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September 11, 2016

HBO's Game of Thrones conquered the Creative Emmys ceremony Saturday evening with nine wins for everything from casting to stunts to prosthetic makeup effects. That sweep brings the show's Emmy total to 35, an all-time high for any television drama.

The show came close to breaking the record in 2015 with 26 statuettes, but at that point remained tied with The West Wing and Hill Street Blues. And with 23 more nominations for the rest of the primetime Emmys ceremony next Sunday, the series is in the running to beat the most-awarded TV show of any type: Saturday Night Live, which boasts 48 wins over 41 seasons.

The evening also saw a first Emmy win for Amy Poehler, who scored Best Comedy Series Guest Actress with Tina Fey for their hosting role in SNL's Christmas episode. Poehler was previously nominated 17 times but never before won. The Creative Emmys will air Saturday, September 17, the night before the main awards show. Bonnie Kristian

September 20, 2015

There were plenty of first-time nominees at the 67th annual Emmy Awards, but in the end, two old favorites ended up dominating the ceremony: HBO's Game of Thrones and Veep.

In addition to Best Comedy Series, Veep scored repeat acting wins for stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Tony Hale, as well as nods for writing and casting.

In the drama categories, Game of Thrones did so well it shattered the record for most Emmy wins for any series in a single year, with trophies including the Best Drama victory and a Best Supporting Actor win for Peter Dinklage, who last won for the show's first season.

Other top-tier winners include Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Viola Davis (How to Get Away with Murder), and the HBO limited series Olive Kitteridge, which earned nods for stars Frances McDormand, Richard Jenkins, and Bill Murray, as well as the Best Limited Series trophy. For a full list of winners, click here. Scott Meslow

September 20, 2015

More than a year after falling into a coma following a traffic collision in New Jersey, actor and comedian Tracy Morgan made a surprise appearance at the 67th annual Emmy Awards to award the trophy for Best Drama Series.

"I miss you guys so much," said Morgan after a rousing standing ovation. "Last year, Jimmy Kimmel stood on this stage and said, 'We'll see you back here next year, Tracy Morgan.' Well, Jimmy, thanks to my amazing doctors, the support of my family, and my beautiful new wife, I'm here."

Though Morgan was clearly emotional, he delivered a few jokes that showed his sense of humor made it through the ordeal intact. "Only recently, I've started to feel like myself again," he said. "Which means a whole lot of y'all women are gonna get pregnant at the afterparty." Scott Meslow

September 20, 2015

When accepting her Emmy for Best Actress in a Drama Series on Sunday night, How to Get Away with Murder's Viola Davis made a powerful speech about black women in Hollywood.

"In my mind, I see a line, and over that line I see green fields and lovely flowers and beautiful white women with their arms stretched out to me over that line, but I can't seem to get there no how, I can't seem to get over that line," she said. "That was Harriet Tubman in the 1800s. Let me tell you something: 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."

Davis, who is the first black woman to win the category, went on to thank women like Taraji P. Henson, Kerry Washington, Meagan Good, and Gabrielle Union "for taking us over that line." Watch her speech below. Catherine Garcia

September 20, 2015

Game of Thrones: Emmy voters really, really like you. The HBO drama just smashed a 15-year-old record set by The West Wing in 2000 to earn more Emmys in a single year than any other TV show in history.

Game of Thrones' roster of wins includes three at tonight's ceremony, including writing, directing, and a Best Supporting Actor trophy for Peter Dinklage. Game of Thrones' 11 wins already dwarfs The West Wing's nine, but the number might get even bigger: the series is also nominated for Best Drama, which has yet to be awarded. Scott Meslow

September 20, 2015

At the Emmy Awards, host Andy Samberg poked fun at the rampant sharing of HBO passwords by offering viewers the chance to use his login for the $15/month service HBO Now. It seemed like a simple, clever gag about a common TV trend among family and friends.

But here's the twist: Sandberg's login — "Khaleesifan3@emmyhost.com," with the password "password1" — actually works. As word has spread, access has become increasingly spotty, but you can give it a chance for yourself here.

For now, the staff at HBO Now seems to be taking the gag in stride, though they did tweet that they'll "be here all night. Apparently." Scott Meslow

September 20, 2015

Eagle-eyed viewers of the 67th annual Emmy Awards have spotted a curious trend: a large number of celebrities — including Don Cheadle, Louis C.K., and newly minted Emmy winner Jeffrey Tambor — wearing green ribbons.

What does the green ribbon mean? Courtesy of the Natural Resources Defense Council, we have our answer. The green ribbon is designed to show support for "strong climate action" as part of the #DemandClimateAction movement. Viewers who want to add their voices to the movement can visit the NRDC's official website. Scott Meslow

September 20, 2015

In an emotional acceptance speech for Best Actor in a Comedy at the Emmy Awards, Jeffrey Tambor — who won for playing Maura Pfefferman, a transgender woman, on the Amazon series Transparent — dedicated the award to the transgender community. "I've been given the opportunity to act because peoples' lives depend on it," he said.

"Not to repeat myself — but to specifically repeat myself — I'd like to dedicate my performance, and this award, to the transgender community," Tambor continued. "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." Scott Meslow

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