The 2016 Creative Arts Emmy awards were held on Saturday night and Game of Thrones was the big winner, taking nine gongs.

The fantasy epic, which is largely filmed in Northern Ireland, topped the list of winners and its nine wins came from 23 nominations in total - the most of any series this year.

The awards, which are being held over two nights for the first time ever, saw US network HBO win 11 gongs, including the nine wins for GoT.

Irish actor Liam Cunningham, who stars as Davos Seaworth in Game of Thrones

Other big winners on the night included The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, which took home four awards, including gongs for Outstanding Casting for a Limited Series, Movie or Special and Outstanding Hairstyling for a Limited Series or Movie.

The People v. O.J. Simpson earned 22 total nominations this year overall, one behind their HBO counterpart, GoT.

Actors who won on Saturday night included Simpsons' star Hank Azaria for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series, for his turn in Ray Donovan.

Cuba Goodling Jr as OJ Simpson (second from right) and David Schwimmer as Robert Kardashian (far right) in a scene from The People vs O.J Simpson

Actress Tina Fey and Amy Poehler won awards for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for their turn as co-hosts of Saturday Night Live and Peter Scolari won for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for Girls.

The Emmy is a first for Poehler after she received 17 nominations over the years for acting and writing.

ITV's period drama Downton Abbey won two awards, including Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Period Program, while American Horror Story: Hotel also picked up two awards