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What John Oliver, George RR Martin and Jordan Peele Cried For at This Year’s Emmys

What John Oliver, George RR Martin and Jordan Peele Cried For at This Year’s Emmys: Photo illustration by Playboy

Photo illustration by Playboy

This weekend’s Emmy Awards were strangely touching. Instead of just highlighting television’s entertainment value, many of the winners and presenters used the stage to draw attention to issues of gender, race and overall diversity in Hollywood. Tears were shed, both by the winners during their speeches, and by audience members, revealing that actors really are a sensitive bunch.

At HBO’s annual post-Emmy bash at the Pacific Design Center (where the theme appeared to be fire, which felt appropriate to the 100 degree day), we asked a bunch of attendees what moment during the ceremony really got them choked up. Many referenced Viola Davis’s historic win for Best Actress for her role on How To Get Away With Murder, but everyone had their own favorite instance of trying not to be seen crying on camera. (And, for the record, when George RR Martin stopped to chat we did ask about Jon Snow’s survival probability and received “No comment” in response.)


“I think Viola Davis’s speech was pretty amazing. And I know Viola personally. I didn’t know what she was going to say about it, but I knew it was going to be two fistfuls. And it was.”

– Richard Jenkins

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© Splash News/Splash News/Corbis

“Harris Wittels was a really great writer who passed away and seeing him in the In Memorium was just a bummer. It’s always hard to watch that. And it’s not a competition for sadness, but he was so young. It’s nice that he was remembered, but it’s just sad.”

– John Oliver

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“I was pretty excited when we won. But I have to admit Viola Davis’s speech was really moving, too. I didn’t cry. I’m crying now, although it’s actually sweat because it’s too hot here.”

–George RR Martin

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© Dayvid Acosta/Retna Ltd/ Retna Ltd./Corbis

“The way people spoke about Transparent, I thought that was pretty great. Everybody that won for that and the way they spoke about it – the writers, the director, Jeffrey Tambor. That was really amazing. Olive Kittridge’s win was great in the same way.”

– Timothy Hutton

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“Uzo Aduba. She was so happy and so excited to win and so passionate about it all. I was like ‘That’s why you win an Emmy!’ She gives a shit, which is amazing to watch.”

– Evan Peters

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© Digital Focus/Splash News/Corbis

“Viola Davis’s speech was incredible in so many ways. It was so on point. That was it for me. I don’t ever want to expect anyone to win because I have a hard time getting my expectations let down. I just don’t do well with that so I don’t expect anything. But I thought there was a chance for her to win. And to think that I go back to work with her tomorrow is fun. I hope she brings her Emmy. I want to steal it.”

– Matt McGorry

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“I thought it was really great when Tracy Morgan came out. I think everybody was like ‘Oh, that’s great.’ Everyone stood up. It was a very powerful thing because he’s such a loveable guy. It’s good to see that he’s still around.”

– Pete Davidson

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© Byron Purvis/AdMedia/AdMedia/Corbis

“The winner of the Best Supporting Actress, Uzo Aduba, talking about her love for her sister. I was sitting next to Leslie Jones and she was like ‘Are you crying because of what she’s saying?’ And yeah, I was. To see her be humble like that about her sister – I teared up for sure. Fortunately I wasn’t on camera.”

– Taran Killam

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“The thing that I related to the most was Uzo Aduba’s speech and the idea of being not the typical actress. The way she was thanking her team for embracing who she is was such a moving thing. To be able to verbalize that and experience that, to me, was so cool. How cool to feel like you’re surrounded by people who are embracing who you are as opposed to trying to be someone you’re not.”

– Vanessa Bayer

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© Jenna Blake/Corbis

“There were so many! Obviously a personal highlight for me was seeing Jon [Hamm] win because he’s so deserving. I think he crawled onstage, which is really funny. I just loved it. But there were so many beautiful moments. It was a really really lovely Emmys this year.”

– Kiernan Shipka

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“The most moving moment, by far, was Viola Davis. It was the most beautiful thing, the most beautiful speech. It was well executed – elegant and emotional at the same time. It was really really really beautiful. I haven’t met her yet, but I hope to!”

–Trevor Noah

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© Jared Milgrim/The Photo Access/The World Access/Corbis

“For me it was Richard Jenkins winning. To see a lifetime character actor get his due up there and see his eyes register that was really beautiful.”

– Mark Duplass

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“I feel like there was a lot. There were so many classy speeches. I thought Allison Janney’s speech was a great representation of the kind of actress I want to be when I grow up. I just want to be grounded. I want the presence and the gravitas she has.”

– Katie Aselton

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© Byron Purvis/AdMedia/AdMedia/Corbis

“The most moving moment was Viola Davis. Everything she said about our past, our history, this industry and what it meant to her. She was genuinely moved by her opportunity and mindful of what has taken place in the past. And she paid tribute to that so I thought that was lovely.”

–Gary Cole

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“The whole ending! God, the last 30 minutes I was crying endlessly. And Harris Wittels obviously getting in the In Memorium was moving. And also Tracy Morgan coming out and his whole speech. There were a million things I was moved by. I don’t know if I was falling apart or if things just started getting really beautiful. Jordan [Peele] and I were crying together. We look for excuses to cry. But it’s better when you’re wrapped and cocooned in blankets at home. It feels a little weird in formal wear.”

– Chelsea Peretti

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© Byron Purvis/AdMedia/AdMedia/Corbis

“Viola got me. She really broke it down. It’s great after all that fun pomp to get some real truth bombs in there.”

– Jordan Peele

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“Jon Hamm’s standing ovation was pretty impressive. It felt true and real and genuine.”

–James Corden

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© Jenna Blake/Corbis

“There were so many moving moments, but for me it was Viola.”

– Kerry Washington

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“When Viola Davis spoke and when Uzo Aduba spoke. I was also very happy for Jeffrey Tambor. I’m a big fan of his. I thought he gave a very moving speech. I was happy that his director and writer won as well. It was a touching ceremony overall and it went by very fast. It didn’t feel frivolous at all.”

– Padma Lakshmi


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