2016 Emmy Winners: 'Game Of Thrones' & 'The People V. O.J. Simpson' Win Big At The 68th Annual TV Awards

Last night, the 68th Annual Emmy Awards handed out trophies to some of the best talents working in television today. Broadcast live on ABC, the 2016 Emmys really showed off their diversity, not only with their large roster of presenters, but also with those who took home awards last night.

The show's host Jimmy Kimmel said at the top of the show that if your show didn't have a dragon or a white Bronco in it, you should just go home, and the winners pretty much made that true. American Crime Story: The People v O.J. Simpson took home some big awards along with Game of Thrones, but shows like Master of None, Transparent, Veep and Saturday Night Live got plenty of love too.

Find out all of the 2016 Emmy winners after the jump.

The winners appear in bold below.

Outstanding Drama Series:The AmericansBetter Call SaulDownton AbbeyGame of ThronesHomelandHouse of CardsMr. RobotCommentary: The show may not have taken home any of the acting awards, but it landed both the writing and directing awards, which was a good indication it would take the big prize. Personally, I think the first part of the season was a little rough, but the second half arrived with a bang, and we can't really get mad for it beating these other shows, except maybe The Americans.Outstanding Comedy Series:Black-ishMaster of NoneModern FamilySilicon ValleyTransparentUnbreakable Kimmy SchmidtVeepCommentary: A second consecutive win for Veep isn't bad at all, but it would have been great for Master of None to take this one home. Still, Veep is one of the best comedies on television and has some incredible political satire, so it deserves all sorts of love.Outstanding Limited Series:American CrimeFargoNight ManagerThe People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime StoryRootsCommentary: This was a no-brainer, especially after the show took home so many acting awards. It's just a shame there couldn't be separate categories so the actors who were up against each other could have gotten some love too.Outstanding Television Movie:A Very Murray ChristmasAll the WayConfirmationLutherSherlock: The Abominable BrideCommentary: Sherlock is amazing, sure. But how do we now live in a world where a Bill Murray Christmas special didn't get an Emmy?Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series:

Kyle Chandler, Bloodline

Rami Malek, Mr. Robot

Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul

Matthew Rhys, The Americans

Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan

Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

Commentary: Not bad for his first Emmy nomination. It's tough to say that Malek should have won over Matthew Rhys in The Americans, but it's not completely wrong. Bonus points for the Mr. Robot reference in his speech.Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series:

Claire Danes, Homeland

Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder

Taraji P. Henson, Empire

Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black

Keri Russell, The Americans

Robin Wright, House of Cards

Commentary: Again, here's an award that I think should have gone to The Americans for Keri Russell's performance. That show is criminally underrated and it really needs some more love. But Tatiana Maslany is undoubtedly a force to be reckoned with.Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie:

Bryan Cranston, All the Way

Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: The Abominable Bride

Idris Elba, Luther

Cuba Gooding Jr., The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Tom Hiddleston, The Night Manager

Courtney B. Vance, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime StoryCommentary: Before Courtney B. Vance won this award, The People vs O.J. Simpson had already won the supporting actor awards, and this one felt like a forgone conclusion. Vance was astounding as attorney Johnnie Cochran.Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie:

Kirsten Dunst, Fargo

Felicity Huffman, American Crime

Audra McDonald, Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill

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

Lili Taylor, American Crime

Kerry Washington, Confirmation

Commentary: Sarah Paulson was also nominated for American Horror Story in another category, but this was undoubtedly the award that she deserved to win for, and it's just one of many victories that the show rightfully earned.Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series:

Anthony Anderson, Black-ish

Aziz Ansari, Master of None

Will Forte, The Last Man on Earth

William H. Macy, Shameless

Thomas Middleditch, Silicon Valley

Jeffrey Tambor, TransparentCommentary: Jeffrey Tambor takes home this award yet again for his sterling performance in the Amazon show, but his speech was even more important as he called for Hollywood to start giving transgender talent a chance on-screen. He said, "I would not be unhappy were I the last cisgender male to play a female transgender on television." Amen to that, Mr. Tambor.Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series:

Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Laurie Metcalf, Getting On

Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish

Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer

Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie

Commentary: A repeat win for the actress, but this one was particularly heartfelt, because Julia Louis-Dreyfus revealed in her speech that her father had just passed away two days prior, and she was so proud that he was a fan of the show and her work on it.Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series:

Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul

Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones

Michael Kelly, House of Cards

Ben Mendelsohn, BloodlineKit Harington, Game of Thrones

Jon Voight, Ray Donovan

Commentary: Sorry, Game of Thrones fans. The cast didn't sweep the acting awards as well as The People v. O.J. Simpson. But you can't really get mad about Ben Mendelsohn getting this award.Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series:Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey

Lena Headey, Game of Thrones

Maura Tierney, The Affair

Maisie Williams, Game of Thrones

Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones

Constance Zimmer, UnREAL

Commentary: Maggie Smith is never at these shows, and Jimmy Kimmel made sure everyone knew she wasn't getting her award this time. I'm not a Downton Abbey viewer so I can't say whether this win is justified, so I'll just say well doneOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie:

Jesse Plemons, Fargo

Hugh Laurie, The Night Manager

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

Bokeem Woodbine, Fargo

John Travolta, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

David Schwimmer, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Commentary: This was just one of several key wins for the hit FX legal drama, and it was a much-deserved victory.Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie:

Melissa Leo, All the Way

Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Hotel

Jean Smart, Fargo

Regina King, American Crime

Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Hotel

Olivia Colman, The Night Manager

Commentary: Don't really have anything to say about this one.Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series:Louie Anderson, Baskets

Keegan-Michael Key, Key & Peele

Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Tony Hale, Veep

Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Ty Burrell, Modern Family

Matt Walsh, Veep

Commentary: Casting Louie Anderson in the role of Zach Galifianakis' character's mother in Baskets was inspired, but the fact that he won an Emmy for this role is just incredible. Easily one of the best awards of the night.Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series:

Niecy Nash, Getting On

Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live

Gaby Hoffmann, Transparent

Allison Janney, Mom

Judith Light, Transparent

Anna Chlumsky, Veep

Commentary: I could not be happier with this outcome. This win is even more impressive when you consider the fact that  Chevy Chase, Gilda Radner and Dana Carvey are the only other SNL cast members to win this award.Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series:

Max von Sydow, Game of Thrones

Paul Sparks, House of Cards

Hank Azaria, Ray Donovan

Mahershala Ali, House of Cards

Reg E. Cathey, House of Cards

Michael J. Fox, The Good Wife

Commentary: It's always nice when Hank Azaria gets recognition for his work outside of The Simpsons. He really is a fantastic actor outside of his voiceover work.Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series:

Laurie Metcalf, Horace and Pete

Molly Parker, House of Cards

Margot Martindale, The Americans

Ellen Burstyn, House of Cards

Allison Janney, Masters of Sex

Carrie Preston, The Good Wife

Commentary: Sadly, this was the only award that The Americans received last night, but we're glad that Margo Martindale is getting some respect from the Emmys.Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series:

Tracy Morgan, Saturday Night Live

Larry David, Saturday Night Live

Bob Newhart, The Big Bang Theory

Bradley Whitford, Transparent

Martin Mull, Veep

Peter Scolari, GirlsCommentary: It seems odd that Peter Scolari won this award when he was just a replacement nominee when Peter MacNiccol's original nomination was proved to be ineligible. How does that happen?Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series:Tina Fey & Amy Poehler, Saturday Night Live

Melissa McCarthy, Saturday Night Live

Amy Schumer, Saturday Night Live

Christine Baranski, The Big Bang Theory

Laurie Metcalf, The Big Bang Theory

Melora Hardin, Transparent

Commentary: This is the first time that two women won a single Emmy, and it couldn't have gone to a better duo.Directing for a Comedy Series

Aziz Ansari, Master Of None

Alec Berg, Silicon Valley

Mike Judge, Silicon Valley

Jill Soloway, Transparent

Dave Mandel, Veep

Chris Addison, Veep

Dale Stern, Veep

Commentary: Another win for Jill Soloway, paving the way for more women directors in television, and that's wonderful.Directing for a Drama Series

Michael Engler, Downton Abbey

Miguel Sapochnik, Game Of Thrones

Jack Bender, Game Of Thrones

Lesli Linka Glatter, Homeland

Steven Soderbergh, The Knick

David Hollander, Ray Donovan

Commentary: Another big win for Game of Thrones, and since this win was for the episode "Battle of the Bastards," one of the best of the entire season, if not the series, I have no arguments here.Directing for a Limited Series, TV Movie or Dramatic Special

