Viola Davis became the first African-American woman to win an Emmy for outstanding actress in a drama series

By Kelli Bender
September 20, 2015 11:55 PM

Bertie the tortoise isn’t the only one blazing trails in 2015. Plenty of records were broken at this year’s 67th Primetime Emmy Awards.

Before the event even started on Sunday, the Emmys were changing history. This year, a record-breaking 18 black actors were nominated. The award show also expanded its supporting actress category to include eight amazingly talented ladies.

And the hits kept coming once the show began. From Viola Davis’ emotional win to the Game of Thrones domination, see which big wins hold a place in the record books as well.

Viola Davis: Davis became the first African-American woman to win an Emmy for outstanding lead actress in a drama series, taking home the award for her portrayal of Annalise Keating on How to Get Away with Murder.

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Jon Hamm: Before Sunday night, Hamm was on a losing streak, getting snubbed for the lead actor in a drama series award a straight seven years in a row. That losing streak will remain at seven because Don Draper/Dick Whitman’s real-life alter ego finally won. Hamm’s lead actor in a drama series win marks the first (and, sadly, the last) acting Emmy earned by Mad Men.

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Jeffery Tambor: At 71, Tambor’s win for Transparent makes him the oldest person ever to win the award for lead actor in a comedy series. He is also the first actor to win an Emmy for the portrayal of a transgender character.

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Uzo Aduba: The Orange is the New Black actress is the first female to win an Emmy in both comedy and drama for the same role. Aduba won the Emmy for guest actress in a comedy series for her portrayal of OITNB‘s “Crazy Eyes” last year. This year, following OITNB‘s switch to drama, she took home the statue for outstanding supporting actress in a drama series for the same role. Ed Asner is the only other actor to achieve the same recognition.

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Allison Janney: The TV titan’s outstanding supporting actress in a comedy win for Mom brings her acting Emmy count up to seven, tying her with Ed Asner and Mary Tyler Moore. The only person with more (eight in total) is Cloris Leachman.

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus: The Veep star’s fifth outstanding lead actress in a comedy win ties her with funny women Candice Bergen and Mary Tyler Moore for the most awards in that category.

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Game of Thrones: Westeros is now the most winning series in Emmy history. The HBO drama took home 12 awards on Sunday – the most of any series in a single year. The show’s final win, for outstanding drama series, was a first for the show. It also made GOT the first fantasy program to take home an award in this category.

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