Game of Thrones breaks Em­mys record

Malta Independent - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Game of Thrones has bro­ken the record for the high­est num­ber of Emmy Awards won by any fic­tional se­ries.

The HBO fan­tasy drama tri­umphed in three cat­e­gories at Sun­day’s cer­e­mony, in­clud­ing out­stand­ing drama se­ries.

The show’s to­tal num­ber of awards now stands at 38, which means it has beaten Frasier’s pre­vi­ous record of 37.

This year’s Bri­tish win­ners in­cluded Dame Mag­gie Smith, who won out­stand­ing sup­port­ing ac­tress in a drama se­ries for her role in Down­ton Abbey.

It is the third time Dame Mag­gie has won an Emmy for her por­trayal of Vi­o­let Craw­ley, but she has never at­tended the cer­e­mony in per­son.

Host Jimmy Kim­mel joked: “We’re not mail­ing this to her. Mag­gie, if you want this, it will be in the lost and found.”

BBC One’s Sher­lock was named best made for TV movie for its special episode The Abom­inable Bride.

Ac­cept­ing the award, Sher­lock cre­ator Steven Mof­fatt made ref­er­ence to the The Great Bri­tish Bake off, cur­rently shown on BBC One but bought by Chan­nel 4 last week. He said: “Thank you to the BBC who we love above all bak­ery. Bri­tish peo­ple will get that.”

Su­sanne Bier, the Dan­ish di­rec­tor of the BBC’s spy thriller The Night Man­ager, won for best di­rect­ing in a lim­ited se­ries.

Bier, who was the only fe­male nom­i­nee in the cat­e­gory, said: “This is such a tra­di­tional men’s world, and I hope the fact a woman di­rec­tor has won this pres­ti­gious prize is go­ing to mean that more non-con­ven­tional se­ries and movies are go­ing to be di­rected by women.”

John Oliver won best va­ri­ety talk se­ries for his HBO se­ries Last Week Tonight, beat­ing fel­low Bri­tish nom­i­nee James Cor­den, who was nom­i­nated for The Late Late Show.

Veep won the out­stand­ing com­edy se­ries award for the sec­ond year in a row, while its star Ju­lia Louis-Drey­fus won out­stand­ing lead com­edy ac­tress for the fifth time.

In her ac­cep­tance speech, Louis Drey­fus said: “Our show started out as po­lit­i­cal satire but now feels like a sober­ing doc­u­men­tary.” She ded­i­cated her award to her fa­ther, who died on Fri­day.

The out­stand­ing com­edy ac­tor gong went to Jeffrey Tam­bor, who plays a trans­gen­der woman in the Ama­zon se­ries Trans­par­ent, for the sec­ond year in a row.

Ac­cept­ing the award, Tam­bor en­cour­aged the in­dus­try to of­fer more op­por­tu­ni­ties to the trans com­mu­nity.

“I would not be un­happy were I the last cis­gen­der male to play a trans­gen­der fe­male on tele­vi­sion. We have work to do,” he said.

Rami Malek won out­stand­ing lead ac­tor in a drama se­ries for his role in Mr Ro­bot - the first time an ac­tor from an eth­nic mi­nor­ity has won the award since 1998.

Ta­tiana Maslany from Or­phan Black won the out­stand­ing lead­ing ac­tress in a drama prize.

Other big win­ners of the night in­cluded The Peo­ple vs OJ Simp­son a drama­ti­sa­tion of the OJ Simp­son trial of the 1990s.

The show won five tro­phies in­clud­ing out­stand­ing lim­ited se­ries plus act­ing gongs for Sarah Paul­son, Ster­ling K Brown and Court­ney B Vance.

Kate McKin­non, who re­cently starred in the all-fe­male Ghost­busters re­boot, won out­stand­ing sup­port­ing ac­tress in a com­edy se­ries for her per­for­mances in Saturday Night Live.

Net­flix se­ries Mas­ter of None scored its first Emmy award, win­ning out­stand­ing writ­ing for a com­edy se­ries.

The show’s co-writer Alan Yang called for bet­ter Asian rep­re­sen­ta­tion on screen in his ac­cep­tance speech.

Else­where, The Voice took home the award for out­stand­ing re­al­ity com­pe­ti­tion se­ries, beat­ing Pro­ject Run­way and Danc­ing With The Stars.

The 38 Em­mys won by Game of Thrones in­cludes the nine tro­phies the se­ries picked up at last week­end’s Creative Arts Em­mys.

The HBO se­ries is now the most dec­o­rated drama se­ries in Emmy awards’ his­tory - the over­all record is held by Saturday Night Live, which has won 44.

Kim­mel made sev­eral ref­er­ences to di­ver­sity dur­ing the cer­e­mony in light of the “Os­cars So White” con­tro­versy ear­lier this year.

“Here in Hol­ly­wood the only thing we value more than di­ver­sity is con­grat­u­lat­ing our­selves on how much we value di­ver­sity,” he said in his open­ing mono­logue.

“The Em­mys are so di­verse this year the Os­cars are now telling peo­ple we’re one of their clos­est friends.”

Dame Mag­gie Smith

Rami Malek

Ta­tiana Maslany

Su­sanne Bier

Sarah Paul­son

John Oliver

Ster­ling K Brown

Ju­lia Louis-Drey­fus

Court­ney B Vance

Jeffrey Tam­bor

Kate McKin­non

Steve Mof­fat

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