Jay Roach, All The Way

Noah Hawley, Fargo

Susanne Bier, The Night Manager

Ryan Murphy, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Anthony Hemingway, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

John Singleton, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Commentary: Sounds like I need to make time to see The Night Manager.Directing for a Variety Special

Beth McCarthy-Miller, Adele Live In New York City

Chris Rock, Amy Schumer: Live At The Apollo

Louis J. Horvitz, 58th Grammy Awards

Thomas Kail, Alex Rudzinski, Grease: Live

Glenn Weiss, The Kennedy Center Honors

Kahlil Joseph, Beyoncé Knowles Carter, Lemonade

Commentary: I wasn't a fan of Grease: Live really, and I would have much rather seen this go to Lemonade.Writing for a Comedy Series

Rob Delaney, Sharon Horgan, Catastrophe

Aziz Ansari, Alan Yang, Master Of None

Dan O'Keefe, Silicon Valley

Alec Berg, Silicon Valley

David Mandel, Veep

Alex Gregory, Peter Huyck, Veep

Commentary: Since Aziz Ansari didn't win Leading Actor in a Comedy Series, this was a nice consolation prize, especially since it was for the episode inspired by his real parents.Writing for a Drama Series

Joel Fields, Joe Weisberg, The Americans

Julian Fellowes, Downton Abbey

David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Game Of Thrones

Robert King, Michelle King, The Good Wife

Sam Esmail, Mr. Robot

Marti Noxon, Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, UnREAL

Commentary: Not sure this particular season of Game of Thrones deserved to beat The Americans, but that show is an unstoppable giant on HBO, so I'm not surprised.Writing for a Limited Series, TV Movie or Dramatic Special

Bob DeLaurentis, Fargo

Noah Hawley, Fargo

David Farr, The Night Manager

Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

D.V. DeVincentis, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Joe Robert Cole, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Writing for a Variety SpecialAmy Schumer: Live At The ApolloJohn Mulaney: The Comeback KidPatton Oswalt: Talking For ClappingTig Notaro: Boyish Girl InterruptedTriumph's Election Special 2016Commentary: Patton Oswalt is one of the best comedians working today, but I'm not entirely sure that this particular special was truly the best in this category. My pick would go to John Mulaney, but I still love Oswalt's comedy, so congratulations to him.

Oustanding Variety Sketch Series

Documentary Now!Drunk HistoryInside Amy SchumerKey & PeelePortlandiaSaturday Night LiveCommentary: Honestly, I would have been happy with this going to any one of these shows, though Documentary Now! was the one I was rooting for. Still, you can't go wrong with Key & Peele, especially now that it's over.Outstanding Reality Competition Program:The Amazing RaceAmerican Ninja WarriorDancing With the StarsProject RunwayTop ChefThe VoiceCommentary: All right.Outstanding Variety Talk Series:Comedians in Cars Getting CoffeeJimmy Kimmel Live!Last Week Tonight With John OliverThe Late Late Show With James CordenReal Time With Bill MaherThe Tonight Show Starring Jimmy FallonCommentary: No surprise here. Since The Daily Show with Jon Stewart is no longer an option and HBO is now the best place to find the most biting political satire. I wouldn't be surprised if this show keeps winning for years to come.


In addition, the 2016 Creative Arts Emmys were handed out over a two-day ceremony a week ago. You can find some key winners below, but the full list can be found at the official Emmys website.

Outstanding Main Title Theme Music - Marvel's Jessica Jones (Netflix)Outstanding Main Title Design - Man in the High Castle (Amazon)Outstanding Special Visual Effects - Game of Thrones (HBO)Outstanding Narrator - Keith David, Jackie Robinson (PBS)Outstanding Children's Program - It's Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown! (ABC)Outstanding Documentary Series - Making a Murderer (Netflix)Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special - What Happened, Miss Simone? (Netflix)Outstanding Writing – Variety Series - Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)Outstanding Directing – Variety Series - Ryan McFaul, Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central)Outstanding Variety Special - The Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Prime Time Special (CBS)Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance - Seth MacFarlane, Family Guy (Fox)Outstanding Short Form Animated Program - Robot Chicken (Adult Swim)Outstanding Animated Program - Archer (FX)Outstanding Short Form Comedy or Drama Series - Childrens Hospital (Adult Swim)