Game of Thrones breaks record to win highest number of Emmys!
Winter has come! Fans of ‘Game of Thrones’, including us, jumped with joy as this HBO property broke the record for the highest number of Primetime Emmy Awards won by any show. The series triumphed in 12 of the 24 categories at Sunday night's ceremony, including Outstanding Drama Series. Another reason for HBO to celebrate was ‘Veep’ which took home the award for Outstanding Comedy Series. It's the second year in a row for both shows to win in their respective categories. Julia Louis-Dreyfus won Outstanding Lead Comedy Actress for the fifth time for ‘Veep’.
The 68th Emmy Awards was a glittering event which witnessed who’s who of the small and big screen, except of course Dame Maggie Smith who (again!) was not present to collect her trophy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her role in ‘Downton Abbey’. Host Jimmy Kimmel aptly joked that this year she would have to find her award in lost-and-found as the organisers will not mail it to her. Ouch! And while Matt Damon mocked Kimmel for losing in his category, we think the best he did was feed the audience peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, especially all those ladies who starved themselves to fit into those stunning gowns!
John Oliver won best variety talk series for ‘Last Week Tonight’, beating James Corden, who was nominated for ‘The Late Late Show’. ‘Game of Thrones’ also won for Outstanding Direction (Miguel Sapochnik) and Outstanding Writing (David Benioff and DB Weiss), both for the penultimate episode of the season ‘Battle of the Bastards’. Tatiana Maslany won for Oustanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her work in ‘Orphan Black’ while Rami Malek won his first-ever Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in A Drama Series for his role as Elliot in ‘Mr Robot’. Jeffrey Tambor won as Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for playing a transgender woman in ‘Transparent’. The trophy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series went to Ben Mendelsohn for 'Bloodline'.
'The People v OJ Simpson' also won big with trophies for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie (Sarah Paulson), Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie (Courtney B Vance), Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie (Sterling K Brown), Outstanding Limited Series and Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series (DV DeVincentis) for the episode 'Marcia, Marcia, Marcia'.
‘Sherlock: The Abominable Bride’ won Emmy for Outstanding TV Movie. The trophy for Outstanding writing for a Comedy Series went to Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang, for ‘Master of None’ for the episode ‘Parents’. It was a poignant moment for Ansari as his parents watched him receiving his first Emmy in the audience. Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series went to Jill Soloway for ‘Transparent’.
‘The Voice’ took home the award for Outstanding Reality Competition Series beating ‘Project Runway’ and ‘Dancing With The Stars’.