When it comes to entertainment all one can say Kudos to the Americans and the British for they not only know how to entertain but also how to honor the entertainers.
The Academy awards and the Emmy awards are presented with pomp and splendor and the audience is enthralled with jokes, music, dance in a glamorous and glorious manner.
The 68th Emmys awards ceremony was held on Sunday in the city of Los Angeles and Jimmy Kimmel hosted the show.
The highly acclaimed HBO fantasy drama Games of Thrones has now captured a total number of 38 Emmys outshining and outclassing the previously held record of 37 by the T.V comedy drama Frasier.
Game of Thrones was voted the most outstanding drama series and won in two other categories setting a record for the highest number of Emmys bagged by a television drama fictional series.
Among British actors, the versatile and famous British actress, Dame Maggie Smith won an Emmy, for outstanding supporting actress in a drama series Downtown Abbey for the third time.
Dame Smith has to her honor two academy awards winning best actress for the Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969) and best-supporting actress for California Suite (!978).
It is the third time Dame Maggie has won an Emmy for her portrayal of Violet Crawley, but she has never attended the ceremony in person.
BBC One’s Sherlock was named best made for TV movie for its special episode The Abominable Bride.
A surprising feature of the awards was that Priyanka Chopra was one of the presenters in the show. Elegantly attired in a Jason Wu suit she looked stunningly beautiful and swooned in the red carpet.
Priyanka stars in the lead role in Quantico playing an FBI agent. Moreover, her partner in presenting was the British heartthrob actor Tom Hiddleston.
The duo handed an Emmy to The Night Manager director Susanne Bier for Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special.
Bier, who was the only female nominee and accepting her award hoped that more and more that more non-conventional series and movies are going to be directed by women.
John Oliver won best variety talk series for his HBO series Last Week Tonight, beating fellow British nominee James Corden, who was nominated for The Late Late Show.
Veep won the outstanding comedy series award for the second year in a row, while its star Julia Louis-Dreyfus won outstanding lead comedy actress for the fifth time.
In her acceptance speech, Louis-Dreyfus said: “Our show started out as political satire but now feels like a sobering documentary.” She dedicated her award to her father, who died on Friday.
The outstanding comedy actor gong went to Jeffrey Tambor, who plays a transgender woman in the Amazon series Transparent, for the second year in a row.
Accepting the award, Tambor encouraged the industry to offer more opportunities to the trans community.
“I would not be unhappy were I the male to play a transgender female on television. We have work to do,” he said.
Rami Malek won outstanding lead actor in a drama series for his role in Mr. Robot – the first time an actor from an ethnic minority has won the award since 1998.
Tatiana Maslany from Orphan Black won the outstanding leading actress in a drama prize.
Other big winners of the night included The People vs OJ Simpson – a dramatization of the OJ Simpson trial of the 1990s, which was broadcast on BBC Two in the UK.
The show won five trophies including outstanding limited series plus acting gongs for Sarah Paulson, Sterling K Brown, and Courtney B Vance.
Kate McKinnon, who recently starred in the all-female Ghostbusters reboot, won outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series for her performances on Saturday Night Live.
Elsewhere, The Voice took home the award for outstanding reality competition series, beating Project Runway and Dancing With The Stars.
The 38 Emmys won by Game of Thrones includes the nine trophies the series picked up at last weekend’s creative Arts Emmys .The HBO series is now the most decorated drama series in Emmy awards’ history the overall record is held by Saturday Night Live, which has won 44.
Kimmel made several references to diversity during the ceremony in light of the “Oscars So White” controversy earlier this year.
“Here in Hollywood the only thing we value more than diversity is congratulating ourselves on how much we value diversity,” he said in his opening monolog.
“The Emmys are so diverse this year the Oscars are now telling people we’re one of their closest friends.”
