Game of Thrones, Veep reign at Emmys

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LOS ANGELES-What do computer hackers, the divisive US presidential campaign and racial tensions have to do with the Emmys?

The Gala took place at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles and it was hosted by corky Jimmy Kimmel.

Our LGBT community is becoming so mainstream that we nearly dominated the 68th Annual Emmy Awards.

“If I’m late they’ll let Tom Bergeron host”, Kimmel joked.

Jimmy Kimmel, the host of the broadcast, dove right in during his opening monologue (which was amusing and fast-moving): “Many have asked, who is to blame for Donald Trump?”.

In his monologue, Kimmel reminded everyone that the TV world is more diverse than ever, then noted, “Here in Hollywood, the only thing we value more than diversity is congratulating ourselves on how much we value diversity”.

Inevitably, there were clunky moments as well, including a poorly conceived joke about Bill Cosby attending the ceremony. But his banter with Matt Damon and his goofing on Maggie Smith made up for it.

“I’m sure Donald was thrilled with him, I’m sure he’s emailing Jimmy right now saying thanks for the free media”, Burnett told reporters backstage.

– Kimmel, mocking the losing track record of the former L.A. prosecutor, sitting next to (and played by) Emmy victor Sarah Paulson in FX’s The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.

LActor Courtney B. Vance celebrates his Emmy win.

Sherlock: The Abominable Bride, the much-anticipated Victorian era-set special featuring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, which left some viewers puzzled when it was broadcast on New Year’s Day, received the television movie award. To his spouse he said: “Not only does she rock whatever that was but she actually produces the show”.

It’s worth noting that the Master of None episode that Yang and Ansari won for, “Parents”, deals with how our current generation embraces our roots and histories, acknowledges our cultural failings, and reckons with how to do better both for the people before us and ourselves.

The “Game of Thrones” cast was shut out of the supporting acting categories as voters deemed “Downton Abbey’s” Maggie Smith more their cup of tea than the three “Thrones” actresses competing against her.

Transparent took home Amazon’s only two Emmy Awards during the Primetime Emmys Award Show.

Bush asked Kimmel if he was a nominee for an Emmy award, and when Kimmel said yes, Bush said, “Wow, what’s that like?” Sarah Paulson also won her first career Emmy for her portrayal of prosecutor Marcia Clark, whom she brought to the Emmy ceremony.

“Please tell me you’re seeing this too”, he deadpanned in a nod to a line from the show.

“Oh, my God. Please tell me you’re seeing this, too”, said a stunned Malek, who plays an emotionally troubled engineer caught up in a unsafe hacking conspiracy on the USA Network series. “I have not always been a good man but I play one hell of a woman”. For her part, Maslany also seemed dazed when her name was called: “I should have had this written down”, she said. “I’m sorry”, she said. Kimmel even managed to mock people who shy away from gluten and take a jab at the makers of the EpiPen.

“Veep” star Julia Louis-Dreyfus won her fifth straight Emmy for her role in the satirical White House comedy on a night when politics played large in the midst of an extraordinary 2016 USA election campaign.

“I’d like to dedicate this to my father, William Louis-Dreyfus, who passed away on Friday”, she said between sobs.

Paulson, 41, also said she learned a lot about Clark in preparing for the role, and it changed her opinion of her.

In other notable developments, Louie Anderson earned his first Emmy as best supporting actor in a comedy for a highly offbeat role: He plays the exasperated mother of a rodeo clown (Zach Galifianakis) in the freshman FX sitcom “Baskets”.