No one could say that a large majority of the Emmy awards were predictable last night. Of course, the one consistent theme of the night was poking fun at Donald Trump.
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"Game of Thrones" received the trophy for Best Drama for the second year in a show at TV's most-honored show. "VEEP" received the trophy for Best Comedy for the second year straight. Julia Louis-Dreyfus won for the fifth straight year as Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.
Louis-Dreyfus commented on the election, comparing it to her own show: “I think that ‘Veep’ has torn down the wall between comedy and politics,” she said. “Our show started out as a political satire but it now feels more like a sobering documentary.”
Tatiana Maslany, who shapeshifts into over a dozen characters on BBC America's "Orphan Black" finally won the award for Best Lead Actress in a Drama - one she has deserved for every season since the show started.
Jeffrey Tambor and Rami Malek also took home awards, and the big winner was the FX miniseries "The People vs. O.J. Simpson," which will get it's own article.
“Oh, my God. Please tell me you’re seeing this too,” said a stunned Malek.
In a surprising turn, Kate McKinnon won Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy for "Saturday Night Life," and received a congratulatory tweet from Hillary Clinton, her most well-known impression.
Maggie Smith was honored for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for "Downton Abbey." It was her third win, and the third time she didn't attend the ceremony. Kimmel joked that her trophy would be in the "lost and found."
John Oliver won the Emmy for Best Variety Talk Series, but the night was tinged with sadness for him: “It’s all I’ve been thinking about for the past 48 hours, that I’d be looking at the back of Beyonce’s head for four hours and she hasn’t turned up,” he said. “So, this is nice, but this evening genuinely has a sense of loss. I was going to stare at the back of her head and experience happiness in a form that I hadn’t felt.”
Of the 27 awards given out on primetime, six when HBO and six went to FX. Netflix had three, Amazon had two, and BBC America, USA, AMC, and Comedy Central all had one.
Surprisingly, ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox, the four main channels that host the Emmy broadcast, only received four of the 27 awards. CBS didn't receive a single award.
“There’s great stuff on network, there’s great stuff on cable,” said Alan Yang, who won a comedy writing award with Aziz Ansari for Netflix’s “Master of None.” ‘’What’s been really great about Netflix is they give us a lot of freedom and they trust us to pursue what our personal stories are. I think they’ve been rewarded with stuff that feels a little fresh.”
"Game fo Thrones" received 12 awards in total, making it 38 total for the series - which is the most ever for a primetime series. Still, the actors went home empty handed.
Jimmy Kimmel serves as a funny if at times negative host. His best bits were the short quips between presenters as opposed to the more scripted moments.
“What a night for O.J.,” Kimmel said as the Simpson miniseries received awards. “I wonder if he’s having a viewing party with the guys.” Simpson is currently serving time in a Nevada prison for an unrelated charge.