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When all was said and done and accepted, the 68th annual Primetime Emmy Awards went down easy, with voters serving up a mix of shoo-ins and surprises among the winners.
But the TV business is strapping in for a much wilder ride next year, when the playing field will be wide open, probably even more crowded, extremely diverse, and perhaps most significantly, free of dragons.
The potential for newbies to break through with nominations or wins next year is strong now that HBO’s “Game of Thrones” is sitting out the 2017 race. HBO has opted, at the behest of the show’s producers, to push the drama’s seventh season premiere to next summer, just outside of the 2016-17 eligibility window. The sidelining of the show that has dominated Emmy nominations and wins for the past two years will open up a vacuum that plenty of worthy contenders will fight to fill.
- Cynthia Littleton and Daniel Holloway
After Courtney B. Vance's immersive embodiment of Johnnie Cochran in The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story caught Emmy voters' eyes and led him to awards gold, the actor shares that there was one scene in the series of which he is particularly proud. "One scene, in the jail cell with O.J., when I told him, "Come on! Snap out of it! You're O.J. People love you!" the 56-year-old said after winning the 2016 Emmy Award for outstanding lead actor in a limited series on Sunday. Vance recalled a conversation he had with Anthony Hemingway - »
- Char Adams, @CiCiAdams_
Last night was the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards, where the television academy takes the time to recognize some of the greatest accomplishments in the industry for the past season. Not surprisingly, the show that came out on top this year was none other than Game of Thrones, a show that seemingly only gets stronger and stronger as time goes on (despite the absence of source material at this point).
This also marked the year that Game of Thrones surpassed Frasier for the record total of Emmys won during a show run. Frasier previously held the record with 37 wins, and with two seasons left, Game of Thrones has secured the title with 38 wins, a record it's sure to barrel over over the course of the next couple seasons.
Below is the list of nominees and winners for several major categories at this year's Emmys!
Outstanding Drama Series
- Joseph Medina
By now television fans have been fully regaled of all the best moments from last night's Emmys. Sarah Paulson, Sterling K. Brown and Courtney B. Vance helped The People v. O.J. Simpson to dominate the awards. Julia Louis-Dreyfus gave an incredibly moving speech. The kids from Stranger Things performed a dance to "Uptown Funk" and handed out peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on bicycles. All in all the event was one of the more successful Emmy Awards in recent history. But there's a huge part of the story that the public isn't hearing. We're talking about all of the unsung heroes of the night. Those brave souls lurking in the shadows, making everything come »
Tom Hiddleston didn't take home an award Sunday, but we'd say he actually had quite a winning night at the 2016 Emmys. Even though the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie went to Courtney B. Vance for his role in The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, Tom got his own moment in the spotlight when he and Quantico's Priyanka Chopra presented the award for Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series to his director in The Night Manager, Susanne Bier. Tom presenting with Priyanka may well have set the stage (pun intended) for their post-Emmys flirtation at the Governor's Ball. Aside from one little twirl, the twosome played it pretty straight »
Carl E. Douglas is not pleased with a joke made Sunday night by host Jimmy Kimmel during the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards. Douglas, a friend and protege to the late Johnnie Cochran, told The Hollywood Reporter on Monday that Kimmel crossed a line when he quipped: "I have to believe Johnnie Cochran is somewhere smiling up at us tonight.” Kimmel made the joke after Courtney B. Vance won the Emmy for outstanding lead actor in a limited series for his portrayal of O.J. Simpson's defense attorney in FX's The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. "I understand it was a
- Ryan Parker
While we're still coming to terms with Beyoncé's no-show at last night's Emmys, we're keeping ourselves in good spirits as we take a look back at host Jimmy Kimmel's most memorable one-liners - from his jab at Downton Abbey's Maggie Smith (who has never attended the Emmys in the nine times she's been nominated!) to Hollywood's penchant for gluten-free diets. No one was truly safe from Kimmel's jokes, which made Sunday night's ceremony that much more memorable. On The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story's Sarah Paulson's Emmys date"The winner of tonight's plus-one contest: Sarah Paulson, »
