Gold Derby TV Awards 2016: ‘People v. O.J. Simpson’ leads winners, ‘Game of Thrones’ & ‘Veep’ also prevail

The 2016 Gold Derby TV Awards have been announced, and “The People v. O.J. Simpson” led the way with five victories, sweeping all of its nominations: Best Movie/Miniseries, lead acting prizes for Courtney B. Vance and Sarah Paulson, supporting honors for Sterling K. Brown and Ensemble of the Year. On top of that, Paulson was named Performer of the Year.

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But “People v. O.J.” had to share Best Movie/Miniseries with fellow FX anthology “Fargo.” “Fargo” won one other prize to go with its shared win in the top category: Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actress for Jean Smart as the matriarch of the Gerhardt crime family. Smart previously won a Gold Derby Award 10 years ago for her supporting performance in “24.”

Veep” was the next biggest winner with four awards. It took Best Comedy Series for the first time and Best Comedy Actress (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) for the second time (Louis-Dreyfus previously prevailed in 2014). In addition, the HBO political satire won Best Comedy Guest Actor (Martin Mull) and Best Comedy Episode for “Mother,” written by Alex Gregory and Peter Huyck and directed by Dale Stern — they’re also up for Emmys for writing and directing that episode.

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Netflix’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” took most of the other comedy awards, claiming three: Best Comedy Supporting Actor (Tituss Burgess), Best Comedy Supporting Actress (Jane Krakowski) and Best Comedy Guest Actress (Tina Fey). This was the second consecutive win for Burgess and the first ever for Krakowski, but Fey has now won 10 awards as a performer, including for her past work on “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock.”

The last comedy prize went to Jeffrey Tambor (“Transparent”) as Best Comedy Actor for the second year in a row.

Gold Derby’s voters spread the wealth in the drama categories. Though “Game of Thrones” took Best Drama Series for the second straight year, it didn’t repeat the overwhelming sweep it achieved last year when it won all six of its categories. This time around HBO’s epic fantasy series won just two other prizes: Best Drama Supporting Actor for Kit Harington, a first-time winner, and Best Drama Supporting Actress for Lena Headey, who won last year as well.

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Mr. Robot” won twice: Best Drama Actor (Rami Malek) and Best Drama Guest Actor (B.D. Wong). Malek additionally won Breakthrough Performer of the Year. “House of Cards” also won twice: Best Drama Actress (Robin Wright) and Best Drama Guest Actress (Ellen Burstyn); it was the first victory for both actresses.

The Leftovers,” which entered these awards with an impressive seven nominations, didn’t go away empty handed. It took Best Drama Episode for its extended dream sequence “International Assassin,” directed by Craig Zobel and written by Damon Lindelof and Nick Cuse. This is the first Gold Derby Award for “The Leftovers,” but Lindelof has a long history with this prize. He won this award a whopping five times before as a writer for “Lost.”

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Voters split the variety categories: “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” claimed Best Variety Series for the first time, but Best Variety Performer went instead to Samantha Bee for her new TBS political comedy “Full Frontal.” That continues the trend of female winners in that contest. The only male variety performer who has ever won was Dave Chappelle, who prevailed for “Chappelle’s Show” way back in 2004.

Best Animated Series went to Netflix’s “BoJack Horseman,” while Best Reality Program was awarded to “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” Both were first-time winners.

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BEST COMEDY SERIES
“Black-ish”
“Broad City”
“Master of None”
“Transparent”
“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
X — “Veep”
“You’re the Worst”

BEST COMEDY ACTOR
Anthony Anderson, “Black-ish”
Aziz Ansari, “Master of None”
Will Forte, “The Last Man on Earth”
Thomas Middleditch, “Silicon Valley”
Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”
X — Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent”

BEST COMEDY ACTRESS
Rachel Bloom, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”
Aya Cash, “You’re the Worst”
Ellie Kemper, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
X — Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
Laurie Metcalf, “Getting On”
Constance Wu, “Fresh Off the Boat”

BEST COMEDY SUPPORTING ACTOR
Louie Anderson, “Baskets”
X — Tituss Burgess, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”
Jay Duplass, “Transparent”
Tony Hale, “Veep”
Timothy Simons, “Veep”

BEST COMEDY SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Mayim Bialik, “The Big Bang Theory”
Anna Chlumsky, “Veep”
Allison Janney, “Mom”
X — Jane Krakowski, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
Amy Landecker, “Transparent”
Judith Light, “Transparent”

BEST COMEDY GUEST ACTOR
Christopher Abbott, “Girls”
Shoutkath Ansari, “Master of None”
Judd Hirsch, “The Big Bang Theory”
X — Martin Mull, “Veep”
Bob Newhart, “The Big Bang Theory”
Corey Stoll, “Girls”

BEST COMEDY GUEST ACTRESS
Anna Camp, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
Claire Danes, “Master of None”
X — Tina Fey, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
Anjelica Huston, “Transparent”
Lisa Kudrow, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
Amy Sedaris, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”

BEST COMEDY EPISODE
“The Big Bang Theory” – “The Opening Night Excitation”
“Black-ish” – “Hope”
“Girls” – “Panic in Central Park”
“Transparent” – “Man on the Land”
“Veep” – “Kissing Your Sister”
X — “Veep” – “Mother”

