Tearful Julia Louis-Dreyfus dedicates Veep Emmy to her late father

Julia Louis Dreyfus Emmy

She promised to rebuild the wall between comedy and politics and “make Mexico pay for it”.

“I can’t walk, but thanks”, the actress, nominated for her role in a comedy series for Amazon’s “Transparent”, said as she responded to shouts and cheers from fans in the red-carpet bleachers.

Ben Mendelsohn won for best drama supporting actor for his “Bloodline” role, while Maggie Smith won for the best drama supporting actress Emmy Award for her role on “Downton Abbey”.

He also reached out to show runners and network executives, asking them to “please give transgender talent a chance”, he said. “Give them auditions. Give them their stories”.

While “Game of Thrones” and “Veep” took home the top honors for the second consecutive year, it was a mini-series on “the trial of the century” that earned the most honors at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards Sunday night.

As the U.S. presidential election draws near, television’s stars didn’t hold back on their opinions at Sunday’s Emmy awards, some taking jabs at Republican nominee Donald Trump while others voiced support for Democratic hopeful Hillary Clinton.

Kimmel, the USA talk show host, is presenting this year’s ceremony – television’s equivalent of the Oscars – at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles.

Saturday Night Live” comedian Kate McKinnon, who plays Democratic US presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, won supporting comedy actress, while Louie Anderson was named best supporting actor for playing the wholesome mother of Zach Galifianakis’ quirky clown in the FX comedy “Baskets”.

Jeffrey Tambor, who plays her transgender ex-spouse and is vying to repeat as best comedy actor, shared serious words about the series.

Paulson’s co-star Sterling K. Brown, who played prosecutor Christopher Darden in the series, won the best supporting actor award and she thanked him in her acceptance speech. The show also won the best drama award past year. S chwimmer took the role of Simpson’s lawyer and friend Robert Kardashian and Travolta portrayed defence lawyer Robert Shapiro.

Regina King claimed the award for supporting actress in a limited series for “American Crime”, her second trophy for the program.

Kimmel had a few lines ready for Sarah Paulson, who brought former O.J. Simpson prosecutor and her “American Crime Story” character Marcia Clark as her plus-one to the ceremony. He was 84. Fighting back tears, Louis-Dreyfus said she was thankful that her father enjoyed “Veep”, because “his opinion was the one that really mattered”.

Tom Hiddleston, who starred in The Night Manager, presented the award for outstanding directing in a limited series or movie to the show’s director Susanne Bier.

“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 risky hacking conspiracy.

ACTOR, LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE: Courtney B. Vance, “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”, FX.

The series won five trophies, including the award for limited series, movie or special.

Actors Rory McCann, Conleth Hill, Iwan Rheon, Gwendoline Christie, Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Maisie Williams, Emilia Clarke, Sophie Turner and Kit Harington, winners of Best Drama Series for “Game of Thrones”, pose in the press room during the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on Sunday in Los Angeles (Monday in Manila), California.

No doubt there was a lot of celebrating going on with Tatiana Maslany’s long overdue win for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series for BBC America’s huge favorite “Orphan Black”.