‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Veep’ and ‘People v O.J. Simpson’ Take Top Honors at 2016 Emmy Awards

Emmy 2016, politically-oriented to a large extent this year, defined best of the best in the television industry.

As predicted, Emmy 2016 became a battlefield between The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story and Game of Thrones. As Jimmy Kimmel said: “If your show doesn’t have a dragon or a white Bronco in it, go home now!”

World famous “Game of Thrones” totally had 23 nominations and won 12 Emmys, including for best drama series, directing and writing.

The main competitor of the “Games of Thrones”, “The People v. O.J. Simpson”, FX’s 10-hour story of the former football player’s 1995 double murder trial and sensational acquittal, got 9 Emmys, including for best limited series and for actors Sarah Paulson, Courtney B. Vance and Sterling K. Brown.

“The more I learned about the real Marcia Clark… the more I had to recognize that I along with the rest of the world had been superficial and careless in my judgment,” said Paulson, who played losing Los Angeles trial prosecutor Marcia Clark in the show, accepting her first Emmy.

With the Presidential election close at hand, it is rather predictable that Emmy 2016 broadcast was full of political jokes and remarks, mentioning at least a surprise (and surprisingly funny) appearance by Jeb Bush during the opening segment. RollingStone describes that after trying to get to the Emmys in a white Bronco with A.C. Cowlings (Malcolm Jamal Warner) at the wheel, Kimmel went through a couple of other ride options with the Modern Family gang and James Corden (who roped him into a “Carpool Karaoke” version of Wham’s “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go”) before ending up in the front seat of the Veep limousine. “Did you know you can make $12 and hour driving for Uber?” asked Bush, dressed in a chauffeur’s uniform.

Hillary Clinton got some supporting remarks from winners (including Courtney B. Vance concluding his speech with a cry of “Obama out, Hillary in!”), while most of the critics fell on Donald Trump. “Many have asked who’s to blame for Donald Trump,” said Kimmel during his opening monologue, “and I’ll tell you who, he’s sitting right there, that guy — Mark Burnett. Thanks to Mark Burnett we don’t have to watch reality shows anymore, we’re living in one. Who do you have lined up to fill in the spot on the Supreme Court,” Kimmel asked. “Miley Cyrus or Cee Lo?”

Julia-Louis Dreyfus, a winner of a record fifth straight Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy, also touched political topic. “I’d also like to take this opportunity to personally apologize for the current political climate. I think that Veep has torn down the wall between comedy and politics. Our show started out as a political satire but it now feels more like a sobering documentary.” She was sarcastic to romise to “rebuild that wall and make Mexico pay for it.”

This year Emmys were notable for having a record 21 nominees of color, in contrast to this year’s all-white Oscars acting lineup. There were many newcomers as well.

Egyptian-American Rami Malek outperformed veterans Kevin Spacey and Liev Schreiber and won his first Emmy for a role of a socially inept computer hacker in “Mr. Robot.”

“Oh my god. Please tell me you are seeing this too,” said a stunned Malek, 35.

Regina King got Emmy for her role in “American Crime” and African-American comedians Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele stood out for their sketch series “Key & Peele.”

Indian-American Aziz Ansari shared a writing Emmy with Asian-American Alan Yang for their comedy series “Master of None”.

Canadian Tatiana Maslany, a surprise best drama actress winner, increased the list of Emmy newcomers when she beat out Robin Wright for playing a woman with multiple cloned personalities in “Orphan Black.”

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