Circa's breaking down the best and most WTF moments of the ceremony.
Among the highlights:
- "Game of Thrones," "Veep" repeat as outstanding drama, comedy series respectively
- "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story" wins big
- Julia Louis-Dreyfus wins fifth straight Emmy, then honors father, who died Friday
- Rami Malek and Tatiana Maslany win first Emmys in dramatic lead-acting categories
- "Stranger Things" kids hand out sandwiches to the audience
- Host Jimmy Kimmel runs the show
"Game of Thrones" lost in major acting categories, but repeated as Outstanding Drama Series.
'Veep' repeated in the Outstanding Comedy Series category.
Before his monologue, Kimmel appeared in a taped piece with homages to "The People v. O.J. Simpson," "Modern Family," "Veep" and James Cordon's Carpool Karaoke.
It featured a cameo by Jeb Bush, who served as chauffeur to Julia Louis-Dreyfus' presidential character and asked Kimmel if he was nominated. Bush's response, "Wow. What's that like?"
After getting kicked out of Bush's ride, Kimmel hitched a ride on Daenerys Targaryen's dragon, which unleashed a green-screen fireball on Ryan Seacrest. (He's OK!)
Highlights from Kimmel's monologue included:
- Immediately bestowing an Emmy to Jeffrey Tambor in the audience, saving the show "22 minutes," but Tambor would win later, for real
- Teasing the real-life Marcia Clark, who was the guest of her "People v. O.J. counterpart" Sarah Paulson, "because, everyone in L.A. knows: If you want to win, sit next to Marcia Clark."
- "The Emmys are so diverse this year, the Oscars are now telling people we're one of their closest friends."
Louis-Dreyfus won her fifth consecutive Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy.
"I'd also like to take this opportunity to personally apologize for the current political climate," she said. "I think that 'Veep' has torn down the wall between comedy and politics. Our show started out as a political satire, but now it now feels more like a sobering documentary. So, I certainly do promise to rebuild that wall and make Mexico pay for it."
She choked up when dedicating the award to her father, who passed away Friday: "I'm so glad that he liked 'Veep,' because his opinion was the one that really mattered."
"Mr. Robot's" Rami Malek, a first-time nominee, won for lead actor in a drama.
Snubbed for years, "Orphan Black's" Tatiana Maslany won Lead Actress in a Drama.
Jeffrey Tambor honored the late Garry Shandling, then won an Emmy for lead actor in a comedy.
It was a big night for "The People v. O.J. Simpson," which won Outstanding Limited Series.
Courtney B. Vance's lead-actor win helped "People v. O.J." rule limited series/movie categories.
As a supporting actor, Sterling K. Brown won an Emmy for his work on that series.
So did his co-star, Paulson, who hugged Clark, then apologized to her when accepting the Emmy.
Said Paulson: "The more I learned about the real Marcia Clark, not the two-dimensional cardboard cut-out I saw on the news, but the complicated, whip-smart, giant-hearted mother of two who woke up every day, put both feet on the floor, and dedicated herself to righting an unconscionable wrong: the loss of two innocents, Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown, the more I had to recognize that I, along with the rest of the world, had been superficial and careless in my judgment. And I am glad to be able to stand here today in front of everyone and tell you I'm sorry."
Kate McKinnon got emotional while accepting her first Emmy, for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy.
"I'm really crying; I'm not making it up," said the four-time "Saturday Night Live" nominee. "Thank you to the Academy so much. Good sentence."
In addition to thanking Ellen DeGeneres and Hillary Clinton (both of whom she impersonates on "SNL"), she thanked her family, including her late father, who "made me start watching 'SNL' when I was 12. So, thank you, and I miss you, Pop."
When Maggie Smith of "Downton Abbey" won Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama, Kimmel (who'd teased Smith earlier for being a no-show for three previous Emmy wins) joked that Smith could claim her latest trophy "in the lost and found."
Patton Oswalt won Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special, and referenced his late wife.
"I want to share this with two people," said the comedian, whose "Clapping for Talking" special earned him his first Emmy. "One of them, my daughter, Alice, is waiting at home. The other one is waiting somewhere else, I hope."
Oswalt's wife, crime writer Michelle McNamara, died in her sleep in April. She was 46.
Louie Anderson won Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy for his role on FX's "Baskets." He beat out Andre Braugher, "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," Tituss Burgess, "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," Ty Burrell, "Modern Family," Tony Hale, "Veep," Keegan-Michael Key, "Key & Peele" and Matt Walsh, "Veep."
Noted Anderson, who plays Christine Baskets, mother of Chip Baskets (Zach Galifianakis) on the FX comedy, "I [have] not always been a very good man, but I play one hell of a woman."
"Bloodline's" Ben Mendelsohn won Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama, but did not attend.
Jill Soloway won for directing "Transparent," and advocated to "topple the patriarchy!"
Kimmel then tried to "figure out if 'Topple the patriarchy' is a good thing for me or not."
Good thing: "Stranger Things" kids distributing PB&J sandwiches to the audience.
Tori Kelly's smooth, acoustic version of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" accompanied the In Memoriam segment, which honored, among others:
- Anton Yelchin
- John Saunders
- Robert Loggia
- Doris Roberts
- Garry Shandling
- Muhammad Ali
- Alan Rickman
- Abe Vigoda
- David Bowie
- Glenn Frey
- Patty Duke
- George Kennedy
- Gene Wilder
"Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" won for Outstanding Variety Talk Series.
For its final season, "Key & Peele" won Outstanding Variety Sketch Series.
Alan Yang and Aziz Ansari won their first Emmys for writing the (incredible) "Parents" episode of Netflix's "Master of None."
After Yang challenged the entertainment industry to provide more opportunities to Asian actors (and asked more Asian parents to give kids cameras instead of violins), the band played off Ansari before he could thank anyone.
Ansari, as a presenter later in the evening, did get some time at the mic to thank his parents, who also played his parents on the show.
"The Voice" won for Outstanding Reality-Competitive Program for the second year in a row.