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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):

8:55 p.m.

"Transparent" creator Jill Soloway and star Jeffrey Tambor continued their impassioned speeches backstage at the Emmys following their wins on Sunday.

Tambor won the award for lead actor in a comedy series for his portrayal of the transgender woman Maura Pfefferman on the Amazon show. He said it was a "huge responsibility" to play the role.

Series creator Soloway won for directing an episode of the show. She noted that it is still early in the transgender civil rights movement and there is still progress that needs to be made.

Soloway also spoke about the need for more diversity behind the camera, saying straight white men have had control of the camera for far too long.


8:45 p.m.

Jon Stewart is not coming back to "The Daily Show" under any circumstances even a Donald Trump presidency.

In fact, Stewart, who exited the show earlier this year, said backstage at the Emmys that if Trump were to be elected president, he would "consider getting in a rocket and going to another planet because clearly this planet has gone bonkers."

"The Daily Show" won the Emmy for best variety talk series on Sunday, serving as a bittersweet farewell for Stewart's reign as host of the late night show.

While there are "Daily Show" episodes from this summer that could be eligible for Emmy consideration next year, Stewart said he would not be submitting any further episodes from his tenure.

Stewart said if he "had known what life was like on the other side, I probably would have left sooner."


8:30 p.m.

The 2015 Emmy Awards are being criticized not for the television they celebrated but all the shows it spoiled for fans.

A video montage during the show celebrated shows that ended this year, but the footage gave away the ending to series such as "Mad Men," ''Sons of Anarchy" and "True Blood."

Criticism began online soon after the video aired and host Andy Samberg quipped after a commercial break, "Welcome back to the Spoiler Awards."

It was just one of many moments during Sunday's ceremony that toyed with viewers. Comedian Jimmy Kimmel cut up and ate the name of the winner of outstanding actor in a comedy series category, joking he could give it to anyone before announcing the winner as Jeffrey Tambor.

And Samberg gave out a functioning password to HBO's streaming service, HBO Now, allowing viewers to catch up on some pay TV that they might not have seen.

That's of course, if they didn't mind having the outcome of those shows spoiled moments later.


8:20 p.m.

Viola Davis is the first black woman to win best drama series actress in Emmy history.

She won for her memorable role as the professor and defense attorney in ABC's "How to Get Away With Murder," which is just beginning its second season.

Davis quoted Harriet Tubman in her acceptance speech. She said "the only thing that separates women of color from anybody else is opportunity."

Meanwhile, Jon Hamm has his happy ending.

The "Mad Men" star won the best acting Emmy on his last try, for his performance as Don Draper in the show's final season.

Hamm had been nominated eight times before for best actor but had not won.

Hamm said it's "incredible and impossible for me to be standing here like this."

The AMC series had a memorable ending this year, after winning the best drama award four times.


8:15 p.m.

Tracy Morgan has made a triumphant appearance on the Emmy Awards stage to present the evening's most prestigious award.

Morgan suffered a traumatic brain injury after his limousine was struck by a Wal-Mart truck in June 2014.

Morgan stepped onstage and told the cheering crowd, "Thank you so much. I miss you guys so much."

The comedian referenced words from Jimmy Kimmel, who told last year's audience that Morgan would return.

Morgan said, "Well, Jimmy, thanks to my amazing doctors, the support of my family and my beautiful new wife, I'm here. Standing on my own two feet."

After the serious moments, Morgan began cracking jokes again. He says after waking up from a coma, he was ecstatic to find out, "I wasn't the one who messed up."

Morgan concluded his presentation by announcing the best drama series award for HBO's "Game of Thrones."


8 p.m.

"Game of Thrones" has capped off a big night at the Emmys for HBO.

The fantasy drama captured the award for best drama at Sunday's award show, just minutes after the pay cable network's series "Veep" won for best comedy.

"Game of Thrones" had received 24 nominations at the Emmy Awards.

The show's producers thanked HBO for "believing in dragons."

The "Game of Thrones" team accepted its award from comedy actor Tracy Morgan, making his first major appearance after suffering a severe brain injury last year.


7:55 p.m.

HBO's "Game of Thrones" wins best drama series Emmy


7:50 p.m.

HBO's "Veep" wins best comedy series Emmy.


7:45 p.m.

Viola Davis of "How to Get Away With Murder" has won the Emmy for lead actress in a drama series.

Uzo Aduba of "Orange is the New Black" won supporting actress in the category.


