HBO’s mega-budget fantasy show ‘Game Of Thrones’ and American series ‘The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story’ won key honours at the 68th annual Emmy Primetime Awards on Sunday night.
‘Game Of Thrones’ (GoT), an adaptation of ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’, George R.R. Martin’s series of fantasy novels, won 12 honours, including the Best Drama Series for the second year in a row. The series was nominated in 24 categories.
With an all time tally of 38 wins, GoT has beaten the previous record set by ‘Frasier’ (37) and become the show with the maximum number of Emmy awards.
‘The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story’, which is the dramatic retelling of the infamous O J Simpsons murder trial, was honoured for its writing and captured several acting awards including Actor in a Mini-Series or Movie, Actress in a Mini-Series or Movie, Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie and Writing for a Mini-Series or Movie.
‘Veep’ won the award for Outstanding Comedy Series and its lead actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus bagged the Best Actress in a Comedy Series. But the major surprises came for two first-time winners: Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany received the Emmy for outstanding actress in a drama, while ‘Mr. Robot’ star Rami Malek was named best lead actor in a drama.
John Oliver won best variety talk series for his HBO series ‘Last Week Tonight’, beating James Corden, who was nominated for ‘The Late Late Show’.
Actress Courtney B Vance won the Best Actor in Limited Series or Movie while Sarah Paulson bagged won best actress. The best supporting actor honour went to Sterling K Brown at the gala night, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.
The award gala also honoured Indian-origin actor-writer-director Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang, who received the Outstanding Writing for a Comedy series honour for ‘Master of None’.
Ben Mendelsohn of ‘Bloodline’ and Maggie Smith of ‘Downton Abbey’ cornered the Best Supporting Actor and Actress award in the Best Drama Series at the award gala. While ‘Baskets’ actor Louie Anderson and Kate McKinnon of ‘Saturday Night Live’ won the Best Supporting Actor and Actress Award respectively.
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