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Emmys 2016: Top 5 moments

If you didn't catch the Emmys, no problem. Here's a recap of the top moments from television's biggest night.

Canadian Tatiana Maslany wins, Matt Damon roasts Jimmy Kimmel, Julia Louis-Dreyfus gets award for best speech

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, from left, Maisie Williams, Emilia Clarke, Sophie Turner, and Kit Harington celebrate their historic Emmy win for outstanding drama series for Game of Thrones. ( Jordan Strauss/The Associated Press)

If you didn't catch the 68th edition of the Emmys, no problem. Here's a recap of the most memorable moments from television's biggest night.

Canadian Tatiana Maslany wins

There was a Twitter uproar in 2014 when Tatiana Maslany, a native of Regina, was overlooked for an Emmy nomination playing multiple roles on the clone series Orphan Black. The following year, she was nominated but didn't win.

This time around, Maslany, whose performances have garnered critical and audience acclaim for years, took the stage to accept the award for outstanding lead actress in a drama series.

Tatiana Maslany accepts the award for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series for Orphan Black. (Mike Blake/Reuters)

"There is an immense joy in getting to tell women's stories that we don't normally see," Maslany told CBC News inside the Emmys press room.

Tatiana Maslany on her Orphan Black role

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Canadian actress speaks to CBC's Zulekha Nathoo backstage at the Emmys about the importance of strong female roles and her big win 1:09

Game of Thrones makes history

By taking the top award of the night for outstanding drama, Game of Thrones officially became the most decorated scripted show in Emmy history with 38 awards total over its six seasons, stealing the title from the sitcom Frasier.

Seeing the formidable cast and crew take the stage was quite a sight.

The cast and crew from Game of Thrones accept the award for outstanding drama series. ( Chris Pizzello//The Associated Press)

Speaking to CBC News on the red carpet before the award show began, Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark, said she couldn't believe the show might break a record considering its humble beginnings.

"That's just crazy, considering the show nearly wasn't picked up," she said. "We've come a long way."

Sophie Turner on Emmy red carpet with CBC's Zulekha Nathoo

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Game of Thrones actress says the hit epic fantasy series almost didn't get picked up in its first season 0:20

Diversity wins and losses

From American Crime's Regina King to Mr. Robot's Rami Malek, The People v. O.J. Simpson's Sterling K. Brown to Master of None co-writers Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang, diverse actors and perspectives were rewarded at this year's Emmys.

But just when you think the Television Academy got it right, there was a questionable case of mistaken identity posted on Twitter just before the show.

The Academy's official website tweeted a photo of Terrence Howard on the red carpet, who plays Lucious Lyon on the series Empire, and erroneously identified him as Cuba Gooding Jr. The message was quickly corrected but it didn't sit well with those who caught it on social media.

Jimmy Kimmel delivers

Jimmy Kimmel didn't need to roast the audience — he had enough zingers throughout the night to keep the show moving smoothly, even if some walked a fine line.

Following Courtney B. Vance's win as defence lawyer Johnny Cochran in the Emmy-sweeping series The People v. O.J. Simpson, Kimmel said: "I have to believe that Johnnie Cochran is somewhere smiling up at us tonight."

He even took a little heckling from actor Matt Damon, with whom he shares an ongoing fake but entertaining feud.

Matt Damon, left, heckles host Jimmy Kimmel on stage for losing in his category. (Chris Pizzello/The Associated Press)

"I'm sorry, this is so humiliating," Damon told Kimmel on stage after the host failed to claim an Emmy in his category. "You lost and now you have to stand out here in front of everybody."

Julia Louis-Dreyfus' poignant speech

Veep's Julia Louis-Dreyfus managed to get laughs and tears during her acceptance speech.

Like a number of other winners, Louis-Dreyfus referenced Trump and the state of politics in the U.S.

"Our show started out as a political satire, but it now feels more like a sobering documentary," she deadpanned onstage after her win for outstanding female lead in a comedy. "So I certainly do promise to rebuild that wall and make Mexico pay for it."

The actress also took an emotional turn, and tearfully thanked her late father, who died Friday.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus accepts the award for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series for Veep, her fifth win in a row. She thanked her father, who died Friday. (Chris Pizzello/The Associated Press)

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