UPDATE with complete list of winners: The Primetime Emmy Awards wrapped tonight with HBO’s Game Of Thrones making history with three wins, including a repeat as Best Drama Series, giving it the most Emmys ever for a scripted series. Its network stablemate Veep also repeated, taking Best Comedy Series for a second year while its star Julia Louis-Dreyfus won for a record-tying fifth time in a row.
FX’s The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story led all programs with five wins, including Outstanding Limited Series and trophies for Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark (Clark was her plus-one at the show) and Sterling K. Brown as Christopher Darden.
Despite the repeats there were plenty of surprising moments, including a pair of wins from genre series in the Best Actor and Best Actor categories with first-timers Rami Malek of USA’s Mr. Robot and Tatiana Maslany for BBC America’s Orphan Black, respectively, taking trophies. So did Kate McKinnon, who won the first Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series for Saturday Night Live — the first SNL castmember to do so.
The 68th Emmys kicked off this afternoon amid increased security following last night’s explosions in New York and New Jersey. As virtually every year, the awards show took place on a scorching L.A. day, and it also had to share the spotlight in downtown Los Angeles — held in close proximity to the newly minted LA Rams’ home debut at the Coliseum. Several attendees are making the dash from the game to L.A. Live to catch the ceremony.
Check out below how Deadline’s TV team called the action tonight in our live blog.
This year is going to see the last bow of a number of Emmy regulars as Downton Abbey, The Good Wife, American Idol, Mythbusters and Getting On all wrapped up their runs.
Also, with noms in seven categories, the now shuttered Key & Peele will have its last chance at Emmy glory too
You might think I’m a sucker but I love this tweet Emmy host Jimmy Kimmel put up last night ahead of his 2nd stint fronting the ceremony
Three Presidents nominated? Is that a Commender-In-Chief record — and Jeb Bush just scored the big surprise cameo
Kimmel said he wanted things to move fast, that handing of the Emmy to Jeffrey Tambor was a step in the right direction
Kimmel celebrates the most diverse Emmy nominees list: “In Hollywood, the only thing we value more than diversity is congratulating ourselves on how diverse we are.”
First mention of Donald Trump. Time to drink.
Mark Burnett is responsible for Trump, and the Ben-Hur remake? Yowza that is a resume.
Jimmy Kimmel is a natural as host. Why hasn’t he hosted the Oscars yet? What is ABC and AMPAS waiting for?
WINNER – Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series: Louie Anderson as Christine Baskets, Baskets (FX)
Anderson: “Mom! We did it! I haven’t always been a very good man, but I play one hell of a woman.” He based the role on his own mother. “I stole every nuance, shameful look, cruel look, loving look, passive-aggressive line.”
OK, Emmys – with Louie Anderson’s Comedy Supporting win, the bets are off this year
He thanked everyone but Donald Trump. He’s not leaving
First get-off-the-stage music for the first category of the night – an Emmy record?
Good omen for FX with the first award going to ‘Baskets’. The network notoriously has been overlooked by the Emmys in the series categories but has a strong contender with ‘The Americans’ this year.
WINNER – Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series: Master Of None, Aziz Ansari, Written by, Alan Yang, Written by
What’s wrong with Long Duck Dong? Classic character from Sixteen ‘Candles. John Hughes.
‘Master of None’ just threw its hat into the best series race. Last year, ‘Veep’ won writing en route to best series Emmy.
WINNER – Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series: Saturday Night Live, Kate McKinnon as Various characters
This looks like it really could be a night of upsets
Kate McKinnon does live TV each week, and she is the one who gets bleeped?
First Hillary Clinton shout-out
Do we drink to that?
McKinnon, between bleeps: “Thank you to Lorne Michaels for giving me the job of my life. It’s really hard making sketch comedy every week for 42 years. I’m shaking, guys.” She thanks two of her most famous impressionees: “Thank you Ellen DeGeneres, thank you Hillary Clinton.” No love for Justin Bieber though…
This is ‘SNL’s first supporting actor/actress in a comedy series win; the show’ Gilda Rardner won in a variety acting category almost 30 years ago.
Seems remarkable that none of the other great talent on SNL won Emmys, from Eddie Murphy to Mike Myers or Phil Hartman, Bill Murray or Will Ferrell.
