Emmys

Emmys 2016: People v. O.J., Thrones Win Big, Julia Louis-Dreyfus Makes History, Orphan Black Star Grabs Gold

The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards were handed out on Sunday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, and HBO’s Game of Thrones picked up three more wins, including for best drama, bringing its total haul for the year to 12.

FX’s The People v. O.J. Simpson meanwhile came out on top in five major categories on Sunday, bringing its Emmy total to nine. Fox’s Grease: Live placed third with five total wins.

Network by network, HBO amassed 22 total wins, followed by FX’s 18; Netflix and PBS were a distant third and forth with 9 and 8, respectively. Broadcasters ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and The CW combined for 21 total Emmys, and only four during the Big Show on Sunday.

TVLine has denoted the major winners below. Your role, of course, in this annual rigmarole is to celebrate… or seethe!

OUTSTANDING game-of-thrones-finale-02DRAMA
The Americans
Better Call Saul
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones —
WINNER
Homeland
House of Cards
Mr. Robot

OUTSTANDING veep-season-5-finaleCOMEDY
black-ish
Master of None
Modern Family
Silicon Valley
Transparent
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Veep —
WINNER (second consecutive win)

LEAD ACTRESSorphan-black-season-4-finale IN A DRAMA
Claire Danes, Homeland
Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder
Taraji P Henson, Empire
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black — WINNER
Keri Russell, The Americans
Robin Wright, House of Cards

LEAD ACTOR Golden Globes Winners ListIN A DRAMA
Kyle Chandler, Bloodline
Rami Malek, Mr Robot — WINNER
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Matthew Rhys, The Americans
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

SUPPORTING emmys-bloodline-mendelsohnACTOR IN A DRAMA
Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul
Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline — WINNER
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Kit Harington, Game of Thrones
Michael Kelly, House of Cards
Jon Voight, Ray Donovan

OUTSTANDING game-of-thrones-battle-of-bastardsDIRECTING FOR A DRAMA SERIES
Downton Abbey, “Episode 9” (Michael Engler)
Game of Thrones, “Battle of the Bastards” (Miguel Sapochnik) WINNER
Game of Thrones, “The Door” (Jack Bender)
Homeland, “The Tradition of Hospitality” (Lesli Linka Glatter)
The Knick, “This Is All We Are” (Steven Soderbergh)
Ray Donovan, “Exsuscito” (David Hollander)

SUPPORTING downton-abbey-maggie-smithACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey — WINNER
Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones
Maisie Williams, Game of Thrones
Maura Tierney, The Affair
Constance Zimmer, UnREAL

OUTSTANDING WRITINGgame-of-thrones-battle-of-bastards FOR A DRAMA SERIES
The Americans, “Persona Non Grata” (Joel Fields, Joe Weisberg)
Downton Abbey, “Episode 8” (Julian Fellowes)
Game of Thrones, “Battle Of The Bastards” (David Benioff, D.B. Weiss) WINNER
The Good Wife, “End” (Robert King, Michelle King)
Mr. Robot, “eps1.0_hellofriend.mov” (Sam Esmail)
UnREAL, “Return” (Marti Noxon, Sarah Gertrude Shapiro)

VARIETY TALK SERIES Last Week Tonight With John Oliver Donald Trump
Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver —
WINNER
The Late Late Show with James Corden
Real Time With Bill Maher
The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon

WRITING patton-oswalt-talking-for-clappingFOR A VARIETY SPECIAL
Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo
John Mulaney: The Comeback Kid
Patton Oswalt: Talking for Clapping — WINNER
Tig Notaro: Boyish Girl Interrupted
Triumph’s Election Special 2016

LIMITED SERIESEmmy Winners 2016
American Crime
Fargo
The Night Manager
The People v. O.J. Simpson —
WINNER
Roots

TV MOVIESherlock: The Abominable Bride
A Very Murray Christmas
All the Way
Confirmation
Luther
Sherlock: The Abominable Bride —
WINNER

