Although the big draw of the 67th annual Primetime Emmy Awards last night in Los Angeles was to see which shows and which actors would be taking home those coveted golden trophies, there were a few very special moments during the ceremony that had us on the edge of our seats begging for more.
“Donald Trump, of course, is running for president, to the delight of uncles everywhere,” funnyman and Emmy host Andy Samberg said in his opening monologue about the notorious antigay, anti-immigration presidential hopeful.
“Paula Deen is on this season of Dancing with the Stars, but I gotta say, if I wanted to see an intolerant lady dance, I would have gone to one of Kim Davis’ four weddings,” Samberg said in a joke about the antigay Kentucky clerk from Rowan County who was in held in contempt of court for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. “It’s so ironic that she came out of jail to “Eye on the Tiger” when you consider how many dudes have boned each other to that song.”
In a more inspiring moment during the program, LGBT ally Viola Davis made history by becoming the first African-American woman to win the Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series award for her role as Professor Annalise Keating in How to Get Away with Murder, a popular ABC show that features prominent LGBT characters.
"The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity,” Davis said in her tearjerking acceptance speech. “You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there. So here's to all the writers, the awesome people — Ben Sherwood, Paul Lee, Peter Nowalk, Shonda Rhimes — people who have redefined what it means to be beautiful, to be sexy, to be a leading women, to be black.”
Another big win happened for veteran actor Jeffrey Tambor, who won the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his role as a trans woman in the groundbreaking Amazon series Transparent.
Tambor’s speech, like Davis’s, was inspiring, and he dedicated his award to the transgender community.
“I’ve been given the opportunity to act because people’s lives depend on it,” he said, dedicating his win and his performance in the role to the trans community. “Thank you for your patience. Thank you for your courage. Thank you for your stories. Thank you for your inspiration. Thank you for letting us be part of the change.”
Watch footage from last night’s Primetime Emmy ceremony in the videos below.