Rami Malek backstage at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016. TNS Photo
68th Emmys recognizes new shows, political issues
The Emmys is a night to celebrate all the writers, directors, actors and actresses on primetime TV. The 68th Annual Primetime Emmys aired Sept. 18 at 8 p.m.
Late night television host Jimmy Kimmel hosted the 2016 Emmys.
68th Emmys Winners:
Actress in a Comedy Series: Julia Louis Dreyfus for "Veep"
Actor in a Comedy Series: Jeffrey Tambor for "Transparent"
Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Kate McKinnon for "Saturday Night Live"
Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Louie Anderson for "Baskets"
Comedy Series Writing: "Master of None"
Directing for a Comedy Series: Jill Soloway for "Transparent"
Reality Competition: "The Voice"
Outstanding TV Movie: "Sherlock: The Abominable Bride"
Outstanding Limited Series: "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story"
Outstanding Variety Sketch Series: "Key and Peele"
Writing for a Drama Series: David Benihoff and D.B. Weiss for "Game of Thrones"
Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Maggie Smith for "Downton Abbey"
Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Ben Mandelsohn for "Bloodlines"
Actress in a Drama Series: Tatiana Maslaney for "Orphan Black"
Actor in a Drama Series: Rami Malek for "Mr. Robot"
Outstanding Comedy Series: "Veep"
Outstanding Drama Series: "Game of Thrones"
Find a full list of nominees and winners on the Emmys website.
Kimmel started the show with a quirky intro about how he arrived at the Emmys, and showed scenes of himself in the car with the cast of "Modern Family" and "Veep" plus James Corden of "The Late Late Show with James Corden."
Kimmel also opened the show with jabs at the Oscars for not being as diverse as the Emmys and provided comic relief by requesting all the people of color to reach out to a white person and tell them, “… thanks for your bravery.”
The categories in the show are Comedy, Reality, Variety and Drama. Each specific category has different awards honoring the writers, actors and actresses and supporting actors and actresses.
"Game of Thrones" won separate awards for best writing in a TV series and best drama. In total, “Game of Thrones” was nominated for 23 separate awards this year, just one less from last year.
"The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story" received 22 nominations this year, and it took home five Emmys.
Some new winners of the night included writer Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang for their work in "Master of None," actor Rami Malek from "Mr. Robot" and Louie Anderson from "Basket."
There are many shows that were up-and-comers in the ranks like "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," "Mr. Robot," "Master of None" and "Bloodline."
Amazon’s "Transparent" has helped show audiences the issues involving the transgender community. Writer Jill Soloway took her time on the stage to address the issue of discrimination facing the LGBTQ communities.
Many actors and actresses came on the stage to accept their awards with strong words about the current political climate and more than one mentioned their issues with Donald Trump as a serious candidate. A large portion of the jokes made involved inner conflict in the United States, but in a way that tried to hide the seriousness of the events.