Emmys: 10 Most Memorable Moments of the Night

6:12 PM 9/18/2016

by Ashley Lee

First-time wins, new records and jabs at Donald Trump were among the notable of Sunday's awards show.

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The 2016 Primetime Emmy Awards are being handed out at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, with Jimmy Kimmel hosting the ABC live broadcast.

THR recaps the 10 most memorable moments of the night below.

  • An Emmys Entrance

    Jimmy Kimmel made a star-studded Emmys entrance by hitchhiking with the Modern Family cast, singing with James Corden a la "Carpool Karaoke," bumping into Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus' presidential escort — driven by Jeb Bush, who explained of his Uber gig, "I'm in between jobs right now" — and getting a last-minute assist from Game of Thrones' Emilia Clarke and her dragon, who breathed fire on Ryan Seacrest on the red carpet.

  • Kimmel's Topical Punchlines

    The late-night host made sure to touch on Hollywood's buzziest topics with his punch lines throughout the night. His opening monologue included jabs at Donald Trump and his Apprentice boss, producer Mark Burnett — "We don't have to watch reality shows anymore because we're living in one. ... If Donald Trump gets elected and builds that wall, the first person we're throwing over it is Mark Burnett" — and the industry's practice of bragging about diversity: "The only thing we value more than diversity is congratulating ourselves on how much we value diversity. ... The Emmys are so diverse this year, the Oscars are now telling people we're one of their closest friends."

    However, a Bill Cosby joke landed flat: After the host announced that the controversial actor would be taking the stage to present an award — and as surprised expressions washed over the faces of stars Tina Fey and Ellie Kemper, among many others — Kimmel noted, "He's not really here. I just wanted to see what you guys would do."

  • Supporting Kate McKinnon

    Kate McKinnon won the Emmy for best supporting actress in a comedy series, making her the first of Saturday Night Live's current cast to win for their work on the show. She couldn't hold back her emotions as she tearfully accepted the award, and thanked her colleagues and late father, who "made me start watching SNL when I was 12."

  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus' Record

    Julia Louis-Dreyfus took home the award for leading actress in a comedy, breaking the record for wins in that category with a total of six. The Veep actress made a jab at Donald Trump during her acceptance speech: "I’d like to apologize for 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 more like a sobering documentary." She jokingly vowed to "rebuild that wall and make Mexico pay for it."

  • 'Stranger Things' Sandwiches

    Hungry attendees were treated to 7,000 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, whipped up by Kimmel's mother and distributed by Gaten Matarazzo, Millie Bobby Brown and Caleb McLaughlin — the kids of Netflix's Stranger Things. Some of the audience members discovered notes inside their snack bags, which were given to Sofia Vergara, Kevin Spacey, Anthony Anderson, Tina Fey and Amy Schumer. Unfortunately if anyone had a peanut allergy they had to eat the sandwich at their own risk, Kimmel joked: "If you're allergic to peanuts, then I guess this is goodbye because we can only afford one EpiPen."

    Before the TV cameras started rolling, the young trio entertained the crowd with a dance routine to Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk."

  • 'O.J. Simpson' Wins

    The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story won for best limited series — one of five categories the FX show swept throughout the night. Nominated for 22 awards in all, the limited series won for best actor Courtney B. Vance and supporting actor Sterling K. Brown (both of whom quoted a Jay Z lyric in their acceptance speeches) as well as best actress Sarah Paulson. The latter, who won for her portrayal of prosecutor Marcia Clark, brought the real-life Clark to the Emmys and apologized to her in her acceptance speech: "I had been superficial and careless in my judgment of [Clark]."

  • Mocked by Matt Damon

    After Last Week Tonight With John Oliver won best variety talk series, Matt Damon came onstage to rub Kimmel's loss in his face. "This is so humiliating," said Damon, ignoring Kimmel's request to leave so he could continue hosting the show. "You lost and now you gotta stand out here for the rest of the night when you probably want to just go home, curl up and cry."

  • Remembering Garry Marshall

    In a solemn moment, Henry Winkler took the stage to honor the late Garry Marshall. "He was loyal, he had generosity of spirit and knowledge," Winkler lamented, adding that to focus on Marshall's creative contribution to the industry would ignore 90 percent of what he had to offer the world.

    Tori Kelly performed a moving rendition of Jeff Buckley's "Hallelujah" for the award show's In Memoriam tribute.

  • First-Time Winners

    In the drama categories, lead actors Tatiana Maslany and Rami Malek took home their first Emmys. "Please tell me you're seeing this, too," Malek joked upon accepting the award, a reference to his character on Mr. Robot, who has a tenuous grasp on reality.

    Meanwhile, the Orphan Black actress said at the podium, "I feel so lucky to be on a show that puts women at the center."

  • HBO's Big Wins

    Game of Thrones won the Emmy for best drama series — a win that brought the HBO series' overall wins to date to 38. The show is now the new record holder for most total wins by a series ever, having edged out Frasier's 37.

    Fellow HBO show Veep took home the award for best comedy series for the second year in a row. That award was presented by an HBO favorite: Curb Your Enthusiasm creator Larry David, who got the crowd laughing when he compared his lack of interest in the event to his dating experiences.