“The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”, the FX limited series that dramatized the sensational murder case and trial that divided a nation more than two decades ago, became the most celebrated program of the year at Sunday’s ceremony held at the Microsoft Theater and telecast on ABC.
Three of the stars of The People v OJ Simpson, Sarah Paulson, Courtney B Vance and Sterling K Brown, were named Best Actress, Actor and Supporting Actor respectively in the Limited Series categories.
In addition to Regina King’s second consecutive win (outstanding supporting actress in a limited series) for ABC’s anthology drama “American Crime”, Jeffrey Tambor was another deserving repeat victor (outstanding actor in a comedy) for his striking performance as Maura Pfefferman in Amazon’s “Transparent”.
“Veep” was named best comedy series and its star, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, won a record-breaking fifth Emmy as best comedy actress.
“Saturday Night Live” star Kate McKinnon won best supporting comedy actress and thanked Clinton, one of the people she plays on the NBC sketch series, and got a loud cheer from the crowd. For comedian Jimmy Kimmel, it’s actor Matt Damon at the Emmy Awards 2016, his ostensible foe and arch-nemesis.
Rami Malek accepts the award for outstanding lead actor in a drama series for Mr. The “Master of None” claimed their first ever Emmy award for the outstanding writing for a comedy series.
Ben Mendelsohn of Bloodline won as best supporting drama actor and also was a no-show.
Meanwhile, versatile, go-for-broke “Saturday Night Live” amusing lady Kate McKinnon also won her first Emmy for best supporting comedic actress. Thanks to Mark Burnett we don’t have to watch reality shows anymore, we’re living in one.
First time lucky? Rami Malek beat seasoned actors such as Kevin Spacey and Liev Shreiber for the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series award.
“Did you know you can make United States dollars 12 an hour driving for Uber?” he asked Kimmel.
Jeffrey Tambor (“Transparent”) repeated last year’s win for best actor in a comedy. Former candidate Jeb Bush had a cameo in Kimmel’s opening skit, Emmy victor Courtney B. Vance voiced support for Hillary Clinton and Kimmel jokingly called out producer Mark Burnett, seated in the audience, as the man responsible for Donald Trump. “Give them auditions. Give them their stories”.
“I’m in between jobs right now”, says Bush, sporting a cap.
“The People v. O.J. Simpson”, which earned the second-highest number of nominations, converted five to trophies Sunday.
Besides best drama, “GOT” won David Benioff and DB Weiss the best writing in a drama series honour and best directing in a drama series for Miguel Sapochnik. The perennial victor for her role as the Dowager Countess on “Downton Abbey” seldom shows up for the ceremony, and Kimmel threatened her with a total revocation of her awards if she fails to come personally collect them. “Marcia, are you rooting for O.J.to win this time?” .
The One’s Sherlock series of BBC won the best variety talk series and Susanne Bier, won the award for the best director award for directing the BBC’s spy thriller The Night Manager.
“Our show started out as political satire”, she said, “but now it feels like a sober documentary”. “I think Veep has torn down the wall between comedy and politics”. He was referring to Beyonce, who, by the way, lost the Emmy Sunday night for Best Director of a Variety Special – she was nominated for Lemonade – to the guys who directed Grease: Live.