McKinnon’s win denied odds-favorite Allison Janney (Mom) a record-tying eighth acting Emmy award
Peter Scolari now is more than an answer to a trivial pursuit question, who was Tom Hanks’ costar in Bosom Buddies. That gives him a leg up on Andrew Ridgely
WINNER – Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series: Transparent, Jill Soloway, Directed by
In a male-dominated field, female directors have now won the comedy category four years in a row. Gail Mancuso won twice for Modern Family, followed by two back-to-back wins for Solloway (Transparent)
Kimmel, killing it
Soloway: “This TV show allows me to take my dreams about unlikeable Jewish people, queer folk, trans folk, and make them heroes. Thank you for the trans community for your lived lives. We need to stop violence against trans women and topple the patriarchy. Topple the patriarchy!”
Quipped Kimmel: “I’m trying to figure out if ‘topple the patriarchy’ is a good thing for me or not.”
WINNER – Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series: Veep, Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer
“Thank you Jeff Bezos” from Jill Soloway and “topple the patriarchy” saw second get-off music cue of the night The Transparent boss had something to say and wasn’t leaving until she said it.
I feel sorry for the stage managers – they have to be heels
Laurie Metcalf and Julia Louis Dreyfus renewing their rivalry from the Roseanne and Seinfeld days.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is marching toward Emmy history with her fifth consecutive Emmy for Veep and eighth overall.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is now almost marching towards bring the best political lines of the night to the Emmy stage – and the most moving
JLD thanks Veep’s new showrunner this season, after Armando Iannucci’s departure: “I want to thank Dave Mendel for letting me trick him into running the show.”
“I’d like to take this opportunity to personally apologize for the current political climate… Our show started as a political satire but it now feels like a sobering documentary.”
She finishes up by thanking her father, who passed away on Friday, as she held back tears: “I’m so glad he liked Veep because his opinion was the one that really mattered.”
The Bill Cosby fake intro was priceless
WINNER: Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series – Transparent, Jeffrey Tambor as Maura Pfefferman
‘Transparent’ is repeating its early momentum from last year when it also won best director in a comedy series for creator Jill Soloway and best actor for Jeffrey Tambor.
Tambor: “May I be very clear about something: there’s no BEST actor. I’m so honored to be in this category with these artistic killers.”
He thanks Jill Soloway for changing his life, his career… everything. And Jeff Bezos, “Who took my hand last night and said, ‘Call me Jeff Bezos.'”
Only Jeffrey Tambor could shut the time’s up music down so gracefully
Jeff Bezos getting big props. Fascinating how Amazon, which uses programming to buttress Amazon Prime and free shipping memberships, and Netflix are just taking over the TV and movie businesses, with limitless resources in a bottom line oriented business.
Tambor shushes the music playing him off, “I’m not going to say this beautifully, but to you producers and network owners and agents and creative sparks, please give transgendered talent a chance. Give them auditions. Give them their stories. And one more thing: I would not be unhappy were I the last cisgendered male to play a female transgender on television. We have work to do.”
WINNER – Outstanding Reality-Competition Program: The Voice
The Voice is becoming the new The Amazing Race, starting a streak with two consecutive wins in the category and three in the past four years.
Mark Burnett plugs the return of his show, and references Kimmel’s earlier gag: “With Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys, your next supreme court justices.”
Kimmel: “That Emmy is going on the hood of Trump’s limousine isn’t it?”
Stranger Things kids on bikes with food – is there an Emmy Award for this Emmy skit?
Has the Emmy accountants part of the show ever had this much wattage? Leslie Jones certainly turned it up there – a possible future Emmy host?
WINNER – Outstanding Writing For A Limited Series, Movie Or Dramatic Special: The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story • Marcia, Marcia, Marcia, D.V. DeVincentis, Written by
Many of those nominees for Limited Series were movie writers who couldn’t get much going when the middle fell out of the movie business, in favor of blockbusters. D.V. DiVincentis was one of those movie writers (Grosse Point Blank). now, they say TV is keeping people from leaving the house to go to the movies, and it is being underwritten by these castoffs who needed to work and found an oasis on tv.
There was no cannibalizing for the 3 ‘People vs OJ’ nominees in the category.
