Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, from left, Maisie Williams, Emilia Clarke, Sophie Turner, and Kit Harington winners of the award for outstanding drama series for Game of Thrones pose in the press room at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, from left, Maisie Williams, Emilia Clarke, Sophie Turner, and Kit Harington winners of the award for outstanding drama series for Game of Thrones pose in the press room at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. Jordan Strauss

Game of Thrones named best drama series at 2016 Emmy Awards

GAME of Thrones was once again named the best drama series of the year at the 68th annual Emmy Awards.

HBO's hit fantasy series has now won 38 Emmys from 106 nominations to date after earning a record 23 nominations this year.

Cast members including Sophie Turner, Kit Harrington, Maisie Williams, Gwendoline Christie and Iwan Rheon were all in attendance ahead of production commencing on season seven next week in Belfast.

Creators David Benioff and DB Weiss also took out the award forOoutstanding Writing for a Drama Series.

But today's awards ceremony belonged to the mini-series The People V OJ Simpson: American Crime Story, which was named Outstanding Limited Series and took out the lead actor and actress categories for stars Courtney B Vance and Sarah Paulson.

Sarah Paulson, winner of the Best Actress in a Limited Series or a Television Movie Award for 'The People v. O.J. Simpson', poses in the press room during the 68th annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California.
Sarah Paulson, winner of the Best Actress in a Limited Series or a Television Movie Award for 'The People v. O.J. Simpson', poses in the press room during the 68th annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California. MIKE NELSON

Paulson's date for the night was Marcia Clark, the prosecuting attorney whom she played in the acclaimed mini-series.

"I am glad to be able to stand here today in front of everyone and say I'm sorry," Paulson said, referring to Clark's one-dimensional portrayal by the US media during the murder trial.

Her co-star Sterling K Brown also won Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie, beating out the show's more high-profile nominees John Travolta and David Schwimmer.

Host Jimmy Kimmel was widely praise for his work during the three-hour broadcast. The show started with the talk show host trying to catch a lift to the awards show with everyone from James Corden to Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jeb Bush and Emilia Clarke's dragon from Game of Thrones.

In his opening monologue Kimmel blamed reality TV for giving Donald Trump the profile needed to make a bid for the US Presidency.


The US election was a recurring theme during the awards show.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who plays a fictional president on the comedy series Veep, apologised for apparently inspiring this year's dramatic turn of events.

"I think Veep has torn down the wall between comedy and politics… it now feels more like a sobering documentary," she said.

In his acceptance speech Courtney B Vance also yelled out, "Obama out, Hillary in!"

Australian Ben Mendelsohn was a surprise winner, beating out Game of Thrones' Peter Dinklage and Kit Harrington in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series category for his performance in the Netflix series Bloodline.

The Melbourne native, who was also nominated for Bloodline last year, wasn't in attendance and presenter Taraji P Henson accepted the gong on his behalf.

Other first-time Emmy winners included Mr Robot star Rami Malek, Orphan Black's Tatiana Maslany and Kate McKinnon.

 

2016 Emmy Awards winners

Outstanding Drama Series
Game of Thrones (HBO)*
The Americans (FX)
House of Cards (Netflix)
Downton Abbey (PBS)
Better Call Saul (AMC)
Mr. Robot (USA)
Homeland (Showtime)

 

Outstanding Comedy Series
Veep (HBO)*
Transparent (Amazon)
Silicon Valley (HBO)
Modern Family (ABC)
Master of None (Netflix)
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
black-ish (ABC)e

 

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Rami Malek, Mr. Robot (USA)*
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards (Netflix)
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul (AMC)
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan (Showtime)
Kyle Chandler, Bloodline (Netflix)
Matthew Rhys, The Americans (FX)

 

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder (ABC)
Robin Wright, House of Cards (Netflix)
Claire Danes, Homeland (Showtime)
Taraji P. Henson, Empire (Fox)
Keri Russell, The Americans (FX)
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black (BBC America)*

 

