The HBO television series ‘Veep’ as well as ‘Game of Thrones’ took the highest awards on the 68th Emmy Awards in Los Angeles last night, in a televised ceremony that shipped a few jokes but few suprises.
It was the second year in a row that political satire ‘Veep’ and ‘Game of Thrones’, the fantasy series now in the sixth season, won the prizes for the best comedy series and greatest drama series, respectively.
‘Game of Thrones’ had been nominated for 23 awards and had taken home 12, matching the record it occur 2015.
‘Veep’ had been up for 17 awards but had taken just three, such as a fifth consecutive win for the best lead actress in the comedy by Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
Another favourite, the true-crime series ‘The People vs OJ Simpson: American Crime Story’, a dramatisation of the 1995 murder trial of the US football star, won nine Emmys, including the award for the best limited series.
Jeffrey Tambor (‘Transparent’) repeated last year’s win for the best actor in a comedy.
Amid the deja vu, a few newcomers made it to the podium.
First-time nominee Rami Malek (‘Mr Robot’) won for best lead actor in a drama, while Tatiana Maslany (‘Orphan Black’) won the prize for best lead actress in a drama, in a shock win for the BBC America series.
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Because it did in 2015, HBO led the platforms in the winners’ circle, with 22 wins, as well as FX Networks with 18.
Perhaps the evening’s biggest surprise was a cameo appearance by former US presidential hopeful Jeb Bush, who appeared in the broadcast’s opening sketch as Louis-Dreyfus’ driver, explaining he was “between jobs”.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and his offer to build a wall between your United States and Mexico inspired a number of the ceremony’s most memorable jabs.
Louis-Dreyfus used her acceptance speech as a platform for a mock apology for “the current political climate”.
“I think ‘Veep’ has torn along the walls in between funny and politics,” she said. If Trump wins the US presidency, she promised “to rebuild that wall making Mexico purchase it”.
US comedian Jimmy Kimmel, who emceed the ceremony, invested some time out from his opening remarks to berate Mark Burnett, who produced ‘The Apprentice’, the fact show that made Trump a household name in the US.
“Who is to blame for the Donald Trump phenomenon?” Kimmel asked. “That guy,” he said, pointing to Burnett. “If (Trump) gets elected and he builds that wall, the first person we’re throwing over it is Mark Burnett.”
One of the world’s top television prizes, the Emmys have recognised achievements in dozens of categories for more than 60 years.
This year’s edition comes amid an innovative resurgence in small-screen entertainment inspired with a shift in at-home, on-demand viewing that has led to what critics have called television’s second golden age.
Television and online streaming series regularly draw Hollywood’s top talent, exactly who appear attracted through the genre’s brand name fresh standing and artistic rights.
Kimmel acknowledged the actual real year’s options, stating “after 68 years, tv even now appears to surprise just about all of us, Television set Academy chief executive Bruce Rosenblum stated that “television rules the global entertainment landscape”.
Even so amongst all of the self-congratulation, a single winner ignored the actual real ceremony: Dame Maggie Smith (‘Downton Abbey’), in whose an absence received comedy fire from Kimmel when she won the Emmy for best supporting actress in a drama series.
Holding Smith’s trophy, Kimmel said it would not be mailed to the 81-year-old actress.
“Maggie, if you want this, it will be in the lost and found,” he quipped.
Here is the List of winners in main categories
Drama series: ‘Game of Thrones’ (HBO)
Comedy series: ‘Veep’ (HBO)
Limited series: ‘The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story’ (FX)
Television movie: ‘Sherlock: The Abominable Bride’ (PBS)
Reality competition programme: ‘The Voice’ (NBC)
Variety sketch series: ‘Key and Peele’ (Comedy Central)
Variety talk series: ‘Last Week Tonight with John Oliver’ (HBO)
Lead actress in a drama series: Tatiana Maslany – ‘Orphan Black’ (BBC America)
Lead actor in a drama series: Rami Malek – ‘Mr Robot’ (USA)
Supporting actor in a drama series: Ben Mendelsohn – ‘Bloodline’ (Netflix)
Supporting actress in a drama series: Maggie Smith – ‘Downton Abbey’ (PBS)
Lead actor in a comedy series: Jeffrey Tambor – ‘Transparent’ (Amazon)
Lead actress in a comedy series: Julia Louis-Dreyfus – ‘Veep’ (HBO)
Supporting actor in a comedy series: Louie Anderson – ‘Baskets’ (FX)
Supporting actress in a comedy series: Kate McKinnon – ‘Saturday Night Live’ (NBC)
Lead actress in a limited series or movie: Sarah Paulson – ‘The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story’ (FX)
Lead actor in a limited series or movie: Courtney B Vance – ‘The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story’ (FX)
Supporting actress in a limited series or movie: Regina King – ‘American Crime’ (ABC)
Supporting actor in a limited series or movie: Sterling K Brown – ‘The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story’ (FX)