WINNER – Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Limited Series Or Movie: American Crime, Regina King as Terri Lacroix
There was no cannibalizing for the 3 ‘People vs OJ’ nominees in the category as one of the most buzzed episodes of the limited series was recognized. There should more more to come for the pop culture phenom.
King: “John Ridley, you are a genius. Thank you for including me in telling your story… This rocks!”
Kimmel doles out juice boxes to David Schwimmer. “Juice. Juice. Juice. Juice.” Excellent.
WINNER – Outstanding Directing For A Limited Series, Movie Or Dramatic Special: The Night Manager, Susanne Bier, Directed by
Now we have a race in the limited series category, with Bier upsetting three nominees for People vs. O.J. Simpson. The Night Manager had been considered the dark horse in the limited field that could challenge People vs. OJ in the top categories
Bier: “Thank you John le Carre for this fantastic material.” She finishes by thanking “my outrageously interesting cast” – Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie, Elizabeth Debicki, Olivia Colman.
That must be a nice position for Night Manager star Tom Hiddleston to present the limited series directing award to Bier. From what they told me when I interviewed them for Awardsline earlier this year, they were a tight gang
WINNER – Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie: The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, Sterling K. Brown as Christopher Darden
Another Trump mention. Drink!
Nice week for Sterling K. Brown – wins tonight at the Emmys and has his new series This Is Us debuting this week on NBC
Brown starts with a gag: “I was talking to Melania Trump this morning and I was asking her, ‘What should I do? What should I say?’ No, I don’t know Melania Trump. Thank you to the Academy. A lot of you may not have known who I was, but you checked the box anyway, and that makes me happy.”
People v. OJ is back on track with a second win. Great win for Brown, probably the least known actor in the category.
WINNER – Outstanding Lead Actress In A Limited Series Or Movie: The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark
Good time for Sarah Paulson, who is about to get her big feature film shot starring with Sandy Bullock and all the rest of the ensemble cast in the Ocean’s Eleven spinoff Ocho, directed by Gary Ross and produced by Steven Soderbergh.
Marcia Clark was a good-luck charm for Sarah Paulson who brought the former US Attorney to the Emmys as a date and praised her onstage. Marcia also played a major role in People v OJ’s writing for the episode ‘Marcia, Marcia, Marcia’
OK, 90-minutes in — for once not feeling long
WINNER – Outstanding Lead Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie: The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, Courtney B. Vance as Johnnie Cochran
People v. O.J. is on a roll. It will be a huge upset if it doesn’t win best limited series. A lot of shoutouts to Fox chairman Dana Walden by People v. OJ winners. The project started at Fox before FX took over with Fox’s blessing.
WINNER – Outstanding Television Movie: Sherlock: The Abominable Bride (Masterpiece) • PBS
Jimmy Kimmel with a cheap shot at Johnnie Cochran, who gets full hero treatment with Anthony Mackie playing him in a movie about how the lawyer made his career exposing the Signal Hill scandal in which a young black football player was killed in custody.
“Obama Out, Hillary In” – Courtney B. Vance’s line said it all for Democratic inclined Hollywood
WINNER – Outstanding Limited Series: .The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, FX Networks
Do you think OJ Simpson is in a cell, somewhere, going, “Yeah! Juice!”
That was a rude moment, playing off the producers of the most celebrated show of 2016, to facilitate a commercial?
WINNER – Outstanding Writing For A Variety Special: Patton Oswalt: Talking For Clapping, Patton Oswalt, Written by
Oswalt dedicates his Emmy to his daughter and his late wife.
Nice jab from Kimmel about category ironically called variety series with all nominated shows hosted by white men. It’s coming up next.
WINNER – Outstanding Variety Talk Series: Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, HBO
A big sweep for Last Week Tonight, which also won the writing for variety talk series at the Creative Arts. It has emerged as the heir apparent to Comedy Central’s The Daily Show and The Colbert Report.
Kimmel told me he’d wipe away the tears and keep hosting if he lost the Variety Talk Series. The clearly planned Matt Damon “big loser” bit was a nice way to address it and rub it in at the same time. Hug it out boys
WINNER- Outstanding Directing For A Variety Special: Grease: Live, Thomas Kail, Directed by, Alex Rudzinski, Live Television Direction by
Great year for Kail who also won a Tony for Hamilton. And a second big Emmy for Grease, which already won Special Class Program.
