2015 Emmys telecast: Behind the scenes of what you missed
During the three-hour broadcast of the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, there’s a lot viewers at home miss when the commercials are running. With EW reporters on the ground in the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles and backstage in the press room, we see all, and we’re bringing it to you. Here’s what you missed.
11:42 p.m. ET: Sophie Turner celebrated with the Game of Thrones cast in the backstage press room by enjoying a McDonald’s shake — how do you celebrate smashing Emmy records?
10:58 p.m. ET: When the nominations for best drama were announced, Mad Men‘s final season received raucous applause, but the silence was a bit bleak when they lost. The Mad Men team then beat a hasty retreat, but who can blame them? Besides, nobody wants to deal with that rush of people leaving the auditorium.
10:51 p.m. ET: Trophies in hand, the Daily Show writers dashed back to their seats in order to find out who would win best drama, the last award of the evening.
10:45 p.m. ET: He might have been sitting with his Orange Is the New Black costars, but Matt McGorry still has plenty of love for the How to Get Away with Murder cast — when Viola Davis won her Emmy for leading actress in a drama, he was quick on his feet to deliver a standing ovation.
10:40 p.m. ET: While double-fisting his Emmys backstage in the press room, Jon Stewart fielded a question from someone from Time Warner. Instead of answering, he yelled back, “I’m still waiting on service!”
10:40 p.m. ET: Everybody loves an underdog. When Jon Hamm won his Emmy for leading actor in a drama after being nominated a whopping seven times previously, he received a standing ovation and thunderous applause.
10:35 p.m. ET: There is McDonald’s available backstage to promote their All Day Breakfast menu, and The Nightly Show‘s Larry Wilmore took full advantage. We can’t resist those fries, either.
10:27 p.m. ET: He has to sit somewhere: Matt McGorry sat with his Orange Is the New Black costars instead of the How to Get Away with Murder crew.
10:15 p.m. ET: It was a Bluth reunion in the press room when Tony Hale and Jeffrey Tambor politely shook hands before swapping places at the podium. No hug, but maybe George is still upset about Oscar really being Buster’s father.
9:58 p.m. ET: Orange Is the New Black stars Lea DeLaria and Lorraine Toussaint danced it up to “Do You Remember,” which was being played as interstitial music.
9:56 p.m. ET: Half of the auditorium must have worked for Jon Stewart at some point. When The Daily Show won for best directing for a variety series, Chuck O’Neill received colossal cheers.
9:52 p.m. ET: When The Daily Show was granted an Emmy for Outstanding Variety, Music, or Comedy Series, the crowd doled out a massive roar.
9:32 p.m. ET: Allison Janney and Julia Louis-Dreyfus hit the Emmys press room together because Janney was nervous. “I feel like we’re on a talk show right now,” said Louis-Dreyfus, pausing for a moment. “I think it was a huge mistake to come up here together.”
9:22 p.m. ET: Kevin Rahm, standing with Jessica Paré, explained why he and so many other men were wearing green ribbons on their lapels. (For climate change, by the way. More on that here!)
9:17 p.m. ET: We cannot overstate this: Emmys attendees are all about that bar. Even if they wanted to watch the ceremony, there isn’t a monitor in the lobby. This does not appear to bother the assembled crowd.
9:13 p.m. ET: The bar area is hopping. Emmys what?
9:06 p.m. ET: Like Mindy Kaling, really, very, ridiculously important people are never alone for long: Saturday Night Live mastermind Lorne Michaels stopped to glad-hand with a number of people in the lobby.
8:31 p.m. ET: The bar opened during a commercial break at 8:30 p.m. and there was a flood of people running toward it as if on fire.
8:25 p.m. ET: It’s a lot of work being beloved. We saw Mindy Kaling stop to take a selfie with a fan.
8:17 p.m. ET: No drama here: Lead actress nominees Taraji P. Henson and Viola Davis gave each other a big hug off-camera.
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With reporting from Natalie Abrams, Danielle Nussbaum, Lynette Rice, Marc Snetiker, Tim Stack, and Gillian Telling.