Game of Thrones Wins “The Big One”

HBO’s Game of Thrones destroyed the Emmy record book tonight, winning a total of 12 Emmys (including eight won at the previously held Creative Arts Emmys).

Game of Thrones broke The West Wing’s single-year record of nine wins set in 2000.

Major category wins announced during the televised ceremony were:

  • Outstanding Drama Series
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series: Peter Dinklage
  • Directing Emmy: David Nutter
  • Writing Emmy: David Benioff & D. B. Weiss

Finally “The Big One”: This was the first year that the HBO series, nominated five times as the Outstanding Drama, won in that category.

Complete list: 2015 Emmys won by Game of Thrones.

  • Outstanding Drama Series
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor (Peter Dinklage)
  • Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series (David Benioff and Dan Weiss, “Mother’s Mercy”)
  • Outstanding Direction in a Drama Series (David Nutter, “Mother’s Mercy”)
  • Outstanding Make-Up for a Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic) (“Mother’s
  • Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series (“The Dance of Dragons”)
  • Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Contemporary or Fantasy Program (One Hour or More) (“High Sparrow,” “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken” “Hardhome”)
  • Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series (“Hardhome”)
  • Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Scripted Series (“Hardhome”)
  • Outstanding Special Visual Effects (“The Dance of Dragons”)
  • Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series
  • Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series

9 thoughts on “Game of Thrones Wins “The Big One”

  1. Well done to the GoT peeps, especially as from hereonwith they’re gonna be doing much they’re own thing.

    While I do wish that Tatiana Maslany had won, Viola Davis does make me want to try and binge watch How to Get Away with Murder

  2. Glad Game of Thrones won–it’s only the second SF&F series in history to win Best Drama (Lost, in 2005, was the first). Still wish Michelle MacLaren had won for her directing for GoT last year (if she couldn’t win for her Breaking Bad directing, which is inexcusable, since she’s one of TV’s best working directors.) I do wish The Americans had won the writing award, but ya can’t have everything…

  3. @Jon Meltzer Yes, “supporting” because none of the ensemble cast gets enough screen time to qualify for the “lead” categories.
    @snowcrash “they’re gonna be doing much they’re [sic] own thing”? Benioff and Weiss (D&D) have repeatedly said that even when they diverge from the main lines of GRRM’s plot, the characters will eventually arrive at the same destination(s), and they have known since the second or third season what those destinations are. Yes, people complain about the divergences (see: Dorne), but I retain some faith that when the last frame has been aired, we will see those more like Jackson’s LOTR changes (which mostly leave the original story recognizable and the conclusion the same) instead of either version of Dune or Syfy’s assault on Earthsea.

  4. Yes, “supporting” because none of the ensemble cast gets enough screen time to qualify for the “lead” categories.

    Actually, according to the rules for the Emmys, it’s up to the performer (or the studio) to decided which category to enter:

    ENTRY INFORMATION: It is the decision of the entrant whether to enter as a lead or supporting performer. Series performers should enter according to their lead or supporting place in the body of work aired during the eligibility year.

    Dinklage was in Supporting Actor because he was entered in the Supporting Actor category (despite the fact that I think he has the major role of the series–but that’s just me).

  5. You can see character screentimes per season on IMDB. In Season 5, the character with the most screentime was Jon Snow, followed by Cersei, Tyrion, Daenerys, Sansa, and Arya. Dinklage averaged 4.5 minutes per one-hour episode; Harington was just under 5.5. None of the finalists for Best Actor in Drama had anywhere close to as little screentime. Yes, you can be nominated or self-nominate for the alternative category, but the multiple plotlines of GOT make it clearly an ensemble cast with multiple “leads,” none of whom would have a chance of nomination in the “Lead” category, much less winning.

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