Our very own Priyanka Chopra — carrying her red-blooded woman persona to the red carpet in a flowy scarlet gown — presented an award at the 68th Emmy Awards, even as Game of Thrones again proved that it owns the show with 12 trophies to its name.
Priyanka presented the award to Susanne Bier along with Tom Hiddleston. Bier was awarded for directing a limited series, movie or a dramatic special for The Night Manager. The Quantico star looked resplendent in a one-shouldered Jason Wu gown, finishing it out with a sleek side-parted ponytail.
Fantasy drama series “Game of Thrones” and comedy “Veep” won the top Emmys for a second straight year on Sunday, fending off challenges from newcomers. On a night when politics played large in the midst of an extraordinary 2016 U.S. election campaign, “Veep” star Julia Louis-Dreyfus also won her fifth straight Emmy for her role in the satirical White House comedy.
Egyptian-American Rami Malek took home his first Emmy for best drama actor for playing a socially inept computer hacker in “Mr. Robot,” while Canadian Tatiana Maslany was a surprise winner for playing a woman with multiple cloned personalities in “Orphan Black.”
“Game of Thrones,” which went into Sunday’s show with a leading 23 nominations, won a total of 12 Emmys, including for directing and writing.
True crime also made its mark. “The People v. O.J. Simpson,” FX’s 10-hour dramatization of the former football player’s 1995 double murder trial and sensational acquittal won nine Emmys, including for best limited series, writing, for lead actors Sarah Paulson and Courtney B. Vance and supporting actor Sterling K. Brown.
Louis-Dreyfus, who plays the vainglorious U.S. president Selina Meyer on HBO’s “Veep”, apologized for what she called “the current political climate.”
“I think that ‘Veep’ has torn down the wall between comedy and politics. Our show started out as a political satire but it now feels like a sobering documentary,” she said while accepting the award.
Elsewhere, Jeffrey Tambor won best comedy actor for a second time for his role as a father who transitions to a woman in Amazon’s ground-breaking “Transparent.
“Saturday Night Live” comedian Kate McKinnon, who plays Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, won supporting comedy actress, and John Oliver’s biting “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” won the Emmy for variety talk series.
Check the full list of Emmys 2016 winners here:
Drama Series: Game of Thrones
Comedy Series: Veep
Mini-Series or Movie: The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story
TV Movie: Sherlock: The Abominable Bride
Variety Talk Series: Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
Variety Sketch Series: Key & Peele ,Comedy Central
Actor in a Comedy Series: Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent
Actress in a Comedy Series: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Actor in a Drama Series: Rami Malek, Mr. Robot
Actress in a Drama Series: Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
Actor in a Mini-Series or Movie: Courtney B. Vance, The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story
Supporting Actor in a Drama: Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline
Supporting Actress in a Drama: Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Supporting Actor in a Comedy: Louie Anderson, Baskets
Supporting Actress in a Comedy: Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie: Sterling K. Brown, The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story
Supporting Actress in a Mini-Series or Movie: Regina King, American Crime
Reality Host: RuPaul Charles, RuPaul’s Drag Race
Reality Competition Program: The Voice
Writing for a Comedy Series: Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang, Master of None
Writing for a Drama Series: David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, Game of Thrones, Battle of the Bastards
Writing for a Mini-Series or Movie: D.V. DeVincentis, The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story, Marcia, Marcia, Marcia
Writing for a Variety Series: Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
Writing for a Variety Special: Patton Oswalt, Patton Oswalt: Talking for Clapping
Directing for a Comedy Series: Jill Soloway, Transparent ,Man on the Land
Directing for a Drama Series: Miguel Sapochnik, Game of Thrones, Battle of the Bastards
Directing for a Mini-Series or Movie: Susanne Bier, The Night Manage
Directing for a Variety Series: Ryan McFaul, Inside Amy Schumer
Directing for a Variety Special: Thomas Kail and Alex Rudzinski, Grease: Live
Guest Actor in a Drama Series: Hank Azaria, Ray Donovan
Guest Actress in a Drama Series: Margo Martindale, The Americans
Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: Peter Scolari, Girls
Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, Saturday Night Live