Said Kimmel, “I wouldn’t want to be these guys when Kanye finds out they beat Beyonce.”
WINNER – Outstanding Variety Sketch Series: Key & Peele, Comedy Central
Keegan Michael Key thanks craft services – always important.
What a nice way to go out for Key & Peele
Farewell win for the show that brought sketch comedy back on the primetime map.
WINNER – Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series: Game Of Thrones, Battle Of The Bastards, David Benioff, Written by, D.B. Weiss, Written by
Battle of the Bastards, maybe the best episode of TV ever?
Weiss: “Thank you George Martin for writing the books that changed our lives. Thank you to our parents for letting us have television and comic books and Dungeons and Dragons and all the other things that taught us how to do our jobs.”
Big thanks from both to their families, Benioff apologized that the show took them away from home so much.
A Game of Thrones sweep repeat? This is how the avalanche of Emmys started last year, with Benioff and Weiss winning for writing. GOT now is one Emmy short of tying Frasier’s record for most scripted series wins ever.
WINNER – Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series: Downton Abbey, Maggie Smith as Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham
There’s an Emmys lost & found?
As our Pete Hammond put it, she got the last word on Downton, and got the last word at the Emmys, too
WINNER – Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series: Game Of Thrones, Battle Of The Bastards, Miguel Sapochnik, Directed by
The GOT sweep is on, and Frasier’s Emmy record is now tied.
Miguel Sapochnik last year directed the Hardhome episode, when the White Walkers and the Night King chased the Wildlings and announced themselves as an unbeatable force. It was a crazy ambitious episode, but this year’s Battle of the Bastards, pitting Jon Snow against Ramsay Bolton, had one of the most terrifying and ambitiously staged battle scenes done on small or big screen in years. Well deserved prize.
WINNER – Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series: Bloodline, Ben Mendelsohn as Danny Rayburn
Maybe Netflix would reconsider canceling Bloodline now?
Joel Edgerton, in awards contention for Loving, will tell everyone who’ll listen that the most formative influence on him was Ben Mendelsohn, back when they did Animal Kingdom, a film that launched numerous careers. Bloodline finally gave Mendelsohn the big stage that was long overdue. Hard to beat Peter Dinklage, but that was deserved win.
WINNER: Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series – Mr. Robot, Rami Malek as Elliot
Malek: “Please tell me you’re seeing this too.”
Only freshman series to win tonight besides Baskets, first major Emmy for USA.
WINNER – Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series: Orphan Black, Tatiana Maslany as Sarah, Alison, Cosima, Helena, Rachel, M.K., Krystal
Now that is a true upset for Orphan Black’s lead
We have a changing of the guard with first-time winners Rami Malek and Tatiana Maslany. This should make it up for all the times Maslany was snubbed.
Larry David brought his Curb Your Enthusiasm persona to the stage as warmup for his series’ return to HBO.
WINNER – Outstanding Comedy Series: Veep • HBO • HBO Entertainment
Mandel: “I have a 9:30 library shift at my son’s school tomorrow morning. If anyone’s willing to trade with me…”
Mandel thanks creator and former showrunner Armando Iannucci. This was Mandel’s first season at the helm.
Mandel: “This is for chubby Jews from the Upper West Side, wherever you are.”
Very impressive win for a show following its creator’s departure. David Mandel is gracious, thanking Armando Iannucci.
NYPD Blue reunion as Jimmy Smits and Dennis Franz present best drama series Emmy. The show aired on Emmy host network ABC
WINNER – Outstanding Drama Series: Game Of Thrones • HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Bighead, Littlehead; 360 Television and Startling Television
The record is broken, GOT is now the winningest scripted series with 38 Emmys. The show did it in decisive fashion, also tying its record of most Emmys in a single year, 12.
Cable and streaming services ruled the night. And Jimmy Kimmel oversaw a crisp telecast that didn’t drag the way that the Oscars often do because of all the below the line categories that drag down the proceedings. A good night for television.
‘The Americans’ and ‘Black-ish’ will have to wait another year as they were muscled out by repeat winners ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Veep’.
They will be celebrating tonight at that HBO party for sure
We’ll have to wait 2 years to find out how high GOT can go in Emmy record books as the show won’t make the awards next year because of a longer break between seasons.