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Game of Thrones rules Emmys 2016

Cast and crew of 'Game of Thrones' pose with the Emmy for 'Outstanding Drama Series'. Photograph: (WION)

WION Los Angeles,United States Sep 19, 2016, 04.48 AM (IST)

It was a stellar heist for Game of Thrones at the 68th Emmy Awards on Sunday as the fantasy saga bagged a total of 12 Emmys, becoming the most decorated show.

The HBO series picked up nine awards in technical categories and also took home the Emmy for best drama, taking the total haul over the years up to 38, the most in the award's 70-year-old history.

The series however faced a blow in the acting categories even though it was a hot favourite and had multiple nominations.

Peter Dinklage missed the supporting actor trophy, as did co-star Kit Harington, the category's favourite, with Ben Mendelsohn picking up the prize for "Bloodline."

"The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story" also shined by winning nine awards, including the Emmy for best limited series.

"Veep" star Julia Louis-Dreyfus won "I think that `Veep` has torn down the wall between comedy and politics. Our show started out as a political satire but it now feels like a sobering documentary," she said while accepting the award.

She also apologised for what she called  "the current political climate."

"Veep" also picked up the Emmy for outstanding comedy series.

Egyptian-American Rami Malek took home his first Emmy for best drama actor for his portrayal of the socially inept computer hacker in "Mr. Robot," and Canadian Tatiana Maslany won an Emmy for playing a woman with multiple cloned personalities in "Orphan Black."

The award for best actor in a comedy went for the second year in a row to Jeffrey Tambor for "Transparent," for his role as a father who transitions to a woman.

In a close race, lead actress in a drama, Tatiana Maslany won for "Orphan Black," piping favorite Robin Wright ("House of Cards") and last year's victor Viola Davis ("How to Get Away with Murder").

"Saturday Night Live" comedian Kate McKinnon, who plays Democratic US presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, won supporting comedy actress, and John Oliver`s biting "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" won the Emmy for variety talk series.

(WION with inputs from agencies)


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