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The Best Takeaways From The 2016 Emmy Awards

Shelby Chau / September 29, 2016

The 68th annual primetime Emmy Awards were held on Sunday, September 18, 2016, in LA, and if you watched your fair share of television, you probably would have had a favorite in each category. Like any award show though, you’ll never know who will win until the final name is called out.


This year, you may have been in for some surprises, but if you follow the shows of the following winners, maybe they shouldn’t have been such a surprise after all.


Take Rami Malek for example. His portrayal of cyber-security engineer/hacker, Elliot Alderson, on USA’s Mr. Robot won him his first Emmy ever in the category for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. His character is anti-social, awkward, and most likely to be paranoid about something at any point in the day. Looks like Malek was able to convey these traits perfectly.



It took four years, but Tatiana Maslany finally took home her first Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. For her work in Orphan Black, Maslany doesn’t just play one role, she’s played 47 different characters on the show. Each character has their own personalities, accents and quirks, and it was a shame that for the first two seasons of the show she wasn’t even nominated. Maybe it’s a little late, but Maslany has finally received the recognition she deserves.



Speaking of deserving, Julia Louis-Dreyfus continues to dominate in the category for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. She won her fifth Emmy in a row for Veep, and in the process, has become the first female ever to win the honor six times. She won her first Emmy in a leading role in 2006 for her work on The New Adventures of Old Christine.


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If surprises were what you were waiting for, look no further than the winner of the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Louie Anderson. His portrayal of Christine Baskets on FX’s Baskets is something to behold. For the role, Anderson noted that he drew inspiration from his own mother which included nuances, looks, and even passive aggressive comments.



It’s believed that this is the first time in history that a male actor has won an Emmy for playing a cisgendered female role. Just last year, Jeffrey Tambor played transgendered woman, Maura Pfefferman, on Amazon’s Transparent and won the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.


We all know that HBO is the king of television with hits such as Game of Thrones, Veep, and Last Week Tonight, but FX put up a good fight against the cable giant at this year’s show. HBO snagged 22 Emmy Awards overall to claim bragging rights for another year, but FX were able to take home an impressive 18 Emmy Awards for themselves. If this isn’t worth mentioning, let’s revisit the 2015 Emmy Awards where HBO took home 43 trophies with the next closest network coming in with only 12. Not to be left out, Netflix, the streaming programmer, is finally getting some recognition and took home 9 awards when everything was all said and done.


What kind of surprises (or lack thereof) will we be in for next year?


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