Detroiter Keegan-Michael Key and his comedy partner Jordan Peele won Emmys for “Key & Peele”
Los Angeles — Actor Courtney B. Vance was among the cast, writers, directors and producers who won Emmy Awards for best limited series for FX’s “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” at Sunday night’s 68th annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles.
The Detroit native won the Emmy for best actor in a limited series for his portrayal of late defense attorney Johnny Cochran, who led a legal “Dream Team” in the successful defense of NFL great O.J. Simpson on double murder charges.
The series also won two other Emmy acting awards — Sterling K. Brown and Sarah Paulson for their portrayals of prosecutors Christopher Darden and Marcia Clark.
Both Vance and Brown gave prominent shout-outs to their wives.
Vance ended his acceptance speech with a political message, shouting, “Obama out! Hillary in!”
His co-star Brown won the best supporting actor award. Paulson thanked Brown in her acceptance speech as well as Clark, who she brought to the Emmys and apologized to her for having a two-dimensional view of the prosecutor before signing on to play her onscreen.
Detroit native Keegan-Michael Key and his comedy partner Jordan Peele won Emmys for best variety sketch series for their show “Key & Peele,” which ended its run on Comedy Central last fall.
Louie Anderson won the first award of the night, honored as best supporting actor in a comedy series for his portrayal of a loving but tough mom in “Baskets.”
“Mom, we did it!,” Anderson shouted, hoisting his trophy and dedicating the award to his late mother, Ora Zella Anderson. “I have not always been a good man but I play one hell of a woman.”
The ceremony started out with an election-year political edge. In a video bit, Jimmy Kimmel was shown trying to get to the ceremony and encountering former GOP presidential contender Jeb Bush as a limo driver.
“Did you know you could make $12 an hour working for Uber?” a game Bush said, smiling. He advised Kimmel that “if you run a positive campaign, the voters will ultimately make the right choice”— then told Kimmel curtly it was a joke.
Hours before the ceremony, security concerns loomed large after 29 people were injured in an explosion Saturday in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood, and Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck asked Emmys attendees to remain vigilant in the wake of explosions in New York City and New Jersey.
Beck said there are no known credible threats to security in Los Angeles, but asked those attending Sunday’s Emmys in downtown Los Angeles to report any suspicious activity.
On the red carpet, Judith Light was being fully transparent when she told bleacher fans how difficult it is to walk a red carpet in heels.
“I can’t walk, but thanks,” the actress, nominated for her role in a comedy series for Amazon’s “Transparent,” said as she responded to shouts and cheers from fans in the red-carpet bleachers.
Jeffrey Tambor, who plays her transgender ex-spouse and repeated as best comedy actor, shared serious words about the series.
It’s “changing the landscape of television. I think it’s changing the landscape, period,” he said.
If the stars looked especially hot this year, the mercury was involved: Temperatures were in the 90s. Fans who waited hours for celebrities to arrive had the worst of it, with one women requiring treatment by paramedics.
For this year’s awards, Golden Globe-winning “Mr. Robot,” a conspiracy thriller about a troubled hacker, is vying for the top drama series award and best actor honors for star Rami Malek.
Biting political satire “Veep” is seeking its second consecutive best comedy series award, and bleak political drama “House of Cards” is looking for its first major win, as are its stars, Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright.
A sitcom that has aggressively taken on issues including use of the “N-word” and police brutality, “black-ish” is up against “Veep” for top comedy honors in a field that also includes “Master of None,” ‘’Modern Family,” ‘’Silicon Valley,” ‘’Transparent” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.”
“Veep” star Julia Louis-Dreyfus won her fifth best comedy actress trophy for her portrayal of vice president-to-president Selina Meyer.
The Emmy Awards, as fans know, is more than just an awards competition but a fashion show as well.
One of those who might have won an Emmy for red-carpet attire, if it was a category, was Kristen Bell, who wore a low-cut champagne chiffon ball gown with just enough sparkle running through its floral print.
Angela Bassett stood out in lemon yellow with cape sleeves and a full train, while Shiri Appleby wore an optimistic sky blue sparkler.
A roundup of fashion choices by The Associated Press noted that several attendees, including singer-songwriter Tori Kelly and actress Kathryn Hahn, opted for velvet, a trendy fabric used by several designers at this year’s New York Fashion Week.
“Mr. Robot” vied with last year’s formidable champion, “Game of Thrones,” this year’s most-nominated show. The fantasy saga could break the record it set in 2015 for most wins by a series in a single year, 12: It already earned nine creative arts honors last weekend and is up for five more trophies Sunday.
There will be more than ego tallies at the awards, with diversity in Hollywood an ongoing issue. The Emmys have outpaced the much-criticized Academy Awards, and each of this year’s major acting categories includes at least one minority nominee.
A pair of key changes made by the TV academy could affect the outcomes in Sunday’s 27 categories. It revised how votes are cast and counted, switching from a ranking and points system to letting voters simply check off their top choice. That sharpened the selection process and might affect past winners who managed to collect enough second-place votes to overcome the competition.
In another revision, this one implemented last year, voting was expanded from blue-ribbon panels to — depending on the award — giving substantially more or all of the academy’s 20,000-plus members the chance to vote for finalists.
And the winners are...
Here’s the list of winners at the annual Primetime Emmy Awards, announced Sunday by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences:
Drama Series: “Game of Thrones.”
Directing, Drama Series: Miguel Sapochnik, “Game of Thrones”
Actor, Drama Series: Rami Malek, “Mr. Robot.”
Actress, Drama Series: Tatiana Maslany, “Orphan Black.”
Supporting Actor, Drama Series: Ben Mendelsohn, “Bloodline.”
Supporting Actress, Drama Series: Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Writing for a Drama Series: David Benioff and D.B. Weiss “Game of Thrones.”
Comedy Series: “Veep.”
Directing, Comedy Series: Jill Soloway, “Transparent.”
Actor, Comedy Series: Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent.”
Actress, Comedy Series: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep.”
Supporting Actor, Comedy Series: Louie Anderson, “Baskets.”
Supporting Actress, Comedy Series: Kate McKinnon, “Saturday Night Live.”
Writing for a Comedy Series: Alan Yang and Aziz Ansari, “Master of None.”
Limited Series: “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.”
Directing for a Limited Series, Movie or Drama: Susanne Bier, “The Night Manager.”
Actor, Limited Series or Movie: Courtney B. Vance, “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.”
Actress, Limited Series or Movie: Sarah Paulson, “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.”
Supporting Actor, Limited Series or Movie: Sterling K. Brown, “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.”
Supporting Actress, Limited Series or Movie: Regina King, “American Crime.”
Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special: D.V. BeVincentis, “The People v. O.J. Simpson American Crime Story.”
Variety Talk Series: “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.”
Variety Sketch Series: “Key & Peele.”
Directing for a Variety Special: Thomas Kail and Alex Rudzinskifor “Grease Live.”
Writing for a Variety Special: Patton Oswalt, “Talking for Clapping.”
Television Movie: “Sherlock: The Abominable Bride.”
Reality-Competition Program: “The Voice.”
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