LEAD ACTORpeople-v-oj-vance IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
Bryan Cranston, All The Way
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: The Abominable Bride
Idris Elba, Luther
Cuba Gooding Jr, The People v. O.J. Simpson
Tom Hiddleston, The Night Manager
Courtney B. Vance, The People v. O.J. Simpson — WINNER

LEAD ACTRESS people-vs-oj-simpson-sarah-paulsonIN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
Kirsten Dunst, Fargo
Felicity Huffman, American Crime
Audra McDonald, Billie Holiday: Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill
Sarah Paulson, The People v. O.J. Simpson — WINNER
Lili Taylor, American Crime
Kerry Washington, Confirmation

SUPPORTING ACTORpeople-vs-oj-simpson-sterling-brown IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
Jesse Plemons, Fargo
Bokeem Woodbine, Fargo
Hugh Laurie, The Night Manager
Sterling K. Brown, The People v. O.J. Simpson — WINNER
David Schwimmer, The People v. O.J. Simpson
John Travolta, The People v. O.J. Simpson

SUPPORTINGAmerican Crime Season 3 Casts Regina King ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
Melissa Leo, All The Way
Regina King, American Crime — WINNER (second consecutive win)
Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Hotel
Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Hotel
Jean Smart, Fargo
Olivia Colman, The Night Manager

DIRECTING FORthe-night-manager-season-1-episode-6 A LIMITED SERIES, MOVIE OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL
Jay Roach, “All The Way”
Noah Hawley, “Fargo”
Susanne Bier, “The Night Manager” — WINNER
Ryan Murphy, “The People v. O.J. Simpson”
Anthony Hemingway, “The People v. O.J. Simpson”
John Singleton, “The People v. O.J. Simpson”

WRITING FOR Sarah Paulson's Performance in American Crime StoryA LIMITED SERIES, MOVIE OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL
Bob DeLaurentis, “Fargo”
Noah Hawley, “Fargo”
David Farr, “The Night Manager”
Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski, “The People v. O.J. Simpson”
D.V. DeVincentis, “The People v. O.J. Simpson” — WINNER
Joe Robert Cole, “The People v. O.J. Simpson”

REALITY SHOW COMPETITION Voice Season 10 Finale Ratings
The Amazing Race
American Ninja Warrior
Dancing With the Stars
Project Runway
Top Chef
The Voice
— WINNER (second consecutive win)

LEAD ACTORtransparent-season-2-tambor IN A COMEDY
Anthony Anderson, black-ish
Aziz Ansari, Masters of None
Will Forte, The Last Man on Earth
William H Macy, Shameless
Thomas Middleditch, Silicon Valley
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent — WINNER (second consecutive win)

LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY veep-julia-louis-dreyfus
Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep — WINNER (record fifth consecutive win)
Laurie Metcalfe, Getting On
Tracee Ellis Ross, black-ish
Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer
Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie

OUTSTANDING transparent-emmy-win-directingDIRECTING FOR A COMEDY SERIES
Master Of None, “Parents” (Aziz Ansari)
Silicon Valley, “Daily Active Users” (Alec Berg)
Silicon Valley, “Founder Friendly” (Mike Judge)
Transparent, “Man on the Land” (Jill Soloway) — WINNER
Veep, “Kissing Your Sister” (Dave Mandel)
Veep, ”Morning After” (Chris Addison)
Veep, “Mother” (Dale Stern)

SUPPORTING snl-alien-abductionACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Niecy Nash, Getting On
Kate McKinnon, SNL — WINNER
Gaby Hoffmann, Transparent
Allison Janney, Mom
Judith Light, Transparent
Anna Chlumsky, Veep

