It was another banner year for HBO’s “Game of Thrones” at the Primetime Emmys, with the series picking up three trophies to earn it the record of the most Emmy wins in history.
The previous record-holder was “Frasier,” which took down 37 Emmys over the course of its life. With its awards for Outstanding Drama Series, as well as writing for David Benioff and directing for Miguel Sapochnik, HBO’s series now has 38 total wins over the life of the series.
This year’s Emmys were notable for a number of reasons. Rami Malek of USA’s “Mr. Robot” became the first person of color in 18 years to take home the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series win, and Tatiana Maslany finally won a Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series trophy for her phenomenal work on the BBC series “Orphan Black.”
And it was a big night for HBO in general. Continuing to crush it is Julia Louis-Dreyfus. The actress on HBO comedy series “Veep” added a fifth consecutive year to her wins for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. And the show itself won for Outstanding Comedy Series for the second year in a row. Also on the HBO docket was “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” which took Best Variety Talk Series.
The FX limited series “The People vs. OJ Simpson” grabbed five awards, including Outstanding Limited Series. Among its cast, Courtney B. Vance, Sarah Paulson and Sterling K. Brown each were recognized for outstanding performances.
Continuing a trend of phenomenal content from non-traditional sources, streaming services such as Amazon and Netflix garnered wins for their series. Aziz Ansari’s “Master of None” grabbed the Emmy for writing on a comedy series, while actor Ben Mendelsohn won for Netflix’s “Bloodline” and the comedy special “Patton Oswalt: Talking for Clapping” claimed a trophy for writing for a variety special.
Over in Amazon Studios’ stable, Jeffrey Tambor won his second consecutive Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for “Transparent,” while series creator Jill Soloway took her second victory for directing in a comedy series.
It’s been another amazing year for television content across all media, and we’re super-excited for our partners who’ve been honored. Congratulations to all this year’s winners, and keep being creative!