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

HBO's flagship shows repeat as best drama and best comedy, while 'Mr. Robot's' Rami Malek and 'Orphan Black's' Tatiana Maslany score upset Emmy wins.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

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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