AceShowbiz - HBO repeated last year's big win, sweeping the top two categories at the recently wrapped 2016 Primetime Emmy Awards. "Game of Thrones" and "Veep" won Outstanding Drama and Comedy Series respectively for the second consecutive year.
"Thrones" grabbed a total of 12 Emmys this year, including 9 Creative Arts Emmys which were announced last week. The show also won Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series (Miguel Sapochnik) and Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series (David Benioff and D.B. Weiss) at the Sunday, September 18 ceremony. It has collected a total of 38 Emmys so far, breaking the record for the winningest scripted series.
"Veep", meanwhile, bagged another award tonight, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for %cJulia Louis-Dreyfus%. It's her fifth consecutive win and her seventh for her role on the HBO series. She has collected nine Emmys throughout her career so far. Louis-Dreyfus honored her father, who passed away on Friday in her speech. "I'm so glad he liked 'Veep' because his opinion was the one that really mattered," she said.
On the other hand, %cRami Malek% and %cTatiana Maslany% got their first Emmy that night. The former won the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his role on "Mr. Robot" and the latter earned the trophy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role on "Orphan Black" after she was nominated for the first time last year and lost it.
"I should have written this down," Maslany said while delivering her speech. "Thank you so much. There are so many people I'm indebted to." She also thanked the cast and crew, saying, "Thank you for this incredible dream job."
%cJeffrey Tambor% won best actor in comedy series for the second year in a row for his role on "Transparent". "American Crime" star %cRegina King% also won Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for the second consecutive year.
%cMaggie Smith% once again won Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her role on "Downton Abbey", but she wasn't present. %cBen Mendelsohn% nabbed the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his role on "Bloodline", while %cLouie Anderson% ("Baskets") and %cKate McKinnon% ("Saturday Night Live") won the supporting actor and actress in comedy respectively.
"The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story" took home five trophies, including Outstanding Limited Series, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for %cCourtney B. Vance%, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for %cSarah Paulson% and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for %cSterling K. Brown%.
Other winners at the %cJimmy Kimmel%-hosted show were "Sherlock: The Abominable Bride" (Outstanding Television Movie), "The Voice" (Outstanding Reality-Competition Program), "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" (Outstanding Variety Talk Series), "Key & Peele" (Outstanding Variety Sketch Series), "Grease Live" (Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special) and "Patton Oswalt: Talking for Clapping" (Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special).
Winners of the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards: