2016 Emmy Awards: All the Highlights From the Show

A recap of Jimmy Kimmel's jokes, the tributes and the winners!

September 18, 2016, 5:23 PM

— -- The 2016 Emmy Awards show was one for the books, thanks to the show's host Jimmy Kimmel, the amazing speeches and the touching tributes.

Here's a rundown of all the highlights from the big night.

Jimmy Kimmel

Kimmel took the stage just after 8 p.m. ET and immediately started firing off jokes, pulling no punches. He took aim at Donald Trump, Maggie Smith and Marcia Clark.

Clark, who was Sarah Paulson's date to the show after the actress played her in the acclaimed series "The People v O.J.," took Kimmel's jabs in stride, even when he said that "Everyone in L.A. knows, if you want to win, sit next to Marcia Clark," alluding to her losing the case against Simpson all those years ago. Paulson still won her Emmy anyway.

He also took on the topic of diversity, following the "Oscars So White" controversy from earlier this year.

"If you are a person of color, find a white person and reach out and say thanks for your bravery," he joked. That sparked actors like Aziz Ansari to leave their seats and have fun with fellow thespians.

Kimmel even tasked his mother with making PB&J sandwiches, which were handed out by the cast of "Stranger Things."

The Tributes

There were certainly some waterworks throughout the evening, especially when Julia Louis-Dreyfus revealed that her father had passed just days prior and said her 8th Emmy win was in his honor.

Patton Oswalt won later in the night and also mentioned his late wife Michelle, who died suddenly this year.

"I want to share this with two people: my daughter Alice is waiting at home and the other is waiting somewhere else, I hope," Patton said, after losing his wife in April.

Repeat Emmy winner Jeffrey Tambor also took the stage to pay homage to his dear friend Garry Shandling and to bring attention to trans actors and actresses.

During the "In Memoriam," segment of the show, the likes of Prince, Muhammad Ali, Garry Marshall and many more were also celebrated.

The Speeches

Kate McKinnon was the first but not the last to read off a moving speech after winning an Emmy, unable to speak at first because she was so shocked. She also added a little bit of humor by thanking some of the characters she plays on TV.

Paulson won for her role as Clark and gave a moving speech about judging the lawyer years back before she actually knew the woman.

"The responsibility of playing a real person is an enormous one," she said, followed by "I'm glad to stand here today and tell you 'I'm sorry.'"

"The People v O.J." would continue to clean up throughout the night, prompting Kimmel to joke, "What a night for O.J. so far. I wonder if he's having a viewing party with the rest of the guys [in jail]."

First Time Winners

Sunday night's show wasn't just a night for "Game of Thrones" or "The People V O.J.," but a night for first-time winners like the acclaimed Tatiana Maslany for "Orphan Black" and Rami Malek for "Mr. Robot."

When Sterling K. Brown won for his supporting role on "The People v O.J.," he thanked his wife in the sweetest way.

"Contrary to popular belief, I have the hottest chick in the game wearing my chain," he said, joking about rapper Jay Z's lyrics for Beyonce.

In the end, HBO and FX had the most wins of the night with 6 each.


It's election season and comedians, actors and actresses did not leave Donald Trump of Hillary Clinton out of the conversation.

Kimmel went back and forth with famed producer Mark Burnett, who once produced Trump's show, "The Apprentice." He said if Trump's elected, Burnett is to blame.

America Ferrera also took to the stage during the night and called out Trump's past as a reality star.

And let's not forget Jeb Bush even made an early cameo, poking fun at himself.

All in all, it was a night for laughs and the best in TV.

Read the full liveblog of the night below:

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