamm won his first Emmy after seven previous nominations for his role as the tortured Don Draper on “Mad Men”; and HBO, led by victories for the comedy “Veep,” the drama “Game of Thrones” and a four-part limited series, “Olive Kitteridge,” had a triumphant showing, with 14 victories, including best drama and outstanding comedy series.
Ruth Spencer (The Guardian)
Viola Davis, the star of How to Get Away with Murder, made history at the 67th Emmy awards on Sunday night, becoming the first woman of color to win the Emmy for best actress in a drama series.
“The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity,” Davis said when accepting the award. “You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there.”
Emmys 2015: the full list of winners
In her speech, Davis began by quoting the civil rights activist Harriet Tubman. “In my dreams and visions,” said the actor, whose voice was charged with emotion, “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.”
Maxwell Strachan (The Huffington Post)
Andy Samberg used his opening monologue at Sunday's Emmys to pointedly -- and repeatedly -- remark on Hollywood's persistent sexism and racism.
"The big story this year, of course, is diversity. This is the most diverse group of nominees in Emmy history, so congratulations Hollywood. You did it. Yeah, racism is over. Don't fact check that," the "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" star quipped.
“Of course, given our history being more diverse than ever isn’t always saying that much," he continued. "I mean, I bet on the day of Jackie Robinson’s first game the baseball commissioner was like, ‘This year’s Brooklyn Dodgers are more diverse than ever in history. You know? It’s good.’ It’s probably what he said.”
New voting system
Brian Lowry (Variety)
New voting system, infusion of new members, same old Emmys? In some respects, yes, but with a very significant – indeed, one might say dragon-sized – asterisk, in the outstanding drama award that went to the hugely popular but heretofore overlooked “Game of Thrones,” representing a rare and welcome breakthrough for a genre series. Beyond capping a splendid and dominating night for HBO, the Television Academy finally recognized a fantasy epic that is, by any measure, no pretender to the throne.
Combine that with stellar and crowd-pleasing honors for Jon Hamm and Viola Davis in the lead drama categories, and Jeffrey Tambor on the comedy side, and Emmy organizers should wake up feeling pretty good (or at least relieved) by most of the choices, while leaving behind ample room for the inevitable griping about snubs.
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"21 September 2015 - Emmy Awards", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), septembre 2015. Consulté le 29/11/2023. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/key-story/archives-revue-de-presse-2015/21-september-2015-emmy-awards