HBO Leads Emmys With 'Game of Thrones,' 'Veep'20 Sep, 2015 By: John Latchem
HBO programming dominated the 67th Annual Emmy Awards, announced during the telecast for major categories Sept. 20 and the Creative Arts ceremony Sept. 12.
HBO shows and specials practically swept the top awards for most of the category segments, with “Game of Thrones” winning Outstanding Drama Series, “Veep” winning Outstanding Comedy Series, Bessie winning Outstanding Television Movie, Olive Kitteridge winning Outstanding Limited Series; The Jinx: The Life and Death of Robert Durst winning Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series, and Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief winning Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special.
Among the 12 trophies “Game of Thrones” took home for its fifth season, Peter Dinklage won for Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. The show also won for its writing and directing, among other technical achievements. The fifth season is available digitally and is expected to arrive on disc early next year.
The five awards for “Veep” also included Best Actress in a Comedy Series for Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who won her sixth acting Emmy, fifth in the lead category and fourth straight for “Veep.” Tony Hale won his second Emmy for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, and the show won for its writing. The win for “Veep” in the top comedy category ends a five-year run for “Modern Family.” The fourth season is available digitally and is expected to arrive on disc early next year.
Other awards for Olive Kitteridge, which is available on DVD and Blu-ray, in the Limited Series and TV Movie categories include Best Actress for Frances McDormand, Best Actor for Richard Jenkins, Best Supporting Actor for Bill Murray, and for writing and directing. The miniseries won a total of eight Emmys.
Bessie (four wins) and The Jinx (two wins) are both already available on DVD and Blu-ray; Going Clear (three wins) arrives on DVD and Blu-ray Oct. 6 from FilmRise.
In other categories, “Mad Men” bowed out with a Best Actor in a Drama Series trophy for Jon Hamm, the first and only acting Emmy the show won in its entire eight-year run. The final season will be available on DVD and Blu-ray Oct. 13 from Lionsgate.
SVOD programming was also well represented. Amazon’s first season of “Transparent” won three Emmys, including Best Actor in a Comedy Series for Jeffrey Tambor, Guest Actor for Bradley Whitford, and for directing. The third season of “Orange Is the New Black,” available on Netflix, won Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for Uzo Aduba.
2015 Primetime Emmy Winners on Disc — Major Categories
|Adventure Time||2||Short-Format Animated Program — "Jake the Brick"||Warner||Available on "Adventure Time: Frost & Fire" DVD|
|Bessie||4||Television Movie||HBO||Available on DVD and Blu-ray|
|Game of Thrones||12||Oustanding Drama Series; Supporting Actor — Peter Dinklage; Writing, Directing||HBO||Season 5 available via Digital HD, not yet announced for disc|
|Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief||3||Documentary or Nonfiction Special||FilmRise||Available on DVD and Blu-ray Oct. 6|
|How to Get Away With Murder||1||Drama Series Actress — Viola Davis||Disney/ABC||Season 1 available on DVD|
|Inside Amy Schumer||2||Variety Sketch Series; Music and Lyrics — "Girl You Don’t Need Makeup"||Paramount/Comedy Centry||Season 3 available on DVD Nov. 24|
|The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst||2||Documentary or Nonfiction Series||HBO||Available on DVD and Blu-ray|
|Mad Men||1||Drama Series Actor — Jon Hamm||Lionsgate||Final Season available on DVD and Blu-ray Oct. 13|
|Mom||1||Comedy Supporting Actress — Allison Janney||Warner||Season 2 available via Digital HD|
|Olive Kitteridge||8||Outstanding Limited Series; Actress — Frances McDormand; Actor — Richard Jenkins; Supporting Actor — Bill Murray; Writing; Directing||HBO||Available on DVD and Blu-ray|
|Orange Is the New Black||1||Drama Supporting Actress — Uzo Aduba||Lionsgate||Season 3 available via Netflix|
|Over the Garden Wall||2||Animated Program||Warner||Available on DVD|
|Transparent||3||Comedy Series Lead Actor — Jeffrey Tambor; Guest Actor — Bradley Whitford; Directing||Amazon||Season 1 Available via Amazon instant Video|
|Veep||5||Outstanding Comedy Series; Actress — Julia Louis-Dreyfus; Supporting Actress — Tony Hale, Writing||HBO||Season 4 available via Digital HD, not yet announced for disc|
|Visit Emmys.tv for a full list of winners|