FX's 'O.J.' Joins HBO's 'Thrones,' 'Veep' in Emmy Dominance18 Sep, 2016 By: John Latchem
A high-profile FX miniseries joined a couple of HBO mainstays in victory at the 68th Annual Emmy Awards, announced during the telecast for major categories Sept. 18 and the Creative Arts ceremony Sept. 10-11. All presentations took place in Los Angeles and honored the 2015-16 television season.
HBO’s “Game of Thrones” earned the all-time record for most Emmy wins, with 12 new wins pushing its total to 38. The show repeated as Outstanding Drama Series with its sixth season, which also won writing and directing trophies in addition to awards for visual effects, make-up and other technical achievements. Game of Thrones: The Complete Sixth Season arrives on DVD and Blu-ray Nov. 15 from HBO.
Likewise, HBO’s “Veep” won its second-consecutive Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series for its fifth season. Even more impressively, star Julia Louis-Dreyfus, tearfully dedicating the award to her recently deceased father, won her fifth consecutive Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Emmy, taking the title for the entire run of the show so far. It’s also her record-setting sixth lead-actress Emmy. Adding her “Seinfeld” supporting-actress Emmy and two for producing “Veep” brings her tally to nine. “Veep” also won an Emmy for casting, upping its 2016 tally to three.
The FX miniseries The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story won nine Emmys, including Outstanding Limited Series, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for Courtney B. Vance as Johnnie Cochran, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for Sterling K. Brown as Christopher Darden, plus awards for writing, editing, sound-mixing, casting and hairstyling. The miniseries is available on DVD and Blu-ray from Fox.
In other wins for FX, the first season of “Baskets” won Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for Louie Anderson. And FX's "Archer" won for Outstanding Animated Program, more specifically for the seventh-season episode "The Figgis Agency."
Among wins for SVOD services, Amazon’s second season of “Transparent” won three Emmys, including another Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series trophy for Jeffrey Tambor. And Netflix’s “Bloodline” won Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for Ben Mendelsohn.
BBC’s “Orphan Black” won Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Tatiana Maslany. The fourth season is available on DVD and Blu-ray.
USA Network’s “Mr. Robot” won Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for Rami Malek. The first season is available on DVD and Blu-ray from Universal.
PBS’s “Downton Abbey” won three awards, including Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for Maggie Smith, her third such award for the show. The sixth season and complete series are available on DVD and Blu-ray.
BBC’s Sherlock: The Abominable Bride won two Emmys, including Outstanding Television Movie. The movie is available on DVD and Blu-ray.
The second season of ABC’s “American Crime” won Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for Regina King, her second trophy in the category for the show.
Comedy Central’s “Key & Peele” won Outstanding Variety Sketch Series. The fifth season is available on DVD as part of a complete-series boxed set.
Kate McKinnon became the first cast member of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” to win Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.
For a complete list of winners, visit Emmys.com.