OUTSTANDING master-of-none-parentsWRITING FOR A COMEDY
Catastrophe, “Episode 1” (Rob Delaney, Sharon Horgan)
Master of None, “Parents” (Aziz Ansari, Alan Yang) WINNER
Silicon Valley, “Founder Friendly” (Dan O’Keefe)
Silicon Valley, “The Uptick” (Alec Berg)
Veep, “Morning After” (David Mandel)
Veep, “Mother” (Alex Gregory, Peter Huyck)

SUPPORTING ACTORLouie Anderson Baskets IN A COMEDY
Louie Anderson, Baskets — WINNER
Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Keegan-Michael Key, Key & Peele
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (TVLine readers’ pick)
Tony Hale, Veep
Matt Walsh, Veep

GUEST ACTRESS Americans Season 3 Claudia ReturnsIN A DRAMA
Laurie Metcalf, Horace and Pete
Molly Parker, House of Cards
Ellen Burstyn, House of Cards
Allison Janney, Masters of Sex
Margo Martindale, The Americans — WINNER
Carrie Preston, The Good Wife

GUEST ACTORRay Donovan and Hank Azaria IN A DRAMA
Max von Sydow, Game of Thrones
Reg E. Cathey, House of Cards
Mahershala Ali, House of Cards
Paul Sparks, House of Cards
Hank Azaria, Ray Donovan — WINNER
Michael J. Fox, The Good Wife

GUEST ACTRESSSNL Fey Poehler IN A COMEDY
Tina Fey & Amy Poehler, Saturday Night Live — WINNER
Melissa McCarthy, Saturday Night Live
Amy Schumer, Saturday Night Live
Christine Baranski, The Big Bang Theory
Laurie Metcalf, The Big Bang Theory
Melora Hardin, Transparent

GUEST ACTOREmmy Nominations Girls Scolari IN A COMEDY
Bob Newhart, The Big Bang Theory
Tracy Morgan, Saturday Night Live
Larry David, Saturday Night Live
Bradley Whitford, Transparent
Martin Mull, Veep
Peter Scolari, Girls — WINNER

REALITYRuPaul's Drag Race Renewed SHOW HOST
Ryan Seacrest, American Idol
Tom Bergeron, Dancing With the Stars
Jane Lynch, Hollywood Game Night
Steve Harvey, Little Big Shots
Heidi Klum & Tim Gunn, Project Runway
RuPaul Charles, RuPaul’s Drag Race — WINNER

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78 Comments
  1. Louie Anderson deserved that.

    • Cas says:

      Yes he did!

    • GUSTAVO ALCALA says:

      MARGO MARTINDALE AND KATE MCKINNON UPSET ALISON JANNEY AND DENIED JANNEY 9 TOTAL EMMY WINS!!!!!! JANNEY IS OVERRATED . I BET ACADEMY WILL GIVE JULIA LOUIS DREYFUS 3 MORE EMMY WINS TO BREAK CLORIS LEACHMAN EMMY RECORD OF 9 TOTAL WINS!!!!!!! JLD IS FUNNY BUT HIGHLY OVERRATED AND HARDLY A COMIC GENIUS!!!!!!

    • GUSTAVO ALCALA says:

      GABY HOFFMAN EXPRESSION FROM TRANSPARENT WAS ONE FOR THE AGES!!!!!! GABY WAS UP AGAINST SURE BET ALISON JANNEY FOR COMEDY SUPPORTING ACTRESS YET WHEN KATE MCKINNON WON ALISON JANNEY LOOKED FURIOUS, JEALOUS AND FAKE CLAPPED . JANNEYS LOSER EXPRESSION WAS PRICELESS!!!! GABY HOFFMANS THRILLED EXPRESSION AT MCKINNON BEATING ALISON JANNEY ALSO LEGENDARY!!!!! GABY COULDNT CARE LESS IF SHE LOST AS LONG AS JANNEY ALSO LOST AND SOMEONE ELSE WON!!!!!!! JULIA LOUIS DREYFUS 5 WINS FOR VEEP ARE THE PAYBACK FROM EMMY FOR JULIA LOSING ALL HER SEINFELD AND OLD CHRISTINE NOMS!!!!!!! SEINFELD AND LARRY DAVID HAVE CONSIDERABLE CLOUT WITH EMMY POLITICS AND SURELY HELPED JLD WIN REPEATEDLY FOR VEEP!!!!!! ALISON JANNEY MOM WINS AND JIM PARSONS TBBT WINS SEEM LIKE CONGRATULATORY EMMYS FOR CHUCK LORRE AND NOT SO MUCH JANNEY OR PARSONS!!!!!!!!

