‘People v. OJ Simpson’ leads Emmy Awards with five wins – USA TODAY
The 68th annual Emmy Awards proved a huge night for young thespians, shows with dragons and politicians, and the infamous O.J. Simpson murder case.
FX’s The People v. O.J. Simpson: An American Crime Story led the way Sunday with five wins in the miniseries categories, includingÂ lead actingÂ forÂ Sarah PaulsonÂ and Courtney B. Vance.Â HBO also had a productive night:Â Veep won for outstanding comedy series and lead actress (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), and Game of Thrones took three honors, including top drama. 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.
Here’s a minute-by-minute breakdown of the festivities:
10:56: HBO gets a sweep in the top prizes as Game of Thrones snags its second straight Emmy for best drama. That’s the good news; the bad news is everybody has to getÂ on a plane to Belfast, where filming starts again in a matter of hours. (Showrunner David Benioff, who’ll soon be celebrating his 10th anniversary with wife Amanda Peet, apologizes to his kids for being away next week.)
10:51: HBO’s Veep repeats as best comedy series. Executive producer David Mandel remembersÂ when he’s handed the trophy that he has aÂ 9:30 a.m. library shift atÂ his kid’s school. “If anybody wants to trade, email me,” he says,Â closing with “This is for chubby Jews from the Upper West Side, wherever you are.”
10:43: It’s a huge night for first-timers, as Tatiana Maslany takes home the lead dramatic actress Emmy for Orphan Black. “I should have had this written down,” says a surprised Maslany. “I feel so lucky to be in a show that puts women at the center.”
10:40:Â Mr.Â Robot star Rami Malek looks shocked as he accepts his first Emmy for lead actor in a drama.Â “I play a young man who is like so many of us profoundly alienated,” he says. “The unfortunate thing is Iâm not sure how how many of us would like to hang out with a guy like Elliot, but I want to honor the Elliots. Thereâs a little bit of Elliot in all of us, isnât there?”
10:28: Henry Winkler kicks off the “In memoriam” segment with a tribute to his old friend, late Happy Days creator Garry Marshall. “Garry would always say, ‘Other people make important television. I make recess.’ Thank you for inviting us into your schoolyard.”
10:26: Ben Mendelsohn of Netflix’s Bloodline conquers the competition for outstanding supporting actor in a drama, but he’s not here either. “Iâll have it at home when you get back, baby,” quips presenter (and Empire star)Â Taraji P. Henson.
10:20:Â Thrones is starting to rule:Â Miguel Sapochnik wins theÂ best directing Emmy for his work on the Battle of the BastardsÂ episode.
10:17:Â Downton Abbey star Maggie Smith wins outstanding supporting actress in a dramaÂ but isn’t here to accept. “Weâre not mailing this to her,” Kimmel says taking Smith’s trophy, her fourth. “Maggie, if you want this, itâll be in the lost and found.”
10:09: Will Game of Thrones clean up like People v. O.J. did? The HBO fantasy juggernautÂ grabs its first Emmy of the night, for outstanding writing in a drama series. David Benioff thanksÂ the man himself, Thrones author George R.R. Martin,Â âfor writing the books that changed our lives.â
10:05:Â Key & Peele gets an outstanding variety sketch show Emmy for Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele. Key gave a shout-out to the crew as well as his hometown of Detroit, while Peele thanked their fans for “sharing the show with their loved ones.”
10:03: Hey, it’s greased lightning! Fox’s Grease: Live! wins for outstanding directing in a variety special. Kimmel gets a one-liner afterward: “I wouldn’t want to be those guys when Kanye finds out they beat BeyoncÃ©.”
9:52: Outstanding variety series goes toÂ HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, and host Oliver acknowledges his screaming fans. “Settle down, children. I think theyâre going to set fire to this city tonight.” More laughs come afterward, when Kimmel is confronted by faux nemesis Matt Damon and Damon mocks him for his show losing. “I had (Oliver)Â in my pool,” Damon says. “Tell your mom I like them apples.”
9:47: Comedian Patton Oswalt gets his first Emmy win â for outstanding writing in a variety special â for his Netflix special Patton Oswalt: Talking for Clapping.Â After calling out his peers in the category such as Tig Notaro and Amy Schumer, Oswalt said he wanted to share the win with two people: “MyÂ daughter Alice is waiting at home and the other one is waiting somewhere else I hope,” referring to his wife Michelle McNamara, who died in April.
9:39: Let’s make it five Emmys for People v. O.J. as it finishes a big night with best TV miniseries. (It also won two pre-show awards, for hairstyling and casting.)
9:37:Â Sherlock: The Abominable BrideÂ snags the honor for best TV movie. Executive producer Steven Moffat decides not to read from his list of folks to thank. “They’re all British,” he says.Â ” So I’ll phone them when I get home.”
9:34: Courtney B. Vance takes outstanding lead actorÂ in a miniseries, making it four wins for People v. O.J. He thanked “the woman that rocks my chain,” wife Angela Bassett:Â “This one is for you, girl.” Vance ended his speech with a hint to his presidential vote in November:Â “Obama out, Hillary in!”
