Friday, June 21, 2024

Emmys Breakthrough: Three Top Acting Prizes for Females in Drama Go to Black Women


What a historic night at the Emmys! Three top acting prizes went to black women for roles in dramas. Best Actress went to Viola Davis in “How to Get Away with Murder.” Best Supporting Actress went to Uzo Aduba in “Orange is the New Black.” Regina King took home Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series in “American Crime.”

We wake up to a new world, folks. At last. And who stood first to applaud Viola’s win as the first ever black woman to win lead in drama? Another nominee, and a black woman, Taraji P. Henson. Classy stuff!

Jon Hamm won Best Actor in a Drama, finally, for playing Don Draper in “Mad Men.” It took seven tries to get him the award, which he’d deserved years ago.

Alison Janney won Best Supporting Actress in a comedy for “Mom.”

There was a Veep Sweep, as HBO’s “Veep” took five trophies including Best Comedy and Best Actress in a Comedy for Julia Louis Dreyfuss.

Altogether, HBO received 43 Emmy Awards. They swept through every category including Best Drama, for “Game of Thrones” and Best Mini Series for “Olive Kitteredge.” That   movie also got acting awards for Richard Jenkins and Frances McDormand.

Then HBO hosted the most stunning Emmy party of the week at the Pacific Design Center, where  everyone who was anyone– from Mel Brooks to Viola Davis to Steven Soderbergh–dined, gossiped and celebrated until well past midnight. I ran into everyone from Tim Hutton to George R. R. Martin to Justin Theroux there.

Very interesting– with Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon nipping at its heels, HBO pulled off its biggest success yet. A whole round dinner table was festooned with Emmys they’d picked up last night. Quite an accomplishment.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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