Emmy Awards 2016: Game of Thrones, American Crime Story bag home the most number of awards
Rami Malek took home the Emmy for Outstanding Actor in A Drama Series for his portrayal of Eliott, the delusional schizophrenic master hacker from Mr. Robot who accepted the award with his iconic, fourth-wall breaking dialogue, “Please tell me you are seeing this too.”
In his acceptance speech for his first ever Emmy award, Rami Malek said, “I play a young man who is like so many of us profoundly alienated. And the unfortunate thing is, I’m not sure how many of us would want to hang out with a guy like Eliott. I want to honor the Eliotts because there’s a little bit of Eliiot in all of us, isn’t there?”
Coming to even more grander things, Game of Thrones won the Outstanding Drama Series for the second year in a row. The fantasy drama based on George R.R. Martin’s novels also won the award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for showcasing one of the most beautiful and ruthless battle sequences in ‘Battle of Bastards’. Miguel Sapochnik, the director of the ninth episode of season six took home the award. The same episode also fetched the writers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss an Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series. These three, along with nine more in other minor categories take the award tally of Game of Thrones to 38, edging out sitcom Fraiser to become the most awarded fictional television series ever.
American Crime Story with its portrayal of the landmark People vs O.J. Simpson trial was the next best thing at this year’s Emmys. Ryan Murphy’s dramatization of the intense trial had received 22 nominations and won five awards including the covetous award for Outstanding Limited Series. Apart from this, Veep took up the award for Outstanding Comedy Series surprisingly edging out a hilarious season 3 of HBO’s Silicon Valley and Aziz Ansari’s Netflix exclusive Master of None.
John Oliver and his writing team bagged the award for Outstanding Variety Talk Series, pipping out Jimmy Kimmel, Bill Maher and Jimmy Fallon in the run.Sherlock’s new year special, “The Abominable Bride” picked up the award for “Outstanding Television Movie” overtaking Netflix original and Idris Elba starrer Luther.
All in all, more of the same shows took away most of the awards in this year’s Emmy. The Guardian was also quick to report of certain racially inspired jibes at contenders including cutting Aziz Ansari’s acceptance speech short. But Indian fans would be happy to know Bollywood Actress Priyanka Chopra, who leads in ABC’s FBI thriller Quantico was there to give off an award with none other than Tom Hiddleston.