Emmys: Watch All The Winners' Acceptance Speeches

9:57 PM 9/18/2016

by Joey Mendolia and Kaeli Wells

From Jeffrey Tambor to Julia Louis-Dreyfus, what the winners said on stage.

Sarah Paulson - Emmy - Stage - H - 2016
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Twenty-seven awards were handed out Sunday night at the Primetime Emmy Awards.

If you missed any of the winners' acceptance speeches, you can watch them all below.

  • Drama Series: 'Game of Thrones'

    HBO's Game of Thrones won the Emmy for best drama series on Sunday night. The show is now tied with Frasier for the series with the most Emmy wins at a total of 37. Game of Thrones led all nominees with 23 total noms and also took home awards for best writing and best directing for a drama series. "We're standing up here because George Martin created the world that we all now live and play in," said Game of Thrones co-creator D.B. Weiss.


  • Comedy Series: Veep

    Veep won the Emmy for best comedy series for the second consecutive year. The HBO comedy was nominated for 17 total Emmys this year and earned Julia Louis-Dreyfus her record sixth consecutive win for best lead actress in a comedy. The star tearfully dedicated her win to her late father, who died just two days before Sunday's awards. "I have a 9:30 a.m. library shift at my son's school tomorrow morning, if anybody is willing to trade with me you can just email me," joked showrunner and executive producer David Mandel, as he accepted the award.

  • TV Movie: 'Sherlock: The Abominable Bride'

    Bloodline's Kyle Chandler presented the Emmy to Sherlock: The Abominable Bride for best television movie movie. Director Douglas Mackinnon said he wanted to thank so many people but didn't want to waste people's time since "they're all British"

  • Limited Series: 'The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story'

    FX's The People v. O.J. Simpson won the Emmy for best limited series. The show received 22 nominations this year and took home the Emmy for best writing.


  • Lead Actor in a Drama Series: 'Mr. Robot's' Rami Malek

    Mr. Robot's Rami Malek accepted the award from multiple Emmy winner Allison Janney for best actor in a drama series. The first time Emmy-winner took the stage and joked "please tell me you're seeing this, too," referencing his anti-social character, Elliot.

  • Lead Actress In A Drama Series: Tatiana Maslany

    Tatiana Maslany won the Emmy for best actress in a drama series for her performance in Orphan Black. "I feel so lucky to be on a show that puts women at the center," Maslany said at the podium after scoring her first Emmy win. "Thank you so much to the Academy."

  • Lead Actor in a Comedy: Jeffrey Tambor

    Jeffrey Tambor accepted his second constructive win as a lead actor in a comedy series. Tambor became emotional in his speech pleading, "give transgender talent a chance, give them auditions, give them their story," he said. Tambor then hushed the music that tried to play him off during his acceptance to add, "I would not be unhappy if I was the last cisgendered man to play a transgendered woman."

  • Lead Actress In A Comedy: Julia Louis-Dreyfus

    Veep's Julia Louis-Dreyfus won the Emmy for best lead actress in a comedy for the sixth time. Her win sets the record for most wins in that category. "Our show started out as a political satire, but now it feels more like a sobering documentary," Dreyfus joked, before then going on to dedicate the award to her father, who died just two days earlier.

  • Lead Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie: Courtney B. Vance

    Courtney B. Vance took home his first Emmy award for his role as Johnnie Cochran in The People v. O.J. Simpson. "To the woman that rocks my chain, Angela Evelyn Bassett, this one is for you girl," he said of his wife. This was Vance's first Emmy nomination, and he recently received a Tony award for his featured role in the play Lucky Guy.

  • Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie: Sarah Paulson

    The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story's Sarah Paulson accepted the Emmy for best actress in a limited series or television movie for her role as Marcia Clark. Paulson said: "The responsibility of playing a real person is an enormous one. You want to get to it right not for you but for them." Along with her acceptance, she apologized to Clark, saying: "I had been superficial and careless in my judgment of her." 


  • Supporting Actor In A Drama Series: Ben Mendelsohn

    Ben Mendelsohn won the Emmy for best supporting actor in a drama series on Sunday night for his performance in BloodlineEmpire star Taraji P. Henson presented the category's nominees and noted that Mendelsohn wasn't present to accept the award. The actress joked that she would accept the Emmy on his behalf and "have it at home when you get back, Ben."


  • Supporting Actress In A Drama Series: Maggie Smith

    Maggie Smith won the Emmy for best supporting actress in a drama series for Downton Abbey. Smith wasn't present at the ceremony, so host Jimmy Kimmel took the stage on her behalf, joking that she could find her Emmy in the "lost and found."

  • Supporting Actress In A Comedy: Kate McKinnon

    Kate McKinnon took home the Emmy for best supporting actress in a comedy for her work on Saturday Night Live. "Thank you to Lorne Michaels, who gave me the job of my life," she said as she choked back tears.



