The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards 2016: Everything that happened on TV's biggest night Sep 19, 2016 10:55(IST) 10:55(IST) 10:54(IST)
Game of Thrones beat out
The Americans, House of Cards, Downton Abbey, Better Call Saul, Mr Robot and Homeland to win its ‘Best Drama Series’ prize.
Showrunners David Benioff and DB Weiss accepted the award on the cast's behalf, crediting their hard work for show's success.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, from left, Maisie Williams, Emilia Clarke, Sophie Turner, and Kit Harington winners of the award for outstanding drama series for Game of Thrones pose in the press room at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) 10:45(IST) 10:45(IST) Game of Thrones was up for 24 awards and came away with 12 at Sunday night’s Emmy Awards in Los Angeles.
The ninth episode of the sixth season of
Game of Thrones, titled ‘ ’ was singled out for praise. The episode, which features a gory battle sequence that took Battle of Bastards 20 days to film and featured the bloody death of Ramsay Bolton was singled out and won the award for best drama writing (David Benihoff and DB Weiss) and directing (Miguel Sapotchnik).
Here are David Benihoff and DB Weiss accepting the award:
The cast and crew from Game of Thrones accept the award for outstanding drama series at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, 18 September 2016, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) 10:41(IST) 10:40(IST)
David Mandel, foreground center, and the cast and crew from Emmy Veep accept the award for outstanding comedy series at the 68th Primetime Awards on Sunday, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) 10:40(IST)
And the TV series that won them all:
Outstanding Comedy Series — Veep (second consecutive win and fifth nomination)
Outstanding Drama Series — Game of Thrones (second Consecutive win)
Jimmy Kimmel has a bone to pick with Professor McGonagall aka Dame Maggie Smith.
The 81-year-old actress, who has never turned up to collect her Emmys, was told by Kimmel “to get her Dowager Count-ass over here" in his opening monologue. He said he will revoke the awards if the actress didn’t come to collect them personally next time.
When she took home the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (third year in row) for
Downton Abbey and was absent, Kimmel stepped in to accept the award on her behalf from presenters Michael Weatherly and Minnie Driver with this message "We're not mailing this to her," Kimmel told the crowd about her absence: "Maggie, if you want this, it's in the lost and found." 10:26(IST) 10:25(IST)
Maslany winner of the award for outstanding lead actress in a drama series for Orphan Black poses in the press room at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) 10:24(IST) 10:24(IST)
Though Tatiana Maslany’s work
on Orphan Black has been snubbed consistently by the academy, this year she finally won the big prize. Maslany plays multiple characters on the show and her performance has been critically acclaimed since the pilot episode of Orphan Black.
She was surprised at the win, and later noted backstage that she should have probably written down her acceptance speech beforehand!
Benioff , left, and DB Weiss accept the award for outstanding writing for a drama series for Game of Thrones at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) 10:17(IST) 10:17(IST)
Malek said he wanted to "honor the Elliots...because there's a little bit of Elliot in all of us" and talked about how lucky he was to work alongside the talented star cast and director of the show. Here’s his acceptance speech: 10:16(IST) 10:16(IST)
The breakout hit Mr Robot star Rami Malek snagged the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series award and beat Kevin Spacey, Bob Odenkirk and others to it. He first double checked if his win was not just in his head, “Please tell me you are seeing this too (which was totally in tandem with his character Elliot Alderson’s delusions on the show) and went on to make an acceptance speech: 10:15(IST) 10:15(IST)
Malek , winner of the award for outstanding lead actor in a drama series for Mr Robot, poses in the press room at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) 10:13(IST)
And here are the awards you've been waiting for:
Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series — David Benioff and DB Weiss for
Game of Thrones: Battle of the Bastards
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series — Maggie Smith for
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series — Miguel Sapochnik for
Game of Thrones: Battle of the Bastards (this is Sapochnik’s first Emmy win and nomination)
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series — Ben Mendelsohn for
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series – Rami Malek for
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series – Tatiana Maslany for
Orphan Black 10:09(IST) 10:09(IST) Jimmy Kimmel thinks 'Bill Cosby' is funny
After Kimmel introduced Bill Cosby as the next presenter, many of the audience members looked a bit freaked out. This was however, one of Kimmel's pranks. He walked onstage and said, “Don’t worry. He’s not really here. I just wanted to see what you guys would do.” The video clip is a must watch for the expression on Tina Fey's face!