- Grace Gavilanes
Before Courtney B. Vance gave wife Angela Bassett the ultimate tribute when he won the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for his performance as Johnnie Cochran in The People v. O.J. Simpson at the 2016 Emmys, he and Bassett proved they're the best couple. E! News' Giuliana Rancic caught up with Vance and Bassett on the red carpet where Vance opened up about his award-winning role. "People are crazy. People want to know more. They want an epilogue," Vance joked. "They want another episode!" But it was becoming Cochran that Vance felt to be the most difficult part of his job. "I think trying to figure out how to get in," he explained to G. "He was such a »
Now there's something you don't see too often — an Emmy night that actually makes good television. The Emmys are usually one of those pop-culture Zen koans: Why is an award show for TV such a painful little hate-watch? But this year's model was easily the most entertaining Emmy bash since Conan O'Brien hosted in 2008, a welcome change after last year's debacle. Jimmy Kimmel kept things moving and got the whole event done and dusted in three hours — with a minute or two to spare, actually. Yes, there was still plenty »
Dragons and white Broncos reigned supreme at the 68th annual Emmy Awards. “Game of Thrones,” HBO’s medieval fantasy series, toppled the previous record for most Emmy wins ever for a scripted series, and “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” all but swept the limited series category. On Sunday, Sept. 18, “Game of Thrones” picked up the best drama victory for the second year running, in addition to wins for David Benioff and D.B. Weiss in the best writing category, and director Miguel Sapochnik for the epic Season 6 episode, “The Battle of the Bastards.” The show won nine awards at the Creative Arts Emmys, bringing the series’ 2016 total to 12. The wins pushed it over the edge to dethrone “Frasier,” the previous record holder for the most Emmys ever for a scripted program, with 38. “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” dominated its category, winning outstanding limited »
The nominee list for the 2016 Emmys was full of heavy hitters, and the show itself did not disappoint. Game of Thrones took home some major awards (though sadly none for the actors), and Veep nailed the comedy side. Meanwhile, we couldn't be happier for Rami Malek and Tatiana Maslany! Take a look below for the full list of winners. Related Stories:The Heartbreaking Reason Julia Louis-Dreyfus Cried Through Her Emmys SpeechKate McKinnon Gets Adorably Tongue-Tied While Accepting Her First Emmy AwardSterling K. Brown Grabs His First Emmy Win, Simultaneously Steals Our HeartWatch Tatiana Maslany Accept Her Hard-Earned Emmy Award With an Endearing SpeechRami Malek Perfectly Quotes Mr. Robot During His Emmys Acceptance Speech Outstanding Drama Series Game of Thrones Outstanding Comedy Series Veep Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series Rami Malek, Mr. Robot Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series Jeffrey Tambor, »
- Maggie Pehanick
The single life certainly looks good on Tom Hiddleston. The British actor, who recently split from Taylor Swift, looked happy and handsome when he attended the Emmys in La on Sunday night. Not only did he give the cameras his best smirk as he walked down the red carpet, but he later walked hand in hand with Priyanka Chopra when the duo presented an award on stage. After the show, Tom hit up the AMC after party, where he didn't seem too bothered about losing the award for outstanding lead actor in a limited series or movie to Courtney B. Vance. Even though Tom and Taylor are no longer dating, he took the outing as an opportunity to clear the air about any bad blood between them, telling People that they are still friends. »
- Kelsie Gibson
Anthony Anderson may not have taken home an Emmy on Sunday, but he still felt like a winner with not one, but two beautiful dates: his mother and his daughter. The Black -ish star told reporters at the HBO Emmy Afterparty that bringing his mother, Doris Hancox, as his plus one was an easy choice. "My mother put her dreams of being an actor on hold to raise an actor in me," he says. "So I do what I do for her." The 46-year-old actor adds, "That's why I have my mother with me wherever I go for the most »
- Stephanie Petit, @stephpetit_
Jimmy Kimmel's Emmys joke about Johnnie Cochran has enraged a famous lawyer Johnny mentored. Carl Douglas lashed out at Kimmel, who talked smack on O.J.'s real lawyer after Courtney B. Vance won Best Actor in a Limited Series. Kimmel said, "I have to believe Johnnie Cochran is smiling up at us tonight." The idea that Cochran went to hell for repping O.J. was too much for Douglas to bear, saying, "That »
- TMZ Staff
FX’s limited series The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story picked up the most awards on the night, taking home five in total including Outstanding Limited Series, while Veep and Transparent won two apiece.
