Emmy Awards 2016: 13 highlights

LOS ANGELES – The biggest names in Hollywood were in top form Sunday, September 18, in Los Angeles at the Emmys, television's equivalent of the Oscars. (IN PHOTOS: Emmy Awards 2016 red carpet)

Below is a selection of 10 memorable quotes from the 68th Emmy Awards: (FULL LIST: Winners, Emmy Awards 2016)

Ellen and Hillary 

"Thank you, Ellen DeGeneres...thank you Hillary Clinton."

– Kate McKinnnon, winning for her work on Saturday Night Live and acknowledging two women she famously impersonated 

Congrats on your Emmy win, Kate! #MeetMyHandInTheAir #SNL A video posted by Saturday Night Live - SNL (@nbcsnl) on Sep 18, 2016 at 5:44pm PDT


Shoutout to Asian parents

"Asian parents out there, if you could just do me a favor. If just a couple of you can get your kids cameras instead of violins, we’ll be all good."

Master of None writer Alan Yang wins an Emmy for writing (Comedy Series) and notes the need for more diversity on TV

Dragons and Broncos

"If your show doesn't have a dragon or a white Bronco in it, go home right now."

– Emmys host Jimmy Kimmel, joking in his opening monologue about the dominance of Game of Thrones and The People vs OJ Simpson: American Crime Story – which became reality as the night proceeded. (READ: 'Game of Thrones' makes Emmys history

The @gameofthrones cast is all smiles with their #Emmys gold! A video posted by Television Academy (@televisionacad) on Sep 18, 2016 at 8:19pm PDT



"If you run a positive campaign, the voters ultimately will make the right choice. (...) Jimmy, that was a joke. Get out of the car."

– One-time Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush, appearing in a comedy sketch as a limo driver for Kimmel, poking fun at his failed campaign. 

Tribute to Dad

"I would like to dedicate this to my father, who passed away on Friday. And I'm so glad that he liked Veep, because his opinion was the one that really mattered."

– a tearful Julia Louis-Dreyfus, accepting her fifth straight Emmy for best actress in a comedy for the HBO political satire. 

The #Emmys winner for Lead Actress, Comedy Series: @OfficialJLD, @VeepHBO A photo posted by Television Academy (@televisionacad) on Sep 18, 2016 at 5:51pm PDT


Cosby in the house?

"Ladies and gentlemen, 4-time Emmy award-winner, Dr Bill Cosby. (...) Don't worry. He's not really here. I just wanted to see what you guys would do."

– Kimmel, sparking furrowed brows with a joke about the veteran comic, who is to go on trial in Pennsylvania next year for sexual assault.

Plea for equality

"Please give transgender talent a chance. Give them auditions. Give them their story. Do that. (...) I would not be unhappy were I the last cisgender male to play a female transgender on television. We have work to do."

– Jeffrey Tambor, after winning his second consecutive Emmy for best actor in a comedy for Amazon's Transparent

Butt naked

@lesdogggg is celebrating with us at the #Emmys Governor's Ball! A photo posted by Television Academy (@televisionacad) on Sep 18, 2016 at 10:38pm PDT


"Since you're good at keeping things safe, I have a job for you – my Twitter account. Put that in the vault, please! You all are over here using your skills to protect best voiceover in a French sitcom. Meanwhile, I'm butt naked on CNN."

Saturday Night Live star Leslie Jones, joking about the hack of her Twitter account and personal website that led to a leak of naked photos with the Emmy accountants from Ernst & Young.

'Inheritor to Hitler'

"He is a complete dangerous monster and any time I can call out Trump for being an inheritor to Hitler, I will."

– Jill Soloway, who won an Emmy for outstanding directing for a comedy series for Transparent, using strong words to describe the Republican White House hopeful.


"When Maggie Smith hears she's nominated for an Emmy, she has the same reaction that the rest of us have when we get those 20 percent off Bed Bath and Beyond coupons: right in the garbage." 

– Kimmel calling out the British actress for never coming to the Emmys. Smith went on to win the award for supporting actress in a drama for her role as the Dowager Countess on Downton Abbey.

@jimmykimmel kicks off #Emmys night with laugh and jokes! A photo posted by Television Academy (@televisionacad) on Sep 18, 2016 at 5:19pm PDT


Righting a wrong

"Playing a real person, you want to get it right for them. And the more I learned about Marcia Clark, who dedicated herself to righting an unconscionable wrong (...) I'm glad to be able to stand here today in front of everyone and tell you, I'm sorry." 

– Sarah Paulson, who won an Emmy for portraying Clark in The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, apologizing to the prosecutor – who she brought to the gala – for misjudging her. 

Prison watch party

"Wow. What a night for OJ so far, huh? I wonder if he's having a viewing party with the rest of the guys."

– Kimmel joking about the success of The People vs OJ Simpson: American Crime Story and the current home of the 69-year-old Simpson, who is in prison for a robbery and kidnapping incident in Las Vegas.

No words needed 

A glimpse into #Emmys future? Stranger Things have happened. #Emmys @strangerthingstv A video posted by Television Academy (@televisionacad) on Sep 18, 2016 at 6:58pm PDT


The cast of Stranger Things lit up the Emmys, handing out peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to the audience's delight.

#Emmys : @JimmyKimmel hands out sandwiches with the #StrangerThings cast https://t.co/AzRbPZyeYg pic.twitter.com/FOCL8toQR6 — Hollywood Reporter (@THR) September 19, 2016


Plus, they had the best Emmy pre-show performance – the stars danced to Bruno Mars' "Uptown Funk" while folks cheered them on. 

– Rappler.com