Game Of Thrones has just made Emmy history by becoming the most awarded fictional TV series since the awards began in 1949.
At the 68th Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, the HBO series won three trophies for best writing (DB Weiss and David Benihoff), best directing (Miguel Sapochnik) and best TV series – and nine statuettes at the earlier Creative Arts Emmys – bringing its total haul over the years to a whopping 38. That’s one more than the previous most decorated show, the long-running sitcom Frasier.
Game Of Thrones won its writing and directing Emmys this year for the epic Battle Of The Bastards episode in S6.
The surprise wins of the event came in the best lead actor and actress in a drama series. Relative newcomers – at least where the Emmys are concerned – Rami Malek of Mr Robot and Tatiana Maslany of Orphan Black beat seasoned nominees like Claire Danes and Kevin Spacey.
Meanwhile, Julia Louis-Dreyfus won her fifth consecutive Emmy in the best actress in a comedy category for her portrayal as President Selina Meyer in HBO’s Veep. The sitcom also won its second consecutive win for best comedy.
Here are some of the winners in the major categories:
Outstanding Drama Series
Game Of Thrones
Outstanding Comedy Series
Outstanding Limited Series
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Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Rami Malek, Mr Robot
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
Courtney B. Vance, The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
Sarah Paulson, The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy
Louie Anderson, Baskets
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
Sterling K. Brown, People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
Regina King, American Crime
Outstanding TV Movie
Sherlock: The Abominable Bride
Outstanding Variety Talk Series
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