By Marwa Najah.
After the very public #OscarSoWhite controversy at the Academy Awards, this year’s 68th Annual Emmy Awards was a pleasant surprise. With numerous first time winners, a wider range of independent networks and boundary breaking subject matter, the Emmy Awards was a celebration of the changes happening in the entertainment industry today. From Donald Trump jokes to acceptance speeches that challenge media representation, we have compiled a summary of the top moments, complete with a full list of winners below.
2016 Emmy Highlights and Trivia
- Mr Robot’s, Rami Malek became the first minority actor in 18 years to win best leading actor in a drama series.
- After winning Best Actor in a Comedy Series, Transparent’s Jeffery Tambor addressed the issue of cisgender men playing transgender women. In his speech he said, “I would not be unhappy if I were the last cisgender man to play a transgender woman on TV. We still have a lot of work to do.”
- Sarah Paulson, who portrays lead persecutor Marcia Clark in The People v. O.J. Simpson, attended the award ceremony with Clark as her guest. When Paulson won the award for Lead Actress in a Mini-Series or Movie, she had both her and Clark’s name engraved on the Emmy.
- Game of Thrones broke the record for the highest number of Emmy awards won by a fictional show. The show has now won a grand total of 38 awards, beating Frasier’s previous record of 37 awards.
- Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Winner, Julia Louis-Dreyfusmocked Donald Trump’s controversial immigration plans during her acceptance speech. She joked, “I think that Veep has torn down the wall between comedy and politics. Our show started out as a political satire but it now feels like a sobering documentary. So, I promise to rebuild that wall, and make Mexico pay for it.”
- Host, Jimmy Kimmel’s mother made bagged snacks for the audience. Her homemade snacks included peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, apples, cookies and juice boxes.
- Presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton congratulated Saturday Night Live star Kate McKinnon on winning best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series award. McKinnon, famous for her Hillary Clinton impression character on SNL’s comedy sketches, thanked Hillary Clinton in her speech. Soon after, Clinton tweeted: “Congratulations on your Emmy, Kate! Big fan of yours, too.”
- Master of None writer, Alan Yang highlighted the importance of diversity on television. When accepting the award for Writer in a Comedy Series, he joked “Asian parents out there, if you could just do me a favour. If just a couple of you can get your kids cameras instead of violins, we’ll be all good.”
- Transparent director, won her second Emmy for Directing for a Comedy Series, was very vocal about her feminist views and ended her speech with, “Topple the patriarchy, topple the patriarchy!”
Full List of Winners
Drama Series: Game of Thrones (HBO)
Comedy Series: Veep (HBO)
Mini-Series or Movie: The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX)
Television Movie: Sherlock: The Abominable Bride (PBS)
Variety Talk Series: Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)
Variety Sketch Series: Key & Peele (Comedy Central)
Reality Competition Program: The Voice (NBC)
Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Rami Malek, Mr. Robot (Amazon)
Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black (BBC America)
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)
Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent (Amazon)
Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep (HBO)
Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Louie 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)
Lead Actor in a Mini-Series or Movie: Courtney B. Vance, The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX)
Lead Actress in a Mini-Series or Movie: Sarah Paulson, The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX)
Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie: Sterling K. Brown, The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX)
Supporting Actress in a Mini-Series or Movie: Regina King, American Crime (ABC)
Reality or Reality Competition Program Host: RuPaul Charles, RuPaul’s Drag Race (Logo TV)
Writing for a Drama Series: David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, Game of Thrones, “Battle of the Bastards” (HBO)
Writing for a Comedy Series: Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang, Master of None, “Parents” (Netflix)
Writing for a Mini-Series or Movie: D.V. DeVincentis, The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story, “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia” (FX)
Writing for a Variety Series: Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)
Writing for a Variety Special: Patton Oswalt, Patton Oswalt: Talking for Clapping (Netflix)
Directing for a Drama Series: Miguel Sapochnik, Game of Thrones, “Battle of the Bastards” (HBO)
Directing for a Comedy Series: Jill Soloway, Transparent, “Man on the Land” (Amazon)
Directing for a Mini-Series or Movie: Susanne Bier, The Night Manager (BBC One)
Directing for a Variety Series: Ryan McFaul, Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central)
Directing for a Variety Special: Thomas Kail and Alex Rud