The Clone Club finally did it.
It was a good day for genre fans on Sunday night, as more than a few sci-fi and fantasy projects racked up several top prizes — including everyone from heavy hitters to cult hits.
Arguably the biggest win? Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany won for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama, beating out some equally excellent actresses, such as Keri Russell (The Americans), Claire Danes (Homeland) and Taraji P. Hensn (Empire). Maslany plays at least a half dozen characters on the series, and dives so deep you often forget you’re watching the same actress.
The show draws just a fraction of the viewership of some of these other shows, which makes the win even more impressive. With the series set to end after its next season, it’s amazing to see it get some much-needed recognition now (we've talked about the snubs at length in the past). Well done, Tatiana. Well done.
HBO’s Game of Thrones won for Outstanding Drama Series, knocking off The Americans, Mr. Robot and Better Call Saul, among others. Game of Thrones’ Max von Sydow also won the Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series category. The wins make Game of Thrones the most decorated drama series in Emmy history, with a mind-boggling 38 wins over the show’s full run. With another season still in the works, who knows where the final tally could end down the line.
Those were the biggest sci-fi wins for the night, though there was some sci-fi adjacent news certainly worth watching. Rami Malek, star of USA’s hacker drama Mr. Robot, won for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama, and Sherlock: the Abominable Bride won for Outstanding Television Movie. The excellent and ultra-smart HBO series Last Week Tonight With John Oliver also brought home the top prize for Outstanding Variety Talk Series.
Any of these wins surprise you? What’d you make of the awards this year?