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent (Amazon)*
Aziz Ansari, Master of None (Netflix)
Anthony Anderson, black-ish (ABC)
William H. Macy, Shameless (Showtime)
Will Forte, The Last Man on Earth (Fox)
Thomas Middleditch, Silicon Valley (HBO)

 

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep (HBO)*
Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central)
Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
Tracee Ellis Ross, black-ish (ABC)
Laurie Metcalfe, Getting On (HBO)
Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie (Netflix)

 

Outstanding Limited Series
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX)*
Fargo (FX)
American Crime (ABC)
Roots (History)
The Night Manager (AMC)

 

Outstanding Television Movie
All the Way (HBO)
Confirmation (HBO)
Sherlock: The Abominable Bride (PBS)*
Luther (BBC One)
A Very Murray Christmas (Netflix)

 

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie
Bryan Cranston, All the Way (HBO)
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: The Abominable Bride (PBS)
Courtney B. Vance, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX)*
Cuba Gooding, Jr., The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX)
Idris Elba, Luther (BBC America)
Tom Hiddleston, The Night Manager (AMC)

 

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie
Sarah Paulson, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX)*
Kirsten Dunst, Fargo (FX)
Kerry Washington, Confirmation (HBO)
Felicity Huffman, American Crime (ABC)
Audra McDonald, Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill (HBO)
Lili Taylor, American Crime (ABC)

 

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy
Louie Anderson, Baskets*
Keegan-Michael Key, Key & Peele
Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Matt Walsh, Veep
Tony Hale, Veep

 

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy
Niecy Nash, Getting On
Allison Janney, Mom
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live*
Judith Light, Transparent
Gaby Hoffmann, Transparent
Anna Chlumsky, Veep

 

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul
Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline*
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Kit Harington, Game of Thrones
Michael Kelly, House of Cards
Jon Voight, Ray Donovan

 

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey*
Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones
Maisie Williams, Game of Thrones
Maura Tierney, The Affair
Constance Zimmer, UnREAL

 

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
Jesse Plemons, Fargo
Bokeem Woodbine, Fargo
Hugh Laurie, The Night Manager
Sterling K. Brown, People v. O.J. Simpson*
David Schwimmer, People v. O.J. Simpson
John Travolta, People v. O.J. Simpson

 

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
Melissa Leo, All the Way
Regina King, American Crime*
Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Hotel
Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Hotel
Jean Smart, Fargo
Olivia Colman, The Night Manager

 

Guest Actor in a Drama Series
Max von Sydow, Game of Thrones
Reg E. Cathey, House of Cards
Mahershala Ali, House of Cards
Paul Sparks, House of Cards
Hank Azaria, Ray Donovan*
Michael J. Fox, The Good Wife

 

Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
Bob Newhart, The Big Bang Theory
Tracy Morgan, Saturday Night Live
Larry David, Saturday Night Live
Bradley Whitford, Transparent
Martin Mull, Veep
Peter Scolari, Girls*

 

Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
Tina Fey & Amy Poehler, Saturday Night Live*
Melissa McCarthy, Saturday Night Live
Amy Schumer, Saturday Night Live
Christine Baranski, The Big Bang Theory
Laurie Metcalf, The Big Bang Theory
Melora Hardin, Transparent

 

Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Laurie Metcalf, Horace and Pete
Molly Parker, House of Cards
Ellen Burstyn, House of Cards
Allison Janney, Masters of Sex
Margo Martindale, The Americans*
Carrie Preston, The Good Wife

 

Outstanding Variety Talk Series
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (Crackle)
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (NBC)
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)*
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (ABC)
The Late Late Show With James Corden (CBS)
Real Time With Bill Maher (HBO)

 

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series
Documentary Now! (IFC)
Drunk History (Comedy Central)
Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central)
Key & Peele (Comedy Central)*
Portlandia (IFC)
Saturday Night Live (NBC)

 

Outstanding Reality Competition Series
The Amazing Race (CBS)
The Voice (NBC)*
Dancing With the Stars (ABC)
Top Chef (Bravo)
American Ninja Warrior (NBC)
Project Runway (Lifetime)



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