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Emmys 2016: All the Winners and Almost-Winners at TV’s Biggest Night

Posted by cirvine on September 19, 2016


Did you catch the Emmys last night? The 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards honoured the best in U.S. television including Game of Thrones, Veep, and Mr. Robot. Although the ceremony isn’t known for being quite as glamorous as the Academy Awards or as outrageous as the VMAs, it did well in making us laugh, cry, cheer, and think a little bit.

Jimmy Kimmel was this year’s host, and although he’s no Tina Fey or Amy Poehler, he did a great job at being topical and entertaining and just a teensy bit controversial. Speaking of controversial, Hollywood’s most awkward moment almost happened when Jimmy announced the entrance of 7-time Emmy winner, Bill Cosby, sparking looks from the audience like this one from Tina Fey:


The biggest metaphorical winner of the event has to be the diversity of its nominees, and after the Academy Awards’ #OscarsSoWhite controversy, it was something to be celebrated.

 Rami Malek: the internet’s boyfriend. Photograph: Jim Smeal/BEI/Shutterstock

With winners like Rami Malek for Best Actor in Mr. Robot and Asis Ansari and Alan Yang for their writing in Master of None, the Emmys recognized that dramatic and comedic talents aren’t determined by culture or ethnicity.

Tatiana Maslany accepts the award for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series for Orphan Black.  (MIKE BLAKE / REUTERS)

I’d also like to take this moment to give big ups to Canada’s Tatiana Maslany for winning Best Actress in a Drama Series in Orphan Black. As fans of the show know, for four seasons she has juggled over 10 different versions of her character (she plays a variety of clones), each with its own quirks, accents, and character traits. If you haven’t seen the sci-fi show, Execulink TV subscribers can check it out on Space—you won’t be disappointed.

 Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Maisie Williams, Emilia Clarke, Sophie Turner and Kit Harrington of HBO’s Game of Thrones pose backstage with their award for oustanding drama series. Photograph: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

It was great to see fan-favourites like Orphan Black and Mr. Robot win out over huge shows like House of Cards and Homeland—these were nice surprises. But to no one’s surprise certain other shows won big last night. Veep won for Best Comedy Series and Best Actress in a Comedy Series (who doesn’t love Julia Louis-Dreyfus?), and Game of Thrones (the love of my TV-watching life) won 12 of its whopping 24 nominations. Pop quiz! Which television series did Game of Thrones surpass for the record of most Emmys ever won? Answer: Frasier. Yes, that Frasier. Weird, right?

For a look at all the night’s winners and almost-winners, check out the list below. See you next year for TV’s biggest night!

Drama series
The Americans (FX) 
Better Call Saul (AMC)
Downton Abbey (PBS)
Game of Thrones (HBO) — WINNER
Homeland (Showtime)
House of Cards (Netflix)
Mr. Robot (USA)

Comedy series
Black-ish (ABC)
Master of None (Netflix) 
Modern Family (ABC)
Silicon Valley (HBO)
Transparent (Amazon)
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)

Actor, drama series
Kyle Chandler, Bloodline (Netflix)
Rami Malek, Mr. Robot (USA) — WINNER
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul (AMC)
Matthew Rhys, The Americans (FX)
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan (Showtime) 
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards (Netflix)

Actress, drama series
Claire Danes, Homeland (Showtime)
Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder (ABC)
Taraji P. Henson, Empire (Fox)
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black (BBC America) — WINNER
Keri Russell, The Americans (FX)
Robin Wright, House of Cards

Actor, comedy series
Anthony Anderson, Black-ish (ABC)
Aziz Ansari, Master of None (Netflix)
Will Forte, The Last Man on Earth (Fox)
William H. Macy, Shameless (Showtime)
Thomas Middleditch, Silicon Valley (HBO)
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent (Showtime)—WINNER

Actress, comedy series
Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep (HBO) — WINNER
Laurie Metcalf, Getting On (HBO)
Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish (ABC)
Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central)
Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie (Netflix)

Supporting actor, drama series
Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul (AMC)
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones (HBO)
Kit Harington, Game of Thrones (HBO) 
Michael Kelly, House of Cards (Netflix)
Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline (Netflix) — WINNER
Jon Voight, Ray Donovan (Showtime)

Supporting actress, drama series
Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones (HBO)
Lena Headey, Game of Thrones (HBO)
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey (PBS) — WINNER
Maura Tierney, The Affair (Showtime)
Maisie Williams, Game of Thrones (HBO)
Constance Zimmer, UnREAL (Lifetime)

Supporting actor, comedy series
Louie Anderson, Baskets — WINNER

Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox)
Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
Tony Hale, Veep (HBO)
Matt Walsh, Veep (HBO)

Supporting actress, comedy series
Anna Chlumsky, Veep (HBO)
Gaby Hoffman, Transparent (Amazon)
Allison Janney, Mom (CBS)
Judith Light, Transparent (Amazon)
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live (NBC) —WINNER
Nicey Nash, Getting On (HBO)

Limited series
American Crime (ABC)
The Night Manager(AMC)
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX) — WINNER
Roots (History)

TV Movie
A Very Murray Christmas (Netflix)
All the Way (HBO)
Confirmation (HBO)
Luther (BBC America)
Sherlock: The Abominable Bride (PBS)— WINNER

Lead actor, limited series or movie
Bryan Cranston, All the Way (HBO)
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: The Abominable Bride (PBS)
Idris Elba, Luther (BBC America)
Cuba Gooding, Jr., The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX)
Tom Hiddleston, The Night Manager (AMC)
Courtney B. Vance, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX)— WINNER

Lead actress, limited series or movie
Kirsten Dunst, Fargo (FX)
Felicity Huffman, American Crime (ABC)
Audra McDonald, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill (HBO)
Sarah Paulson, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX) — WINNER
Lili Taylor, American Crime (ABC)
Kerry Washington, Confirmation (HBO)

Supporting actor, limited series or movie
Sterling K. Brown, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX) — WINNER
Hugh Laurie, The Night Manager (AMC)
Jesse Plemons, Fargo (FX)
David Schwimmer, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX)
John Travolta, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX)

Supporting actress, limited series or movie
Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Hotel (FX)
Olivia Colman, The Night Manager (AMC)
Regina King, American Crime (ABC) — WINNER
Melissa Leo, All the Way (HBO)
Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Hotel (FX) 
Jean Smart, Fargo (FX)

Directing for a comedy series
Aziz Ansari, Master Of None
Alec Berg, Silicon Valley
Mike Judge, Silicon Valley
Jill Soloway, Transparent — WINNER
Dave Mandel, Veep
Chris Addison, Veep
Dale Stern, Veep




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