Check out a full list of winners here…
Winner: Game of Thrones
Lead Actress, Drama
- Gary Collinson
It was a weird night at the Emmys. Although frontrunners “The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” “Veep,” and “Game Of Thrones” won the major awards, individual honors in acting and specific callouts for writing and directing went in unexpected directions. Sometimes, those were pleasant surprises, and otherwise, not so much. Last week, Variety critics delivered their favorites and predictions; below, Maureen Ryan and Sonia Saraiya go through the winners, chronologically, and weigh in on whether or not the Academy made the right call. The full winners’ list, including all the nominees, is right here.
Sonia Saraiya: Anderson wasn’t my choice, but it was really hard to not be happy for him.
Maureen Ryan: As it turned out, I was incredibly happy that Anderson won. It clearly meant so much to him, and it’s really common (and nice!) for »
- Sonia Saraiya and Maureen Ryan
It was a night of firsts and sweeps.
Find out who won their first Emmys and what shows swept the awards, because we have every single winner from all three Emmy ceremonies below!
Jimmy Kimmel did an awesome job hosting, and even managed to point out all of the annoying gluten free stars in the audience after passing out Pb&J sandwiches his mom made. And he hoped nobody was allergic to nuts!
Congrats to all the winners. How many surprised you by the way things turned out? FX proved that there may be too much television to choose from, but what they're putting out there is of the great variety.
HBO offered up repeats with Game of Thrones and Veep, Keeping The Americans from a Best Drama win, but Rami Malek got the best actor win, even if we were also cheering heartily for Matthew Rhys. And our girl »
- Carissa Pavlica
HBO, accustomed to being the undisputed Emmys champ in recent years, found itself in the unusual position of sharing the title Sunday night. FX Networks earned six awards at the Primetime Emmys, matching HBO’s tally for the evening. FX’s surge came largely on the back of anthology series “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” the evening’s most honored show.
Counting last weekend’s Creative Arts Emmys, HBO held onto the top spot, thanks to another record-breaking haul for “Game of Thrones.” The best drama series winner passed “Frasier” as the most decorated scripted series in Emmy history, with 38 wins. With 12 Emmys this year, the show tied its record from 2015 for most wins by a show in a single season.
- Daniel Holloway
There was a common theme among the backstage remarks for the acting winners from “The People V. O.J. Simpson” — being part of the FX miniseries was nothing less than a life-changing experience.
For Sterling K. Brown, absorbing the character of prosecutor Christopher Darden made him rethink his perspective on the real-life Simpson murder verdict even as he also recognizes that “not everybody feels they are protected and served” by the criminal justice system.
Courtney B. Vance, who played Johnnie Cochran in the TV series, said he came to value his family even more after spending six months in a trailer on the Fox lot. It also helped him reflect on the current rise in racial tension in America. “In this world we need each other,” he said. “We can’t do it alone. White folks, black folks, all races — we need each other. We’ve got to find a way to build bridges not walls. Our »
- Cynthia Littleton
He wasn't entirely kidding. While the broadcast hardly lacked for entertaining or surprising moments, the horse race (or Bronco versus dragon race, if you prefer) between The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story and Game of Thrones remained a recurring theme throughout the evening. "This must be very strange for you," Kimmel kidded Simpson prosecutor Marcia Clark, who was in attendance. »
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