Game Of Thrones Breaks Records at Emmys

New records were set at the 67th Annual Prime-time Emmy Awards on September 20th 2015.
New records were set at the 67th Annual Prime-time Emmy Awards on September 20th. Photo: Supplied by Google Images
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HBO series Game of Thrones grabbed 12 Emmy awards yesterday, setting a new record.

The show won four awards during the broadcast, including the top prize of Outstanding Drama Series. Beating out Better Call Saul, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, Homeland, House of Cards, Mad Men and Orange is the New Black.

The 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were held at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles California. The show was a memorable one with Andy Samberg hosting for the first time.

Viola Davis became the first African-American woman to win for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Davis won for her role in How to Get Away with Murder. Davis was clearly moved by her win and delivered a speech that has since earned her praise from fans, viewers and colleagues.

“Let me tell you something, the only thing that separates women of colour from anyone else is opportunity,” she said. Fellow nominee Taraji P. Henson from Empire stood and applauded. “You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there.”

Jeffrey Tambor became the first actor to win a lead actor Emmy for playing a transgender character, in Transparent. Last year, Laverne Cox made history when she became the first-ever Emmy-nominated transgender actor for her work on Orange is the New Black.

Not only did Tambor’s win show how Hollywood is celebrating diversity in TV characters, but African-American actress Uzo Aduba broke another record.

Aduba won the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. This is her second Emmy win; she won last year for Outstanding Guest Actress for a Comedy Series. The Orange is the New Black actress is the only actor to win Emmy Awards recognition in both the comedy and drama genres for the same role.

The star-studded list of presenters included Jamie Lee Curtis, Emma Roberts, Kerry Washington, Lady Gaga, Mindy Kaling, Seth Meyers, John Stamos, Colin Hanks, LL Cool J, Amy Poehler and Amy Schumer.

The full list of 2015 Emmy winners are below:

  • Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series:   Jon Hamm,  Mad Men
  • Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series:   Viola Davis,  How to Get Away With Murder
  • Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie:   Richard Jenkins,  Olive Kitteridge
  • Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie:   Frances McDormand,  Olive Kitteridge
  • Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series:   Jeffrey Tambor,  Transparent
  • Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series:   Julia Louis-Dreyfus,  Veep
  • Outstanding Reality – Competition Program:   The Voice
  • Outstanding Variety Talk Series:   The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
  • Outstanding Limited Series:   Olive Kitteridge
  • Outstanding Comedy Series:   Veep
  • Outstanding Drama Series:   Game of Thrones
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series:  Peter Dinklage,  Game of Thrones
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series:   Uzo Aduba,  Orange Is the New Black
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie:   Bill Murray,  Olive Kitteridge
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie:   Regina King,  American Crime
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series:   Tony Hale,  Veep
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series:   Allison Janney,  Mom
  • Outstanding Variety Sketch Series:   Inside Amy Schumer
  • Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series:   David Nutter,  Game of Thrones – Mother’s Mercy
  • Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series:   Jill Soloway,  Transparent – Best New Girl
  • Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series or Movie:   Lisa Cholodenko,  Olive Kitteridge
  • Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series:   Chuck O’Neil,  The Daily Show – Show 20103
  • Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series:   David Benioff & D.B. Weiss,  Game of Thrones – Mother’s Mercy
  • Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series or Movie:   Jane Anderson,  Olive Kitteridge
  • Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series:   The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Samuel O'Flaherty
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