      • GUSTAVO ALCALA says:

        CLORIS LEACHMAN HOLDS ALL TIME EMMY WINS RECORD WITH 8 PRIMETIME WINS AND 1 DAYTIME EMMY WIN FOR TOTAL OF 9 EMMY WINS!!!!!!!! GENERAL HOSPITAL STAR TONY GEARY IS NEXT WITH 8 DAYTIME EMMY WINS !!!!! THE 2 ACTIVE ACTRESSES ALISON JANNEY AND JULIA LOUIS DREYFUS ARE NEXT WITH EACH HAVING 7 EMMY WINS!!!! TO BREAK CLORIS LEACHMAN RECORD FOR TOTAL OF 9 EMMY WINS TONY GEARY/ JANNEY/ DREYFUS EACH NEED TO WIN TOTAL OF 10 EMMYS !!!!!! IF EVER CLORIS RECORD IS BROKEN CLORIS WILL STILL HOLD RECORD FOR BEING FIRST EVER PERSON TO HOLD MOST EMMY WINS!!! CLORIS WILL HOLD EMMY RECORD FOR FIRST FEMALE EVER TO WIN 9 EMMYS!!!!! CLORIS WILL HOLD RECORD FOR OLDEST PERSON WITH 9 EMMY WINS!!!!!!! CLORIS WILL HOLD RECORD FOR WINNING 8 PRIMETIME AND 1 DAYTIME EMMYS !!!!! L ONG LIVE CLORIS LEACHMAN!!!!

  2. Peachy says:

    Ugh at Julia Louis-Dreyfus winning again.

    It reminds me of Candice Bergen and Helen Hunt winning over and over again, the latter times for weak seasons.

    It was later revealed after the Emmys overhauled the voting system that there were as few as seven voters voting in certain categories.

    Maybe it’s time to revise the balloting system again.

    • Ronnie says:

      If JLD had any class, she would take her name off next year the way Candice Bergen did after she won 5 times in a row.

      • Nina Waren says:

        What does class have to do with this? If you want to be the best, you have to beat the best.

        • Jamie says:

          That would make sense if these award shows weren’t so steeped in politics, but your statement has no application to the Emmys. See the fact that Modern Family is still being nominated. JLD is phenomenal, but she absolutely did not have the hands down best performance every year that she won, and anyone who stamps their foot to claim that she did is just fangirling (or fanboying). It’s clear that the Emmy voters want her to win over others though.

        • bobbie says:

          I will have to take your word that she deserved the win. I tried and tried to get into Veep, I love JLD, usually love things that make fun of DC, love the actor that plays her body man, but I found watching the show a chore.

    • Eli says:

      She is so overrated. They should pick other actresses after giving her the Emmy that many times.

  3. Hodan says:

    I love Julia Louis-Dreyfus but come on!

  4. flowerduh says:

    Ugh! Veep! Again?! C’mon now! The show isn’t even that funny!

    Margo Martindale is a great actress! Too bad the network didn’t even give her show that much of a chance.

    Hank Azaria deserved his Emmy. He is great on Ray Donovan.

    Glad Aziz Ansari got a Emmy for the episode of Parents That episode hit too close to home.

  5. Kevin K says:

    Who thought Kate McKinnon was going to win an Emmy?