  • Supporting Actor In A Comedy: Louie Anderson

    Louie Anderson won the Emmy for best supporting actor in a comedy for his role as Zach Galifianakis' mother in Baskets. This was Anderson's first Emmy nomination and win. The actor dedicated his win to his mother, Ora Zella Anderson, who he said formed the character he played. "I have not always been a good man, but I play one hell of a woman," Anderson joked to start off his speech.

  • Supporting Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie: Sterling K. Brown

    The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story's Sterling K. Brown took home the Emmy for best supporting actor in a limited series or movie. This was the first Emmy nomination and win for Brown, who appeared shocked as he walked up to accept his award. "A lot of you may not have known who I was," he said. "But you checked the box anyway, and that makes me very, very happy."

  • Supporting Actress In A Limited Series Or Movie: Regina King

    Regina King won the Emmy for best supporting actress in a limited series or a television movie for her performance in American Crime. "I'm so proud to be a part of this show, to have the opportunity to tell stories that provoke conversation, necessary conversation," the actress said in her acceptance speech.

  • Reality Competition Program: 'The Voice'

    The Voice, from none other than the subject of Jimmy Kimmel's Trump joke at the start of the show, Mark Burnett, took home the Emmy for best reality competition program. Burnett replied to Kimmel's joke by telling the audience that he had just received a call from Hillary Clinton thanking Kimmel for another five minutes of free publicity for Donald Trump.

  • Variety Talk Series: 'Last Week Tonight With John Oliver'

    HBO's Last Week Tonight With John Oliver won the Emmy for best variety talk series. "We flew our entire staff," Oliver explained regarding the eruption of cheering. The series has received six nominations this year, and 10 to date. Andy Samberg and Game of Thrones' Kit Harington presented the award.

  • Variety Sketch Series: 'Key & Peele'

    Comedy Central's Key & Peele won the Emmy for best variety sketch series. The show received seven nominations this year, bringing the show's overall total nominations to 18. "We have to thank Comedy Central for putting this show on the air. There's a lot of people to name," said Jordan Peele.

  • Writing for a Comedy Series: Aziz Ansari And Alan Yang

    Master of None's Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang won the Emmy for best writing for a comedy series for the episode "Parents." Yang thanked the crowd and urged Asian parents to buy "cameras instead of violins" for their kids while Ansari, who co-created the series with Yang, was played offstage before he could express his gratitude.

  • Writing for a Variety Special: Patton Oswalt, 'Talking for Clapping'

    Patton Oswalt accepted the award for best writing for a variety special from comedian Aziz Ansari. Oswalt, whose wife, Michelle McNamara, died earlier this year, wanted to "share the award with two people: his daughter waiting at home and another person waiting somewhere else, I hope."

  • Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Special: 'The People v. O.J. Simpson's' D.V. DeVincentis

    The People v O.J. Simpson's D.V. DeVincentis took home the Emmy for best writing for a limited series, movie or dramatic special for the episode "Marcia, Marcia, Marcia." DeVincentis thanked the people he bowed down to, too, "Scott, Larry, Joe, I share this with you guys but I'm going to keep it at my house but I share it with you guys."

  • Writing for a Drama Series: David Benioff and D.B. Weiss for 'Game of Thrones'

    Game of Thrones writers and co-creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss took home the Emmy for best writing for a drama series for the episode "Battle of the Bastards." This show broke the record for most Emmys won by a series with a total of 38 (beating Frasier). Benioff thanked "Miguel Sapochnik directing their episode, our brilliant actors reading their lines and the best producing team on the planet lead by Bernie Caulfield producing their episode."

  • Directing for a Comdey Series: 'Transparent's' Jill Soloway

    Jill Soloway of Transparent accepted her second Emmy win, thanking Jeff Bezos for changing the world. She went on by saying "you invited me to do this thing that these people call television, but I call a revolution."

  • Directing for a Limited Series, Movie or Special: 'The Night Manager'

    Susanne Bier accepted the award for directing for a limited series, movie or special on behalf of The Night Manager. On top of thanking the crew, Bier also thanked her "wonderful, outrageously, interesting cast."

  • Directing for a Drama Series: Miguel Sapochnik for 'Game of Thrones'

    Game of Thrones Director Miguel Sapochnik took home the award for best directing for a drama series for the episode "Battle of the Bastards." Before thanking the Academy, HBO and many others, Sapochnik announced that he was hungry.

  • Directing for a Variety Special: 'Grease: Live's' Thomas Kail and Alex Rudzinski

    Thomas Kail and Alex Rudzinksi of Grease: Live won the Emmy for best directing for a variety special. In his speech, Kail thanks Paramount as well as "Dana [Walden] and Gary [Newman] at Fox for giving [them] this opportunity and for letting [them] take an opportunity to put the campfire back in American homes."