Game Of Thrones picked up the best drama series prize but The People vs O.J. Simpson was the big winner at the 2016 Emmy Awards.

The HBO fantasy series had been tipped to come away with a record-breaking haul after its success at the earlier technical awards ceremony. But while it won the top award of outstanding drama series, it missed out in the acting categories.

Rami Malek and Tatiana Maslany won the best actor and actress awards for Mr Robot and Orphan Black respectively, while Aussie star Ben Mendelsohn and Maggie Smith took out the best supporting prizes for Bloodline and Downton Abbey.

2016 Emmy Awards

The People vs O.J. Simpson was named best limited series and also won three out of the four top acting prizes: Courtney B Vance and Sarah Poulsen were named best actor and actress, while Sterling K Brown edged out his more famous co-stars John Travolta and David Schwimmer to take the best supporting actor statutette.

Although there a number of British shows in contention this year, aside from Downton Abbey, the only other success came with Sherlock: The Abominable Bride, which was named best TV movie.

On the comedy front, Veep continued to be the show to beat, once again winning best series and earning another best actress award for star Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Jeffrey Tambor, meanwhile, picked up his second best actor Emmy for Transparent.

2016 Emmy Awards

The main awards were:

Outstanding Drama Series: Game of Thrones

Actor, Drama Series: Rami Malek, Mr. Robot

Supporting Actor, Drama Series: Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline.

Actress, Drama Series: Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black

Supporting Actress, Drama Series: Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey

Outstanding Comedy Series: Veep.

Actor, Comedy Series: Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent.

Supporting Actor, Comedy Series: Louie Anderson, Baskets

Actress, Comedy Series: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep.

Supporting Actress, Comedy Series: Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live

Limited Series: The People vs O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.

Actor, Limited Series or Movie: Courtney B. Vance, The People vs O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Supporting Actor, Limited Series or Movie: Sterling K. Brown, The People vs O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Actress, Limited Series or Movie: Sarah Paulson, The People vs O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.

Supporting Actress, Limited Series or Movie: Regina King, American Crime

Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: Peter Scolari, Girls.

Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, Saturday Night Live

Guest Actor in a Drama Series: Hank Azaria, Ray Donovan

Guest Actress in a Drama Series: Margo Martindale, The Americans

Television Movie: Sherlock: The Abominable Bride

Character voice-over performance: Seth MacFarlane, Family Guy