  6. fatalsin says:

    There should not be multiple noms from the same show in a category… pick your best one and let others in the noms

  7. Rachel says:

    Why is Claire Danes so orange? 😳

  8. Guy says:

    People vs OJ over Fargo and American Crime? What an absolute joke.

  9. Angela says:

    WOO to John Oliver for his win! That makes me very happy :D.
    .
    Glad Regina King won for “American Crime”, too.

    • abz says:

      Happy for Regina King too. She’s great on American Crime, although I think she was even better in The Leftovers and should have been nominated for that. Shame how not even Justin Theroux or Carrie Coon were nominated for the past two years.

  10. I can’t believe Regina King won in such a stacked category

  11. abz says:

    I only watched the first season of Transparent so my judgment is based on that fact, but how is it even considered a comedy. It wasn’t funny at all. The first season was terrible and the characters (especially the three siblings) were beyond unlikable. I didn’t even want to bother watching after that.

    Really happy for Sarah Paulson and Regina King (it still sucks how The Leftovers was snubbed the last two years).
    I wish Tituss Burgess had won. Also, is VEEP that great of a show? I’m getting a little annoyed at how JLD keeps winning each and every year. Enough already. I’m a little curious to see what all the fuss is about.

  12. Rachel says:

    Holy sh*t Rami!!! I gasped so loud I woke the whole house. Yessss!!!!

  13. jj says:

    There were a few repeat winners, but mostly first time winners. So that’s a nice change

  14. Jimmy says:

    Damn! Rami Malek AND Tatiana Maslany win for the lead roles! Was anyone expecting that? Rami Malek, probably, but Maslany? Even the audience seems surprised when her name was called out.

  15. King says:

    So thrilled for Rami and Tatiana wins!!!!!!!!

  16. leo says:

    OMG OMG OMG… TATIANA WINS!!!

  17. Anne says:

    Tatiana actually won! Well deserved and about freaking time.

  18. Kevin K says:

    Happy for Tatiana Maslany on her very first Emmy win and she definitely deserves it. As for Maggie Smith of all people, hope PBS should pitch a new game show for kids titled Where in the World is Maggie Smith?

  19. abz says:

    YAY TATIANA MASLANY!!!!!!!! Finally! Long overdue win for her incredible work on this show for the past four years.

  20. Emmys tried to hard to be inclusive to the point that they were exclusive of the positive images of color. It seems to be the trend in society. So sad to see the glaring divisions in our country.

    • Jamie says:

      black-ish, Master of None, Sterling K. Brown, Regina King, etc. all depicted negative images of color? What? You clearly didn’t watch any of these shows/performances.

  21. Joey says:

    Tat winning overrides any disappointment I might have about other award outcomes.

  22. Evan says:

    Tatiana Maslany deserved an Emmy just not for the season she won it!

    • lechatnoir says:

      I was thinking the same thing. She won in a season I thought the competition was much better.i ain’t impressed. She should have won circa season one. I think if regina king had gotten her own show she would have slayed every woman in this category including viola and trajet it’s too bad she is stuck in supporting roles.

  23. magali says:

    YES! Sterling K. Brown and Sarah Paulson! Incredible performances, completely deserved.

  24. So tired of Jonathan Banks getting ripped off, he needs a makeup emmy next year. Five-O should’ve been a win no matter the competition. Bali Ha’i should’ve been a makeup award for the complete f up last year. Hopefully they pull something off next season to get him a win.

  25. Gloria Seales says:

    This show was so boring I had to change channels during the comedy awards, and that includes the host. Sorry, I just couldn’t bear it any longer. Reruns of Blue Bloods won out.

  26. About freaking time that Tatiana WON!!! well deserved!!

  27. Kris says:

    I loved seeing Dennis Franz! I wish he would get a series again. I think The Americans should have won.

  28. njartist says:

    The Americans should have won. Also Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell. Malek for
    best actor? Give me a break- who could make heads or tails out that dribble of
    a show. Jonathan Banks also should have won-he is an outstanding character
    actor.