BEST DRAMA SERIES
“The Americans”
“Bates Motel”
“Better Call Saul”
X — “Game of Thrones”
“House of Cards”
“The Leftovers”
“Mr. Robot”

BEST DRAMA ACTOR
Freddie Highmore, “Bates Motel”
X — Rami Malek, “Mr. Robot”
Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”
Matthew Rhys, “The Americans”
Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”
Justin Theroux, “The Leftovers”

BEST DRAMA ACTRESS
Carrie Coon, “The Leftovers”
Viola Davis, “How to Get Away With Murder”
Vera Farmiga, “Bates Motel”
Eva Green, “Penny Dreadful”
Keri Russell, “The Americans”
X — Robin Wright, “House of Cards”

BEST DRAMA SUPPORTING ACTOR
Alan Alda, “Horace and Pete”
Alan Cumming, “The Good Wife”
Christopher Eccleston, “The Leftovers”
X — Kit Harington, “Game of Thrones”
Michael McKean, “Better Call Saul”
Christian Slater, “Mr. Robot”

BEST DRAMA SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Christine Baranski, “The Good Wife”
X — Lena Headey, “Game of Thrones”
Regina King, “The Leftovers”
Maura Tierney, “The Affair”
Alison Wright, “The Americans”
Constance Zimmer, “UnReal”

BEST DRAMA GUEST ACTOR
Richard Armitage, “Hannibal”
Reg E. Cathey, “House of Cards”
John Carroll Lynch, “The Walking Dead”
Ian McShane, “Game of Thrones”
Max Von Sydow, “Game of Thrones”
X — B.D. Wong, “Mr. Robot”

BEST DRAMA GUEST ACTRESS
X — Ellen Burstyn, “House of Cards”
Famke Janssen, “How to Get Away With Murder”
Patti LuPone, “Penny Dreadful”
Natasha Lyonne, “Orange is the New Black”
Annet Mahendru, “The Americans”
Laurie Metcalf, “Horace and Pete”

BEST DRAMA EPISODE
“The Americans” – “The Magic of David Copperfield V”
“Better Call Saul” – “Nailed”
“Game of Thrones” – “Battle of the Bastards”
“Game of Thrones” – “The Winds of Winter”
X — “The Leftovers” – “International Assassin”
“Mr. Robot” – “eps1.0_hellofriend.mov”

BEST MOVIE/MINISERIES
“All the Way”
“American Crime”
X — “Fargo”
X — “The People v. O.J. Simpson”
“Roots”
“Show Me a Hero”

BEST MOVIE/MINISERIES ACTOR
Bryan Cranston, “All the Way”
Idris Elba, “Luther”
Tom Hiddleston, “The Night Manager”
Oscar Isaac, “Show Me a Hero”
X — Courtney B. Vance, “The People v. O.J. Simpson”
Patrick Wilson, “Fargo”

BEST MOVIE/MINISERIES ACTRESS
Kirsten Dunst, “Fargo”
Felicity Huffman, “American Crime”
Audra McDonald, “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill”
X — Sarah Paulson, “The People v. O.J. Simpson”
Lili Taylor, “American Crime”
Kerry Washington, “Confirmation”

BEST MOVIE/MINISERIES SUPPORTING ACTOR
X — Sterling K. Brown, “The People v. O.J. Simpson”

Connor Jessup, “American Crime”
Denis O’Hare, “American Horror Story: Hotel”
Jesse Plemons, “Fargo”
Joey Pollari, “American Crime”
Bokeem Woodbine, “Fargo”

BEST MOVIE/MINISERIES SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Olivia Colman, “The Night Manager”
Catherine Keener, “Show Me a Hero”
Regina King, “American Crime”
Cristin Milioti, “Fargo”
Sarah Paulson, “American Horror Story: Hotel”
X — Jean Smart, “Fargo”

BEST ANIMATED SERIES
“Archer”
“Bob’s Burgers”
X — “BoJack Horseman”
“Rick and Morty”
“The Simpsons”
“South Park”

BEST REALITY PROGRAM
“The Amazing Race”
“American Idol”
X — “RuPaul’s Drag Race”
“Shark Tank”
“Survivor”
“The Voice”

BEST VARIETY SERIES
“Full Frontal with Samantha Bee”
“Inside Amy Schumer”
“Key and Peele”
X — “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”
“Late Late Show with James Corden”
“Saturday Night Live”

BEST VARIETY PERFORMER
X — Samantha Bee, “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee”
James Corden, “Late Late Show with James Corden”
Larry David, “Saturday Night Live”
Kate McKinnon, “Saturday Night Live”
John Oliver, “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”
Amy Schumer, “Inside Amy Schumer”

ENSEMBLE OF THE YEAR
“Fargo”
“Game of Thrones”
“The Leftovers”
“Orange is the New Black”
X — “The People v. O.J. Simpson”
“Veep”

PERFORMER OF THE YEAR
Kirsten Dunst
Regina King
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Rami Malek
John Oliver
X — Sarah Paulson

BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMER OF THE YEAR
Rachel Bloom
Sterling K. Brown
Connor Jessup
X — Rami Malek
Joey Pollari
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