HBO’s political drama Game Change earned several Emmys Sunday night during the 64th Emmy Awards, including the top award in its category: outstanding miniseries or movie. The awards program honors the best in television.
The movie is based on the book by the same name, which was authored by political journalists and msnbc contributors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann. While the book chronicles the 2008 presidential race, the movie focused on Sen. John McCain’s campaign, including his controversial vice presidential running mate Sarah Palin.
Julianne Moore who played Sarah Palin in the HBO movie won outstanding lead actress in a miniseries or a movie. “I feel so validated because Sarah Palin gave me a big thumbs down,” Moore quipped on stage.
The film also won for outstanding directing of a miniseries, movie, or dramatic special, outstanding writing, and casting. The movie’s writer, Danny Strong, and director Jay Roach, thanked Halperin and Heilemann from stage (watch the clip below).
Another political win for HBO included Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ outstanding lead actress in a comedy series Emmy for her portrayal of Selina Meyer in Veep, which follows a fictional female vice president of the United States.
With six weeks to go until election day, it’s perhaps no surprise that politics crept into the Emmys dialogue. Host Jimmy Kimmel joked about the lack of Republicans in the audience and President Obama’s support for Showtime’s dramatic Washington-D.C.-based series Homeland (which won several categories, including best dramatic series), while comedian Stephen Colbert used his on-stage time to address the “war on women.”
Homeland, which combines politics, national security, and a love triangle to depict a post-9/11 CIA, won not only best drama series but lead actor (Damian Lewis), lead actress (Claire Danes), and best writing, casting, and single-camera picture editing in its category.