Now that we know the winners of the 2016 Emmy Awards, let’s get to the bottom of what really matters: Who gave the best acceptance speech? (See complete list of winners.)
Among the 12 categories for actors and actresses, there were only 10 speeches as the two drama supporting champs — Maggie Smith (“Downton Abbey”) and Ben Mendelsohn (“Bloodline”) — were no-shows. Emmys host Jimmy Kimmel really laid into Smith for never showing up to accept her trophies in one of our favorite moments of the night, while Mendelsohn was off filming a movie in London.
As a refresher, the comedy acting champs who took to the podium were Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep”) and Jeffrey Tambor (“Transparent”) repeating their lead victories from last year, and Kate McKinnon (“Saturday Night Live”) and Louie Anderson (“Baskets”) winning their first supporting statues.
For the drama lead races, Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”) and Rami Malek (“Mr. Robot”) accepted their first trophies. And on the limited series side, Sarah Paulson, Courtney B. Vance and Sterling K. Brown all prevailed for “The People v. O.J. Simpson” while Regina King won her second trophy for “American Crime.”