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Game of Thrones Clears up at the Emmys!

Written by Daniel Kirby on 19th September 2016

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The Emmy Awards took place last night in Los Angeles, where Game of Thrones was one of the big winners of the night.

HBO's hugely successful fantasy drama won in three categories, and in doing so it broke the record for the greatest number of Emmy Awards won by any fictional series.

As for British winners, Dame Maggie Smith won yet another award for her role in Downton Abbey, but was not in attendance at the ceremony. Given that she has never attended the awards show, the host on the evening Jimmy Kimmel joked 'We're not mailing this to her. Maggie, if you want this, it will be in the lost and found.' John Oliver also picked up an award for best variety talk series, ahead of fellow Brit James Cordon.

Elsewhere on the night, Tatiana Maslany won the award for best actress in a drama series for her part in the sci fi thriller Orphan Black, whilst Rami Malek took home the mens equivalent for his part in Mr. Robot.

The cast of People vs. OJ Simpson was another show which enjoyed a successful night, with three separate acting awards going to members of the show.

Overall this year's event was praised for the diversity of its nominees, and on the night two of the four directors who won were women, and Alan Yang and Aziz Ansari picked up awards for their comedy series Master of None, prompting Kimmel to suggest 'there's almost too much diversity in this show'.

See below for the main winners! 


  • Drama Series: “Game of Thrones”
  • Comedy Series: “Veep”
  • Mini-Series or Movie: “The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story”
  • TV Movie: “Sherlock: The Abominable Bride (Masterpiece)”
  • Variety Talk Series: “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver”
  • Variety Sketch Series: “Key & Peele”
  • Actor in a Comedy Series: Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent”
  • Actress in a Comedy Series: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
  • Actor in a Drama Series: Rami Malek, “Mr. Robot”
  • Actress in a Drama Series: Tatiana Maslany, “Orphan Black”
  • Actor in a Mini-Series or Movie: Courtney B. Vance, “The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story”
  • Actress in a Mini-Series or Movie: Sarah Paulson, “The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story”
  • Supporting Actor in a Drama: Ben Mendelsohn, “Bloodline”
  • Supporting Actress in a Drama: Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey”
  • Supporting Actor in a Comedy: Louie Anderson, “Baskets”
  • Supporting Actress in a Comedy: Kate McKinnon, “Saturday Night Live”

To see the full list of winners check out the Emmys website here.