Game Of Thrones Dominates 2016 Emmys With Record-Breaking Wins

Game of Thrones was among the big winners at the 68th annual Emmy Awards on Sept. 18, 2016, in Los Angeles. The HBO fantasy drama took home three awards, including best drama series, to become the most awarded scripted series in Emmy history, with 38 overall wins. The previous record was held by Frasier, which won 37 total Emmys. Thrones also won Emmys in the writing and directing categories for the most talked about episode of Season 6: "Battle of the Bastards."

Other top winners in the drama categories included Rami Malek, who won outstanding lead actor in a drama series for USA's Mr. Robot, and Tatiana Maslany, who pulled off an upset in the outstanding lead actress in a drama series category for her fan-favorite performance on Oprah Black. Supporting Emmys went to Ben Mendelsohn for the now-canceled Netflix drama Bloodline and Maggie Smith for Downton Abbey.

Ryan Murphy's critically acclaimed The People vs. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story was the night's biggest winner overall, taking home five trophies, including the award for outstanding limited series. The FX drama, about the infamous OJ Simpson murder trial of the '90s, also garnered prizes for stars Sarah Paulson, Courtney B. Vance, and Sterling K. Brown.

On the comedy side, Veep won its second consecutive Emmy for outstanding comedy series. Star Julia Louis-Dreyfus won her fifth consecutive prize for her performance as former president Selina Meyer. During her acceptance speech, Louis-Dreyfus revealed that her father had died two days before the ceremony.

Also taking home a second consecutive Emmy was Jeffrey Tambor, who won for his beloved work on the Amazon series Transparent. Louis Anderson and Kate McKinnon won Emmys, as well, for Baskets and Saturday Night Live, respectively.

The ceremony was hosted by late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel.