Remember when the Emmys recognized clones, a hacktivist with an “imaginary friend" and Sherlock all in the same year? 2016 was a big year for geekdom at the Emmy Awards, with many of the top prizes going to fan-favorite genre TV shows.
Tatiana Maslany was finally recognized for her performances in “Orphan Black,” winning lead actress in a drama series for tackling not one, but several roles as clones Sarah, Alison, Cosima, Helena, Rachel, M.K. and Krystal. Each woman is a distinct character with a unique personality and history, all sharing the same face, and sometimes even the same space. The Clone Club was unable to contain its excitement and exploded with memes to celebrate the occasion.
Meanwhile, lead actor in a drama went to Rami Malek of “Mr. Robot” for his portrayal of Elliot Alderson, a cybersecurity engineer who moonlights as a cybervigilante. What separates Elliot from your average hacktivist working to eliminate income inequality is that the man responsible for recruiting him into the underground organization (spoiler alert!) turned out to be a figment of his imagination.