TV mini-series The People v. O.J. Simpson ran away with the night at the 68th Emmy Awards on Sunday, September 18, 2016 even as Game of Thrones broke a record.
The FX mini-series scored wins for outstanding limited series and for some of its actors.
One of them, Sara Paulson, won for outstanding lead actress in a limited series. In her acceptance speech, Paulson talked about the challenge of playing O.J. Simpson murder trial prosecutor Marcia Clark.
Her words brought Clark to tears.
“The more I learned about the real Marcia Clark, not the two dimensional cardboard cut-out on the news, but the complicated, whip smart, giant hearted mother of two who woke up everyday, put both feet on the floor and dedicated herself to righting an unconscionable wrong, the more I had to recognize that I — along with the rest of the world — had been superficial and careless in my judgment and I am glad to be able to stand here today in front of everyone and tell you that I am sorry,” Paulson said.
Paulson was joined in the winners’ circle by her “People v. O.J. Simpson” co-star Courtney B. Vance who won outstanding lead actor in a limited series.
“Glory to God,” Vance yelled before later dedicating his award to wife, actress Angela Bassett.
Sterling K. Brown also won for outstanding supporting actor in a limited series for his role as Christopher Darden in the “People v. O.J.”
‘Game of Thrones’ maintains reign
For the second year “Game of Thrones” took home the Emmy for outstanding drama series. With its 38 wins the highly successful HBO series broke a 12 year record for most Emmy wins by a series which had been held by “Frasier” with 37 Emmys.
The full list of nominee and winners is below:
Outstanding drama series
Better Call Saul
Game of Thrones – WINNER!
House of Cards
Outstanding comedy series
Master of None
The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Veep – WINNER!
Outstanding lead actor in a drama
Kyle Chandler, Bloodline
Matthew Rhys, The Americans
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
Rami Malek, Mr Robot – WINNER!
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Liev Schrieber, Ray Donovan
Outstanding lead actress in a drama
Claire Danes, Homeland
Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder
Taraji P Henson, Empire
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black – WINNER!
Keri Russell, The Americans
Robin Wright, House of Cards
Outstanding lead actor in a comedy
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, Transparent – WINNER!
Outstanding lead actress in a comedy
Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep – WINNER!
Laurie Metcalf, Getting On
Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish
Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer
Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie
Outstanding lead actor in a limited series or TV movie
Bryan Cranston, All The Way
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock
Idris Elba, Luther
Cuba Gooding Jr, The People v OJ Simpson
Tom Hiddleston, The Night Manager
Courtney B Vance, The People v OJ Simpson – WINNER!
Outstanding limited series
The Night Manager
The People v OJ Simpson – WINNER!
Outstanding reality competition series
The Amazing Race
American Ninja Warrior
Dancing With the Stars
The Voice – WINNER!
Outstanding television movie
A Very Murray Christmas
All the Way
Sherlock: the Abominable Bride – WINNER!
Outstanding variety talk series
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver – WINNER!
The Late Late Show With James Corden
Real Time With Bill Maher
The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon
Outstanding variety sketch series
Inside Amy Schumer
Key & Peele – WINNER!
Saturday Night Live
Outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series
Louie Anderson, Baskets – WINNER
Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Keegan-Michael Key, Key & Peele
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Tony Hale, Veep
Matt Walsh, Veep
Outstanding supporting actor in a drama series
Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul
Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline – WINNER!
Peter Dinklage, Game Of Thrones
Kit Harington, Game Of Thrones
Michael Kelly, House Of Cards
Jon Voight, Ray Donovan
Outstanding lead actress in a limited series or a movie
Sarah Paulson, The People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story – WINNER!
Audra McDonald, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill
Kerry Washington, Confirmation
Kirsten Dunst, Fargo
Lili Taylor, American Crime
Felicity Huffman, American Crime
Outstanding supporting actor in a limited series or movie
Jesse Plemons, Fargo
Bokeem Woodbine, Fargo
Hugh Laurie, The Night Manager
Sterling K Brown, The People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story – WINNER!
David Schwimmer, The People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story
John Travolta, The People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story
Outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series
Niecy Nash, Getting On
Allison Janney, Mom
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live – WINNER!
Judith Light, Transparent
Gaby Hoffmann, Transparent
Anna Chlumsky, Veep
Outstanding supporting actress in a drama series
Maura Tierney, The Affair
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey – WINNER!
Lena Headley, Game Of Thrones
Emilia Clarke, Game Of Thrones
Maisie Williams, Game Of Thrones
Constance Zimmer, UnREAL
Outstanding supporting actress in a limited series or movie
Melissa Leo, All The Way
Regina King, American Crime – WINNER!
Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Hotel
Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Hotel
Jean Smart, Fargo
Olivia Colman, The Night Manager
Outstanding guest actor in a comedy series
Bob Newhart, The Big Bang Theory
Tracy Morgan, Saturday Night Live
Larry David, Saturday Night Live
Bradley Whitford, Transparent
Martin Mull, Veep
Peter Scolari, Girls – WINNER!
Outstanding guest actress in a comedy series
Laurie Metcalf, The Big Bang Theory
Christine Baranski, The Big Bang Theory
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, Saturday Night Live – WINNER!
Melissa McCarthy, Saturday Night Live
Amy Schumer, Saturday Night Live
Melora Hardin, Transparent
Hattip to CNN, The Guardian