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Emmys 2016: HBO Wins Emmy Race, But FX Steps Up Game

HBO once again flexed its creative muscles in winning the most 2016 Emmys Awards of any network, but FX gave the reigning champion a run for its money.

FX, on the strength of its freshman limited series The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, won six Emmy Awards during last night’s primetime Emmys telecast, tying HBO for the most wins among all networks and streaming services.

The People V. O.J. Simpson drew the most hardware of the night with five Emmy Awards, including best limited series.

FX kept HBO from once again winning the Emmys triple crown as Game of Thrones won the Emmy for best drama for the second year in a row while Veep repeated as best comedy series.

HBO won 22 Emmys, including 16 Creative Arts Emmys announced last week, to best all cable and broadcast networks. The network was  led by Game Of Thrones, which matched its record 12 Emmys wins set last year.

FX was second with 18 Emmys followed by streaming service Netflix with nine Emmys, including three during last night’s telecast.

Among the surprise winners of the night were Rami Malek, who won best actor in a drama series for his portrayal of computer hacker Elliot Alderson in USA Network’s freshman series Mr. Robot, and Tatiana Maslany, who in her last year of eligibility won the best drama actress Emmy for playing multiple characters in BBC’s science fiction-themed series Orphan Black.

Orphan Black will end its run on BBC America in 2017 after five seasons.

Also pulling off a surprise win was veteran actor Louie Anderson, who won best supporting actor in a comedy series for his role as a woman in FX's freshman series Baskets

Not so surprising was Jeffrey Tambor’s repeat as best comedy actor for his transgender role in Transparent, and Julia Louise-Dreyfus, whose lead role on Veep won her best comedy actress honors for the fifth straight year.

The List of 2016 Emmy Winners:

Outstanding Drama Series —Game of Thrones (HBO)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series — Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black (BBC America)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series — Rami Malek, Mr. Robot (USA)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series — Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey (PBS)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series — Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline (Netflix)

Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series — Miguel Sapochnik, Game of Thrones (HBO)

Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series — David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, Game of Thrones (HBO)

Outstanding Comedy Series —Veep (HBO)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series — Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep (HBO)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series — Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent (Amazon)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series — Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live (NBC)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series — Louie Anderson, Baskets (FX)

Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series — Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang, Master of None (Netflix)

Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series — Jill Soloway, Transparent (Amazon)

Outstanding Limited Series — The People v. O.J. Simpson (FX)

Outstanding Television Movie —Sherlock: The Abominable Bride (PBS)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie — Sarah Paulson, The People v. O.J. Simpson (FX)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a  Limited Series or Movie — Courtney B. Vance, The People v. O.J. Simpson (FX)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie — Regina King, American Crime (ABC)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie — Sterling K. Brown, The People v. O.J. Simpson (FX)

Outstanding Directing in a Limited Series or Movie — Susanne Bier, The Night Manager (AMC)

Outstanding Writing in a Limited Series or Movie — D.V. DeVincentis, The People v. O.J. Simpson (FX)

Outstanding Reality Competition Program —The Voice (NBC)

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series —Key and Peele (Comedy Central)

Outstanding Variety Talk Series —Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)

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