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‘People vs OJ Simpson’, ‘Game of Thrones’ rule Emmys 2016


TOPSHOT - Cast & crew of 'Game of Thrones' pose with the Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series, in the press room during the 68th Emmy Awards on September 18, 2016 at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles. / AFP PHOTO / FREDERIC J BROWN

“The People v OJ Simpson” triumphed at the 68th Primetime Emmys, winning five awards including best limited series, while fantasy drama “Game of Thrones” was honoured as the best drama for the second consecutive year. “Veep” was named best comedy series and its star, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, won a record-breaking fifth Emmy as best comedy actress, reports PTI.

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Actress Sofia Vergara attends the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images/AFP==FOR NEWSPAPERS, INTERNET, TELCOS & TELEVISION USE ONLY==

Actress Sofia Vergara attends the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

“The People v OJ Simpson”, which is the dramatic retelling of the infamous O J Simpson’s murder trial, was honoured for its writing and captured several acting awards. Courtney B Vance bagged best actor in limited series or movie, Sarah Paulson won best actress and the best supporting actor honour to Sterling K Brown. “Obama out, Hillary in,” Vance said as he wrapped his victory speech.

HBO series “Game of Thrones”, the fantasy saga based on George RR Martin’s novels, made Emmy history, pushing its lifetime total number of awards to 38 – one more than “Frasier”, the previous all-time record holder. Besides best drama, “GOT” won David Benioff and DB Weiss the best writing in a drama series honour and best directing in a drama series for Miguel Sapochnik. The series already became the most-honoured drama series after picking up nine Emmys at the Creative Arts ceremony last weekend. Overall it won 12 Emmys this year, out of 23 total nominations.

This year, however, the series lost in the drama acting categories, which were far from predictable. Rami Malek of “Mr Robot” and “Orphan Black” actress Tatiana Maslany overcame heavyweight competition to be named best actor and best actress, respectively. “Oh, my God. Please tell me you’re seeing this too,” Malek, who plays an emotionally troubled engineer caught up in a dangerous hacking conspiracy, said after winning the honour.


Actor John Travolta (L) and actor Sterling K. Brown

The Emmys also did not shy from honouring minority talents as Indian-origin actor-writer-director Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang received the best writing for a comedy series honour for “Master of None.”

Louis-Dreyfus used her victory at the Jimmy Kimmel-hosted ceremony, which was witnessed several starts making sharp political jabs, to take a dig at GOP contender Donald Trump. “I’d also like to take this opportunity to personally apologise for the current political climate. I think that ‘Veep’ has torn down the wall between comedy and politics. Our show started out as a political satire but it now feels more like a sobering documentary,” she said. She promised to “rebuild that wall and make Mexico pay for it.”

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A shaking Louis-Dreyfus ended her speech by dedicating the trophy to her father, who she said died on Friday.

Jeffrey Tambor captured his second consecutive best comedy actor trophy for “Transparent,” in which he plays a transgender character. He called for Hollywood to make him the last non-transgender actor to get such a role. “Transparent” director Jill Soloway was honoured for his direction to the comedy series.

Aziz Ansari, Kelvin Yu

Aziz Ansari (R) and Kelvin Yu winners of the award for outstanding writing for a comedy series for “Master of None”.

Maggie Smith was named best supporting actress in a drama series for the final season of “Downton Abbey.” It was her third win for playing the role of a dowager and like always she didn’t attend the ceremony. “Saturday Night Live” cast member Kate McKinnon won the trophy for best supporting actress in a comedy for, officially, playing various characters. “Thank you, Ellen DeGeneres, thank you, Hillary Clinton,” she said, naming two of the famous people she’s caricatured on the show.

Ben Mendelsohn of “Bloodline” won best supporting drama actor. John Oliver received the best variety talk series award for “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.” Regina King won the award for supporting actress in a limited series for “American Crime”.

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Louie Anderson was honoured as best supporting actor in a comedy series for his portrayal of a loving but tough mom in “Baskets.” The award for best direction for a limited series, movie or drama went to Susanne Bier for “The Night Manager.” “The Voice” was named best reality-competition program. The best television movie honour was given to “Sherlock: The Abominable Bride.”

Zuckerberg congratulates Oculus team

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has congratulated the Oculus Story Studio for bringing home its first Emmy. “We won our first Emmy! The Oculus team, specifically. It’s the first time in history an original virtual reality movie has won,” Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post, according to IANS. The Emmy went to Ramiro Lopez Dau-directed “Henry” about a hedgehog trying to make friends. Facebook acquired the virtual reality pioneer Oculus VR in 2014.