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Viola Davis Is the First Black Woman to Win 'Best Actress in a Drama,' and Other Top Moments from the 2015 Emmys

Sunday night will go down in history. Here's why.

Viola Davis Is the First Black Woman to Win 'Best Actress in a Drama,' and Other Top Moments from the 2015 Emmys
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Sunday night's 67th Emmys Awards was one for the books.

Not only were multiple previously unacknowledged thespians honored, but awards were given that will continue to challenge the entertainment status quo, and Hollywood culture at large. There were lots of laughs, and some tears. Some went home disappointed, but all went home enlightened.

Here are the night's top moments.

Viola Davis Became the First Black Woman to Win 'Best Actress in a Drama Series'

Viola Davis Is the First Black Woman to Win 'Best Actress in a Drama,' and Other Top Moments from the 2015 Emmys
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For her role as Professor Annalise Keating on ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder, Viola Davis has been awarded an even more important role. After 67 years of Emmy celebrations, the 50-year-old actress is the first Black woman to be awarded Best Actress in a Drama, enabling her to broadcast a message not often shared on a national scale.

Viola Davis Is the First Black Woman to Win 'Best Actress in a Drama,' and Other Top Moments from the 2015 Emmys
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“'In my mind, I see a line," she said, "and over that line, I see green fields and lovely flowers and beautiful white women with their arms stretched out to me over that line, but I can’t seem to get there, no-how. I can’t seem to get over that line.

"That was Harriet Tubman in the 1800s."

Let me tell you something: The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity. You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there.

Davis acknowledged the actresses who hadusic come before her, crediting them in part for enabling her own career. Taraji P. Henson, Kerry Washington, and Halle Berry were all included.

“Thank you for taking us over that line."

Emmys Host Andy Samberg Performed a Hilarious Opening Musical Monologue

By all accounts, comedian Andy Samberg did a fantastic job as the host of this year's Emmys. By all those same accounts, he should not pursue a career in music.

HBO's Veep Dethroned ABC's Modern Family as Best Comedy

Viola Davis Is the First Black Woman to Win 'Best Actress in a Drama,' and Other Top Moments from the 2015 Emmys
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Had ABC's Modern Family won tonight's Best Comedy Emmy, the show would have broken a record held only by '90s sitcom Frasier. Instead of receiving its sixth consecutive statuette for the category, however, HBO's Veep was honored.

Amys Schumer and Poehler Proclaimed, "We Are Amy"

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Shortly before announcing Mom's Allison Janney as the Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy series winner, comediennes Amy Poehler and Amy Schumer announced to the world that they are Amy.

"We're here to present the first award of the night," Poehler said, as Schumer brought home the point:

Viola Davis Is the First Black Woman to Win 'Best Actress in a Drama,' and Other Top Moments from the 2015 Emmys
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"And you've had that on the books for weeks," Poehler supported.

Poehler, 44, was later snubbed in the Best Lead Actress in a Comedy category in favor (once again) of Veep's Julia Louis-Dreyfus, but seemingly took the loss in stride.

Here she is after the announcement:

Viola Davis Is the First Black Woman to Win 'Best Actress in a Drama,' and Other Top Moments from the 2015 Emmys
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Amy Schumer Won the Best Variety Sketch Series Award in What Was a Male-dominated Category

Against quite a few very funny odds, Amy Schumer beat out the competition with her sketch series, Inside Amy Schumer.
Also in the running were Derek Waters' Drunk History, Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key's Key & Peele, Fred Armisen's Portlandia, and Saturday Night Live itself.

Frances McDormand Won Lead Actress with More Apathy Than You Thought Possible

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Olive Kitteridge's Frances McDormand was awarded Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie, but someone might still need to tell Frances McDormand about it.

Shortly after her brief acceptance speech (those other guys already thanked people, read more books, losers), Twitter erupted with reactions to the pretty little tune of:

Regardless, congrats to McDormand for a well-deserved win.

Peter Dinklage Won Best Supporting Actor for His Role as Tyrion Lannister on HBO's Game of Thrones

Viola Davis Is the First Black Woman to Win 'Best Actress in a Drama,' and Other Top Moments from the 2015 Emmys
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Game of Thrones' ultra-talented Peter Dinklage was awarded the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. The actor took the same honor in 2011 when the HBO show's first season aired. Despite being nominated each year since, he hasn't taken it home again — until now.

Congrats, Peter!

Jon Hamm Was FINALLY Made an Emmy Winner — and Just in Time

Viola Davis Is the First Black Woman to Win 'Best Actress in a Drama,' and Other Top Moments from the 2015 Emmys
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After Mad Men's eight years of seasons and a hefty 16 nominations, it seemed a travesty that Jon Hamm was never awarded for his contribution as debonair human chimney Don Draper. On Sunday night, however, that wrong was made right.

Hamm received the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, allowing us all a sigh of relief — the show's last episode aired May 17 of this year.

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