Notable wins and presentations at the 2015 Emmy Awards Sunday night include The Voice taking the Competition Reality Series award from The Amazing Race for a second time, Jon Hamm winning his first Emmy for Outstanding Actor in a Drama series for the last season of Mad Men, Viola Davis’ moving speech for her Outstanding Actress in a Drama series for How to Get away with Murder and the triumphant return of Tracy Morgan to deliver the last award of the evening: Outstanding Drama Series to Game of Thrones.
The Voice Wins Outstanding Competition Reality Series
The Voice interrupted The Amazing Race’s lock on the competition reality category two years ago when they won the Emmy. But it was business as usual again last year as TAR took the category for the 10th time. The Voice came back this year to reclaim the award, winning for the 2nd time. Maybe it was that dumb dating twist in the spring series that sealed TAR’s fate… Mark Burnett accepted the award on behalf of The Voice, with a slew of producers behind him, including Carson Daly.
The Amazing Race streak was also interrupted in 2010 by Top Chef.
Jon Hamm Finally wins an Emmy
Fans of the AMC series, Mad Men, have felt the burn as Jon Hamm was passed over for a statue for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series, even as the series itself has won several Emmys. Hamm finally won the last year he was eligible for his portrayal of the troubled advertising exec, Don Draper.
Viola Davis Delivers a Moving Speech as the 1st Black Woman to Win Lead Actress Drama
Viola Davis delivered a moving speech on accepting the award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama series for her portrayal of sharp criminal law professor in the dishy Shonda Rhimes drama, How to Get Away with Murder. She’s the first black woman to win the award, and she thanked many of the women of color that came before her.
The Return of Tracy Morgan
Tracy Morgan made a triumphant return to hand out the last award of the night, Outstanding Drama Series, to Game of Thrones after last year’s devastating car accident that left him with many broken bones and a traumatic brain injury. He walked out on stage without a cane, and delivered his lines without a hitch. He even cracked a few jokes. Tracy’s on the mend, and that’s such good news. He’ll be hosting Saturday Night Live in October. He seems to be ready!