9:26: And No. 3 for People v. O.J. goes to outstanding lead actress winner Sarah Paulson. She paid special tribute to Marcia Clark, the woman she played in the FX miniseries, her Emmy date and “the complicated, whip-smart, giant-hearted mother of two who woke up every day, put both feet on the floor and dedicated herself to righting an unconscionable wrong.”
9:23:People v. O.J. notches its second win:Â outstanding supporting actor for Sterling K. Brown. “A lot of you may not have known who I was but you checked the box,” Brown says, thanking executive producerÂ Ryan Murphy and othersÂ “for giving a brother a chance.”
9:13: TOM HIDDLESTON ALERT!!!!! He comes out with Priyanka Chopra to hand out the trophy for directing in a limited series or miniseries. The honoree? Susanne Bier for The Night Manager (which just happens to star Hiddleston).
9:10:Â American Crime‘s Regina King wins her second consecutiveÂ award for outstanding actress in a limited series. “This is fantastic! Iâm so proud to be a part of this show and tell stories that provoke necessary conversation.”
9:08:The People v. O.J. SimpsonÂ gets its first Emmy of the night, for outstanding writing in a limited series or miniseries. It probably won’t be the only one.
9:05: Ernst & Young guys come out with their spiel about keeping the Emmy winners under lock and key. But Leslie Jones has some thoughts:Â “I appreciate all of the work you do. But you’re protecting something no one wants to know. No one cares about boring Emmy secrets.”
8:56:Â Executive producer Mark Burnett comes out to accept the award for best competition for The Voice. Naturally, he mentions that the season premiere is Monday with new judges Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys,Â “your next Supreme Court justices.”
8:52: Jeffrey Tambor should have kept the Emmy that Kimmel gave him at the start of the show because he gets his second Emmy for outstanding actor in a comedy series for Transparent. “Let me be clear about something: There is no best actor. I am so honored to be part of a category with these artistic killers.” He shushes the music trying to play him off because he has an important message: “Please give transgender talent a chance.”
8:50: The audience kind ofÂ freaksÂ out with the announcement ofÂ Bill Cosby asÂ the next presenter. “Don’t worry, he’s not really here,” Kimmel says. “I just wanted to see what you guys would do.”
8:40: Julia Louis-Dreyfus of VeepÂ continues her hot streak by winning her fifth straight honor for outstanding lead actress in a comedy. SheÂ tearily paid tribute to her father, who died on Friday, but also apologized for the crazy current presidential race:Â “I think Veep has torn down the wall between comedy and politics. Our show started out as a political satire but now it feels like a sobering documentary.”
8:36: Transparent creatorÂ Jill Soloway picks up her second Emmy for outstanding directing in a comedy series. She spoke out against violence against transgender people and also called for a toppling of the patriarchy. “Iâve always wanted to be a part ofÂ a movement,” she said, “and this TV show allows me to take my dreams about unlikable Jewish people, queer folk, trans folk and make them the heroes.”
8:26: Kate McKinnon finally wins for supporting actress in a comedy series â after two previous nominations in the category âÂ and hits the stage crying. “This is really crazy, you guys,” says the Saturday Night Live standout. (She also madeÂ sure to thank Hillary Clinton, obviously.)
8:22: Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang take home outstanding writing for a comedy series for Netflix’s Master of None.Â Yang joked that while millions of Italian Americans have The Sopranos and The Godfather as evidence of their cultural importance in pop culture, Asian Americans like himself “have got Long Duk Dong” from Sixteen Candles. “Weâve got a long way to go but weâll get there. … Asian parents out there, if you could just do me a favor and just a couple of you get your kids cameras instead of violins, we’ll be allÂ good.”
8:13:Â Black-ish stars Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson hand out the first award of the night â supporting actor in a comedy series â which goes to Baskets‘ LouieÂ Anderson. “Mom, we did it! I have not always been a good man but I play one hell of a woman,” Anderson said as he dedicated his first Emmy â for playing a mother on the FX show â to his own parent,Â from whom “I stole everyÂ nuance, shameful look, cruel look, loving look (and) passive-aggressive line.â
8:00: Kimmel’s opening begins in speedy fashion in a white Bronco, with People v. O.J. star Malcolm-Jamal Warner driving the host and spoofing the infamous O.J. chase. Kimmel also runs into the Modern Family cast, gets passed by the A-Team van, does some Carpool Karaoke with James Corden, meetsÂ Jeb Bush (“I’m between jobs at the moment”) and ultimately gets to the show thanks to Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke and a flying dragon.
Once on stage, Kimmel’sÂ monologue calls out Donald Trump and blames Celebrity Apprentice creator Mark Burnett for his presidential candidacy:Â “If he builds that wall, the first person thrown over it is Mark Burnett.”Â Kimmel also takes a shot at O.J. prosecutorÂ Marcia Clark (sitting by the woman who plays her on TV,Â Emmy-nominated Sarah Paulson)Â âÂ âAre you rooting for O.J. to win this time?â â and hands an award to Transparent favorite Jeffrey Tambor. “If your show doesnât have a dragon or a Bronco in it, go home now.â