LOS ANGELES (AP) — “The People v. O.J. Simpson,” which earned the second-highest number of nominations, converted five to trophies Sunday.
The dramatic retelling of the football star’s murder trial was honored as best limited series and writing, and earned awards for stars Courtney B. Vance, Sterling K. Brown and Sarah Paulson.
“Obama out, Hillary in,” Vance said as he wrapped his victory speech.
Regina King claimed the award for supporting actress in a limited series for “American Crime,” her second trophy for the program.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus of “Veep” received a record-breaking sixth Emmy Award as best comedy series actress Sunday, using her victory to take a dig at GOP contender Donald Trump in a ceremony loaded with election-year asides.
Jeffrey Tambor captured his second consecutive best comedy actor trophy for “Transparent,” in which he plays a transgender character.
He called for Hollywood to make him the last non-transgender actor to get such a role.
“Thank you, Ellen DeGeneres, thank you, Hillary Clinton,” she said, naming two of the famous people she’s caricatured on the show.
The Democratic presidential contender responded quickly with a tweet: “Congratulations on your Emmy, Kate! Big fan of yours, too.”
The ceremony started out with a political edge. In a video bit, Jimmy Kimmel was shown trying to get to the ceremony and encountering former GOP presidential contender Jeb Bush as a limo driver.
“Did you know you could make $12 an hour working for Uber?” a game Bush said, smiling. He advised Kimmel that “if you run a positive campaign, the voters will ultimately make the right choice”— then told Kimmel curtly it was a joke.
In his opening monologue, the host said he was holding “Celebrity Apprentice” producer Mark Burnett responsible for the “Donald Trump phenomenon.”
In an attempt at comedy that fell flat, the ceremony announcer indicated that Bill Cosby would be taking the stage. After an awkward silence, Kimmel said it was a joke — the TV star embroiled in decades-old accusations of sexual assault wasn’t invited.
On the red carpet, Judith Light was being fully transparent when she told bleacher fans how difficult it is to walk a red carpet in heels.
“I can’t walk, but thanks,” the actress, nominated for her role in a comedy series for Amazon’s “Transparent,” said as she responded to shouts and cheers from fans in the red-carpet bleachers.
Tambor, who plays her transgender ex-spouse and is vying to repeat as best comedy actor, shared serious words about the series.
It’s “changing the landscape of television. I think it’s changing the landscape, period,” he said.
Full List of winners at the annual Primetime Emmy Awards:
Drama Series: “Game of Thrones.”
Directing, Drama Series: Miguel Sapochnik, “Game of Thrones”
Actor, Drama Series: Rami Malek, “Mr. Robot.”
Actress, Drama Series: Tatiana Maslany, “Orphan Black.”
Supporting Actor, Drama Series: Ben Mendelsohn, “Bloodline.”
Supporting Actress, Drama Series: Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Writing for a Drama Series: David Benioff and D.B. Weiss “Game of Thrones.”
Comedy Series: “Veep.”
Directing, Comedy Series: Jill Soloway, “Transparent.”
Actor, Comedy Series: Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent.”
Actress, Comedy Series: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep.”
Supporting Actor, Comedy Series: Louie Anderson, “Baskets.”
Supporting Actress, Comedy Series: Kate McKinnon, “Saturday Night Live.”
Writing for a Comedy Series: Alan Yang and Aziz Ansari, “Master of None.”
Limited Series: “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.”
Directing for a Limited Series, Movie or Drama: Susanne Bier, “The Night Manager.”
Actor, Limited Series or Movie: Courtney B. Vance, “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.”
Actress, Limited Series or Movie: Sarah Paulson, “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.”
Supporting Actor, Limited Series or Movie: Sterling K. Brown, “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.”
Supporting Actress, Limited Series or Movie: Regina King, “American Crime.”
Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special: D.V. BeVincentis, “The People v. O.J. Simpson American Crime Story.”
Variety Talk Series: “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.”
Variety Sketch Series: “Key & Peele.”
Directing for a Variety Special: Thomas Kail and Alex Rudzinskifor “Grease Live.”
Writing for a Variety Special: Patton Oswalt, “Talking for Clapping.”
Television Movie: “Sherlock: The Abominable Bride.”
Reality-Competition Program: “The Voice.
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