LOS ANGELES — The HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones won its second Emmy Award for best television drama series Sunday night.
The show, which follows characters as they vie for power in a fictional medieval world rife with brutality, magic and dragons, won the best drama award last year.
Another HBO series also was a repeat winner: Veep won the Emmy for best comedy series.
Tatiana Maslany won best actress in a drama series for her role in Orphan Black, in which she plays multiple characters in the BBC America series. All of her characters are clones with distinct personalities and lives.
Maslany has drawn praise for her versatility in playing the roles, which range from suburban mom to ruthless assassin, during the show's four seasons.
Rami Malek won the best actor in a drama series for his role in Mr. Robot."
Malek plays a hacker recruited by an anarchist into a conspiracy to wipe out all consumer debt in the USA Network series.
Ben Mendelsohn won best drama supporting actor for his role in the Netflix series, Bloodline, which is set and produced in the Florida Keys.
Mendelsohn won for his portrayal of the black sheep of a prominent family who manages to complicate the lives of his mother and siblings, even from beyond-the-grave.
Maggie Smith won best drama supporting actress for her role as the tart-tongued dowager couness in Downton Abbey. It was Smith's fourth Emmy win.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus of Veep received a record-breaking sixth Emmy Award as best comedy series actress, using her victory to take a dig at GOP contender Donald Trump in a ceremony loaded with election-year asides.
Jeffrey Tambor captured his second consecutive best comedy actor trophy for Transparent, in which he plays a transgender character.
He called for Hollywood to make him the last non-transgender actor to get such a role.
Courtney B. Vance won the Emmy for best actor in a limited series for the show The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.
Vance won for his portrayal of late defense attorney Johnny Cochran, who led a legal "Dream Team" in the successful defense of NFL great O.J. Simpson on double murder charges.
The series won three Emmy acting awards on Sunday, including for Sterling K. Brown and Sarah Paulson for their portrayals of prosecutors Christopher Darden and Marcia Clark.
Both Vance and Brown gave prominent shout-outs to their wives.
Paulson thanked Clark, who she brought to the Emmys, and apologized to her for having a two-dimensional view of the prosecutor before signing on to play her onscreen.
A shaking Louis-Dreyfus ended her speech by dedicating the trophy to her father, who she said died Friday. Before that, she honed in on Trump's Republican presidential campaign.
"I'd also like to take this opportunity to personally apologize for the current political climate," she said. "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 more like a sobering documentary."
She promised to "rebuild that wall and make Mexico pay for it."
Her victory gave her six best comedy wins — five for Veep, one for The New Adventures of Old Christine — and broke her tie with Candice Bergen and Mary Tyler Moore.
Louie Anderson was honored as best supporting actor in a comedy series for his portrayal of a loving but tough mom in Baskets.
"Mom, we did it!" Anderson shouted, hoisting his trophy and dedicating the award to his late mother, Ora Zella Anderson.
Saturday Night Live cast member Kate McKinnon won the trophy for best supporting actress in a comedy for, officially, playing various characters. But she knew whom to credit.
"Thank you, Ellen DeGeneres, thank you, Hillary Clinton," she said, naming two of the famous people she's caricatured.
The ceremony started out with an political edge. In a video bit, Jimmy Kimmel was shown trying to get to the ceremony and encountering former GOP presidential contender Jeb Bush as a limo driver.
"Did you know you could make $12 an hour working for Uber?" a game Bush said, saying that he was between jobs. He advised Kimmel that "if you run a positive campaign, the voters will ultimately make the right choice"— then told Kimmel curtly that it was a joke.