Jon Hamm of "Mad Men" has won the Emmy for lead actor in a drama series.

Peter Dinklage of "Game of Thrones" won best supporting actor in the category.


7:15 p.m.

Supporting comedy actress winner Allison Janney brought an unexpected friend with her to field questions from reporters backstage at the Emmys: lead comedy actress winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

Janney, who won for her role in the sitcom "Mom," explained that she was feeling nervous and overwhelmed to have been the first winner of the night and wanted some friendly support.

Louis-Dreyfus, who had just picked up her fourth straight lead actress win for HBO's "Veep," obliged.

With arms linked, the "Mom" and "Veep" stars spoke about their wins, the discomfort of posing for photos on the red carpet, and the time Louis-Dreyfus met Mary Tyler Moore during a photo shoot and started to bawl uncontrollably in her presence.


6:55 p.m.

Heidi Klum led the yellow charge on the Emmy red carpet. She wore Atelier Versace that had some thinking Big Bird.

It was silk chiffon. It was asymmetrical and it was very, very busy with a riot of ruffles and petals and Swarovski crystals on a sheer skirt that showed off her legs.

Other stars who lent a splash of yellow included Mindy Kaling, Kiernan Shipka, Padma Lakshmi, Taylor Schilling and Dasha Polanco.

Shipka's cutoff, embroidered ballgown top was Dior Haute Couture. Many in the fashion world raved on Twitter about the fitted top that plumed out at the waist, worn with black wool cigarette pants.

Others criticized the look as disjointed and not terribly appropriate for the lofty Emmys.

Vanessa Friedman, a fashion critic for The New York Times, disagreed with that on Twitter, saying the pants and Marie Antoinette top gave Taraji P. Henson a run for "red carpet gold."

Henson went for an Alexander Wang gown in an edgy black design with chunky chain links at the shoulders


6:50 p.m.

It's no surprise that HBO's "Olive Kitteridge" won the Emmy for outstanding limited series.

By the time the award was given out, a path had already been worn to the stage by people who had worked on the series.

Frances McDormand won as best actress in a limited series, Richard Jenkins won as best actor and Jane Anderson won for her writing.

McDormand starred in the miniseries as an oddball retired school teacher in Maine.

Among the shows that it beat out were "American Crime" and "American Horror Story: Freak Show."


6:45 p.m.

HBO's "Olive Kitteridge" has won the Emmy for limited series.

It's the sixth victory for the program Sunday night.


6:30 p.m.

Andy Samberg is inviting Emmy Awards watchers to check out some pay television with him.

The Emmys host gave out a password to HBO's streaming service HBO Now, saying he knew many watchers couldn't afford to pay for the service. He also noted that the pay network has said it isn't concerned about paying customers sharing their passwords.

Samberg gave out a username that references a character on HBO's "Game of Thrones" and the less-than-original password, password1.

Sure enough, even 15 minutes after Samberg's announcement on stage, the info Samberg gave out worked and it was possible to watch HBO Now.


6:15 p.m.

Backstage at the Emmys, winners are celebrating their successes in different ways.

"The Voice" producer Mark Burnett and host Carson Daly snapped selfies with their new statuettes after the show won the outstanding reality competition.

Actor Jeffrey Tambor's hand shook as he signed for his statuette after winning honors for lead comedy series acting in "Transparent."

Allison Janney found a blast of air conditioning when she came backstage after winning for supporting actress in the comedy series "Mom."

With Los Angeles sweltering in a late-summer heat wave, Janney said she didn't want to move from the spot.


6:10 p.m.

With Jeffrey Tambor winning the best actor award for comedy, a veteran actor has broken new ground.

Tambor plays Maura formerly Mort Pfefferman, a transgender character of Amazon's "Transparent." He dedicated his Emmy to the transgender community, thanking them for their patience, courage and inspiration.

Besides winning for playing a transgender character, Tambor's award was a big coup for a streaming service, with Amazon beating networks such as ABC, Fox, Showtime and FX.

His award came shortly after Jill Soloway won a directing award for "Transparent."

Meanwhile, winning is becoming old hat for Julia Louis-Dreyfus. The star of HBO's "Veep" won the best actress award in comedy for the fourth straight year.

She said she was quoting her show's writers in saying, "what a great honor it must be for you to honor me tonight." Then she said Donald Trump actually said that.

Said Louis-Dreyfus: "It's getting trickier and trickier to satirize this stuff."


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!"


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