And the winners of the 68th Annual Emmy Awards are…

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The 68th Annual Emmy Awards was held at The Microsoft Theatre in sunny Los Angeles last night, and here (via Coming Soon) are the biggest winners of the night that everyone outside the industry doesn’t really care about beyond a few shrugs, a “cool”, and the odd “that’s nice”:

(Winners are in bold)

  • Outstanding Drama Series
    The Americans • FX Networks
    Better Call Saul • AMC
    Downton Abbey • PBS
    Game Of Thrones • HBO
    Homeland • Showtime
    House Of Cards • Netflix
    Mr. Robot • USA

It’s the regularly nominated Game of Thrones‘ turn to win this year. Which regularly nominated show will it be next year?

  • Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series
    Matthew Rhys as Philip Jennings, The Americans • FX Networks
    Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill, Better Call Saul • AMC
    Kyle Chandler as John Rayburn, Bloodline • Netflix
    Kevin Spacey as Francis Underwood, House Of Cards • Netflix
    Rami Malek as Elliot, Mr. Robot • USA
    Liev Schreiber as Ray Donovan, Ray Donovan • Showtime

A win for Rami Malek who portrays one of the most complex characters currently on TV.

  • Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series
    Keri Russell as Elizabeth Jennings, The Americans • FX Networks
    Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon, Empire • FOX
    Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison, Homeland • Showtime
    Robin Wright as Claire Underwood, House Of Cards • Netflix
    Viola Davis as Annalise Keating, How To Get Away With Murder • ABC
    Tatiana Maslany as Sarah, Alison, Cosima, Helena, Rachel, M.K., Krystal, Orphan Black • BBC America

This is one I’m really pleased about, Tatiana Maslany has been knocking it out of the clone park the last few years.

  • Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series
    Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut, Better Call Saul • AMC
    Ben Mendelsohn as Danny Rayburn, Bloodline • Netflix
    Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, Game Of Thrones • HBO
    Kit Harington as Jon Snow, Game Of Thrones • HBO
    Michael Kelly as Doug Stamper, House Of Cards • Netflix
    Jon Voight as Mickey Donovan, Ray Donovan • Showtime


  • Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series
    Maura Tierney as Helen Solloway, The Affair • Showtime
    Maggie Smith as Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham, Downton Abbey • PBS
    Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister, Game Of Thrones • HBO
    Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen, Game Of Thrones • HBO
    Maisie Williams as Arya Stark, Game Of Thrones • HBO
    Constance Zimmer as Quinn King, UnREAL • Lifetime

Downton Abbey gets thrown a bone.

  • Outstanding Comedy Series
    black-ish • ABC
    Master Of None • Netflix
    Modern Family • ABC
    Silicon Valley • HBO
    Transparent • Amazon
    Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt • Netflix
    Veep • HBO

And everyone was very surprised.

  • Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series
    Anthony Anderson as Andre Johnson, black-ish • ABC
    Will Forte as Phil Miller, The Last Man On Earth • FOX
    Aziz Ansari as Dev, Master Of None • Netflix
    William H. Macy as Frank Gallagher, Shameless • Showtime
    Thomas Middleditch as Richard, Silicon Valley • HBO
    Jeffrey Tambor as Maura Pfefferman, Transparent • Amazon

Another rather predictable choice in the comedy field.

  • Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series
    Tracee Ellis Ross as Rainbow Johnson, black-ish • ABC
    Laurie Metcalf as Dr. Jenna James, Getting On • HBO
    Lily Tomlin as Frankie, Grace And Frankie • Netflix
    Amy Schumer as Amy, Inside Amy Schumer • Comedy Central
    Ellie Kemper as Kimmy Schmidt, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt • Netflix
    Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer, Veep • HBO

And we’re three for three in the major comedy awards. No one and/or everyone saw this coming.

  • Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series
    Louie Anderson as Christine Baskets, Baskets • FX Networks

    Andre Braugher as Captain Ray Holt, Brooklyn Nine-Nine • FOX
    Keegan-Michael Key as Various characters, Key & Peele • Comedy Central
    Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy, Modern Family • ABC
    Tituss Burgess as Titus Andromedon, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt • Netflix
    Tony Hale as Gary Walsh, Veep • HBO
    Matt Walsh as Mike McLintock, Veep • HBO

Another shrug.

  • Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series
    Niecy Nash as Didi Ortley, Getting On • HBO
    Allison Janney as Bonnie, Mom • CBS
    Kate McKinnon as Various characters, Saturday Night Live • NBC
    Judith Light as Shelly Pfefferman, Transparent • Amazon
    Gaby Hoffmann as Ali Pfefferman, Transparent • Amazon
    Anna Chlumsky as Amy Brookheimer, Veep • HBO

Something to cheer her up after Ghostbusters.

  • Outstanding Limited Series
    American Crime • ABC
    Fargo • FX Networks
    The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story • FX Networks
    Roots • HISTORY
    The Night Manager • AMC

Because everyone loves celebrity crime stories.

  • Outstanding Television Movie
    All The Way • HBO
    Confirmation • HBO
    Luther • BBC America
    Sherlock: The Abominable Bride (Masterpiece) • PBS
    A Very Murray Christmas • Netflix

Bill Murray didn’t win?

  • Outstanding Lead Actor In A Limited Series or Movie
    Bryan Cranston, All The Way • HBO
    Idris Elba, Luther • BBC America
    Tom Hiddleston, The Night Manager • AMC
    Courtney B. Vance, The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story • FX Networks
    Cuba Gooding, Jr., The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story • FX Networks
    Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: The Abominable Bride • PBS

And if the glove don’t fit, maybe this award will fit on the mantle piece.

  • Outstanding Lead Actress In A Limited Series or Movie
    Felicity Huffman, American Crime • ABC
    Lili Taylor, American Crime • ABC
    Kerry Washington, Confirmation • HBO
    Kirsten Dunst, Fargo • FX Networks
    Audra McDonald, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill • HBO
    Sarah Paulson, The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story • FX Networks

Her name was Sarah Paulson.

  • Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Limited Series or Movie
    Sterling K. Brown, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story • FX Networks
    Hugh Laurie, The Night Manager • AMC
    Jesse Plemons, Fargo • FX Networks
    David Schwimmer, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story • FX Networks
    John Travolta, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story • FX Networks
    Bokeem Woodbine, Fargo • FX Networks

I’m getting the impression people really like this show.

  • Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Limited Series or Movie
    Melissa Leo, All the Way • HBO
    Regina King, American Crime • ABC
    Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Hotel
    Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Hotel
    Jean Smart, Fargo • FX Networks
    Olivia Colman, The Night Manager • AMC

I’m guessing they got confused and thought this was American Crime Story – it’s not, it’s much better.

  • Outstanding Variety Talk Series
    Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee • Crackle
    Jimmy Kimmel Live • ABC
    Last Week Tonight with John Oliver • HBO
    The Late Late Show with James Corden • CBS
    Real Time with Bill Maher • HBO
    The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon • NBC

In my book, entertaining and informative wins every time.

  • Outstanding Reality-Competition Program
    The Amazing Race • CBS
    American Ninja Warrior • NBC
    Dancing With The Stars • ABC
    Project Runway • Lifetime
    Top Chef • Bravo
    The Voice • NBC

I’m sure my mother will be happy.

  • Outstanding Animated Program
    Archer • The Figgis Agency • FX Networks
    Bob’s Burgers • The Horse Rider-er • FOX
    Phineas and Ferb Last Day of Summer • Disney XD
    The Simpsons • Halloween of Horror • FOX
    South Park • You’re Not Yelping • Comedy Central

As much as I love Archer, I found this last season to be rather weak so I’m a bit surprised by the win.

And there we have it – the biggest winners on the smallest screen for this year.

What do you think? Are you happy with the winners or are there some baffling winners and nominee-snubs?

Last Updated: September 19, 2016

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