It took a while for HBO to win its first award — almost 90 minutes into the Emmys — but Peter Dinklage followed director Martin Scorcese to take home a statuette.
Dinklage, who plays Tyrion Lannister in “Game of Thrones,” won the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series at the Emmys Sunday night. He was up against John Slattery of “Mad Men,” Andre Braugher of “Men of a Certain Age,” Walton Goggins of “Justified,” and Josh Charles and Alan Cummings of “The Good Wife.”
It ended up being the only win for “Game of Thrones,” which also was up for Outstanding Drama Series, an award that instead went to repeat winner “Mad Men” from AMC. But “Mad Men” also was limited to just one win, which showed a huge diversity among the top drama shows.
After the awards program, Dinklage told reporters that he had not expected to win, so he had not prepared remarks. In fact, he said he forgot to thank his manager.
“I was thanking my dog sitter before my manager,” Dinklage said, according to Access Hollywood. “It’s a blur when you get up there. It’s a lot of people” in the audience.
It was just the second win of the night for HBO, with Dinklage winning directly after director Martin Scorcese. Dinklage had memorized all the other nominees, and said any of them could be up on the stage. He also thanked his pet sitter to the chuckles of those in the audience.
Of the 13 nominations “Game of Thrones” received, Dinklage’s was the only win for the HBO series. Although network television seemed to dominate the main broadcast of the Emmys, the cable channels were still strong in both awards presentations, as HBO led the way with 19 statues awarded.
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