Game Of Thrones, Veep take top prizes again at Emmys

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Sarah Paulson, Jeffrey Tambor, Rami Malek, and Courtney B. Vance take top Emmy honours.
Game of Thrones Executive Producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss accept the award for Outstanding Drama Series at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles.
Game of Thrones Executive Producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss accept the award for Outstanding Drama Series at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles.PHOTO: REUTERS
Sarah Paulson accepting the award for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Limited Series Or Movie for The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, on Sept 18, 2016.
Sarah Paulson accepting the award for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Limited Series Or Movie for The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, on Sept 18, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS
Ryan Murphy accepting the award for Outstanding Limited Series for The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, on Sept 18, 2016.
Ryan Murphy accepting the award for Outstanding Limited Series for The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, on Sept 18, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS
Host Jimmy Kimmel opens the show during the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California, US, on Sept 18, 2016.
Host Jimmy Kimmel opens the show during the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California, US, on Sept 18, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS
Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus won her fifth straight Emmy on Sunday for her role in the satirical White House comedy.
Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus won her fifth straight Emmy on Sunday for her role in the satirical White House comedy. PHOTO: REUTERS
 Executive Producer David Mandel accepts the award for Outstanding Comedy Series for Veep along with the cast and crew at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California, US, on Sept 18, 2016.
Executive Producer David Mandel accepts the award for Outstanding Comedy Series for Veep along with the cast and crew at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California, US, on Sept 18, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS
Rami Malek accepts the award for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series for Mr. Robot at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California, US, Sept 18, 2016.
Rami Malek accepts the award for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series for Mr. Robot at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California, US, Sept 18, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The fantasy Game Of Thrones and the 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 United States 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 dramatisation 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 US president Selina Meyer on HBO's Veep, apologised 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 US 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.