10:08(IST) 10:08(IST) In Memoriam
The Emmys saw a moving tribute to the artists who passed away this year including Alan Rickman, Gene Winder among others, with Tori Kelly playing a beautiful version of Leonard Cohen's '
Hallelujah'. 10:05(IST) 10:04(IST)
In the photo above: Margo Martindale, left, and Hank Azaria appear on stage at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) 10:03(IST)
Guest actor in drama series awards:
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series — Hank Azaria for
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series — Margo Martindale for
The Americans 09:56(IST) 09:56(IST) Last Week Tonight With John Oliver won beating top contenders like The Late Late Show with James Corden, Seinfeld’s Comedians In the Car Getting Coffee, The Emmy Host’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, Real Time With Bill Maher and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
Here’s John Oliver backstage talking about his first Emmy win:
These were the winners in the 'Variety Special' category:
Outstanding Writing for Variety Special — Patton Oswalt for
Talking for Clapping
Outstanding Variety Talk Series —
Last Week Tonight With Jon Oliver
Outstanding Directing a Variety Special — Thomas Kail and Alex Rudzinski for
Outstanding Variety Sketch Series —
Key and Peele 09:51(IST) 09:51(IST)
People v OJ Simpson had 22 nominations, and because of the controversial nature of the series, Jimmy Kimmel addressed this in his monologue as well:
Sarah Paulson who plays Marcia Clark on the show, was Kimmel’s guest.
Kimmel asked her, "Are you rooting for OJ to win this time?”
Kimmel followed this up by asking John Travolta, who plays Robert Shapiro, one of Simpson's attorneys, on the show: "If you win, are you going to thank OJ?”
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In the images below, Sarah Paulson and Sterling K Brown accept the award for outstanding lead actress and supporting actor in a limited series or a movie for The People v OJ Simpson : American Crime Story at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) 09:43(IST) 09:42(IST) 09:39(IST)
These were the major awards in the Limited Series category;
The People v OJ Simpson made a clean sweep of these:
Outstanding Writer for Limited Series — DV DeVincentis for
The People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story
Outstanding Supporting Actress — Regina King for
The People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story
Outstanding Directing For A Limited Series, Movie Or Dramatic Special — Susanne Bier for
The Night Manager
Outstanding Supporting Actor for Limited Series — Sterling K Brown for
The People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story (this is his first Emmy win and nomination)
Outstanding Lead Actress for Limited Series — Sarah Paulson for
The People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story – (this is Paulson's first win — and sixth nomination)
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series — Courtney B Vance for
The People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story (this is his first Emmy Win)
Outstanding TV Movie —
Sherlock (The Abominable Bride)
Outstanding Limited Series —
The People v OJ Simpson 09:35(IST) 09:35(IST)
In this photo, Mark Burnett and the cast and crew of The Voice accept the award for outstanding reality-competition program at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) 09:34(IST)
The Emmy for Outstanding Reality Competition Program went to The Voice
The fake feud between the Emmys host Jimmy Kimmel and Matt Damon continued at the Emmys. This is arguably one of the most long-running gags in late night television, so it was only a matter of time before Damon appeared onstage.
After losing to John Oliver for outstanding variety sketch series, the night’s host, Jimmy Kimmel, had to deal with Damon, his personal troll, who strolled onstage, chomping on an apple.
As reported by
, this is how the exchange took place: Esquire
“This is so humiliating,” Damon said. “I’m sorry, I mean, you lost, but now you gotta stand out here for the rest of the night in front of everybody, when you probably just wanna go home and curl up and cry. Can we cheer Jimmy up? He’s a big loser.”
Kimmel grimaced at the screen: “I don’t need pity applauses. I’m not a big loser.”
“You’re a pretty big loser,” Mr. Damon said, “And I for one, am sorry about that.”
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Jeffrey Tambor took home the award for best actor in a comedy for his performance as Maura Pfefferman in
Transparent. As in earlier wins, he made a point of thanking his transgender 'teachers' — Van Barnes, Rhys Ernst, Zachary Drucker, Jenny Boylan — and, as the music started to play, he shushed the orchestra and made his views known on the question of whether it’s okay for cisgender actors to play transgender characters.
Here is his speech: "Now, listen to me. … I'm not going to say this beautifully. But to you people out there, you producers and network owners, and agents, and you creative sparks, please give transgender talent a chance. Give them auditions. Give them their story. Do that. And also, one more thing: I would not be unhappy were I the last cisgender male to play a female transgender on television. We have work to do. I love you."
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who won the Emmy for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series for Veep, dedicated the win to her father. He passed away on 16 September 2016.
Kelvin Yu, left, and Aziz Ansari accept the award for outstanding writing for a comedy series for Master of None at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) 09:19(IST)
Here are all the winners from the comedy category:
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series – Louie Anderson for Baskets (this is the first Emmy win and nomination for Louie)
Outstanding Writing for a Comedy series — Aziz Ansari for Master of None and Huang (first Emmy win)
Outstanding Supporting actress in a Comedy Series — Kate McKinneth for Saturday Night LIVE (this is her fourth Emmy nomination but first win)
Outstanding Guest Actor and Actress in a Comedy Series — Tina Fey and Amy Poehler for Saturday Night LIVE
Outstanding Directing for a Comedy series — Jill Soloway for Transparent
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series – Julia Louis-Dreyfus for Veep (this is her fifth consecutive win!)
