"People v. O.J. Simpson" swept the awards for limited series, winning nine of its 22 nominations including outstanding limited series, outstanding writing, lead actor for Courtney B. Vance and lead actress for Sarah Paulson.
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"She goes to other award shows". "Maggie, if you want this, it will be in the lost and found", Kimmel quipped to the camera.
Former candidate Jeb Bush had a cameo in Kimmel's opening skit, Emmy victor Courtney B. Vance voiced support for Hillary Clinton and Kimmel jokingly called out producer Mark Burnett, seated in the audience, as the man responsible for Donald Trump.
"Thanks to Mark Burnett, we don't have to watch reality shows anymore, because we're living them", Kimmel said.
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John Oliver of HBO's "Last Week Tonight" won the Emmy for top variety talk series.
Veep had been up for 17 awards but took just three, including a fifth consecutive win for best lead actress in a comedy by Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
"I think that "Veep" has torn down the wall between comedy and politics". The Emmys are now in the same position as the Oscars- celebrating indie films, or shows, and ignoring the blockbusters. Rami Malek is so good- but why didn't the Emmys have Christian Slater there to do something? This year for this first time ever, you must be present to win.
"What a night for O.J.", Kimmel said as the Simpson miniseries earned five trophies Sunday. In her acceptance speech she said, "I'd also like to take this opportunity to personally apologise for the current political climate".
One such victor was the ever lovely Dame Maggie Smith who won Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama for her role on Downton Abbey.
The Outstanding Actress for a Drama Series is Tatiana Maslany of "Orphan Black".
Instead, in comedy the two male actors who won- one plays a transsexual ("Transparent") and other plays someone's mother ("Baskets"). The Saturday Night Live comedian, who had her website hacked and Twitter account flooded with racist slurs this summer, made light of the situation onstage with the Ernst & Young reps who hold the winners' names.