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‘The People v. O.J. Simpson’ Tops Emmy Wins; HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ Makes the Record Books

68th Primetime Emmy Awards: And the Winners Were…

“The People v. O.J. Simpson” on FX was the big individual series winner at the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, with nine Emmy Award wins including Outstanding Limited Series and acting trophies for Lead Actor (Courtney B. Vance), Lead Actress (Sarah Paulson) and Supporting Actor (Sterling K. Brown) in a Limited Series or a Movie. But “Game of Thrones” has now won more Emmys than any other primetime TV show in the history of television. The HBO fantasy drama won three awards, pushing its lifetime total number of Emmys to 38 – one more than NBC sitcom “Frasier,” the previous all-time record holder. “Game of Thrones” was named Outstanding Drama, with wins for Writing and Directing in a Drama Series.

HBO’s “Veep” was also a repeat winner for Outstanding Comedy Series, while Julia Louis-Dreyfus was named Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series for the fifth year in a row. Jeffrey Tambor, meanwhile, took home his second consecutive Emmy Award for Amazon’s “Transparent.” And Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series went to Rami Malek for USA’s “Mr. Robot” and Tatiana Maslany for BBC America’s “Orphan Black,” both first time winners.

Overall, and including the Creative Arts Emmy winners, HBO stood well above any competitor this year, with 43 wins. Next was NBC at 12 (including “The Voice” for Outstanding Reality Series).

While The Emmys, of course, took time to remember the departed, with individual pieces for Garry Shandling and producer Garry Marshall, a major oversight in the “In Memoriam” listing was “The Waltons” creator Earl Hamner, Jr., who got an early start as a writer on “The Twilight Zone.”

What follows are the complete listing of winners:

Outstanding…
-Drama Series: “Game of Thrones” (HBO)

-Comedy Series: “Veep” (HBO)

-Limited Series: “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” (FX)

-Outstanding Television Movie: “Sherlock: The Abominable Bride” (Masterpiece) (PBS)

-Variety Talk Series: “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” (HBO)

-Reality Competition Series: “The Voice” (NBC)

-Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Rami Malek, “Mr. Robot” (USA)

-Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Tatiana Maslany, “Orphan Black” (BBC America)

-Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent” (Amazon)

-Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep “(HBO)

-Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie: Courtney B. Vance, “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” (FX) — WINNER

-Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie: Sarah Paulson, “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”

-Variety Sketch Series: “Key & Peele” (Comedy Central)

-Variety Special: “The Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Prime Time Special”

-Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Louis Anderson, “Baskets” (FX)

-Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Kate McKinnon, “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)

-Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: Peter Scolari, “Girls” (HBO)

-Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, “Saturday Night Live (NBC)

-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Ben Mendelsohn, “Bloodline” (Netflix)

-Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey” (PBS)

-Guest Actor in a Drama Series: Hank Azaria, “Ray Donovan” (Showtime)

-Guest Actress in a Drama Series: Margo Martindale, “The Americans” (FX)

-Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie: Sterling K. Brown, “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” (FX)

-Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie: Regina King, “American Crime” (ABC)

-Reality Host:: RuPaul,“RuPaul’s Drag Race: (Logo)

-Structured Reality Program: “Shark Tank” (ABC)

-Unstructured Reality Program: “Born This Way” (A&E)

-Directing for a Drama Series: Miguel Sapochnik, Game of Thrones, “Battle of the Bastards” (HBO)

-Writing for a Drama Series: David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, “Game of Thrones,” “Battle of the Bastards” (HBO)

-Directing for a Comedy Series: Jill Soloway, “Transparent, “Man on the Land” (Amazon)

-Writing for a Comedy Series: Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang, Master of None, “Parents” (Netflix)

-Directing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special: Susanne Bier, “The Night Manager” (AMC)

-Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special: D.V. DeVincentis, “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia” (FX)

-Short Form Comedy or Drama Series: Childrens Hospital” (Adult Swim)

-Actor in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series: Rob Corddry, “Childrens Hospital” (Adult Swim)

-Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series: “Patrika Darbo, Acting Dead” (ActingDead.com)

-Short Form Nonfiction or Reality Series: “Inside Look: The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” (FX)

-Short Form Variety Series: “Park Bench With Steve Buscemi” (AOL)

-Directing for a Variety Series: Ryan McFaul, Inside Amy Schumer, “Madonna/Whore” (Comedy Central)

-Directing for a Variety Special: Thomas Kail, “Grease: Live” (Fox)

-Writing for a Variety Series: Kevin Avery, Tim Carvell, Josh Gondelman, Dan Gurewitch, Geoff Haggerty, Jeff Maurer, John Oliver, Scott Sherman, Will Tracy, Jill Twiss and Juli Weiner, “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” (HBO)

-Writing for a Variety Special: “Patton Oswalt: Talking for Clapping” (Netflix)

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of weekly column “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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