With emotional speeches, numerous political jokes and Matt Damon, TV's biggest night did not disappoint. Here are some of the highlights from the 68th annual Primetime Emmy Awards.
1. Jeb Bush As A Limo Driver
Even though the show started with a typical "I'm late to my hosting gig!" intro from Jimmy Kimmel, his scene with former Florida governor Jeb Bush was probably the best part. Check out the entire opening sequence:
2. Jimmy's Mom Makes PB&J For The Audience
After Ellen had pizza delivered at the 2014 Oscars, it seems to be expected that future hosts will also do something along those lines. Jimmy Kimmel did not disappoint, having his mom make "about 7,000" peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the audience. The kids from Stranger Things even helped pass the snacks out.
3. Sarah Paulson's Date And Acceptance Speech Apology
Sarah Paulson, nominated for her roles in American Horror Story: Hotel and The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, brought Marcia Clark, the real-life prosecutor in the O.J. Simpson trial, as her date to the Emmys. Not only did Paulson bring Clark, but she also took the opportunity during her acceptance speech to apologize to Clark for the way people treated her during the Simpson trial. From the stage, Paulson said, "The more I learned about the real Marcia Clark, not the two-dimensional cardboard cutout I saw on the news, but the complicated, whip-smart, giant-hearted mother of two who woke up every day, put both feet on the floor and dedicated herself to righting an unconscionable wrong… the more I had to recognize that I, along with the rest of the world, had been superficial and careless in my judgment. I am glad to be able to stand here today in front of everyone and tell you I'm sorry."
4. Leslie Jones Yells At The Accountants
Every award show has a moment where the accountants who tabulate the votes and protect the names of the winners come out and talk about what they do. This year, Leslie Jones decided she wanted Ernst & Young to protect something more important: her Twitter account. She asked the three representatives why they can protect something "no one is trying to steal" but they can't protect her from "being naked on CNN."
5. Julia Louis-Dreyfus' Hilarious And Emotional Acceptance Speech
Julia Louis-Dreyfus made history by winning her fifth consecutive Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy for Veep, but her acceptance speech was just as memorable. After joking that Veep was starting to feel less like political satire and more like a sobering documentary, she then broke down in tears, revealing that her father had died two days earlier. “I’d like to dedicate this to my father, William Louis-Dreyfus, who passed away on Friday,” the actress said. “I’m so glad that he liked Veep because his opinion was the one that really mattered.”
6. Matt Damon Pokes Fun at Jimmy Kimmel's Emmy Loss
The "feud" between Matt Damon and Jimmy Kimmel continues after Kimmel's lost the Emmy for Outstanding Variety Talk Series to John Oliver.
7. Jeffrey Tambor's Plea For Transgender Talent
During his acceptance speech for Best Actor in a Comedy Series for his role in Transparent (which he won last year as well), Tambor made a plea to the audience to hire transgender actors. "I would not be unhappy if I were the last cisgender male to play a female transgender on television," he said as the crowd cheered. Laverne Cox, a transgender actor who currently stars in Orange Is the New Black, echoed Tambor's statements when she presented an award later in the night.
8. Larry David Presents For The First Time
Larry David was adorably funny as he presented at an awards show for the first time, saying, “I’m grossly incompetent at most things, but I’m thinking, ‘How hard could it be?’ It requires three skills: You have to be able to open an envelope, read a few words and, most importantly, act like you’re interested,” the comedian joked. “Believe me; I know how to act like I’m interested. Nobody feigns interest like me: Tell me more about your niece. You say she likes tap dancing? Oh, that’s fascinating!"
9. Amy Schumer's Note From Jimmy Kimmel's Mom
After passing out peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to the audience, Jimmy Kimmel told those watching at home that his mom had written notes to some of the guests, and asked some of them to read them out loud. He got to Amy Schumer, who's sweet note was actually not intended for her at all. "Dear Amy, you're the funniest woman on television," the note read. "I wish you were hosting the Emmys this year. I'm your number one fan. Bring back Parks and Rec." Oops.
10. Kate McKinnon Winning Speech
The first female from Saturday Night Live to win Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, McKinnon was understandably excited and shaken, saying on stage that her tears were real.
Cover photo credit: Jimmy Kimmel Live Facebook