'Veep,' 'Game of Thrones' win big at Emmy Awards

Courtney B. Vance accepts the award for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie for

"If your show doesn't have a dragon or a white Bronco in it, go home right now", host Jimmy Kimmel joked at the start of the three-hour broadcast, a reference to "Thrones" and the infamous auto Simpson was in when he went on a wild ride through Los Angeles before his arrest.

"I want everyone to know that after careful consideration, I decided I'm going with Trump - which is why I'm saying we should get rid of all Hispanic and Muslim actors", said award-winning comedian and writer Aziz Ansari.

In an attempt at comedy that fell flat, the ceremony announcer indicated that Bill Cosby would be taking the stage. But his banter with Matt Damon and his goofing on Maggie Smith made up for it. 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. "If [Trump] gets elected and he builds that wall, the first person we're throwing over it is Mark Burnett".

"Thank you, Ellen DeGeneres, thank you, Hillary Clinton", she said, naming two of the famous people she's caricatured on the show.

"I find the level of discourse in this campaign to be horrific", he said.

Three of its stars - Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke and Maisie Williams - dominated the pre-show betting in the Supporting Actress category, but the statuette went to veteran Maggie Smith of "Downton Abbey".

"She'll tell me where it will go in our house", he said.

Her victory gave her six best comedy wins - five for "Veep", one for "The New Adventures of Old Christine" - and broke her tie with Candice Bergen and Mary Tyler Moore.

It's no surprise that the traditionally liberal entertainment industry wouldn't have glowing things to say about the Republican presidential nominee.

Sarah Paulson received an Emmy for Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for her portrayal of Marcia Clarke. "And I'm glad to be able to stand here today in front of everyone and tell you I'm sorry".

First-time Emmy winners Tatiana Maslany, who plays multiple characters on "Orphan Black", and Rami Malek, who plays a hacker on "Mr. Robot", were gracious and touching in their acceptance speeches. "I would not be unhappy if I were the last cisgender man to play a female transgender". "Our show started out as a political satire, but now it seems like a documentary". The pause was for the now-required feed-the-guests bit, and the host brought out - on bikes, of course - the young cast from the Netflix sci-fi thriller to deliver what he said were 7,000 sandwiches his mother had made.

Before the verdicts were in for 'The People v. O.J Simpson: "American Crime Story", host Jimmy Kimmel, joked about the trial of the century. Kimmel even managed to mock people who shy away from gluten and take a jab at the makers of the EpiPen. Soon after, her face was filled with tears as she dedicated the award to her father, who died Friday. "And I'm so glad that he liked "Veep" because his opinion was the one that really mattered".

Clinton tweeted her congratulations to Kate McKinnon of NBC's "Saturday Night Live", who won a supporting actress award for comedy.

Perhaps the evening's biggest surprise was a cameo appearance by former United States presidential hopeful Jeb Bush, who appeared in the broadcast's opening sketch as Louis-Dreyfus' driver, explaining he was "between jobs".

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