It won, then it won again, and it really won again.
HBO’s “Game of Thrones” not only shattered the record of the most Emmy wins in a single year, but it has shattered a different ceiling: Becoming the first fantasy-based show — and just the second sci-fi/fantasy genre show — to ever win Best Drama.
“Game of Thrones” won a total of nine awards during the annual Emmy awards ceremony Sunday night, including a second Best Supporting Actor win for Peter Dinklage and, of course, Best Drama. The show beat out a heavily favored “Mad Men,” the critically acclaimed AMC series that was having its swan song on the Emmy stage.
The fifth season of the series already had won six technical Emmys in an earlier ceremony, but award observers really felt the cool breeze of winter early in the ceremony when David Benioff and D.B. Weiss won their first-ever Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series for the fifth season finale, “Mother’s Mercy.”
The win topped the series finale of “Mad Men,” written by Matthew Weiner, as well as a second “Mad Men” episode from Weiner and Semi Chellas, Gordon Smith from “Better Call Saul” and Joshua Brand from “The Americans.”
But the writing was on the wall for Best Drama when Dinklage took home his second Emmy statue, winning over the likes of Alan Cumming from “The Good Wife,” Michael Kelly from “House of Cards,” Jonathan Banks from “Better Call Saul,” Ben Mendelsohn from “Bloodlines” and Jim Carter from “Downton Abbey.”
Jon Hamm did win the first (and only) acting award for “Mad Men” in the Best Actor category — which had no “Game of Thrones” nominees — but when comedian Tracy Morgan came out to present the final Emmy, there was almost no surprise that it would be “Game of Thrones.”
The sci-fi/fantasy genre has had a love-hate relationship with the Emmys over the years. In fact, only eight shows have ever been nominated for the top drama category — “The Twilight Zone” in 1961, the original “Star Trek” in 1967 and 1968, “Beauty and the Beast” in 1988 and 1989, “Quantum Leap” from 1990-92, “Star Trek: The Next Generation” in 1994, and “The X-Files” from 1995-98, and “Lost” in the mid-2000s.
“Lost” was the only other genre show to ever win the top award, which it did in 2005, beating “24,” “Deadwood,” “Six Feet Under” and “The West Wing.”
“Game of Thrones” also won a second Emmy for director David Nutter, his first for this series, and several technical awards. They include Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series, Outstanding Special Visual Effects, Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing, Outstanding Casting and Outstanding Sound Mixing.
Also nominated Sunday were Lena Headey and Emilia Clarke in the supporting actress category, director Jeremy Podeswa, guest actress Diana Rigg, a second nomination for Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing, and Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup.