Game of Thrones wins ‘Best Drama’ at Emmy Awards

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The 71st Primetime Emmy Awards ended with HBO’s fantasy epic “Game of Thrones,” nabbing the prize for best drama series. 

HBO also had the most wins of the night, with 34 awards.

D.B. Weiss and David Benioff’s series, based on George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” novels, ended its eighth and final season in May with a divisive finale and tepid reviews, but still managed to become the most-watched program in the premium cable network’s history, with 19.3 million viewers.

Despite its polarizing farewell run, the blockbuster series racked up a record 32 Emmy nominations this year. Last weekend, it took 10 prizes at the Creative Arts Emmys.

A significant number of the series’ nominations came from its cast, which after years of struggling to make a major impression on the acting categories – with the exception of multiple winner and eight-time nominee Peter Dinklage _ fielded nine nominees:

Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington, nominated in the lead actress and actor categories, respectively; supporting actors Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and Alfie Allen; and supporting actresses Maisie WilliamsLena HeadeyGwendoline Christie, and Sophie Turner.

The show, which wasn’t always an Emmy frontrunner, amassed 160 nominations during its run from 2011 to 2019.