It is, no doubt, another great year for the Emmys, with first-time victors, a diverse set of nominees and winners, and host Jimmy Kimmel returning with his signature humor, making for a very fun program.
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Here are our fave moments at the 68th Emmy Awards. What's yours?
1. It's not technically a singular moment, but how can we resist Jimmy Kimmel’s slew of jokes? As expected, Kimmel came prepared with his funny remarks. Even if his show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, lost to Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, and Matt Damon teased him about his loss, Kimmel went on being a good sport and keeping the audience and nominees entertained.
Just like his 2012 Emmys stint, his opening monologue is another gem worth remembering, which include OJ Simpson-related jokes, mocking US Republican candidate Donald Trump’s candidacy, the Oscar’s lack of diversity, and commenting on Downtown Abbey’s Maggie Smith’s non-appearance at the Emmys. Check out Kimmel’s hilarious monologue here:
As an added bonus, Kimmel had his own Twitter emoji for everyone to use as they talked about the Emmys over the social media platform.
2. People vs. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story winning the most number of awards this year. As predicted by many, People vs. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story dominated this year, bagging five awards that include Best Supporting Actor, Best Lead Actor, Best Lead Actress, Best Limited Series, and Best Writing for a Limited Series.
Game of Thrones also had a big night: Aside from winning Best Drama Series for the second straight year, the HBO-produced show broke the record for most number of Emmy wins ever, totaling 38 wins in its five-year run.
3. Tatiana Maslany FINALLY winning an Emmy. After being snubbed by the Emmys and Golden Globes in 2014, and not winning in the Emmys last year, the multi-hyphenate Orphan Black star (she plays several roles in the TV series!) finally got her due, winning Best Lead Actress for Drama Series.
Here’s her acceptance speech for her well-deserved win.
4. A person of color winning the Emmys. This year marks the first time in Emmys history that there were people of color nominated in every leading acting category. This was made sweeter with first time nominee Rami Malek, an Egyptian-American, winning Best Actor for Drama for his role in Mr. Robot.
His initial reaction? “Please tell me you’re seeing this too,” in reference to his character in Mr. Robot.
Malek’s win is a celebration of diversity in the Emmys, which Kimmel talked about in his opening monologue speech. "I want everyone to be given a chance like me," Malek said.
5. The Stranger Things cast being cool and cute.
While Stranger Things cast members Millie Bobby Brown, Caleb McLaughlin, and Gaten Matarazzo are not nominated this year (we think Brown deserves to be nominated for the 2017 Emmys!), the kids slayed their first appearance at the Emmys with a performance of “Uptown Funk”.
And doing cool poses like these on the red carpet.
6. The Emmys finishing on time. An amazing feat that was done this year, aside from a diverse group of nominees? The fact that the awards show finished ON TIME!
The feat was impressive enough that it got netizens asking how they managed to organize so it doesn't go beyond its airtime limit (in previous years, the Emmys, like other award shows, did not finish on time, which was why some parts were not aired).
It even elicited praises for Kimmel being “efficient, effective, and on time” in a review by The Wrap." If there was a category for Efficient and Effective Awards Show, the 68th Annual Emmys would be a lock," Mark Peikert said in his critique.
Check out all the winners of this year’s Emmys here.
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