Game of Thrones breaks Emmy record

Veep repeated itself as Best Comedy Series and its star, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, won a record-breaking sixth Emmy for Best Comedy Actress. Jeffrey Tambor’s trophy for Best Comedy Actor for Transparent was also his second.

But the best drama acting trophies were far from predictable: Mr. Robot’s Rami Malek and Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany were the winners, both beating the heavyweight competition.

“Oh, my God. Please tell me you’re seeing this too,” said a stunned Malek, who plays an emotionally troubled engineer involved in a dangerous hacking conspiracy.

Games of Thrones, the fantasy saga based on the novels of George RR Martin, received a total of 12 awards and at last weekend’s technical arts ceremony for a total of 38, beating Frasier by one to claim the most awards in prime time series.

Emmys have proven more adept than the Oscars at recognizing and honoring diversity at the top of Hollywood, with trophies awarded to minority actors and behind-the-scenes artists, including writers Aziz Ansari and Master of None’s Alan Yang.

But How to Get Away with Murder’s Viola Davis failed to repeat her win as Best Drama Actress of 2015, a first for a black woman.

Tambor, who plays a transgender character in Transparent, has asked Hollywood to make him the last non-transgender actor to land such a role.

A trembling Louis-Dreyfus concluded his speech by dedicating the trophy to his father, who said she died on Friday. Before that, he honored the campaign of GOP contender Donald Trump.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to personally apologize for the current political climate,” he said. “I think Veep has broken down the wall between comedy and politics. Our show started out as a political satire, but now it feels more like a sobering documentary.”

Her win gave her six wins for best comedies – five for Veep, one for The New Adventures of Old Christine – and broke her connection with Candice Bergen and Mary Tyler Moore.

Maggie Smith was awarded Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for the final season of Downton Abbey. She was her third win for playing the formidable widow but she didn’t enter the awards.

Bloodline’s Australian Ben Mendelsohn won Best Supporting Actor and was also a no-show.

John Oliver took the Most Variety Speech Series award for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, beating out contestants including Jerry Seinfeld and presenter Jimmy Kimmel – who received biting consolation on stage from Matt Damon, his fake nemesis. longtime. The loss “makes a lot of sense,” Damon said.

The people v. OJ Simpson, who garnered the second highest number of nominations, converted five into trophies.

Louie Anderson was awarded Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his portrayal of a loving but tough mom in Baskets.