The Latest: Jeffrey Tambor wins lead comedy actor Emmy

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Here's the latest from Sunday night's 67th annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, presented by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (all times local):

5:45 p.m.

The Emmy for lead actor in a comedy series has been awarded to Jeffrey Tambor of "Transparent."

Julia Louis-Dreyfus of "Veep" has been awarded the Emmy for lead actress in a comedy series.


5:40 p.m.

The Emmy Awards are heaping early praise on the HBO comedy "Veep."

The show won two out of the first three comedy awards, with its writers snagging a trophy and then Tony Hale winning for best supporting actor in a comedy series.

Hale thanked show writers Simon Blackwell, Armando Ianucci and Tony Roche, who moments earlier had just won an Emmy for their writing on the show.

Blackwell, a British writer, joked, "We'd also like to thank HBO for letting us come over here and make fun of American politics and make American money."


5:20 p.m.

Allison Janney's trophy case is getting crowded.

The actress won her seventh career Emmy Sunday for playing the title role in the CBS comedy "Mom." Despite the show's title, she's a supporting actress to series star Anna Faris, playing dysfunctional Bonnie Plunkett.

She thanked series creator Chuck Lorre for "creating such a deeply flawed character and immediately thinking of me to play her."

Janney's first four Emmys came for her work on "The West Wing."


5:10 p.m.

The 2015 Emmy Awards have started with host Andy Samberg performing a pre-recorded song about how he's watched all the television out there.

The video poked fun at the massive amounts of television now and audiences' struggled to keep up, locking Samberg in a bunker for a year while he got caught up. When he emerged from the bunker, Samberg sneaked up on Jon Hamm and Kerry Washington, causing them to gag on his poor hygiene.

Samberg's opening monologue included a joke that Justin Timberlake wasn't coming and cracking a joke about celebrities in scandal.


4:28 p.m.

Stars are fanning themselves and struggling to stay — and look — cool on the sweltering Emmys red carpet.

Taraji P. Henson of "Empire" used a cardboard fan to create a breeze for herself, while actress Jaimie Alexander used an electric fan from the moment she stepped onto the red carpet, putting it away only to take photos.

Alexander ditched the fan later on the carpet, but "Modern Family's" Ariel Winter used one before entering the venue.

The men are faring little better, with Pablo Schreiber fanning himself with his hands and Jonathan Banks ditching his tuxedo jacket and telling fans, "You know how stupid we all are to be out in this!"


3:25 p.m.

With temperatures nearing 100 degrees in downtown Los Angeles, fans in the bleachers outside the Emmy Awards are resorting to fans — both paper and electric — to keep cool.

The hundreds of people in bleachers on the red carpet on Sunday are in good spirits as staffers pass out water every few minutes to try to keep everyone hydrated. The water isn't chilled and there is no ice, so many fans keep asking for ice to no avail.

The bleachers are covered and a gentle breeze is blowing, offering some relief.

Georgia schoolteacher Kim Lane has been to the Emmys bleachers for at least eight award shows and remembers one other year it was 100 degrees.

Lane says, "Even being from the South, this is hot."