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series – Jeffrey Tambor for Transparent
Priyanka and Tom presented the prize to
Susanne Bier, for The Night Manager. 09:09(IST) 09:09(IST)
Priyanka Chopra had another big moment on stage when she teamed up with newly single Tom Hiddleston, to present the award for Outstanding Directing for Limited Series/Movies/Dramatic Special.
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Master Of None snagged a well-deserved Emmy for best comedy writing. Co-creators Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang won for writing the episode Parents, an episode which focused on the two's immigrant parents.
While accepting the award, Yang went first. Yang got some powerful words in about Asian American representation in Hollywood. He pointed out that there are 17 million Asian Americans in the U.S., as well as 17 million Italian Americans.
The Godfather, Rocky, Goodfellas, The Sopranos…We have Long Duk Dong,” he said, referring to an infamously stereotypical character from Sixteen Candles.
However, the two didn't split the speaking time up evenly enough and Ansari couldn't get a word in.
Instead, he bolted off stage.
He tried to make it back, but by then, it was too late and he ultimately had to leave the stage.
But he did get the last word. Well, sort of. When Ansari took to the stage to present 'outstanding writing for a variety special', he said “That was a little weird, earlier. I just wanted to thank my parents who are here. They inspired that episode, and they acted in the show too,” Ansari said. “My dad is very upset about his snub but he’ll be okay.”
Kimmel also spoke about the rise of Donald Trump.
"If it weren't for television, would Donald Trump be running for president? No," Kimmel said. "He would be at home right now quietly rubbing up against his wife, Malaria, while she pretends to be asleep."
Kimmel then wondered aloud about who exactly should be blamed for the Trump phenomenon. In fact, Kimmel pointed out, that person was sitting in the audience.
"That's right. That guy. Mark Burnett, the man who brought us 'Celebrity Apprentice,'" Kimmel said. "Thanks to Mark Burnett, we don't have to watch reality shows anymore, because we're living in one. Thank you, Mark."
And in addition to hosting, Kimmel is also a nominee. Jimmy Kimmel Live is one of the contenders for ‘Outstanding Variety Talk Series’. The program was also nominated last year as well.
Emmy host Jimmy Kimmel’s opening monologue was one of the best in Emmy history. He lit up the audience with jokes about diversity and made fun of Presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Kimmel compared the Emmys and its bid for diversity to the controversy over diversity in Hollywood and the continuing @OscarsSoWhite talk.
"This year's nominees are the most diverse ever," he said of the 2016 Emmys. "And here in Hollywood, the only thing we value more than diversity is congratulating ourselves on how much we value diversity. The Emmys are so diverse this year, the Oscars are telling people we're one of their closest friends."
He then had a person of colour find a white person and "say thanks for your bravery." Cue a hug between
Modern Family star Ty Burrell and Master of None's Aziz Ansari.
What happened to Joey Tribbiani?
Matt LeBlanc played creepy uncle when he made a weird remark about
Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke.
Friends star already sounded less than enthused to be at the Emmy Awards on Sunday when he was interviewed by E! News’ Jason Kennedy.
In an weird interview moment, E! split the screen between LeBlanc and Emilia Clarke where they exchanged pleasantries, before LeBlanc admitted that he hadn’t watched her show past the first season.“I fell out of touch with it and I guess that’s when she started getting naked,” he said, “So I need to catch up.”
Well, that was awkward.
Blackish star Yara Shahidi and Supergirl's Jessie Graff strike a pose on the red carpet. Images from AP 08:44(IST) 08:40(IST) 08:40(IST)
Among the other notable looks on the red carpet among the ladies, were
Game of Thrones' Emilia Clarke, Scandal's Kerry Washington, and How To Get Away With Murder's Viola Davis. 08:27(IST) 08:27(IST)
The red carpet for the Emmy Awards 2016 presented a runway to rival that of any major fashion event. And winning kudos for her effortless style was Quantico star Priyanka Chopra.
Priyanka's red, flowing gown was designed especially for her by Jason Wu. She teamed it with Brian Atwood heels and siren red lips.
The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards kicked off at the Microsoft Theatre in downtown Los Angeles on Sunday night (EDT). As TV's biggest night got underway, a bevy of stars made their way down the red carpet — Emilia Clarke, Kit Harrington, Sofia Vergara, Viola Davis, among others.
As Firstpost's Zenia D'cunha wrote, the Emmy Awards 2016 are being lauded for embracing diversity —in stark contrast to the Oscars' "so white" controversy.
Who will win on television's biggest night?
For a comprehensive breakdown of the nominations in the leading categories, the snubs, and our wishlist,
And we're also bringing you key updates from the Emmy Awards, as they're unfolding.
Who took away the night's biggest honours? Did Aziz Ansari make history by being the first artist of South Asian descent to bag the Best Actor prize? Did
Game of Thrones sweep away the competition?