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
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.