Game of Thrones breaks Emmy Award records

The world’s favourite fantasy drama broke records at the Emmy Awards this weekend. It won a whopping 12 awards, bringing its total up to 38 - the most ever won by a fictional series.

Its winning categories this year included outstanding drama series, outstanding directing for a drama series, outstanding writing for a drama series (for 'Battle of the Bastards'), and outstanding special visual effects.

Other big successes this year were political satire Veep, which won best comedy series and best comedy actress, and The People v OJ Simpson which nabbed five awards.

As for British TV, The Night Manager did a great job, taking home gongs for its direction and music composition - and securing tons more nominations in the process - and Dame Maggie Smith won yet again for her portrayal of Violet Crawley in Downton Abbey.

The one-off Sherlock episode The Abominable Bride won best television movie too, for some reason.

This year's Emmy winners included:

  • Outstanding drama series - Game of Thrones
  • Outstanding comedy series - Veep
  • Outstanding limited series - The People v OJ Simpson
  • Best television movie - Sherlock: The Abominable Bride
  • Outstanding documentary or non-fiction series - Making A Murderer
  • Outstanding reality competition series - The Voice
  • Outstanding variety talk series - Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
  • Outstanding lead in a drama series - Rami Malek (Mr Robot); Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black)
  • Outstanding lead in a comedy series - Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent); Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep)
  • Outstanding lead in a limited series or movie - Courtney B Vance; Sarah Paulson (both The People v OJ Simpson)
  • Outstanding support in a comedy series - Louie Anderson (Baskets); Kate McKinnon (SNL)
  • Outstanding support in a drama series - Ben Mendelsohn (Bloodline); Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey)
  • Outstanding support in a limited series or movie - Sterling K Brown (The People v OJ Simpson); Regina King (American Crime)

For the full list, take a look at the Emmys website.

Source: BBC | Emmys

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