  29. Kristi says:

    Finally Tatiana was rewarded for her superb performances!!!

  30. dan says:

    Tatiana Maslany and Rami Malek. I honestly didn’t even need to know about all the other awards. That made my night right there!

  31. Kevin K says:

    Hope Miguel Sapochnik who won an Emmy for directing the Battle of the Bastards episode should be one of the guys to helm the 8th and final season of GoT.

  32. LucyD says:

    I couldn’t see the awards because I had to work but I am so thrilled for Tatiana Maslany and Sterling K. Brown. Orphan Black is a very clever show with an outstanding actress who should be recognized by everyone. As for Sterling, I have been a fan of his since Army Wives. His quiet reassuring presence was outstandong week after week. It’s about time he is recognized as the fine actor he truly is.

  33. peterwdawson says:

    Nice to see Maslany win, ditto Malek.

  34. King says:

    This is also the second consecutive win for Game of Thrones as best deama.

    • arianeb says:

      Game of Thrones won for Best Drama, but next year their name will be missing from the ballot. Because of their late start next season they will likely miss the deadline for Emmy ballot in 2017.

  35. parstl says:

    So glad to see some new winners like the overdue Tatiana Manslany. I thought the overall show was well done and celebrated diversity and inclusion more than other award shows this year.

  36. GraeLeigh says:

    Cheering a for all the wins of OJ Simpson … best show of the year!!

  37. Debbie says:

    I think the important thing to notice here is that the majority of winners this year came from cable, Amazon and PBS. If this doesn’t send a message to the 4 regular networks, I don’t know what will.

    • jj says:

      That’s been the case for the last few years. It’s nothing new.

    • KCC says:

      Awards are nice to get but not the primary objective of the 4 big broadcast networks. They have to get as many people watching as possible without excessive violence, profanity or nudity. A lot of the winners could not be broadcast on the big 4 networks without being re-edited/re-written. If you produced versions of GoT and Veep to broadcast standards I doubt they would win. Since all these awards exist primarily as a promotional tool, I’m guessing at some point they’ll be split into Broadcast and Cable divisions so more of the industry can share in the promotional pie.

      • Joey says:

        As an example, American Crime, has cursing that is edited out and some sexual content and it gets nominations and wins (for Regina King).

      • Jamie says:

        But most people don’t watch these shows because of their excessive violence, profanity, or nudity. They watch them because of their quality. And quality of network shows has been steadily declining for a while now. Many of the shows that win could totally get these awards with network standards (are you really saying that Veep would decline in quality without excessive nudity, violence, or profanity?), but networks aren’t interested in quality – they just want numbers. They will cancel a quality show if they think more people will watch something else in that time slot. It’s why reality television has taken over network TV.

  38. bollydancer says:

    SO HAPPY for Rami Malek and Tatiana Maslany! Well deserved, they are both amazing actors. Love watching them do their thing!

  39. Belle says:

    I continue to be sad that cable shows win everything…no more love for the big 4 Networks :(

  40. Mmg says:

    When is Lena Headey going to win an Emmy? She has been great as Cersei since season 1.

  41. Ella says:

    Okay, JLD, time to take your name off the ballot. You and Maggie Smith. I have never watched the shows, but you can’t tell me that over that many years, there wasn’t another actress that did just as a good a job. So, how is the new system better? I was glad to see some new winners, but still too many from the same shows.

  42. peegee says:

    Happy for Regina King, but did anyone else find Jimmy Kimmel obnoxious ?

  43. Next time ask the normal, TV watching folks who should win !

  44. kmw says:

    Good for Maslany and Malek but everything else was just predictable predictable predictable( really JLD AGAIN!!!) The Emmys aren’t interesting to watch anymore except for the last awards

  45. So happy for Sterling K. Brown, Courtney B. Vance and Sarah Paulson. They were outstanding in the People vs OJ!!!

  46. Look At This says:

    Raji, Pickett, Saturday, Wynn