The headlines are all about the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards today after ‘Game Of Thrones’ smashed records, ‘The People v OJ Simpson’ flattened the competition and the cast of ‘Stranger Things’ made all attendees want to adopt them at the weekend. Definitely TV’s higlight of the year.
Peter Dinklage was nominated for ‘Game Of Thrones’
‘Game of Thrones’ made Emmys history last night (September 18th 2016) by breaking the record for the most awards ever for a fictional series, with the full Emmys total now at 38 which has beaten previous record holder ‘Frasier”s 37. The show won three accolades this year; Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series and Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series.
The latter two wins were specifically for season 6’s penultimate episode ‘Battle Of The Bastards’, directed by Miguel Sapochnik and written by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. The series will return for season 7 in mid-2017 with 7 episodes, but will conclude with season 8 the following year. Sad faces all round.
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Of course, ‘Game Of Thrones’ wasn’t the big winner of the night. ‘The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story’ took home Outstanding Limited Series, Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, with Sarah Paulson winning Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series (for playing Marcia Clark, who was also her plus one), Sterling K. Brown as Outstanding Supporting Actor and Courtney B. Vance landing Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series, beating hotly tipped rival Tom Hiddleston of ‘The Night Manager’.
Sarah Paulson took the real Marcia Clark to the Emmys
Hiddleston himself didn’t seem too disappointed with his loss; indeed, in the wake of his split with Taylor Swift he looked positively glowing. There have even been reports of him ‘flirting’ with best dressed guest of the night Priyanka Chopra, who certainly looked irresistable in a stunning red Jason Wu gown which matched her lipstick.
More winners of the night included Tatiana Maslany (‘Orphan Black’) as Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Rami Malek (Mr Robot) as Outstanding Lead Actor, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus (‘Veep’) as Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. The latter presented one of the most emotional moments of the evening by dedicating her award to her father, who had passed away just two days prior. It was her sixth comedy lead actress win, however, breaking a record out of a long-standing tie she had with Candice Bergen and Mary Tyler Moore.
The ‘Stranger Things’ kids were on hand with the PB & Jelly sandwiches
An unofficial win for Outstanding Emmys Host definitely went to Jimmy Kimmel, who led the award ceremony with jokes about Donald Trump, diversity, O.J. Simpson and ‘Downton Abbey’ star Maggie Smith. Also, the young cast of ‘Stranger Things’, who aided the comedian by handing out a bunch of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches made by Kimmel’s mom on bicycles.
‘If you’re allergic to peanuts then I guess this is goodbye because we can only afford one EpiPen’, Kimmel warned.