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Emmy Awards 2016: Game of Thrones Breaks Record

Game of Thrones has broken the record for the highest number of Emmy Awards won by any fictional series. The HBO fantasy drama triumphed in three categories at Sunday's ceremony, including outstanding drama series. The show's total number of awards now stands at 38, which means it has beaten Frasier's previous record of 37. This year's British winners included Dame Maggie Smith, who won outstanding supporting actress in a drama series for her role in Downton Abbey.  It is the third time Dame Maggie has won an Emmy for her portrayal of Violet Crawley, but she has never attended the ceremony in person. Host Jimmy Kimmel joked: "We're not mailing this to her. Maggie, if you want this, it will be in the lost and found."

 

BBC One's Sherlock was named best made for TV movie for its special episode The Abominable Bride. Accepting the award, Sherlock creator Steven Moffatt made reference to the The Great British Bake off, currently shown on BBC One but bought by Channel 4 last week. He said: "Thank you to the BBC who we love above all bakery. British people will get that." Susanne Bier, the Danish director of the BBC's spy thriller The Night Manager, won for best directing in a limited series.  Bier, who was the only female nominee in the category, told BBC Breakfast: "This is such a traditional men's world, and I hope the fact a woman director has won this prestigious prize is going to mean that more non-conventional series and movies are going to be directed by women."

 

John Oliver won best variety talk series for his HBO series Last Week Tonight, beating fellow British nominee James Corden, who was nominated for The Late Late Show. Veep won the outstanding comedy series award for the second year in a row, while its star Julia Louis-Dreyfus won outstanding lead comedy actress for the fifth time. In her acceptance speech, Louis-Dreyfus said: "Our show started out as political satire but now feels like a sobering documentary." She dedicated her award to her father, who died on Friday. Tony Hale, who plays the president's personal aide Gary Walsh in Veep, triumphed in the outstanding supporting actor category.  The outstanding comedy actor gong went to Jeffrey Tambor, who plays a transgender woman in the Amazon series Transparent, for the second year in a row. Accepting the award, Tambor encouraged the industry to offer more opportunities to the trans community. "I would not be unhappy were I the last cisgender male to play a transgender female on television. We have work to do," he said.

Rami Malek won outstanding lead actor in a drama series for his role in Mr Robot - the first time a non-white actor has won the award since 1998. Tatiana Maslany from Orphan Black won the outstanding leading actress in a drama prize. Other big winners of the night included The People vs OJ Simpson - a dramatisation of the OJ Simpson trial of the 1990s, which was broadcast on BBC Two in the UK. The show won five trophies including outstanding limited series plus acting gongs for Sarah Paulson, Sterling K Brown and Courtney B Vance. Kate McKinnon, who recently starred in the all-female Ghostbusters reboot, won outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series for her performances in Saturday Night Live.

 

Netflix series Master of None scored its first Emmy award, winning outstanding writing for a comedy series. The show's co-writer Alan Yang called for better Asian representation on screen in his acceptance speech. Elsewhere, The Voice took home the award for outstanding reality competition series, beating Project Runway and Dancing With The Stars. The 38 Emmys won by Game of Thrones includes the nine trophies the series picked up at last weekend's Creative Arts Emmys. The HBO series is now the most decorated drama series in Emmy awards' history - the overall record is held by Saturday Night Live, which has won 44. Kimmel made several references to diversity during the ceremony in light of the "Oscars So White" controversy earlier this year.

 

"Here in Hollywood the only thing we value more than diversity is congratulating ourselves on how much we value diversity," he said in his opening monologue. "The Emmys are so diverse this year the Oscars are now telling people we're one of their closest friends."

Emmys 2016 winners: the full list

Outstanding drama series
The Americans
Better Call Saul
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones – WINNER!
Homeland
House of Cards
Mr Robot

Outstanding comedy series
Black-ish
Master of None
Modern Family
Silicon Valley
Transparent
The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Veep - WINNER!

 

Outstanding lead actor in a drama
Kyle Chandler, Bloodline
Matthew Rhys, The Americans
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
Rami Malek, Mr Robot - WINNER!
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Liev Schrieber, Ray Donovan

 

Outstanding lead actress 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

 

Outstanding lead actor in a comedy
Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
Aziz Ansari, Master of None
Will Forte, The Last Man On Earth
William H Macy, Shameless
Thomas Middleditch, Silicon Valley
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent - WINNER!

Outstanding lead actress in a comedy
Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep – WINNER!
Laurie Metcalf, Getting On
Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish
Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer
Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie

 

Outstanding lead actor in a limited series or TV movie
Bryan Cranston, All The Way
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock
Idris Elba, Luther
Cuba Gooding Jr, The People v OJ Simpson
Tom Hiddleston, The Night Manager
Courtney B Vance, The People v OJ Simpson - WINNER!

Outstanding limited series
American Crime
Fargo
The Night Manager
The People v OJ Simpson - WINNER!
Roots

Outstanding reality competition series
The Amazing Race
American Ninja Warrior
Dancing With the Stars
Project Runway
The Voice - WINNER!
Top Chef

Outstanding television movie
A Very Murray Christmas
All the Way
Confirmation
Luther
Sherlock: the Abominable Bride - WINNER!

Outstanding variety talk series
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

Outstanding variety sketch series
Documentary Now!
Drunk History
Inside Amy Schumer
Key & Peele - WINNER!
Portlandia
Saturday Night Live

Outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series
Louie Anderson, Baskets – WINNER
Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Keegan-Michael Key, Key & Peele
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Tony Hale, Veep
Matt Walsh, Veep

Outstanding supporting actor in a drama series
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 lead actress in a limited series or a movie
Sarah Paulson, The People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story - WINNER!
Audra McDonald, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill
Kerry Washington, Confirmation
Kirsten Dunst, Fargo
Lili Taylor, American Crime
Felicity Huffman, American Crime

Outstanding supporting actor in a limited series or movie
Jesse Plemons, Fargo
Bokeem Woodbine, Fargo
Hugh Laurie, The Night Manager
Sterling K Brown, The People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story – WINNER!
David Schwimmer, The People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story
John Travolta, The People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story

Outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series
Niecy Nash, Getting On
Allison Janney, Mom
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live - WINNER!
Judith Light, Transparent
Gaby Hoffmann, Transparent
Anna Chlumsky, Veep

Outstanding supporting actress in a drama series
Maura Tierney, The Affair
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey – WINNER!
Lena Headley, Game Of Thrones
Emilia Clarke, Game Of Thrones
Maisie Williams, Game Of Thrones
Constance Zimmer, UnREAL

Outstanding supporting actress in a limited series or movie
Melissa Leo, All The Way
Regina King, American Crime – WINNER!
Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Hotel
Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Hotel
Jean Smart, Fargo
Olivia Colman, The Night Manager

Outstanding guest actor in a comedy series
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!

Outstanding guest actress in a comedy series
Laurie Metcalf, The Big Bang Theory
Christine Baranski, The Big Bang Theory
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, Saturday Night Live - WINNER!
Melissa McCarthy, Saturday Night Live
Amy Schumer, Saturday Night Live
Melora Hardin, Transparent

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