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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
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
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. »
Talk about a sweep! After stars Sterling K. Brown, Sarah Paulson, and Courtney B. Vance each picked up Emmy gold for their turns in The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, the tide of Emmy love continued to the show itself as presenters Liev Schreiber and Keri Russell announced it has won Outstanding Limited Series at the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. (The show only didn't win in Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series because the male-heavy cast didn't have one to nominate.) Accepting their win over American Crime, Fargo, Roots, and The Night Manager, Ryan Murphy and his fellow producers were played off so quickly, you'd wouldn't have been out of line to »
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story's appeal certainly isn't limited - the show took home the 2016 Emmy Award for outstanding limited series! Liev Shreiber and Kerri Russell presented this year's award, and the show's creator, Ryan Murphy, accepted the honor on behalf of the project. • Check out People's full 2016 Emmy Awards coverage and complete winners list!"Thank you to John Langraf at FX for being a leader of inclusion and supporting all kinds of storytelling," Murphy said. • Watch People & EW Red Carpet Live Sunday night on People.com and on People/Entertainment Weekly Network - available »
- Lanford Beard, Alexia Fernandez
Categories didn’t come much more nail-biting tonight than Outstanding Limited Series category – at least going into the night. But after a series of high-profile wins in the Limited Series acting categories, it seemed ever more certain that The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story would prevail. And so it did. The big trophy went Ryan Murphy’s way over American Crime, Fargo, The Night Manager and Roots. It was People v O.J.‘s fifth win of the night, after D.V… »
“The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” one of the season’s best-reviewed and most buzzed-about shows, won a much-anticipated Emmy for outstanding limited series Sunday night. The Ryan Murphy-produced drama beat a formidable field that included another highly lauded FX project, “Fargo,” as well as ABC’s “American Crime,” AMC’s “The Night Manager,” and History’s “Roots.”
“Crime Story,” along with the highly regarded Espn documentary “O.J.: Made in America,” sparked a renewed media interest earlier this year in the 1995 O.J. Simpson murder trial. With a star-studded cast that included John Travolta, Cuba Gooding Jr., Sterling K. Brown, Courtney B. Vance, Nathan Lane, and David Schwimmer, “Crime Story” earned rave reviews — in particular for longtime Murphy collaborator Sarah Paulson’s turn as prosecutor Marcia Clark.
The limited series was executive produced by Murphy with, Larry Karaszewski »
- Daniel Holloway
“The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” picked up the Emmy for Outstanding Limited Series at the 2016 Primetime Emmys ceremony on Sunday, September 18, fulfilling expectation that the drama would take home the top prize.
Read More: 2016 Emmy Predictions: Outstanding Limited Series
Created by Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski, the anthology series was produced by Brad Falchuk, Nina Jacobson, Ryan Murphy and Brad Simpson, and garnered a total of 22 Emmy nominations this awards season.
Based on Jeffrey Toobin’s book “The Run of His Life: The People v. O. J. Simpson,” the miniseries stars Cuba Gooding Jr., Sarah Paulson, David Schwimmer and John Travolta. The 10-episode series debuted in February of 2016 and revolved around the infamous Simpson murder trial.
Since its premiere, “The People v. O.J. Simpson” has received critical acclaim and praised for its writing, directing and acting performances.
- Vikram Murthi
Outstanding Drama Series
Outstanding Comedy Series
Outstanding Television Movie
Sherlock: The Abominable Bride
All the Way
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Mary Elizabeth Winstead took us on an exhilarating journey in Dan Trachtenberg's 10 Cloverfield Lane earlier this year. Now she's taking a left turn and is headed straight to Fargo, North Dakota. It's been mostly quiet on the Fargo front lately as we wait for Season 3 to begin production (it's set to air Spring of 2017). The show is nominated in the Limited Series category at the Emmy's tomorrow night against American Crime, The Night Manager, The People v O.J. Simpson, and Roots. So far we know the anthology series will have Ewan McGregor as its lead. He'll be playing two roles, that of brothers Emmit and Ray Stussy (not twins). The Leftovers' Carrie Coon is set to play chief of police Edna Valley. Now The Hollywood Reporter says Winstead will be joining them. Season three of Fargo has been rumored to take place in 2010, following the events of the breakout drama's freshman season. »
- Jill Pantozzi
Who do we think are going to win some of the biggest Emmy races this Sunday?
You're about to find out. Take a look below to see who we think will win, who we think should win and how the competition could surprise us completely. Then check out or Winners list to see how close we can to making the call!
Lead actor in a drama
Lead actress in a drama
Taraji P. Henson, Empire
- Carissa Pavlica
FX's The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story won the Emmy for best limited series on Sunday night. The show beat out ABC's American Crime, FX's Fargo, AMC's The Night Manager and History's Roots. People v. O.J. Simpson, nominated for 22 awards, has garnered five wins including best actor in a limited series or movie for Courtney B. Vance's performance (he beat out co-star Cuba Gooding Jr.), supporting actor in a limited series or movie for Sterling K. Brown's performance (beating out co-stars John Travolta and David Schwimmer) and best actress in a limited series or movie for Sarah Paulson's performance.
