Transparent came up trumps once again in the acting stakes at last night’s Emmys.
The 2016 Emmy Awards crowned Jeffrey Tambor Best Actor for the second year in a row for his sensitive portrayal of Maura in Amazon’s transgender drama. But while Amazon’s flagship award winner also bagged a prize for Directing for a Comedy Series – thanks to Jill Soloway’s on standout Season 2 episode Man on the Land – this year’s Emmys were dominated by FX and HBO.
There were some streaming successes, with Ben Mendelsohn bagging Best Supporting Actor in a Drama for Bloodline and Master of None’s Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang winning Best Writing for a Comedy Series. Netflix’s exclusive acquisition of Orphan Black in the UK also means it can bask in the glow in Tatiana Maslany’s win for Best Actress in a Drama Series.
But it was largely business as usual, with Game of Thrones and Veep once again taking up the big Best Drama and Best Comedy prizes. Veep earned Julia Louis-Dreyfus the gong for Best Actress in a Comedy Series for the fifth year in a row, making her the only person to win the prize five consecutive times for the same role. Thrones, meanwhile, took home Best Writing (Drama) and Best Directing (Drama) for the heart-stopping episode Battle of the Bastards. Combined with last week’s Creative Emmy awards, HBO is undoubtedly still leading the TV pack, with 22 Emmys overall this year – including a breakthrough victory for John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight.
There was a new contender, though, in the form of FX, which stormed the acting categories with The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. The always-brilliant Sarah Paulson, Courtney B. Vance and Sterling K. Brown all took home prizes for their performances in the mini-series, with Paulson bringing her prosecutor Marcia Clark, whom she portrayed in the drama, as her plus-one. While Thrones led the pack with 12 wins, FX was right behind HBO with 18 awards overall, with The People v. O.J. Simpson also getting the award for Best Mini-Series or Movie. With nominations for The Americans for the first time too, as well as nods for Fargo, FX is making its mark more than ever.
Netflix, on the other hand, has won the industry’s attention, with a record 54 nominations for this year’s Emmys, but hasn’t managed to turn that into Primetime wins – tellingly, Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright (stars of one the streaming service’s flagship dramas, House of Cards) are still yet to bag an Emmy.
Compare that to the sudden success of Rami Malek, who converted his first nomination for Mr. Robot into a surprise win for his turn as unbalanced hacker Elliot. His visibly delighted acceptance of the award will go down as one of the highlights of this year’s TV awards.
The real winners of the evening, though, were the kids from Stranger Things. Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, and Caleb McLaughlin rivalled Rami Malek for best Emmy debut, by opening the whole evening with a rendition of Uptown Funk.
Next year, Game of Thrones will not be eligible for the Emmys, as HBO delays the series from its usual spring slot. That means you can expect a rush from everyone else, especially Netflix, to steal the spotlight. Frankly, though, we’ll just take the Stranger Things musical everyone now wants.
Here’s a list of last night’s big Emmy winners. For a rundown of the Creative Emmys winners, click here.
Game of Thrones
Mini-Series or Movie
The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX)
Sherlock: The Abominable Bride (Masterpiece) (PBS)
Variety Talk Series
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)
Variety Sketch Series
Key & Peele (Comedy Central)
Actor in a Comedy Series
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent
Actress in a Comedy Series
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Actor in a Drama Series
Rami Malek, Mr. Robot
Actress in a Drama Series
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
Actor in a Mini-Series or Movie
Courtney B. Vance, The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story
Actress in a Mini-Series or Movie
Sarah Paulson, The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story
Supporting Actor in a Drama
Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline
Supporting Actress in a Drama
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Supporting Actor in a Comedy
Louie Anderson, Baskets
Supporting Actress in a Comedy
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
Sterling K. Brown, The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story
Supporting Actress in a Mini-Series or Movie
Regina King, American Crime
Reality Competition Program
The Voice (NBC)
Writing for a Comedy Series
Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang, Master of None (Parents)
Writing for a Drama Series
David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, Game of Thrones (Battle of the Bastards)
Writing for a Mini-Series or Movie
D.V. DeVincentis, The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story (Marcia, Marcia, Marcia)
Writing for a Variety Special
Patton Oswalt, Patton Oswalt: Talking for Clapping
Directing for a Comedy Series
Jill Soloway, Transparent (Man on the Land)
Directing for a Drama Series
Miguel Sapochnik, Game of Thrones (Battle of the Bastards)
Directing for a Mini-Series or Movie
Susanne Bier, The Night Manager