Emmys: Best and Worst Moments

9:25 PM 9/20/2015

by Ashley Lee

Andy Samberg hosted the annual ceremony, which saw highs and lows from Viola Davis, Tracy Morgan, Amy Schumer, Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Meyers and Amy Poehler.

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  • Worst: Opening Monologue

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    Host Andy Samberg went for the controversial headlines for his monologue's punchlines — with little success. "Seriously, between Bill Cosby, Jared Fogle and Robert Durst stealing that sandwich, not a good year for dudes who love hoagies." To awkward applause, Samberg poked fun at how Hollywood now sees itself as diverse onscreen. "Racism is over! Don't fact-check that," he said, adding that Jackie Robinson's coach probably said the same on the day of the player's first game.

  • Best: Amy Poehler and Amy Schumer

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    The two comedy actress nominees hit the stage in face-off fashion, with their glam squads visibly prepping them beforehand. "What an exciting two to four hours for women in comedy," said Poehler of the ceremony, with Schumer adding, "And let's not forget what tonight's really about: celebrating hilarious women and letting the Internet weigh in on who looks the worst."

  • Best: Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

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    "Maybe it's time a woman won this! You know, a woman has never been nominated for best lead actor?" said Jimmy Kimmel, as he chewed up the name on the announcement card after joking that no one would stop him from giving the Emmy to a nominee who actually didn't win it.

  • Worst: World's Best Boss

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    Andy Samberg and Seth Meyers tried to pay tribute to Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels with a World's Best Boss mug, but noted that Shonda Rhimes and Lee Daniels came in ahead of him for the win.

  • Best: HBO Now for All

    Andy Samberg sympathized with those at home who have yet to catch up on HBO series because they don't have a subscription. So he went ahead and shared his login information onscreen, so that all can access. "HBO doesn't care, they said so on the record!"

  • Best: John Oliver's Rant

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    While presenting the Emmy for directing in a limited series, movie or a dramatic special, John Oliver noted, "Pretty much every series is a limited series. Every show on television will go off the air eventually, with the sole exception of Jeopardy. … The sun could burn out, humanity could flee to another galaxy, time as we know it could cease to exist, but Alex Trebek will still be there, scolding librarians from Ames, Iowa, to answer in the form of a question and passive-aggressively insulting their hobbies."

  • Best: Samberg's 'Mad Men' Spoof

    Andy Samberg spoofed Mad Men in a sketch that began with the host meditating cross-legged on a hill, just like  Don Draper did in the last moments of the series finale episode. "I sure am happy for everyone who's won, but it sure is a bummer that there are more losers than winners," Samberg thought. "If only there was something I could do." He then broke into the song "I'd Like to Give the World an Emmy," sung in the melody from the classic 1971 Coca-Cola advertisement “I’d Like To Buy the World a Coke.”

  • Best: Amy Schumer's Gratitude

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    Amy Schumer went the extra mile and gave her makeup artist (a thankless job) a shout-out during the acceptance speech for her win (outstanding variety comedy sketch series for Inside Amy Schumer). "Thanks everyone who has helped me, and the girl who gave me a smoky eye," she said of Andrea Tiller. "I really love it."

  • Best: Jon Stewart's Acceptance Speech

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    "To everybody on television, I just want to tell you: Cling to it, as long as you can, like in the Titanic," he told the audience. "This is the first applause I've heard [since wrapping The Daily Show]. It is a barren wasteland out there. … You have craft services? Out in the world, there are tables of food, but you can't take it! It costs money, very little of it is gluten-free or vegan."

  • Best: Viola Davis' Proud Moment

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    After quoting Harriet Tubman, Viola Davis the first-ever black lead actress in a drama winner — told the audience, "The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity. You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there." Outside of the How to Get Away With Murder camp — "people who have redefined what it means to be beautiful, to be sexy, to be a leading woman, to be black" — she also thanked the likes of Kerry Washington, Taraji P. Henson, Halle Berry, Meagan Good and Gabrielle Union.

  • Best: Tracy Morgan's Return

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    "It's been a long road back. I suffered a traumatic brain injury that put me in a coma for eight days," said Tracy Morgan before presenting the final award of the night. "When I finally regained consciousness, I was ecstatic to learn I wasn't the one who messed up. Only recently I've started to feel like myself again, which means a whole lot of y'all women are gonna get pregnant at the after-party."