A lot of Brits and British productions were nominated for the Emmys this year, and several of them took home the trophy. Here are some highlights:
Most excitingly, Tatiana Maslany wins “outstanding lead actress in a drama series” for Orphan Black! Well overdue. Maslany is a Canadian actress playing a dozen or so different roles in the BBC America original sci-fi series Orphan Black, which will see its fifth season as its final.
Downton Abbey lost “outstanding drama series” to Game of Thrones, but Maggie Smith won “outstanding actress in a drama series” for this show, beating out no less than three actresses from Game of Thrones.
Armando Iannucci’s Veep won “outstanding comedy series.” Veep is an American production about America, but the creator (and many of the directors) are British, and it’s considered the American counterpart to The Thick of It and In the Loop. Julia Louis-Dreyfus also won “outstanding lead actress in a comedy series” for this show.
The Night Manager and Martin-Freeman-fronted Fargo both lost out to The People v. O.J. Simpson for “outstanding limited series.”
Sherlock: The Abominable Bride won best “outstanding television movie,” beating out fellow British show Luther, but both Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Luther (Idris Elba), as well as The Night Manager (Tom Hiddleston), lost “outstanding lead actor in a limited series to Courtney B. Vance in The People v. O.J. Simpson.
James Corden lost out against fellow Brit John Oliver for “outstanding variety talk series), but nevertheless, Anglonerd’s Jaime Pond won the Emmys fan art challenge and had her marker portrait (done in Chameleon Pens) autographed by James Corden himself!