Thrones reigns with 38 jewels in crown

TOP AWARD: The cast and crew of Game Of Thrones, winner of the Outstanding Drama Series Award, posing for the media on Sunday. But the series was shut out in acting categories with zero triumphs.


    Sep 20, 2016

    Thrones reigns with 38 jewels in crown


    FANTASY epic Game Of Thrones made television history at the 68th Emmys on Sunday, becoming the most decorated fictional show since the awards began nearly seven decades ago.

    The HBO series picked up 12 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.

    The haul gives it a total of 38 over the years - more than any other narrative series since the first Television Academy prize-giving in 1949.

    It overtakes the 37 won by long-running comedy Frasier.

    It went down to the wire in the end as Thrones drew a blank in the acting categories, 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 pre-show betting in the supporting actress category. But the statuette went to veteran Maggie Smith of Downton Abbey.

    Peter Dinklage missed out on a supporting actor trophy as did co-star Kit Harington.

    Ben Mendelsohn picked up the prize for Netflix family drama Bloodline.

    The People V OJ Simpson: American Crime Story also glittered, picking up nine awards, including 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 on Sunday to Kate McKinnon for best supporting actress.

    In the best actress in a comedy category, Julia Louis-Dreyfus won a fifth consecutive Emmy for her role as a hapless acting president on HBO's Veep.

    The award for best actor in a comedy went for the second year in a row to Jeffrey Tambor for Transparent.

    In the tightest race of the night, lead actress in a drama, Tatiana Maslany won for cult sci-fi show Orphan Black, besting favourite Robin Wright (House Of Cards).

    House Of Cards star Kevin Spacey, who has never won an Emmy, missed out again for best actor in a drama.

    The prize went to Rami Malek, star of cyberspace security thriller Mr Robot.