The People v. O.J. Simpson dominated Sunday’s Emmy Awards. The mini-series, chronicling the “Trial of the Century,” won five trophies — including Outstanding Limited Series and a bunch in the writing and acting categories. It came into the night with 13 nominations.
Game of Thrones took home three trophies, including Outstanding Drama. The HBO fantasy series had the most overall nominations, with 23, though most of them were in the technical categories, which were given out earlier.
Veep was named Best Comedy Series, while star Julia Louis-Dreyfus won her fifth consecutive trophy in the Lead Actress in a Comedy category. The actress got emotional during her acceptance speech when she revealed that her father, billionaire business mogul William Louis Dreyfus, died on Friday. She said, “I’m so glad that he liked Veep because his opinion was the one that really mattered.”
Rami Malek won his first Emmy, for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, for his role on Mr. Robot. Accepting this award, he said, “Please tell me you’re seeing this, too.” He was referring to character Elliot, who sees things that aren’t there.
Tatiana Maslany was named Best Actress in a Drama for Orphan Black. She said, “I feel so lucky to be on a show that puts women at the center.”
Jeffrey Tambor won his second consecutive Emmy for Lead Actor in a Comedy for his role in Transparent. He ended his speech by asking Hollywood to give “transgender talent a chance.”
Louie Anderson won the first award of the night for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy for Baskets. The comedian, who plays a woman, thanked his mother in his acceptance speech.
Kate McKinnon, who was named Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy for Saturday Night Live, thanked Hillary Clinton.
Jimmy Kimmel opened the show spoofing O.J. Simpson. In a pre-taped segment, the host pretended to be late getting to the ceremony and had to hitch a ride in a White Ford Bronco driven by Malcolm-Jamal Warner. Jeb Bush, James Corden and a dragon from Game of Thrones also made surprise appearances in the sketch.
Highlights included Matt Damon coming on stage and teasing host Jimmy Kimmel for losing in the Outstanding Variety Talk Series category. Garry Shandling, who died earlier this year, got a special tribute, and Tori Kelly sang “Hallelujah” during the In Memoriam segment.
OUTSTANDING DRAMA: Game of Thrones
LEAD ACTOR, DRAMA: Rami Malek, Mr. Robot
LEAD ACTRESS, DRAMA: Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
SUPPORTING ACTOR, DRAMA: Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline
SUPPORTING ACTRESS, DRAMA: Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
WRITING, DRAMA: David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, Game of Thrones
DIRECTING, DRAMA: Miguel Sapochnik, Game of Thrones
OUTSTANDING COMEDY: Veep
LEAD ACTOR, COMEDY: Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent
LEAD ACTRESS, COMEDY: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
SUPPORTING ACTOR, COMEDY: Louie Anderson, Baskets
SUPPORTING ACTRESS, COMEDY: Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
WRITING, COMEDY: Aziz Ansari, Master of None
DIRECTING, COMEDY: Jill Soloway, Transparent
OUTSTANDING MOVIE OR SPECIAL: Sherlock: The Abominable Bride
OUTSTANDING LIMITED SERIES: The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
LEAD ACTRESS, LIMITED SERIES, MOVIE OR SPECIAL: Sarah Paulson, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
LEAD ACTOR, LIMITED SERIES, MOVIE OR SPECIAL: Courtney B. Vance, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
SUPPORTING ACTOR, LIMITED SERIES, MOVIE OR SPECIAL: Sterling K. Brown, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
SUPPORTING ACTRESS, LIMITED SERIES, MOVIE OR SPECIAL: Regina King, American Crime
WRITING, LIMITED SERIES, MOVIE OR SPECIAL: D.V. DeVincentis, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
DIRECTING, LIMITED SERIES, MOVIE OR SPECIAL: Susanne Bier, The Night Manager
OUTSTANDING VARIETY SKETCH SERIES: Key & Peele
OUTSTANDING VARIETY TALK SERIES: Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
WRITING, VARIETY SERIES: Patton Oswalt, Patton Oswalt: Talking for Clapping
DIRECTING, VARIETY SERIES: Thomas Kail and Alex Rudzinski, Grease: Live
REALITY COMPETITION: The Voice