Emmy host Jimmy Kimmel opened Sunday’s awards ceremony by saying, “If your show doesn’t have a dragon or a white bronco in it, go home” and he had a point.
FX’s popular “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” dominated the 68th Primetime Emmys, capturing several acting awards and snagging the honor for best limited series.
The success of the O.J. series set the tone for an evening that gave the often dull awards some welcome new energy: Sarah Paulson, Courtney B. Vance and Sterling K. Brown all won their first Emmys.
Kate McKinnon of “Saturday Night Live” also offered a change of pace, upsetting seven-time winner Allison Janney as best supporting actress for comedy (for her impersonation of Hillary Clinton, who acknowledged the win on social media.)
Likewise, Louie Anderson won his first Emmy in the best supporting actor category for his role as a suburban mother in FX’s “Baskets.”
New faces also were seen in the variety category: John Oliver’s “Last Week Tonight,” ended the 13-year run of Comedy Central wins.
There were familiar winners, too. Julia Louis-Dreyfus won her fifth consecutive best actress award for her role on “Veep,” and Jeffrey Tambor, for the second year in a row
Winners in select major categories:
Supporting Actress, Comedy Series: Kate McKinnon, “Saturday Night Live.”
Directing, Comedy Series: Jill Soloway, “Transparent.”
Actress, Comedy Series: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep.”
Actor, Comedy Series: Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent.”
Reality-Competition Program: “The Voice.”
Supporting Actress, Limited Series or Movie: Regina King, “American Crime.”
Supporting Actor, Limited Series or Movie: Sterling K. Brown, “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.”
Actor, Limited Series or Movie: Courtney B. Vance, “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.”
Television Movie: “Sherlock: The Abominable Bride.”
Limited Series: “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.”
Writing for a Variety Special: Patton Oswalt, “Talking for Clapping.”
Variety Talk Series: “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.”
Variety Sketch Series: “Key & Peele.”
Writing for a Drama Series: David Benioff and D.B. Weiss “Game of Thrones.”
Supporting Actress, Drama Series: Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey.”
Supporting Actor, Drama Series: Ben Mendelsohn, “Bloodline.”
Actor, Drama Series: Rami Malek, “Mr. Robot.”
Actress, Drama Series: Tatiana Maslany, “Orphan Black.”
Comedy Series: “Veep.”
Drama Series: “Game of Thrones.”
Comedian-TV host Jimmy Fallon is 42. … Comedian Cheri Oteri is 54. … TV chef Mario Batali is 56. … Actor Jeremy Irons is 68. … Actor Adam West is 88. … TV host James Lipton is 90.