The 2016 Emmys are in the books. There were some surprises, some less-than-surprises, and some, uh… sandwiches. Game of Thrones won for Outstanding Drama again, which seems fair because, as I said in my predictions post, none of the other dramas featured a 20-foot-tall giant named Wun-Wun ripping someone in half. Although that certainly would have spiced up House of Cards. Something to consider for next season, I suppose.
Anyway, you can check out the full list of nominees and winners from last night, if you want the comprehensive rundown. But right now, we are not doing comprehensive. We are doing just the night’s biggest winners and losers, as decided by a panel of noted award show experts and histori-…noppppppe, just me. Let’s get started
Winner: The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
The night’s biggest winner was the first installment of Ryan Murphy’s American Crime Story limited series, The People v. O.J. Simpson, which took home awards for Outstanding Limited Series, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie (Sarah Paulson), Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie (Courtney B. Vance), Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie (Sterling K. Brown), and Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series or Movie (D.V. DeVincentis). That’s … [slides beans around on abacus] … that’s a lot of awards. The show more or less swept the limited series categories, losing only for directing and supporting actress, the latter of which was only a mild snub, seeing as they didn’t have anyone nominated.
It was even a good night for the people from the show who didn’t win. John Travolta showed up with hair that made him look like a cross between a vampire and an elementary school child on picture day, and Jimmy Kimmel got in a nice little joke about Schwimmer’s character calling O.J. “Juice” all the time. I guess, if we’re being sticklers about the facts, these things were more about my personal enjoyment than the continued success of the series, but isn’t that what’s really important here? I think so.