Cookie banner

This site uses cookies. Select "Block all non-essential cookies" to only allow cookies necessary to display content and enable core site features. Select "Accept all cookies" to also personalize your experience on the site with ads and partner content tailored to your interests, and to allow us to measure the effectiveness of our service.

To learn more, review our Cookie Policy, Privacy Notice and Terms of Use.

clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Crucial Update

Emmys 2015 Winners: Who Got a Cool, New Shelf Accessory

Photo: Getty Images/David Livingston

Racked is no longer publishing. Thank you to everyone who read our work over the years. The archives will remain available here; for new stories, head over to, where our staff is covering consumer culture for The Goods by Vox. You can also see what we’re up to by signing up here.

Update: For a full rundown of last night's events, here's a quick recap of the 67th Annual Primetime Emmys.

If the nominations at this year's Emmy Awards look different, it's because they are different. The Television Academy passed a new set of rules for the 2015 award show, setting a time limit for comedies. As far as the awards committee is concerned, comedies are thirty minutes or less, while a drama is over thirty minutes. Think all of your favorite TV shows comply to that rule? It depends. Do you watch Orange Is the New Black? The Netflix original will be lumped in the drama categories, which the show runners aren't ecstatic about. The other major change is that nominations include seven shows instead of five per category, which accounts for the uptick in stuff on TV to give awards to.

Nevertheless, the 2015 Emmy nominations contain plenty of the usual suspects. Whether or not Jon Snow is still alive, Game of Thrones has the most nominations per single show in 2015, coming in at a whopping 24. Mad Men rounds off its final, meditative season with 11 nominations. It racked up 116 over its seven seasons, with 15 wins.

Netflix scored 34 nominations in 2015, which may be a record number for the streaming service, but it's only three more than in 2014. When it comes to alternative networks, Amazon Prime is the real winner, which jumped from zero nominations in 2014, to 12 in 2015 all thanks to its incredibly successful Transparent.

Without further adieu, here are some of the big names you should expect to see on stage tonight.


Winner: Game of Thrones

Better Call Saul

Downton Abbey

Game of Thrones


House of Cards

Mad Men

Orange is the New Black


Winner: Veep


Modern Family

Parks and Recreation

Silicon Valley


Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt


Lead Actor, Drama

Winner: Jon Hamm, Mad Men

Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul

Kyle Chandler, Bloodline

Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

Jon Hamm, Mad Men

Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom

Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan

Photo: Jason Kempin/NBC/Getty Images

Photo: Jason Kempin/NBC/Getty Images

Lead Actress, Drama

Winner: Viola Davis, How to Get Away with Murder

Taraji P. Henson, Empire

Claire Danes, Homeland

Viola Davis, How to Get Away with Murder

Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black

Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men

Robin Wright, House of Cards

Lead Actor, Limited Series or Movie

Winner: Richard Jenkins, Olive Kitteridge

Timothy Hutton, American Crime

Ricky Gervais, Derek Special

Adrien Brody, Houdini

David Oyelowo, Nightingale

Richard Jenkins, Olive Kitteridge

Mark Rylance, Wolf Hall

Lead Actor, Comedy

Winner: Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

Anthony Anderson,Black-ish

Matt LeBlanc, Episodes

Don Cheadle, House of Lies

Will Forte, The Last Man On Earth

Louis C.K., Louie

William H. Macy, Shameless

Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

Lead Actress, Limited Series or Movie

Winter: Frances McDormand, Olive Kitteridge

Felicity Huffman, American Crime

Jessica Lange, American Horror Story

Queen Latifah, Bessie

Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Honorable Woman

Frances McDormand, Olive Kitteridge

Emma Thompson, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street

Lead Actress, Comedy

Winner: Julia Louis-Dreyfus,Veep

Lisa Kudrow, The Comeback

Lily Tomlin, Grace And Frankie

Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer

Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie

Amy Poehler, Parks And Recreation

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Reality-Competition Series

Winner: The Voice

The Amazing Race

Dancing With The Stars

Project Runway

So You Think You Can Dance

Top Chef

The Voice

Photo: Lester Cohen/Getty Images

Photo: Lester Cohen/Getty Images

Variety Talk Series

Winner: The Daily Show With Jon Stewart

The Colbert Report

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart

Jimmy Kimmel Live

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver

Late Show With David Letterman

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Limited Series

Winner: Olive Kitteridge

American Crime

American Horror Story: Freak Show

The Honorable Woman

Olive Kitteridge

Wolf Hall

Variety Sketch Series

Winner: Inside Amy Schumer

Drunk History

Inside Amy Schumer

Key & Peele


Saturday Night Live

Supporting Actor, Drama

Winner: Peter Dinklage, Game Of Thrones

Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul

Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline

Jim Carter, Downton Abbey

Peter Dinklage, Game Of Thrones

Alan Cumming, The Good Wife

Michael Kelly, House Of Cards

Supporting Actress, Drama

Winner: Uzo Aduba,Orange Is The New Black

Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey

Lena Headey, Game Of Thrones

Emilia Clarke, Game Of Thrones

Christine Baranski, The Good Wife

Christina Hendricks, Mad Men

Uzo Aduba, Orange Is The New Black

Supporting Actor, Comedy

Winner: Tony Hale, Veep

Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Adam Driver, Girls

Keegan-Michael Key, Key & Peele

Ty Burrell, Modern Family

Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Tony Hale, Veep

Supporting Actress, Comedy

Winner: Allison Janney, Mom

Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory

Niecy Nash, Getting On

Julie Bowen, Modern Family

Allison Janney, Mom

Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live

Gaby Hoffmann, Transparent

Jane Krakowski, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Anna Chlumsky, Veep

We've rounded up the most popular categories, but to see every single one (including a Outstanding Guest category where Jon Hamm is nominated for his brief but important appearance in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), click here.