PC: The Hollywood Reporter
TV’s biggest night meant showcased some of the year’s biggest juggernauts of the medium – with no shortage of snarky, politically-savvy jokes to spare.
Host Jimmy Kimmel kicked off the night with a cameo-riddled opening sequence that included the Dunphy family (from “Modern Family”), Daenerys and one of her dragons (from “Game of Thrones”), and a surprisingly funny appearance from former Florida governor Jeb Bush. Kimmel’s monologue was similarly politically charged, but only to blame megaproducer Mark Burnett for introducing us to “Celebrity Apprentice” (you can make the connections from there…)
The first award of the night, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, went to Louie Anderson for FX’s “Baskets.” Later, Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series was awarded to Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang for Ansari’s Netflix original “Masters of None.”
In a truly heartwarming part of the night, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series went to Kate McKinnon for “Saturday Night Live,” marking her first Emmy ever.
Outstanding Comedy Series Directing went to Jill Soloway for Transparent, prompting more of Kimmel’s razor sharp (and still funny) commentary on the night’s plethora of hot button topics.
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy went to Julia Louis-Dreyfus, the 5th consecutive win for the “Veep” star, who took the stage (and our hearts) another sharp-witted and simultaneously heart-warming speech that included a tribute to her late father.
Lead Actor in a Comedy Series winner Jeffrey Tambor took home his 2nd consecutive trophy in the category, complete with a passionate speech aimed toward producers to “please give transgendered talent a chance.”
Pulling the “Ellen DeGeneres Oscars pizza party” move of 2016, Jimmy Kimmel and the kids from “Stranger Things” passed out PB&J sandwiches (that Kimmel’s mom made) to the stars mid-show. The stars thank you, Kimmel (and Eleven).
In the Limited Series or Movie category, Outstanding Writing went to D.V. DeVincentis for “The People vs. OJ Simpson” while Directing accolades were awarded to Susanne Bier for “The Night Manager.” Supporting Actress winner Regina King took home the award for “American Crime” and Sterling K. Brown took him the award for Supporting Actor in “The People vs. OJ Simpson.”
“The People vs. OJ Simpson” also dominated the Leading Actor awards for Courtney B. Vance and Sarah Paulson, as well as the overall spirit of the awards – you can tell just how close the cast became. Especially by their use of each other’s middle names when accepting their awards.
“The People vs. OJ Simpson” also took home the biggest award in the category for Outstanding Limited Series, while “Sherlock: The Abominable Bride” won Outstanding TV Movie.
The Voice was named the Outstanding Reality Competition Program, while Writing for a Variety Special went to Patton Oswalt. The Variety Talk Series winner went to “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” and “Grease Live” won for Directing for a Variety Series. “Key and Peele” received the award for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series – besting the likes of “Saturday Night Live” and “Inside Amy Schumer.”
In one of the standout funny moments of the night, Kimmel foe and all-around awesome dude Matt Damon showed up to taunt his frenemy after his loss in the Variety Talk Series category.
The Drama categories kicked off with a win for “Game of Thrones” scribes David Benioff and D.B. Weiss and Directing accolades went to Miguel Sapochnik, both for the show’s epic “Battle of the Basterds” episode.
Supporting Actress went to Maggie Smith for Downton Abbey, while the Supporting Actor winner was Ben Mendelsohn for “Bloodline.” Two underdogs turned heavy frontrunners took home the Lead acting awards with Rami Malek winning for “Mr. Robot” and Tatiana Maslany for “Orphan Black.
The two top awards of the night, Outstanding Comedy and Drama Series, went to “Veep” and “Game of Thrones,” respectively – the latter making history with 106 Emmys, more than any other primetime show in TV history.
And that wraps up another year of Emmys, folks! What were some of your favorite moments? Share below and stay tuned for the next edition of Trophy Hunting!