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Game of Thrones shatters Emmy records

The fantasy epic has taken home 12 Emmy Awards this year, more than any other show

By Keren Sim
Game of Thrones cast Emmys 2015

Game of Thrones set a new record at yesterday’s Emmys by winning four awards on the night, including the prestigious gong for Outstanding Drama Series.

Adding to the eight awards the show previously won at this year’s Creative Arts Emmys, that brings Game of Thrones’ total to 12 Emmy Awards altogether, making it the most awarded television series in a single year since The West Wing.

The series also picked up gongs for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Peter Dinklage), Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series (David Benioff and David Weiss) and Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series (David Nutter).

Game of Thrones wasn’t the only one making history that night, however. Outstanding Lead Actress (Drama) winner Viola Davis became the first black woman to triumph in that category, and Mad Men star Jon Hamm picked up his first Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor (Drama) after previously being nominated eight times for his role as Mad Men's Don Draper (and 16 times total).

“There’s been a terrible mistake, clearly,” he joked after he crawled his way onto the stage.

Other big winners on the night included:

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series – Uzo Aduba, Orange Is The New Black
Outstanding Comedy Series – Veep
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series - Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series – Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series – Tony Hale, Veep
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - Allison Janney, Mom

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