Game of Thrones triumphs at the Emmy Awards 2016


Game of Thrones was one of the shows to win big at this year’s Emmy Awards ceremony.

Taking place in Los Angeles last night, the ceremony saw Thrones‘ sixth seasons scoop three Emmys: the big title, Outstanding Drama Series, alongside Outstanding Direction and Outstanding Writing for Season 6’s ninth episode, ‘Battle of the Bastards’. The episode was met with massive critical acclaim (The Edge awarded it five stars), and was directed by Miguel Sapochnik and written by showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.

Other victors included Mr. Robot‘s Rami Malek, who scooped Outstanding Drama Actor (beating Kevin Spacey), and Orphan Black‘s Tatiana Maslany, who plays six different clones in the show. For comedy, Transparent‘s Jeffrey Tambor took the Outstanding Lead Actor prize, for his performance as the transgender Maura Pferrman, while Veep queen Julia Louis-Dreyfus won Outstanding Lead Comedy Actress. 81-year-old Maggie Smith took home the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress, for her role as Violet Crawley in Downton Abbey.

Other winners included Master of None writers Aziz Ansari (who also stars in the show) and Alan Yang. Their second episode, ‘Parents’, was highlighted for addressing immigrants to America from Asia, and the effect it has on the following generation. Ansari lost out on Best Comedic Actor however, and Master of None was beat by Veep for Outstanding Comedy Series. Sarah Paulson (who can currently be seen starring in the new season of American Horror Story) won Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries, for her role in The People v. OJ Simpson. The miniseries took home an impressive four titles in total – beating Game of Thrones. However, GoT’s wins takes them to a record number of wins.

Here’s the full list of winners:

  • Comedy Series – Veep (HBO)
  • Drama Series – Game of Thrones
  • Variety Talk Series – Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
  • Variety Sketch Series – Key & Peele
  • Limited Series – The People v. OJ Simpson
  • Television Movie – Sherlock: The Abominable Bride
  • Reality-Competition Program – The Voice
  • Lead Comedy Actor – Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent)
  • Lead Comedy Actress – Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep)
  • Lead Drama Actor – Rami Malek (Mr. Robot)
  • Lead Drama Actress – Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black)
  • Lead Miniseries Actor – Courtney B. Vance (The People v. OJ Simpson)
  • Lead Miniseries Actress – Sarah Paulson (The People v. OJ Simpson)
  • Supporting Comedy Actor – Louie Anderson (Baskets)
  • Supporting Comedy Actress – Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live)
  • Supporting Drama Actor – Ben Mendelsohn (Bloodline)
  • Supporting Drama Actress – Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey)
  • Supporting Miniseries Actor – Sterling K. Brown (The People v. OJ Simpson)
  • Supporting Miniseries Actress – Regina King (American Crime)
  • Comedy Director – Jill Soloway (Transparent)
  • Drama Director – Miguel Sapochnik (Game of Thrones)
  • Variety Director – Thomas Kail and Alex Rudzinski (Grease Live)
  • Miniseries Director – Susanne Bier (The Night Manager)
  • Comedy Writer – Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang (Master of None)
  • Drama Writer – David Benioff and D.B. Weiss (Game of Thrones)
  • Variety Writer – Patton Oswalt (Patton Oswalt: Talking for Clapping)
  • Miniseries Writer – D.V. DeVincentis (The People v. OJ Simpson)

The Emmys can be viewed on 5 On Demand. Check out the Thrones winners interview below:


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