Westeros may be in shambles, but the popular HBO series Game of Thrones won its second Emmy award in a row for best drama series of the year. It was nominated for 24 awards and managed to snag 12 at Sunday night’s Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, beating a record set by Frasier with a total of 38 Emmys.
In particular, the visceral ‘Battle of the Bastards’ was singled out for praise and was awarded best drama writing (David Benihoff and DB Weiss) and directing (Miguel Sapotchnik).
Best comedy was handed over to Veep, which has been nominated 42 times for the Emmys. It was likewise a great night for Ryan Murphy’s The People v OJ Simpson, a dramatization of the infamous trial, which landed 22 nominations and walked away with the outstanding limited series gong. Actors Sterling K Brown, Sarah Paulson, and Courtney B Vance were all individually awarded for their performances as Christopher Darden, Marcia Clark and Johnnie Cochran, respectively.
Regina King took home the award for best supporting actress in a limited series or movie for a second year running for her role in American Crime. Key and Peele was awarded for the variety sketch category for their Comedy Central series, which ended after five seasons.
Mr Robot’s Rami Malek, who plays the series’ socially awkward protagonist Elliot Alderson, was handed a surprise win for lead actor in a drama, while Tatiana Maslany won best actress for Orphan Black where she plays a number of characters – a feat that dominated discussions on Twitter and Facebook.
Hollywood’s diversity issue
The issue regarding diversity in Hollywood was constantly raised. Comedian Jimmy Kimmel started the evening with jokes about Hollywood’s habit of saying it cares about diversity without taking action to encourage it. Things, however, got awkward when Aziz Ansari was cut off before he could make a speech following his win for outstanding comedy writing in a comedy series for Master of None.
“That was a little weird earlier, I just wanted to thank my parents who inspired the episode and acted in the show too,” he later said when he appeared to give the award for best writing for a variety special.
The band was also criticized after playing off a producer of The People v OJ Simpson who was attempting to make an emotional dedication to her wife.
Jeb Bush also made a bizarre appearance in the awards show during a segment where he played a chauffer for Julia Louis-Dreyfus. “If you run a positive campaign the voters will ultimately make the right choice”, he said making fun of his disastrous campaign.
Other award winners include Jeffry Tambor and Julia Louis-Dreyfus who were awarded for lead actor and actress in a comedy for Veep. Louis-Dreyfus won the award for five years in a row for the same role, while Tambor received the award after winning last year for his performance in Transparent.
British talent was also celebrated at the Emmys, with comedian John Oliver winning best variety talk, Sherlock for best made TV movie, and The Night Manager for best directing. Ben Mendelsohn, however, caused an upset by winning the best supporting actor award in a drama category, beating Game of Thrones stars Peter Dinklage and Kit Harrington.