Here is a list of the winners ;
Outstanding drama series
Winner: Game of Thrones
* The Americans
* House of Cards
* Downton Abbey
* Better Call Saul
* Mr. Robot
Outstanding comedy series
* Silicon Valley
* Modern Family
* Master of None
* Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Outstanding limited series
Winner: The People v OJ Simpson
* American Crime
* The Night Manager
Best television movie
Winner: Sherlock: The Abominable Bride
* A Very Murray Christmas
* All the Way
Outstanding lead actor in a drama series
Winner: Rami Malek – Mr. Robot
* Kyle Chandler – Bloodline
* Bob Odenkirk – Better Call Saul
* Matthew Rhys – The Americans
* Liev Schreiber – Ray Donovan
* Kevin Spacey – House of Cards
Outstanding lead actress in a drama series
Winner: Tatiana Maslany – Orphan Black
* Viola Davis – How to Get Away With Murder
* Claire Danes – Homeland
* Taraji P Henson – Empire
* Keri Russell – The Americans
* Robin Wright – House of Cards
Outstanding lead actor in a comedy series
Winner: Jeffrey Tambor – Transparent
* Anthony Anderson – Black-ish
* Aziz Ansari – Master of None
* Will Forte – The Last Man on Earth
* William H Macy – Shameless
* Thomas Middleditch – Silicon Valley
Outstanding lead actress in a comedy series
Winner: Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Veep
* Ellie Kemper – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
* 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 movie
Winner: Courtney B Vance – The People v OJ Simpson
* Bryan Cranston – All the Way
* Benedict Cumberbatch – Sherlock: The Abominable Bride
* Idris Elba – Luther
* Cuba Gooding Jr – The People v OJ Simpson
* Tom Hiddleston – The Night Manager
Outstanding lead actress in a limited series or movie
Winner: Sarah Paulson – The People v OJ Simpson
* Kirsten Dunst – Fargo
* Felicity Huffman – American Crime
* Audra McDonald – Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill
* Lili Taylor – American Crime
* Kerry Washington – Confirmation
Outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series
Winner: Louie Anderson – Baskets
* Andre Braugher – Brooklyn Nine-Nine
* Ty Burrell – Modern Family
* Tituss Burgess – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
* Tony Hale – Veep
* Keegan-Michael Key -Key and Peele
* Matt Walsh – Veep
Outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series
Winner: Kate McKinnon – Saturday Night Live
* Anna Chlumsky – Veep
* Gaby Hoffmann – Transparent
* Allison Janney – Mom
* Judith Light – Transparent
* Niecy Nash – Getting On
Outstanding supporting actor in a drama series
Winner: Ben Mendelsohn – Bloodline
* Jonathan Banks – Better Call Saul
* Peter Dinklage – Game of Thrones
* Kit Harington – Game of Thrones
* Michael Kelly – House of Cards
* Jon Voight – Ray Donovan
Outstanding supporting actress in a drama series
Winner: Dame Maggie Smith – Downton Abbey
* Emilia Clarke – Game of Thrones
* Lena Headey – Game of Thrones
* Maura Tierney – The Affair
* Maisie Williams – Game of Thrones
* Constance Zimmer – UnREAL
Outstanding supporting actor in a limited series or movie
Winner: Sterling K Brown – The People v OJ Simpson
* Hugh Laurie The Night Manager
* Jesse Plemons – Fargo
* David Schwimmer – The People v OJ Simpson
* John Travolta – The People v OJ Simpson
* Bokeem Woodbine – Fargo
Outstanding supporting actress in a limited series or movie
Winner: Regina King – American Crime
* Kathy Bates – American Horror Story: Hotel
* Olivia Colman – The Night Manager
* Melissa Leo – All the Way
* Sarah Paulson – American Horror Story: Hotel
* Jean Smart – Fargo
Outstanding television movie
Winner: Sherlock: The Abominable Bride
* A Very Murray Christmas
* All the Way
Outstanding reality competition series
Winner: The Voice
* The Amazing Race
* American Ninja Warrior
* Dancing With the Stars
* Project Runway
* Top Chef
Outstanding variety talks series
Winner: Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
* Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
* Jimmy Kimmel Live
* The Late Late Show With James Corden
* Real Time With Bill Maher
* The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon