The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards 2016: Everything that happened on TV's biggest night
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)
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 ‘Battle of Bastards’ was singled out for praise. The episode, which features a gory battle sequence that took 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)
David Mandel, foreground center, and the cast and crew from Veep accept the award for outstanding comedy series at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
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."
Tatiana 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)
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!
David 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)
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:
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:
Rami 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)
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 Downton Abbey
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 Bloodline
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series – Rami Malek for Mr Robot
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series – Tatiana Maslany for Orphan Black
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!
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'.
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)
Guest actor in drama series awards:
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series — Hank Azaria for Ray Donovan
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series — Margo Martindale for The Americans
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 Grease: LIVE
Outstanding Variety Sketch Series — Key and Peele
The 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?”
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)
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
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)
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 Esquire, this is how the exchange took place:
“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.”
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.
For a comprehensive breakdown of the nominations in the leading categories, the snubs, and our wishlist, click here.
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?
Published Date: Sep 19, 2016 08:28 am | Updated Date: Sep 19, 2016 11:27 am