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2016 Emmy Awards: Only the Strong Survive

By Montana Couser, Culture Contributing Writer
Posted 11:20 AM EST, Tues., Oct. 4, 2016

The Emmy Awards is one of those awards shows you don’t miss. Whether or not you watch for the winners, best dressed, or host (this year being Jimmy Kimmel, who does not disappoint with his hilarious skits) most tune in each year. Often, Emmy winning shows usually win multiple awards: this year “Game of Thrones” was the top winner of the night, bringing home a whopping 12 Emmy awards, including Outstanding Writing, Directing and Casting in a Drama Series.  

“The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” was another big fish, taking five awards. The miniseries category had some tough competition, like “Roots,” but “The People v. O.J” beat it out. Sterling K. Brown from his outstanding role in “The People v. O.J. took home an Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited series or Movie Emmy. Fairly new to the TV business, this is Brown’s first Emmy, and was very appreciative of his success, dedicating his award to his late father.

“I changed what people called me at age 16 so I could hear your name every day of my life [of changing his first name, Kelby, to his father’s Sterling]. I love you, daddy,” Brown said.

Regina King won the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress (the second year in a row) for her role in TV drama “American Crime”. “I am so proud of this show, so proud to be apart of this show, to have the opportunity to tell stories that provoke conversation, necessary conversation,” she said.

Each year the number of minorities receiving Emmy awards seems to expand, finally acknowledging talented actors and actresses who persistent in their craft to artfully portray their characters to the best of their abilities.

To see the full list of winners, check out www.emmys.com/awards/nominees-winners.

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