‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Veep’ Repeat At 2016 Emmy Awards

Emmy voters have constantly demonstrated their fondness for giving previous Emmy winners repeat wins…sometimes for several years in a row. HBO was once again a beneficiary of that trend this year, as its flagship series, Game of Thrones and Veep once again took home the top honors as TV’s best drama and comedy, respectively. Game of Thrones was shut out of the acting categories, but Miguel Sapochnik won best drama director, and showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss won in the drama writers category for the penultimate episode of Game of Thrones‘ sixth season: “Battle of the Bastards.” Veep‘s Julia Louis-Dreyfus won her fifth consecutive lead actress in a comedy award. Other repeat winners included Transparent‘s Jeffrey Tambor as best lead actor in a comedy, and American Crime‘s Regina King as supporting lead actress in a limited series.

The rest of the acting awards were far from predictable. Mr. Robot‘s Rami Malek and Orphan Black‘s Tatiana Maslany were the surprise winners of this year’s leading actor and actress in a drama, respectively. Ben Mendelsohn won outstanding supporting actor in a drama for his performance in Bloodline, which was the first time that a Netflix series had won in that category. Downton Abby‘s Maggie Smith won outstanding supporting actress award, but neither Smith nor Mendelsohn showed up to collect their awards in person.

Related: ‘Game of Thrones’ Leads the 2016 Emmy Nominations

One of the biggest winners of the night was FX’s American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson, which won best miniseries and it also took home best actor and actress awards for its stars, Courtney B. Vance and Sarah Paulson. Sherlock: The Abominable Bride was named the best TV movie. 

The complete list of winners is reprinted below:

Outstanding Drama Series

Game of Thrones (HBO) 

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Rami Malek, Mr. Robot (USA)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black (BBC America)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline (Netflix) 

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey 

Guest Actor in a Drama Series

Hank Azaria, Ray Donovan (Showtime)

Guest Actress in a Drama Series

Margo Martindale, The Americans (FX)

Outstanding Comedy Series

Veep (HBO)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent (Amazon)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep (HBO) 

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy

Louie Anderson, Baskets (FX) 

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy

Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live (NBC)

Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

Peter Scolari, Girls (HBO) 

Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

Tina Fey & Amy Poehler, Saturday Night Live (NBC)

Outstanding Limited Series

The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX) 

Outstanding Television Movie

Sherlock: The Abominable Bride (PBS) 

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie

Courtney B. Vance, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie

Sarah Paulson, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX) 

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Sterling K. Brown, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX) 

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Regina King, American Crime (ABC)

Outstanding Variety Talk Series

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO) 

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series

Key & Peele (Comedy Central) 

Outstanding Reality Competition Series

The Voice (NBC) 

Outstanding Host for Reality Competition

RuPaul Charles, RuPaul’s Drag Race (Logo)

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series

Game of Thrones, “Battle of the Bastards” (David Benioff and D.B. Weiss) 

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series

Master of None, “Parents” (Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang)

Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special

The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia” (D.V. DeVincentis) (FX)

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special

Patton Oswalt: Talking for Clapping 

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series

Miguel Sapochnik (Game of Thrones, “Battle of the Bastards”) (HBO)

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series

Jill Solloway (Transparent, “Man on the Land”) (Amazon)

Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special

Susanne Bier (The Night Manager) (AMC)

Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special

Thomas Kail and Alex Rudzinski (Grease: Live

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