- THR Staff
Over the weekend, the Television Academy handed out the Creative Arts Emmys — i.e., the awards not quite glamorous to be squeezed into this coming Sunday's 68th Primetime Emmy Awards telecast on ABC. Lots of interesting things happened, including Game of Thrones picking up 9 awards (the Creative Arts includes most of the technical categories), Crazy Ex-Girlfriend sharing an award of choreography but losing both song categories for which it was eligible (to Diane Warren's song from The Hunting Ground and the Jessica Jones theme music), and more. But the one that got my attention the most — and convinced me to finally change the way I do my annual Emmy preview column — was Character Actress Margo Martindale's repeat win for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama for her work on The Americans. I love both The Americans and Character Actress Margo Martindale, but she was in one scene all season, »
- Alan Sepinwall
Last Year’s Winner: “Olive Kitteridge” Was It an Upset? Nope Still Eligible? Nope Hot Streak: “American Horror Story” has earned a nomination in this category (or its similarly titled iterations) every year of its existence, but it’s never won. This was the first year it didn’t make the cut. Fun Fact: In 2009 and 2010, there were only two nominees in this category, which lead for it to be merged with TV Movies from 2011 – 2013. Now, limited series are arguably the most in-demand storytelling medium on television.
Read More: ‘Fargo’ or ‘The People v. O.J. Simpson’? You Have to Pick a Side: IndieWire Emmys Endorsements (Limited Series)
We could spend some time talking about how “American Crime,” “Roots” and “The Night Manager” could win, but let’s be honest: This is a two-horse race. “The People v. O.J. Simpson” and “Fargo” are squaring off, which is fascinating on a number of levels. »
- Ben Travers
Tony Award-winning actor Ben Vereen has been accused of spending 36 years illegally married to two women at the same time. The star of the original “Roots” miniseries and “Funny Girl” married his first wive, Andrea, in 1965 and separated several years later. But apparently neither formally completed divorce proceedings — until they appeared in Brooklyn Supreme Court on Thursday. A rep for Vereen told TheWrap that the actor filed for divorce in New York after seven years of marriage in 1972 and moved to Los Angeles. Andrea also filed for divorce in 1974, and both assumed that the divorce had »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Last Year’s Winner: Regina King, “American Crime” Was It an Upset? Yes. Vegas money was on Sarah Paulson (“American Horror Story”) or Mo’nique (“Bessie”). Still Eligible? Yes Hot Streak: Kathy Bates has the most nominations in this category of any actress ever, with six nods spanning from 1996 to 2015. Fun Fact: Olivia Cole was the first black actress to be nominated in this category and the first black actress to win. Her role? Mathilda in “Roots,” a miniseries being remade in 2016.
Read More: Review: ‘American Crime’ Season 2 Makes Hate Too Great a Burden to Bear
Two years ago, no one really expected Kathy Bates to win this category, and last year few prognosticators picked Regina King to walk away with the trophy. So who should we bet on in 2016? Will there be another surprise? Will one of these two past winners take it yet again?
Honestly, we’re a bit unsure. »
- Ben Travers
As the great Ed Harris once said, “You gotta take a side.” And this year, you’ve got to choose between “The People v. O.J. Simpson” and “Fargo.” Sure, “The Night Manager” was a solid throwback thriller and “Roots” justified its reimagining with one helluva run (while “American Crime” remains a dangerously misguided acting exercise), but these two standout entries would be easy choices if they weren’t competing against each other. Noah Hawley’s second season was even bolder than his first, but we’ve got to stick with our TCA pals and back “The People.” Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski’s anthology did what many deemed impossible by making O.J. relevant again, and the craft applied to »
- Ben Travers
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Question: Any word on what Laurel made Oliver promise her right before she died on Arrow? Was it something for him to do or not do? —Kia
Ausiello: Look at Kia kicking off the first new AA in more than a month with a sensational Q! Here’s your answer, straight from showrunner Wendy Mericle. “It is both actually, and you’ll find out what it was in [the Oct. 5 premiere],” teases the Ep, who adds that the reveal will “inform »
For a limited series to be whole, it first has to be broken. The “breaking” process — as in, breaking out the overall narrative and its individual episodes — is a crucial drama bubbling beneath the surface of every miniseries, or “novel for television” as it was once termed. When the breaking clicks, a limited series appears virtually seamless on arrival.
Mark Wolper, executive producer of History’s “Roots,” is one who swears by the classic dramatic principle of taking a character through a beginning, middle and end. He believes that that’s ideally served by “this thing of sitting down and knowing that at the end of eight hours, or 10 hours or 15 hours, you will have gone on an entire journey. You’ll have left, gone on a trip, had an amazing time and come home.”
But TV’s travel agents have a lot of planning to do, starting with the decision of how long the journey will »
- Bob Verini
Members of The Television Critics Association have spoken.
And they find O.J. Simpson to be guilty... of extreme entertainment!
This FX miniseries dominated the The Television Critics Association Awards on Saturday night, taking home the honors of Program of the Year, Outstanding Movie/Miniseries and Outstanding Individual Achievement in Drama for Sarah Paulson.
Scroll down for a look a complete look at the TCA Awards winners from this year...
Program Of The Year
Game of Thrones, HBO
Making a Murderer, Netflix
Mr. Robot, USA
Outstanding Achievement In Drama
Better Call Saul, AMC
Game of Thrones, HBO
The Leftovers, HBO
Mr. Robot, USA
Outstanding Achievement In Comedy
Winner black-ish, ABC
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, The CW
Master of None, Netflix
Silicon Valley, HBO
You’re The Worst, »
- Matt Richenthal
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