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Emmys 2016: 5 Backstage Things You Didn't See

What happens when you don't get played off?

Joyce Eng

Emmy winners get a brief 45 seconds to deliver speeches onstage, but they get a little bit more time to say what they want to say (or not) in the backstage press room afterward. Not every winner shows up to the press room, and certainly not everyone turned up during Sunday's Emmy Awards. But here's what you didn't see from those who did stop by.
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1. Rami Malek kept it 100
After winning drama lead actor for Mr. Robot, Malek revealed that he sobbed all over host Jimmy Kimmel. "The emotion just poured out of me," Malek said. "I was hugging Jimmy Kimmel and crying at the same time. I was trying to not get anything on his suit." The actor added that he was not expecting to win at all and "truly was waiting to hear someone else's name." "When I heard my name, I said, 'Do not move. Because it wasn't you,'" he said. "And faces started to turn toward me. I must have looked like I was in shock."

Noting that he's not "the typical leading man" and referencing his Egyptian roots, Malek spoke about the importance of diversity and how we must keep "going further ... not just limited to entertainment, but socially and politically." "I think a lot of people can relate to wanting an opportunity," he said. "I wanted an opportunity and now I have it. I want other people to have an opportunity regardless, to not be stifled in this world but to be given a chance like I was given a chance."

Before he left, Malek also took a moment to thank the press, which earned him a grateful round of applause. "I don't think we'd be standing here if you guys didn't take the time and patience to write so thoughtfully about something we all think is very progressive," he said.

2. Patton Oswalt got everyone choked up
The raw emotion in Oswalt's voice was palpable when he was asked about paying tribute to his wife, Michelle McNamara, who died suddenly in her sleep in April. "Every bit of growth that I've had in my career ... came because I met Michelle McNamara, because I met and married this woman who just was so much wiser and self-actualized and aware of life than I was. I had convinced myself I was [those things]," Oswalt, who won variety special writing for Patton Oswalt: Talking for Clapping, said.

"To have that ripped out of my life in that way this year -- it seems like the lights have been turned down 50 percent on everything since she's [been] gone. It's going to be a long time before I can be the kind of person that she made me again."

Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones

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3. The Game of Thrones creators are not here for your spoiler questions
If actions speak louder than words, then the way the Westeros crew stood on the press room stage after winning drama series was very telling. While other teams were right up by the mic, the Thrones peeps all retreated as far back as they could, as if we had just cornered them red-handed. Which we kinda did. The first question was about Season 7 spoilers. After some nudging, co-creator D.B. Weiss reluctantly walked up to the mic and teased: "It will be bigger and it will be better and it will also be worse, but mostly better." You could almost see his body sigh.

At one point, Weiss and co-creator David Benioff gave another brief, opaque answer and started to walk away, before a reporter called out their names again to ask about a possible prequel. They happily tossed it over to George R.R. Martin, who said more than they did combined.
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4. The three faces of discussing Donald Trump
Unsurprisingly, Trump was a topic backstage, and though no one really wanted to harp on the GOP presidential nominee too much, he elicited a variety of reactions. The Voice producer and reality-competition program winner Mark Burnett, whom Kimmel joked was responsible for popularizing Trump because of The Apprentice, was slightly bemused when asked about it backstage. "It's easy to be a good sport," he said. "I'm sure Donald's thrilled with Jimmy. I bet he's emailing Jimmy right now: 'Thanks so much for the free publicity.'"

Jill Soloway, who won her second straight Emmy for directing Transparent, was far more serious, when she compared Trump to Hitler after being asked about the show's Season 2 flashbacks to 1930s Berlin. Soloway said the way Trump disparages women, Mexicans and Muslims is not unlike how Jews were otherized in Nazi Germany. "This is otherizing with a capital O, and has been used in our history before to start and win wars, and he needs to be called out every chance he gets for being one of the most dangerous monsters to ever approach our lifetimes," she said. "He's a complete dangerous monster, and any moment that I have to call Trump out for being an inheritor to Hitler, I will."

Meanwhile, John Oliver, who won variety talk series for Last Week Tonight, did not have time for anyone's B.S. when he was asked if he felt responsible for Trump's rise because of how often he discusses him on his show. "Thank you, yes, it was an honor to win," Oliver deadpanned. "Do I feel responsible for Trump? The short answer to that is no and the slightly longer answer is no, of course I f---ing don't."

5. Regina King and Sarah Paulson = #friendshipgoals
King won her second straight limited series/movie supporting actress Emmy for American Crime, and she knew that was made possible because "there was no one from People v. O.J. in my category," she joked. Paulson, who was waiting in the wings for her turn on the press stage to discuss her lead actress O.J. win, shouted out, "I love you, Regina!" King replied: "What did I tell you yesterday? When you walk up on that stage, I'm gonna be screaming." The two Emmy queens then reminisced about their short-lived 2002 NBC sitcom Leap of Faith, which was canceled after six episodes. "It all worked out OK," King said. Understatement.