A look back at the 2016 Emmy Awards

by Ste Wood

The 68th annual Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony took place this past Sunday, in an evening that saw Game of Thrones break the record for most awards won by a fictional series. The fantasy epic took home twelve awards this year, including Best Directed Drama and the prestigious Outstanding Drama Series. With a collection of thirty-eight awards in total, the HBO series is now the most decorated show in the history of the ceremony, overtaking Frasier‘s previous record of 37.

Game of Thrones wasn’t the only HBO show to impress audiences, with the superb political satire Veep collecting three of the sixteen awards it was up for. The show, which recently concluded it’s fifth season, won Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Lead Comedy Actress (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), and Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series. Another stand out comedy in the polls was Jill Soloway’s transgender themed comedy Transparent. The web based series also netted three awards, including Outstanding Lead Comedy Actor (Jeffrey Tambor) and Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series.

One nod that came as a surprise to many was to Mr. Robot‘s Rami Malek, who topped some stiff competition to claim the award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. The Egyptian-American actor beat the likes of House of Cards‘ Kevin Spacey, The Americans star Matthew Rhys, and Ray Donovan himself, Leiv Shcreiber, to claim his first Emmy award. Malek’s recognition comes as something of a surprise due to the social outcast role he plays in the USA Network drama. For nearly 20 years, the Outstanding Drama Actor award has been won almost exclusively by actors like James Gandolfini (The Sopranos), James Spader (Boston Legal, The Practice), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), and others portraying white anti-hero characters. Malik’s performance as struggling schizophrenic revolutionary Eliot Alderson is a far cry from the type of role typically associated with victory in the category, and is a key factor in the shows continuing success.

One of the less surprising outcomes of the night came from American Crime Story: The People vs. OJ Simpson, which claimed several top Limited Series awards, as it was widely predicted to. The FX docudrama was awarded Outstanding Limited Series, Outstanding Actor and Actress in a Limited Series (Courtney B. Vance and Sarah Paulson, respectively), and Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series. With such a strong showing at this year’s ceremony, speculation continues to grow regarding the subject matter of the shows inevitable second series.

Other highlights from the evening include Last Week Tonight with John Oliver picking up a much deserved Outstanding Variety Talk Series accolade, along with two other awards this year. After a three year run of receiving nothing but nominations, Comedy Central’s Key & Peele finally won not one but two awards at the 68th annual ceremony, notably winning Outstanding Variety Sketch for the first time. The evening didn’t go quite so well for HBO’s Big-Bang-But-Better comedy series Silicon Valley. The two-time Emmy award winning show has been growing in popularity following it’s third season, but was unable to capture any of the eleven prizes it was up for at this year’s event.

Full list of winners:

Outstanding drama series

The Americans
Better Call Saul
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
Homeland
House of Cards
Mr Robot

Outstanding comedy series

Black-ish
Master of None
Modern family
Silicon Valley
Transparent
The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Veep

Outstanding lead actor in a drama

Kyle Chandler, Bloodline
Matthew Rhys, The Americans
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
Rami Malek, Mr Robot
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Liev Schrieber, Ray Donovan

Outstanding lead actress in a drama

Claire Danes, Homeland
Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder
Taraji P Henson, Empire
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
Keri Russell, The Americans
Robin Wright, House of Cards

Outstanding lead actor in a comedy

Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
Aziz Ansari, Master of None
Will Forte, The Last Man On Earth
William H Macy, Shameless
Thomas Middleditch, Silicon Valley
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

Outstanding lead actress in a comedy

Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Laurie Metcalf, Getting On
Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish
Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer
Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie

Outstanding lead actor in a limited series or TV movie

Bryan Cranston, All The Way
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock
Idris Elba, Luther
Cuba Gooding Jr, The People v OJ Simpson
Tom Hiddleston, The Night Manager
Courtney B Vance, The People v OJ Simpson

Outstanding limited series

American Crime
Fargo
The Night Manager
The People v OJ Simpson
Roots

Outstanding reality competition series

The Amazing Race
American Ninja Warrior
Dancing With The Stars
Project Runway
The Voice
Top Chef

Outstanding television movie

A Very Murray Christmas
All The Way
Confirmation
Luther
Sherlock: The Abominable Bride

Outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series

Louie Anderson, Baskets
Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Keegan-Michael Key, Key & Peele
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Tony Hale, Veep
Matt Walsh, Veep

Outstanding supporting actor in a drama series

Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul
Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline
Peter Dinklage, Game Of Thrones
Kit Harington, Game Of Thrones
Michael Kelly, House Of Cards
Jon Voight, Ray Donovan

Outstanding supporting actor in a limited series or movie

Jesse Plemons, Fargo
Bokeem Woodbine, Fargo
Hugh Laurie, The Night Manager
Sterling K Brown, The People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story
David Schwimmer, The People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story
John Travolta, The People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story

Outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series

Niecy Nash, Getting On
Allison Janney, Mom
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
Judith Light, Transparent
Gaby Hoffmann, Transparent
Anna Chlumsky, Veep

Outstanding supporting actress in a drama series

Maura Tierney, The Affair
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Lena Headley, Game Of Thrones
Emilia Clarke, Game Of Thrones
Maisie Williams, Game Of Thrones
Constance Zimmer, UnREAL

Outstanding supporting actress in a limited series or movie

Melissa Leo, All The Way
Regina King, American Crime
Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Hotel
Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Hotel
Jean Smart, Fargo
Olivia Colman, The Night Manager

Outstanding guest actor in a comedy series

Bob Newhart, The Big Bang Theory
Tracy Morgan, Saturday Night Live
Larry David, Saturday Night Live
Bradley Whitford, Transparent
Martin Mull, Veep
Peter Scolari, Girls

Outstanding guest actor in a drama series

Max von Sydow, Game Of Thrones
Michael J Fox, The Good Wife
Reg E Cathey, House Of Cards
Mahershala Ali, House Of Cards
Paul Sparks, House Of Cards
Hank Azaria, Ray Donovan

Outstanding guest actress in a comedy series

Laurie Metcalf, The Big Bang Theory
Christine Baranski, The Big Bang Theory
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, Saturday Night Live
Melissa McCarthy, Saturday Night Live
Amy Schumer, Saturday Night Live
Melora Hardin, Transparent

Outstanding guest actress in a drama series

Margo Martindale, The Americans
Carrie Preston, The Good Wife
Laurie Metcalf, Horace and Pete
Ellen Burstyn, House Of Cards
Molly Parker, House Of Cards
Allison Janney, Masters Of Sex

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