Last night the 68th Emmy Awards were held in Los Angeles to celebrate the past year in television greatness. The evening was dominated by Game Of Thrones, Veep and The People v OJ Simpson, with each picking up several awards at the ceremony. There were no prizes for the Stranger Things‘ kids rendition of ‘Uptown Funk’ at the ceremony – but if we had it our way, they definitely would have picked up something. Check out the winners of this year’s major categories below.
Game Of Thrones scooped a whopping 12 awards on the night – including the gong for Outstanding Drama Series, as well as several visual effects awards for its monumental episode Battle Of The Bastards. The succesful evening meant that the HBO drama won its 38th Emmy award, becoming the most succesful show at The Emmy Awards of all time, overtaking comedy Frasier.
Veep, the HBO comedy that follows Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ character Selena Meyers on her quest to become President, picked up the award for Outstanding Comedy Series. It was the second time the show has won the award, beating out competition from Transparent and Modern Family in consecutive years.
Veep leading lady Julia Louis-Dreyfus also won big on the night by picking up the individual award for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy, for her role as the President Selena Meyers. Last night’s win continues her streak of winning the award to five times in a row – one for each season of the show to date – making her the most succesful actress in the category of all time.
Tatiana Maslany triumphed in the Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama category, winning the award for her part as Sarah Manning in the sci-fi show Orphan Black. Maslany was also nominated for the prize last year, but lost out to Viola Davis (How to Get Away With Murder). The showmakers of Orphan Black recently announced that its next series, which will arrive late next year, will be its last.
FX’s The People v OJ Simpson had a successful evening, picking up the award for Outstanding Limited Series. Several of the show’s cast, including Sarah Paulson (Marcia Clark), Courtney B Vance (Johnnie Cochrane) and Sterling K Brown (Christopher Darden) picked up individual acting awards for their roles in Limited Series category. The eight episode show tackled the trial of American Footballer OJ Simpson who was tried and found not guilty for the murder of his wife Nicole Brown and friend Ron Goldman.
Star of Mr Robot, Rami Malek, won the prize for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama. Having beat out Kevin Spacey (House Of Cards) and Kyle Chandler (Bloodline) to win the award – Malek made reference to his character Elliott in his acceptance speech; “I play a young man who I think, like so many of us, is profoundly alienated. Unfortunately, I’m not so sure how many of us would want to hang out with a guy like Elliot, but I want to honor all the Elliots, because there’s a little bit of Elliot in all of us.”
Jeffrey Tambor won the Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy award for his role as Mort in the Amazon Prime series. It’s the second time in a row Tambor has won the award, having picked it up for playing the transgender character at last year’s ceremony also. The show was the first of Amazon’s to win a major award, with Season 3 set to arrive on the streaming service on September 23rd.
British comedian John Oliver scooped the prize for Outstanding Variety Talk Series for his satirical news show Last Week Tonight With John Oliver. This was only the second time the category had been a part of the ceremony, with last year’s gong going to Jon Stewart for The Daily Show – which Oliver used to work on.