Iron Thrones stands strong

> The HBO se­ries took home another 12 Em­mys, adding to its to­tal haul of 38 over the years


also glit­tered, pick­ing up a to­tal of nine awards this sea­son, in­clud­ing the prize for best lim­ited se­ries.

“If your show doesn’t have a dragon or a white Bronco in it, go home right now,” host Jimmy Kim­mel joked at the start of the three-hour broad­cast, a ref­er­ence to Thrones and the in­fa­mous car Simp­son was in when he went on a wild ride through Los An­ge­les be­fore his ar­rest.

The all-time Emmy list of win­ners – which in­cludes non­fic­tion – is topped by NBC com­edy sketch show Satur­day Night Live, with 45 awards, one of them handed out on Sun­day to Kate McKin­non for best sup­port­ing ac­tress. It was also a night of recog­ni­tion for old hands in the com­edy cat­e­gories, while the drama awards went to rel­a­tive new­com­ers. In the best ac­tress in a com­edy cat­e­gory, Ju­lia Louis-Drey­fus won a fifth con­sec­u­tive Emmy for her role as the hap­less act­ing pres­i­dent on HBO’s Veep. “I would like to ded­i­cate this to my fa­ther who passed away on Fri­day, and I’m so glad that he liked Veep be­cause his opin­ion was the one that re­ally mat­tered,” she said in an emo­tional trib­ute, her voice break­ing. Veep later picked up the Emmy for out­stand­ing com­edy

fifth film adap­ta­tion of Lew Wal­lace’s clas­sic novel, di­rec­tor Bek­mam­be­tov has up­dated an old clas­sic for those who know noth­ing about the story of Ben-Hur.

This epic clas­sic tells the story of a prince named Ju­dah Ben-Hur (Hus­ton) and the tri­als and tribu­la­tions he has to go through af­ter be­ing ac­cused of trea­son by his adopted brother, Mes­sala Severus (Kebbell).

Af­ter years of be­ing a slave at sea, Ben-Hur re­turns home, with the help of a Nu­bian sheik (Free­man), with re­venge on his mind.

The movie has a mix of emo­tional mo­ments and also ac­tion scenes. But of course, for mod­ern au­di­ences, the ac­tion scenes have been ex­panded and the fi­nal scene fea­tur­ing a char­iot race be­tween Ben-Hur and Mes­sala is in­tense.

But other than the fi­nal char­iot race, I think se­ries.

The award for best ac­tor in a com­edy went for the sec­ond year in a row to Jeffrey Tam­bor for Trans­par­ent, who pleaded with pro­duc­ers and direc­tors to give trans­gen­der tal­ent a chance in tele­vi­sion.

In the tight­est race of the night, lead ac­tress in a drama, Ta­tiana Maslany, won for Or­phan Black, pipping favourite Robin Wright ( House of Cards) and last year’s vic­tor Vi­ola Davis ( How to Get Away with Mur­der).

House of Cards star Kevin Spacey, who has never won an Emmy, missed out again for out­stand­ing ac­tor in a drama, which went to Rami Malek, the star of cy­berspace se­cu­rity thriller

Mr Ro­bot.

Ex-pres­i­den­tial hope­ful Jeb Bush made a sur­prise ap­pear­ance as a limo driver in a tele­vised open­ing joke se­quence, ask­ing Kim­mel what it’s like to be nom­i­nated.

Sev­eral stars took aim at di­vi­sive Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial hope­ful Don­ald Trump, either in pre­pared jokes or in ac­cep­tance speeches.

“I want every­one to know that af­ter care­ful con­sid­er­a­tion, I de­cided I’m go­ing with Trump – which is why I’m say­ing we should get rid of all His­panic and Mus­lim ac­tors,” said award-win­ning co­me­dian and writer Aziz An­sari.

The win for FX’s The Peo­ple v O.J. Simp­son for best lim­ited se­ries was the most widely-pre­dicted vic­tory of the night, and the show – a scripted drama re­count­ing the Amer­i­can foot­ball star’s shock­ing fall from grace – swept up act­ing prizes.

Sarah Paul­son and Court­ney B. Vance were re­warded in the lead act­ing cat­e­gories for their ac­claimed por­tray­als of spar­ring at­tor­neys Mar­cia Clark and John­nie Cochran.

Ster­ling K. Brown took home a stat­uette for his sup­port­ing ac­tor role, while D.V. DeVin­cen­tis was recog­nised for the show’s writ­ing.

In the bat­tle of the net­works, peren­nial leader HBO fin­ished top with 22 Em­mys – six on Sun­day to add to its 16 from the Cre­ative Arts Em­mys cer­e­mony last week­end.

FX, which scored the most nom­i­na­tions in his­tory for a ba­sic cable net­work, ended the night on 18 in to­tal – twice as many as third­placed Netflix. – AFP

Win­ners all … (clock­wise, from top) the cast and crew of best drama Game of Thrones; Maslany for best lead ac­tress in a drama; Drey­fus for best ac­tress in a com­edy; and Malek for out­stand­ing ac­tor in a drama.

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