Thursday 29 September 2016

Game of Thrones and The People v. O.J. Simpson dominate Emmys

Published 19/09/2016 | 07:26

L-R) Actors Rory McCann, Conleth Hill, Iwan Rheon, Gwendoline Christie, Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Maisie Williams, Emilia Clarke, Sophie Turner and Kit Harington, winners of Best Drama Series for Game of Thrones. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
L-R) Actors Rory McCann, Conleth Hill, Iwan Rheon, Gwendoline Christie, Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Maisie Williams, Emilia Clarke, Sophie Turner and Kit Harington, winners of Best Drama Series for Game of Thrones. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Jeffrey Tambor accepts the award for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series for "Transparent" at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S., September 18, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Blake
Alan Yang (L) and Aziz Ansari pose backstage with their awards for Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series for "Master Of None". REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus poses backstage with her awards for Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series for her role in HBO's "Veep". REUTERS/Mike Blake

The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story and Game of Thrones topped the 2016 Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday.

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The TV adaptation of disgraced sportsman O.J. Simpson's murder trial headed into the awards with a stunning 22 nominations, and quickly racked up the trophies, including Outstanding Limited Series.

Sarah Paulson poses backstage with her award for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Limited Series Or Movie for
Sarah Paulson poses backstage with her award for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Limited Series Or Movie for "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story". REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Sarah Paulson was named Outstanding Lead Actress In A Limited Series Or A Movie for her portrayal of prosecutor Marcia Clark, who accompanied the star to the Emmys as her date for the night, while Courtney B. Vance beat co-star Cuba Gooding, Jr. to take the Outstanding Lead Actor honour for his role as Simpson defence attorney Johnnie Cochran.

Sterling K. Brown was also celebrated as Outstanding Supporting Actor, as was writer D.V. DeVincentis.

Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus poses backstage with her awards for Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series for her role in HBO's
Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus poses backstage with her awards for Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series for her role in HBO's "Veep". REUTERS/Mike Blake

Game of Thrones, based on the hit fantasy books by George R. R. Martin, was another big winner, landing Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series, and Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series, but its castmembers lost out on the acting accolades, which went to Rami Malek (Mr. Robot), Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black), Ben Mendelsohn (Bloodline), and Dame Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey).

Meanwhile, Veep held on to the Outstanding Comedy Series title for a second consecutive year, and its star Julia Louis-Dreyfus scored her fifth consecutive win for Outstanding Lead Actress. The victory was a bittersweet one for the former Seinfeld star, who tearfully dedicated the prize to her father William, who died on Friday, aged 84.

Jeffrey Tambor was named Outstanding Lead Actor again for Transparent, after previously winning the 2015 award. He said he hoped to be the last non-trans person to play a trans role and director Jill Soloway urging viewers to “topple the patriarchy.”

There were also special tributes from Tambor to his late pal Garry Shandling, and from Henry Winkler, who remembered his Happy Days creator Garry Marshall, before the ceremony's annual In Memoriam segment, which also honoured stars like David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Gene Wilder, Prince, Muhammad Ali, Patty Duke, Anton Yelchin, Doris Roberts, Natalie Cole, Merle Haggard, and Glenn Frey, who have all died in the past year.

Alan Yang (L) and Aziz Ansari pose backstage with their awards for Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series for
Alan Yang (L) and Aziz Ansari pose backstage with their awards for Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series for "Master Of None". REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

The 68th annual Primetime Emmy Awards, which celebrate the best in TV, were hosted by Jimmy Kimmel at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles

The main winners are:

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (L), Maisie Williams, Emilia Clarke, Sophie Turner and Kit Harrington of HBO's
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (L), Maisie Williams, Emilia Clarke, Sophie Turner and Kit Harrington of HBO's "Game of Thrones" pose backstage with their award for Oustanding Drama Series at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California U.S., September 18, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Outstanding Drama Series: Game of Thrones
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Rami Malek, Mr. Robot
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Dame Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: Hank Azaria, Ray Donovan
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series: Margo Martindale, The Americans
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series: Miguel Sapochnik, Game of Thrones - Battle of the Bastards
Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series: David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, Game of Thrones - Battle of the Bastards
Outstanding Comedy Series: Veep
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series: Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent
Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Louie Anderson, Baskets
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: Peter Scolari, Girls
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: Tiny Fey and Amy Poehler, Saturday Night Live
Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series: Jill Soloway, Transparent - Man on the Land
Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series: Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang, Master of None - Parents
Outstanding Limited Series: The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
Outstanding Television Movie: Sherlock: The Abominable Bride
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Limited Series Or A Movie: Courtney B. Vance, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
Outstanding Lead Actress In A Limited Series Or A Movie: Sarah Paulson, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Limited Series Or A Movie: Sterling K. Brown, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Limited Series Or A Movie: Regina King, American Crime
Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special: Susanne Bier, The Night Manager
Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special: D.V. DeVincentis, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story - Marcia, Marcia, Marcia
Outstanding Reality-Competition Program: The Voice
Outstanding Variety Talk Series: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special: Alex Rudzinski and Thomas Kail, Grease Live!
Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special: Patton Oswalt, Patton Oswalt: Talking for Clapping.

Jeffrey Tambor accepts the award for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series for
Jeffrey Tambor accepts the award for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series for "Transparent" at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S., September 18, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Blake

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