Big at Em­mys

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FAN­TASY epic Game of Thrones made tele­vi­sion his­tory at the 68th Em­mys on Septem­ber 18, be­com­ing the most dec­o­rated fic­tional show since the awards be­gan nearly seven decades ago. The HBO se­ries picked up 12 to­tal Em­mys this sea­son – nine awards in tech­ni­cal cat­e­gories and three top prizes at the glitzy cer­e­mony in down­town Los An­ge­les – tele­vi­sion’s equiv­a­lent of the Os­cars.

The blood-spat­tered, sex-filled saga about noble fam­i­lies vy­ing for con­trol of the Iron Throne took home the most cov­eted prize of the night, the best drama Emmy – along with stat­uettes for writ­ing and direct­ing.

That gives it a to­tal haul over the years of 38 – more than any other nar­ra­tive se­ries since the first Tele­vi­sion Academy prize-giv­ing in 1949, over­tak­ing the haul of 37 won by long-run­ning comedy Frasier.

“We love Frasier and he had a long run and we’re sure some­one will come along and take it from us. We just hope it doesn’t hap­pen un­til we’re all dead,” showrun­ner David Be­nioff told re­porters.

It went down to the wire in the end, as Thrones drew a blank in the act­ing cat­e­gories, de­spite be­ing a hot fa­vorite and hav­ing mul­ti­ple nom­i­nees, and only set the record with the last prize of the night. Three of its stars – Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke and Maisie Wil­liams – dom­i­nated the bet­ting in the sup­port­ing ac­tress cat­e­gory, but the stat­uette went to Mag­gie Smith of Down­ton Abbey.

Peter Din­klage missed out on a sup­port­ing ac­tor tro­phy, as did co-star Kit Har­ing­ton, the cat­e­gory’s fa­vorite, with Ben Men­del­sohn pick­ing up the prize for Net­flix fam­ily drama Blood­line. The Peo­ple v OJ Simp­son: Amer­i­can Crime Story also glit­tered, pick­ing up a to­tal of nine awards this sea­son, in­clud­ing the prize for best lim­ited se­ries.

“If your show doesn’t have a dragon or a white Bronco in it, go home right now,” host Jimmy Kim­mel joked at the start of the three-hour broad­cast, a ref­er­ence to Thrones and the in­fa­mous car Simp­son was in when he went on a wild ride through Los An­ge­les be­fore his ar­rest.

The all-time Emmy list of win­ners – which in­cludes non­fic­tion – is topped by NBC comedy sketch show Satur­day Night Live, with 45 awards, one of them handed out to Kate McKin­non for best sup­port­ing ac­tress. It was a night of recog­ni­tion for old hands in the comedy cat­e­gories, while the drama awards went to rel­a­tive new­com­ers. In the best ac­tress in a comedy cat­e­gory, Ju­lia Louis-Drey­fus won a fifth con­sec­u­tive Emmy for her role as the hap­less act­ing pres­i­dent on HBO’s Veep. “I would like to ded­i­cate this to my fa­ther who passed away on [Septem­ber 16], and I’m so glad that he liked Veep be­cause his opin­ion was the one that re­ally mat­tered,” she said in an emo­tional trib­ute, her voice break­ing.

Veep later picked up the Emmy for out­stand­ing comedy se­ries.

The award for best ac­tor in a comedy went for the sec­ond year in a row to Jef­frey Tam­bor for Trans­par­ent, who pleaded with pro­duc­ers and di­rec­tors to give trans­gen­der tal­ent a chance in tele­vi­sion. In the tight­est race of the night, lead ac­tress in a drama, Ta­tiana Maslany won for Or­phan Black, pip­ping fa­vorite Robin Wright (House of Cards) and last year’s vic­tor Vi­ola Davis (How to Get Away with Mur­der). House of Cards star Kevin Spacey, who has never won an Emmy, missed out again for out­stand­ing ac­tor in a drama, which went to Rami Malek, the star of cy­berspace se­cu­rity thriller Mr Ro­bot.

Ex-pres­i­den­tial hope­ful Jeb Bush made a sur­prise ap­pear­ance as a limo driver in a tele­vised open­ing joke se­quence, ask­ing Kim­mel what it’s like to be nom­i­nated.

Sev­eral stars took aim at di­vi­sive Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial hope­ful Don­ald Trump, ei­ther in pre­pared jokes or in ac­cep­tance speeches.

“I want ev­ery­one to know that af­ter care­ful con­sid­er­a­tion, I de­cided I’m go­ing with Trump – which is why I’m say­ing we should get rid of all His­panic and Mus­lim ac­tors,” said award-win­ning co­me­dian and writer Aziz An­sari. The win for FX’s The Peo­ple v OJ Simp­son for best lim­ited se­ries was the most widely pre­dicted vic­tory of the night, and the show – a scripted drama re­count­ing the Amer­i­can foot­ball star’s shock­ing fall from grace – swept up act­ing prizes.

Sarah Paul­son and Court­ney B Vance were re­warded in the lead act­ing cat­e­gories for their ac­claimed por­tray­als of spar­ring at­tor­neys Mar­cia Clark and John­nie Cochran.

Sterling K Brown took home a stat­uette for his sup­port­ing ac­tor role, while DV DeVin­cen­tis was recog­nised for the show’s writ­ing. In the bat­tle of the net­works, peren­nial leader HBO fin­ished top with 22 Em­mys – six on the night, to add to its 16 from the Cre­ative Arts Em­mys cer­e­mony last week­end. FX, which scored the most nom­i­na­tions in his­tory for a ba­sic ca­ble net­work, ended the night on 18 in to­tal – twice as many as third­placed Net­flix.

Photo: AFP

Cast and crew of Game of Thrones pose with the Emmy for Out­stand­ing Drama Se­ries, in the press room dur­ing the 68th Emmy Awards on Septem­ber 18.

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